ikigai

Howdy!

I'm Charles Pustejovsky. I'm working to align my career path with my ikigai. Ikigai is something you're passionate about, talented at, can have a career in, and can help the world with.

After years of searching and learning, I realized my ikigai is programming. Since then I've been learning as much as I can about computer science, JavaScript, and how to build things with code.

I'm a self-taught software engineer looking for a back-end developer role to put my passion and skills to work.

Projects

The best way to learn is be doing and building. One of my weaknesses is that I try to be a perfectionist and procrastinate. The beautiful thing is that programming doesn't allow for that. I can't just read about JavaScript or NodeJS, I have to build something to really learn it. So here is a growing list or probjects I am working on:


Life Together Calculator

The first application I created which calculated how long my wife and I had known each other and showed what percentage of our lives that was. It gave me hands on experience with working with the DOM and JavaScript's Date Object. I have since then made it interactive so anyone with a significant other can calculate their life together.

Estuary

With Estuary is can record and save my stream consciousness writing sessions, have any notes or todos saved without leaving the writing sessions, and have those notes emailed to me every 24 hours.

This app is where I've put my NodeJS and MongoDB skills to the test. I've set up routes, built models and schemas, learned how to send emails and schedule cron jobs inside the app. I'm also setting up unit tests with Mocha and deploying with MongoDB Compass and Heroku.

Public/Private Key Signing App

Application I worked on to better understand cryptography and asynchronous code. This probject helped me get a better understanding of NodeJS's Crypto module. It should go without saying, but do not use this! I'm rolling my own cryptography here for learning purposes only.

GDPR Toggler

Love it or hate it, GDPR is a reality for businesses so I created a jQuery script to dynamically display an opt-in option for countries where that option was required (I used this AJAX script to determine the country by IP address). This was my first real taste of working with jQuery. The scripts would need customization for the countries and for the specific assets that are being displayed or hidden.

BitPay Blog Redesign

As a content writer at BitPay, I guess I took owning the blog a bit too literally and redesigned it. I forked Ghost's Casper theme and modified it with the help of an amazing marketing designer to give it a modern look.

Before
BitPay Blog Before
After
BitPay Blog After

Markdown Scratch Page

I stumbled across the instruction for a markdown editor thanks to this wonderful GitHub repository full of projects in a whole host of languages.

It's useful to quickly preview what some Markdown will look like. I still need to add this core functionality to my Estuary app and create a way to save this file to desktop. I like taking notes in Markdown so this will actually get some regular use from me, especially if I don't have my text editor open for some odd reason!


About Me

Charles Pustejovsky

I'm a perpetual learner. I love learning new things and exploring new ideas. I never get bored even when reading a SCOTUS statement or an academic essay on grain shipments or the most dry technical documentation.

One of the things I love most about programming is that it forces me to learn by doing. I can't just read about programming, I have to program. It takes me out of my comfort zone in the most delightful way. Programming helps me fail fast and learn and grow from those mistakes.

I'm not scared of asking stupid questions and showing that I don't know it all because that's the only way I'll grow, both as a person and as a developer.


Skills

  • Git
  • JavaScript (Intermediate)
  • NodeJS
  • MongoDB
  • Mocha
  • Golang (Beginner)
  • Python (Beginner)
  • CSS
  • Gulp
  • Yarn
  • Grunt

Interests

  • Cryptocurrency
  • Ethereum and Smart Contracts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Functional Programming
  • Automation
  • Hacking Productivity
  • Hiking


Reading List


Grokking Algorithms

The Pragmatic Programmer

It feels providential that I procrastinated on buying this book until the 20th anniversary update came out. I'm looking forward to going through the advice David Thomas and Andrew Hunt have to offer.


Grokking Algorithms

Mastering Ethereum

Ethereum is, without a doubt, my favorite cryptocurrency. I'm excited about it's potential and want to learn to build smart contracts on the Ethereum network. So I've started reading about it.


Grokking Algorithms

Grokking Algorithms

One of my long-term goals is to slowly learn the concepts and ideas I would have in a traditional computer science course at a university. Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Y. Bhargava is a great place to start that journey.