Ask HN: Which personal projects got you hired?

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  • treebender

    A HDPSG-inspired symbolic natural language parser written in Rust

  • epanet-js

    Model a water distribution network in JavaScript using the OWA-EPANET engine

    I created a handful of application around water engineering/modelling [1], plus an open source library to run the simulations in javascript [2].

    A water utility in Spain spun off a start up to create a similar web based water modelling application and they used my open source library.

    They approached me and I joined them and have been able to maintain the open source library as part of my role.


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  • fast-sqlite3-inserts

    Some bunch of test scripts to generate a SQLite DB with 1B rows in fastest possible way

  • py-caskdb

    (educational) build your own disk based KV store

  • gitarena

    Software development platform with built-in vcs, issue tracking and code review

    GitArena -

    GitArena is a GitHub/Gitea/GitLab clone written in Async Rust using Tokio and Actix-Web on the backend and server-rendered HTML with htmx for interactivity.

    I commented on the "Who wants to be hired?" thread of this month with this being my main portfolio show-off project. It worked and I have gotten already 2 job offers now.

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