Hello! I'm Nik the software developer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
As a full-stack developer, I like getting into all areas of a project, wether it's on the front-end or way back in the bowels of a database. One consequence of this is that I'm always needing to learn new skills and tricks, but luckily love digging into something new and making it work.
After recently picking up some Scala, specifically as used within the Play framework, I've been diving into Python. It is an enjoyable and fascinating shift from the world of Java/Spring and a nice return to back-end work from my foray into AngularJS.
There are times when I'm not in front of the computer. When those happen, I can be content to catch up on TV shows on my couch or I can be found out-and-about in the great place that is New York City. Oftentimes I'm out riding one of my bikes (yes, I have three!) or playing ice-hockey in Brooklyn or Queens. It turns out I can be a fairly adventurous eater also, which is one of the reasons I very much enjoy living here.
What follows is essentially the catalog of my professional life; the things I'm working on right now or have in the past are all listed below and linked to when possible. If you'd like to get in touch with me, there's a form at the bottom of the page.
I look forward to hearing from you!
The goal of this website is to aggregate information about solar panels and make it readily available to any and all who are interested in this alternative energy source.
Started back as early as 2006, the SolarYpsi group aims to put solar panels on as many roofs as they can within Ypsilanti, MI. Originally envisioned by Dave Strenski, the group has grown in size and popularity over the years. There are currently more than 30 locations that are part of SolarYpsi.
In 2009 I volunteered to help build a website for this project with a simple request: See a cloud. Dave wanted to have the output of the panels tracked online in real-time and he wanted to look at a graph and see when a cloud had passed over the panels. Over the next few months we made it so; getting solar panel output data collected and charted on the site.
Unfortunately, our original data collection process was foiled by the power company when they installed new meters on the buildings back in 2011. Today we do still have some data available, but it's collected in a different way. We are still working on ways to get more data collected and displayed, even as more buildings in Ypsi install solar panels.
HTML validator for AngularJS projects (on Github)
A grunt plugin that performs W3C validation on HTML files for AngularJS projects. While other HTML validators exist for grunt, none work well with Angular projects because these projects include non-standard tags and attributes. They upset the validator and this project works around that while still providing the benefits of HTML validation.
Software Engineer, Amplify (a News Corp company)
Brooklyn, NY (December 2012 - Present)
Software Engineer, Tarigma Corporation
Columbus, OH (May 2006 - December 2012)
Student Employee, Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI (September 2007 - April 2011)
Books for work
Books for fun
The links are Amazon affiliate links that would go to me if you decide to purchase.
Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence
Eastern Michigan University
GPA 4.00, September 2010 - April 2011
Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science
Eastern Michigan University
GPA 3.74, September 2007 - June 2010
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