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Snake Byte 37

Snake_Byte #37: Traversing Data with List Comprehensions

In a previous blog post, we covered list comprehensions to generate a dataset. In this post, I'll be covering how to simplify traversing a dataset...

Snake Byte 36

SNAKE_BYTE #36: Two Unlikely Cousins

Our website has undergone multiple iterations since I started at PokitDok. Originally part of a larger Flask app utilizing Jinja and AngularJS, we eventually switched...

CryptoAssets and The State of The Channel

If you are interested in reducing the amount of transactions committed to the blockchain to a minimum for privacy or efficiency reasons, you will eventually...

Snake_Byte #35: Building Custom Slack Bots with Python - Mimic Your Coworkers

Here at PokitDok, we use slack not only as an internal communication tool, but also as a one stop shop for posting analytics reports and...

Snake_Byte #34: Joining NPI with NUCC using Apache Spark

Introduction In case you missed it, my last Snake_Byte looked at the CMS NPI dataset. If you followed along at home, you might have noticed...

Snake_Byte #33: Fancier string formatting

Coming from a Javascript-heavy background, I didn’t spend much time reading up on Python’s string module. When I needed to concatenate some values into a...

AWS Presents: Managing a Healthcare System with Blockchain

Earlier this month, I was in New York City at the AWS Pop-up Loft in SoHo - our Co-Founder & CTO Ted Tanner, Jr. was...

Snake_Byte #32: Default behaviors with dictionaries

Due to its usefulness, nearly all modern programming languages have a key/value collection type. Python's flavor of this type is called a dict (dictionary), and...

DocRank: Computer Science Capstone Project with the College of Charleston

Throughout the 2017 spring semester, PokitDok sponsored a capstone project through the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston. PokitDok provided a curated dataset...

Snake_Byte #31: What's in a __name__?

Perhaps you've seen some Python code that looks like this: What in the world is up with that if block? Some programming languages such as...

Notes from the Field: Consensus 2017

We just returned from spending a few days in the Big Apple at Consensus 2017. Produced by CoinDesk, this has arguably become one of the...