Developer Spotlight - Soren Rood!
Good morning/evening replers!
Today we are featuring someone you will never be able to guess! It's @sorenrood - a really cool dev who created his own startup (technically in a team) on replit! And now works for replit as an intern and is the one in charge of Replit Ventures so you can do the same!
@TheDrone7 : Hiya Soren! Please provide an introduction of yourself to the community.
@sorenrood: Hi! I'm Soren. I'm a 20-year-old computer science student based in Seattle. I like building things, good design, and art!
@TheDrone7 : And what got you into computers? How did you start coding and how did you find replit?
@sorenrood: I've always been fascinated with computers. I also think that Minecraft command blocks played some role, haha. I took my first coding class when I was a senior in high school and loved that I was able to build things with only a computer. I found Replit sometime last year when I was working at my last job. We were testing out different cloud development solutions.
@TheDrone7 : Was there a change in the way you code before and after you discovered replit?
@sorenrood: The part of my development cycle that has been the most affected by Replit is prototyping. Instead of creating a random python file on my desktop to test something, I now just spin up a repl.
@TheDrone7 : Welp, I don't do prototyping but that's probably what most people experience I think. Anyways, next question.
What projects created by you would you say are your favorites? What was your inspiration behind them/How did you come up with their ideas?
@sorenrood: My favorite projects are:
Ocular Sentiment Analysis Library (OSAL) - This year, I took a history capstone class for fun. I was looking for interesting ways to measure some aspect of history using modern tech. I ended up creating a python library that converted images to raw text and performed sentiment analysis on them. This allowed me to batch upload hundreds of World War 2 newspapers and plot their sentiment scores on a graph. It was a really fun project and you can read about my findings here: https://roodsoren.medium.com/quantifying-sentiment-in-wwii-newspapers-a836bc577e05
Project Sherlock - When the coronavirus pandemic first started, my school had a page nested deep in their website that they updated whenever new covid cases were confirmed on campus. Students were frustrated that my university was not sending email updates about this, so my friend and I took initiative and built a notification system that emailed our entire university whenever there was a change to that page. That was a fun project, but it was shut down when the university took defensive measures.
Blubbr - This is the project I've been working on most recently. We wanted to test the following hypothesis: "Are people interested in non-traditional financial data to inform their trading decisions?". You can read more about it here: https://blog.replit.com/blubbr. tl;dr - people are interested and we are in the process of iterating/expanding on our original idea.
@TheDrone7 : Ooh, those are cool projects! You also said that you're interested in design and art, anything you'd like to share about that?
@TheDrone7 : Well, I don't know enough about art to judge it but I think those who are interested in the community would appreciate it, so let's move to the next question then? Besides coding, what other activities do you enjoy?
@sorenrood: In high school, I played a lot of lacrosse. My team actually won the PLL all-state California championship my senior year. While I don't play anymore, I enjoy snowboarding and looking at houses. Zillow is probably my favorite app of all time.
Here is a picture of our team, I am the one holding the trophy (apologies for the low quality)
@TheDrone7 : No worries for the low quality lol. Finally, do you have some message or quote for the community?
@sorenrood: Keep creating, keep innovating, and don't forget to have fun!
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