My crazy SF story

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San Francisco has always something exciting to offer.



Chrome Extension Development with Bower, Grund and RequireJS

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I just wanted to start a chrome extension and figured I should check out what all the hype with the frontend tooling scene is all about. The ecosystem looks pretty amazing, however, it seemed like there wasn't a lot of content out there on how to make the chrome-extension work with require-js for modular JS, so I figured i'd write it down here.


Make my visas more useful

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One of my greatest sources of frustration is my inability to travel spontaneously and freely due to my Vietnamese citizenship. I compiled a list to make my existing visas more useful.


Credport Technical Post-mortem

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This is a companion post to our Tale of Credport post in which I will go into further detail about the technical problems we had and decisions we made. You probably want to read that one before this one. Credport’s evolution in technical design on both the front-end and the back-end effectively coincided with our evolution from Boston/Webcred to Berlin/Credport.


The Tale of Credport

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Get ready for this 4000+ word behemoth that tells the story of Credport. This is a post that recaps the product and business decisions we made over the course of Credport. Prepare for a long post with a mix of high-level overview and deep comments.


The Most Spontaneous Thing I Have Done So Far

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Instead of going home to Boston after showing my parents NYC and DC, I decided to hop on the flight to Costa Rica the next day. Read about some thoughts while they are fresh


Finding Your Passion: An Update

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It's been a while since my last post on the topic, so I figured I give some sort of status update. While things are not 100% set and obvious yet, I feel a sense of clarity and comfort that I haven't felt in a while. I'd like to share what led to this.


On How I Met Your Mother

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With the series final still in somewhat fresh memory, I wanted to write down some words on what I can only describe as a profound emotional reaction I had last night.


Find_each with custom ordering in Rails

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In a recent project of mine I had to implement an activity feed. I have been meaning to try out the proposed solution by GiveGab which was a response to ThoughtBot's approach. I especially liked GiveGab's elegant solution to address the issues ThoughtBot had with the fan out on read approach by using Enumerations with find_each_in_batches in the background to do the heavy-lifting in the database.



Running an Intro to Web Development

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For quite some time now, I have seen people become more and more interested in startups and buildings products. There are many reasons why startups are becoming hip but I believe a fundemental one is the sheer reduction in resources needed to get something out of the door. I attribute a lot of my experience to the fact that I stumbled upon the powerful combination of Ruby on Rails and Heroku, so I decided to give back and give people the opportunity to be enlightened as well :)


Jumping back into college

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If you have read my last post, you know that I'm on a mission to address my fears of regret and failure. The game plan is to trust and do. So why on earth do I think college would be a good place to do so?


Finding your passion is supposed to be easy

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In this post, you get a glimpse into the inner workings of my brain and how I currently feel about my situation of having incredibly opportunity, but hints of self-doubts.


Anatomy of an About Page Redesign

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It's this time of the year again. Every once in a while comes that twitch, that realization that maybe, I should redo my website. Said and done, you are looking at the fourth revision of it. It all started with a Wordpress Blog for Maps Offline, then a Joomla CMS for Nam's Remote, then an iWeb site, then a basic Rails site and now hopefully a slightly more polished version. Back then, I also had very modest site titles such as "Nambrot.com - Showcase of Incredibility".

I wanted to take this opportunity and talk a bit about how I have approached this redesign.


How to disagree with your partner

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Over the course of Credport (which is nearly a year now), I have made some very invaulable experiences in terms of disagreeing with your partner that I'd like to share for people who may be in the similar situation.


Facebook Photo Browser - a prototype

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For a couple weeks, I have been working on an idea that I hope will develop into something greater in the next months. While that idea involved mainly theoretical and operational issues, I wanted to keep my practical skills inline and since I have been reading a lot about web applications and especially Backbone.js, I decided to just play around with it. I ended up writing a small prototype for a Facebook Photo Browser based on the Graph API.