Siv Scripts

Solving Problems Using Code

Fri 16 October 2020

My Week of JavaScript

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

I had two weeks of vacation planned around PyCon, but canceled it since it didn't make sense to take time off when I couldn't go anywhere because of COVID-19.

I was feeling pretty down when the conference start date passed. I had spent the past few months looking forward to …


Mon 30 April 2018

Trust the Process

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Everything in life that's worth having requires effort. In tech, it also requires convincing somebody you are good enough to take a chance on.

A few months ago, I pivoted from data into web development because I wanted to …


Sun 04 March 2018

People-centric Organizations

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

(Note: This essay was written for my Foundations of Leadership course.)

Software Engineering is the discipline of Computer Science concerned with “developing and maintaining software systems that behave reliably and efficiently, are affordable to develop and maintain, and satisfy all the requirements that customers have defined for them” [1]. Creating …


Sun 31 December 2017

2017: Year in Review

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

Here’s to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we all be home before she’s over.

End of year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and to plan for the future.

2017 Highlights

  • Became more public …


Sat 18 November 2017

Soaking it in

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

It was an action packed week at work: we migrated our infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform and into Kubernetes. Pods, nodes, deployments. Oh my!

Not that I helped much with the migration; I'm new and still learning the ropes.

I know …


Sat 04 November 2017

First Month as a Professional Developer

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley

I started a new job as a Mathematician / Software Engineer at a Chicago-based healthcare startup in October. It's my first proper development job and I could not be more excited.

I get paid to write code. It's pretty awesome …


Fri 22 September 2017

Code Complete

Posted by Aly Sivji in Thoughts   

2017 is the year I became deliberate about my approach to programming. Like most newbie developers, I hacked together spaghetti code around chunks of answers I found on StackOverflow (Praise Be).

I didn't care how I solved the problem, only that it was solved enough to cross off my todo …