These are some things I've worked on - some for fun, some for profit and some for both!
Django, HTML5, integration with Twilio.
Study groups for online courses. P2PU is about community, and eventually it had to come to putting people together in the same room taking an online course together and helping each other. I was involved all the way from idea, dream, concept, implementation, refinement and hopefully a bit longer.
Node.js, HTML5, React, Flickr API
Showing my travel pictures to friends used to be painful - 20,000 pictures with about 200 pictures per album! I created an app to pick 12 photos from an album. You can see some public albums at ash.code27.co.za or log in with your own flickr account to see your albums.
GitHub pages, Jekyll, social engineering :)
A course ‘un-platform’ where you get the help you need to get started and the freedom to break out of the box when you need to. You own all the pieces and when it breaks, the pieces are still yours.
Node.js, Vumi from Praekelt for USSD interface, Django, Docker
Save 4 Life is a mobile savings wallet developed to help young adults learn basic financial literacy. Users buy airtime, save a portion of it and are rewarded when they achieve their saving goals. Users can also participate in periodic quizzes to test their knowledge and earn rewards.
Learning for all by all. The P2PU course platform offers the opportunity for anyone to take a course and anyone to make a course. I inherited this project and was responsible for sheparding it for several years. At it’s peak it was available in English, Dutch and Spanish.
Ansible and Docker.
Automated application deployment, what more could a developer ask for. After many ‘successful’ deployments on servers with git managed /etc folders I automated our deploy process. I never looked back, but came back to visit a few times.
Django, HTML5, OAuth integration.
An open badge issuing platform built to encourage project based learning and peer feedback. None of the gamification hoohaa. I worked with the always insightful Vanessa Gennarelli to build this project from concept to pre-MVP and handed it over to the trustworthy hands of Erika Pogorelc to launch and shephard.
Django, HTML5, MailGun, Twitter, Amazon Web Services integration
An automated course co-ordinater to run large courses based on open content with minimal overheads.
Python, Amazon Web Services S3
A server script that uploads backup files to AWS S3 keeping more recent files and less older files. This was the first package I pushed to Pypi!
Python, EchoNest integration, k-means algorithm
Grouping learners for a sound engineering course according to music taste. Working with the genial Alex Ruthmann on a course involving Peter Gabriel we decided to group groupies together. I used the k-means algorithm to put learners with similar musical taste as per the EchoNest API together in a group. I never thought I’d use this bit of university knowledge.
Several visualizations using D3 - A bubble diagram, a force graph and a bar graph.
Python, SVG, portage
A visualization showing the complex interdependencies between software packages in the Gentoo linux system.
haXe, swfmill, Python
Interactive DVD featuring music, photography and video accompaning a magazine. Family obligation forced me to do this project. Luckily I generally support the arts and managed to implement most of this using open source software, but no way to sleep through all those ‘all nighters’ now.
Ruler, Inkscape, recycled cardboard, glue, carpet knife.
What is better than a case built from recycled paper for your original Raspberry Pi version 2? A new Raspberri Pi 3 that doesn’t fit in the box, sadly :(
Blender 3D, diamond-square algorithm, Python.
Every man should have an island, so I set out to create my own, procedurally! I started in Blender and implemented a seeded version of the diamond-square algorithm to generate realistic terrain following the overall geography. Maybe someday I’ll get to have my island?
A 3D sphere created by subdividing a octahedron. It turned out I was too lazy to enter all the initial coordinates for making a sphere by subdividing a icosahedron, so I took the shortcut. Can someone please explain why icospheres are popular but octaspheres aren’t?