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I Hit the Top Spot on Hacker News ๐Ÿ™Œ

This month I hit the top spot on Hacker News - or rather, an article I wrote for a client did. Granted, it was only for a few hours - but I had my 15 mins of fame (plus a few more).

I was pretty taken aback by this and expected most feedback to be critical of how I'd approached it - there's a reason why we're told to never read the comments on HN. However, I was pleasantly surprised a lot of the feedback was helpful suggestions for other ways I could explore the data. You can read the full article on ScrapingBee.

Hitting the HN frontpage is something that's happened to me once before - the last time for a side project 10 years ago. Each time the user submitting the post hasn't been me, which is nice.

What makes this all the more impressive is that it was my first time using Pandas, MatplotLib and Jupyter notebooks. They were all new tools to me which I used to explore data and generate charts. You can use all 3 really nicely together within Visual Studio Code under their Jupyter extension. This added with Github CoPilot made for a killer way to quickly navigate datasets.

It was also really nice to be drawing on a bunch of skills - I have a research background, programming skills and am able to write well (You reading this is hopefully proof of that). To be able to work on something that pulls from all of them was really fun. I would love to do more work like this and have had a couple of offers so far.

I realised I've published a whole bunch of things this month, both on my blog, for a client and over on youtube. This has been intermixed with product ideas and client dev work throughout. Looking back it seems a bit crazy, but in a good way! I've included a couple of things I've written below along with the usual assortment of inspirational stories and code. I've also added a couple of affiliate links to kindle bargains I think you might enjoy.

Let me know if youโ€™re enjoying these emails by replying to this one with your thoughts. Have a lovely few weeks.

Until next time, keep on shipping!



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Some Things I Wrote in February

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Python Data Science Handbook

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The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness - ยฃ1.49 on Kindle

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