Get more signups on your next project with a referral program

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Referral programs are everywhere. Just about any time you sign up for a new SaaS product or subscribe to a hot new email newsletter, you’re given a referral link you can share with others for a special bonus.

Creating a referral program is an incredible way to get social proof for your product. Someone signs up, other people see them doing so, and in turn they’re more likely to sign up as well.

While working…

It’s easy, I promise!

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Photo by Moritz Kindler on Unsplash

I recently started using Rasa to create a chatbot for my job. Rasa is an extremely powerful open source conversational AI for building contextual assistants (or, chatbots). There are so many use-cases for Rasa, including personal assistants, FAQ chatbots, customer support bots, and more. Reply and let me know if you have any other potential use-cases!

One of the things my chatbot needed to do was extract dates and times from user messages.

After a bit of research, I discovered Duckling, a Haskell library for parsing…

Tracking time easier than ever with a quick tap on my Apple Watch.

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If you just wanna check out the code for this project, click here for the GitHub repo! Feel free to clone it & make it your own.

For the past few months, all of my work has been on an hourly basis, either part-time or contract.

In the beginning, I was very diligently tracking my hours with a spreadsheet… but that didn’t last long. Before I knew it, I’d devolved to tracking my hours in a text file, and then eventually ended up just using my Notes app. …

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It’s not pretty, but it works!

I had been studying computer science for about 2 years, but beyond my GitHub profile full of half-complete side projects, I had nothing to show for it. I knew I needed to do something, but what?

My roommate and I were brainstorming fun projects I could code, and we decided to make a few Twitter bots. Using a popular Markov chain Python library and a free EC2 instance, I spun up @whoopdiddypoop and @ebotmusk, simulating Kanye West and Elon Musk, respectively. …

Adam Bowker

software developer, sneakerhead, and lizard owner. | |

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