Parsing JSON APIs with SwiftyJSON

Parsing JSON using Swift is not a happy task. One of the first things I wanted to do in a Playground was call the topcoder API and start playing with the returned challenge data. Unfortunately parsing JSON in data is almost akin to chewing glass right now (hopefully it will…
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Topcoder Kicks Off $500K "Learn Swift" Series

Yesterday at topcoder we launched a new series to help developer learn Apple's new development language, Swift. We are extremely optimistic about this language, as are others, and we are making a huge investment in it at topcoder. Over the next 12 weeks or so, we are offering up to…
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Deploying Go Apps to Elastic Beanstalk with Docker

In my last 'Go Tutorial with MongoDB on Heorku' post, we built a simple 'cribs' application using Martini where topcoder members can showcase where they work. If you are just jumping in, you can run the application on Heroku and find the code on our github repo. Today we are…
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Go Tutorial with MongoDB on Heorku

I've spent the last couple of days digging into Go and getting the feel for it and so far I really like it. It built a small web app using MongoDB and Heroku and thought I would share the process. Here is the source code and you can…
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It’s Official. I’m a Serial Adopter!

Last Monday (June 9th) my wife and I added two children to our family making the running total: 3 bio kids and 3 adopted. Raising our first three was sooo much fun we thought we'd do it again with other people's offspring. Hopefully this blog post will encourage someone to…
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Ghost CLI

Since the Ghost blogging platform does not currently include a CLI (as of 0.4.2), I decided to build one with some simple admin functionality. I needed a number of these functions when I ported this blog from WordPress to Ghost. With almost 500 posts, I had a number…
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