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Recognizing a Pattern in My Recursive Functions

Shawn Drost from Hack Reactor taught me to write recursive functions with an if-else statement: As I was reviewing some of my curriculum material from Hack Reactor and thrashing about at codewars , I started to recognize a common pattern in my code when dealing with permutation problems that…

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Globally .gitignore Certain Files

.DS_Store is annoying. I configured Git to globally ignore it. I referred to Octocat's Gist as the template for my .gitignore_global . I created and put my file in /Users/robinkim/code . Next, I ran the following command: Magic. Further Reading Ignoring Files Useful .gitignore Templates

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Contribute to Open Source Projects

Have a solution to a problem that nobody's solved before? Write your own app! Somebody has something you want to build on? Find it on Github! When you first find an open source project that looks fairly interesting, for a newbie, the idea of actually contributing to that project can be daunting…

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Great Habits for Public Speaking

Let's look into a few simple tips you can focus on to dramatically improve your public speaking skills. ( Here is a slide deck I made to help me present to my Hack Reactor remote cohort in late August 2014.) Start If you have a visual aid (like a slide deck), put something interesting for your…

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Create Awesome Maps with D3.js

The visualization I refer to throughout this blog post is here . Click on "Open in a new window" for a better view! JavaScript I followed Mike Bostock's Let's Make a Map tutorial to learn how to create a map from scratch using D3.js . I used the Natural Earth dataset, but couldn't find the…

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Convert! Base 2, 8, 10, 16

Let's talk about a few number bases: Decimal, or base 10 Binary, or base 2 Octal, or base 8 Hexadecimal, or base 16 I'll cover the basics of these number bases and simple strategies for converting between them. Expected prior knowledge: how to convert from decimal to binary, and vice-versa. (Even…

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Prefix Tree

By reading this post, you will be able to answer the following questions: What is a prefix tree? (Tree that groups together elements with common beginnings.) How do I navigate through one? (One piece of the data at a time!) What can I use a prefix tree for? (Autocompletion: search engine, T9 texting…

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