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I'm a recovering politico and brand marketer diving head-first into the world of software development, and always searching for ways to impact the world for the better. These are my thoughts.


How To Set Up Continuous Deployment to Azure from Circle-CI

Continuous delivery and continuous deployment are exciting frontiers in software development. If set up properly, any code committed to a project's repository can pushed live after passing a series of defined tests in a simulated environment. As part of my first group project at Hack Reactor, I wanted to learn how to set up a continuous deployment system, so that we could concentrate on developing great software rather than deploying it. For this, I chose Circle-CI, which was initially easy to set up and had a great user interface.

We chose to host our project on Microsoft's Azure platform, for no better reason than the fact that they've been very generous with credits for Hack Reactor students (and YCombinator startups

My First Hackathon

Last Thursday I was beat down and tired after four long days of class, with two more to go. But when the prompt for our afterhours hackathon came out, I knew I had to attend.

I've always loved to jump into code, but my front-end design skills have been lacking. I've been pouring my extra time into making up for that, and this hackathon was the perfect opportunity. Working with my classmate Artur, we were given two hours to clone the design of a site of our choosing. Selections ranged from the simple Hacker News to one of my favorite old joke sites, Zombo.com.

Artur and I went for visual pop, and took on Pinterest. We got off to

Back to School

Almost two weeks ago, I filed into an office tower that sits above Powell Station in San Francisco for something that I thought I'd never experience again: the first day of school.

I always liked going out into the world and getting work done much more than talking about things in a classroom. Case in point: my senior year, I dropped the "Campaigns & Elections" course at my university so I could spend more time working on the 2008 Obama campaign in New Hampshire. So when I graduated in the spring of 2009, I didn't think I'd ever return to the classroom.

But as the years passed, I moved farther away from doing work that I loved, and work that