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Hi - I'm Clinton, and I'm the CTO of Momentum Learning in Durham, NC. I've previously worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, The Iron Yard, and RTI International, among others. My big passions are my kids and making the world of programming a more welcoming and diverse place.

Recent articles

Word to color

I had to write some code today to convert words into colors, which was a lot of fun. I liked it so such I had to put a working example online.


A favorite development tool: direnv

direnv has been the most useful tool in my software development repository in the last two years. It’s a simple tool: it loads and unloads environment variables when you move into or out of a directory. It’s fast, extensible, and never screws up, which makes it a rarity.


My programming story, part 5

After I graduated from high school, I went to college like many of my classmates. I decided to go to the University of Alabama in Huntsville because I could afford it and it was as far from home as I could get in the state of Alabama. It probably wasn’t my best decision. UAH was a satellite school and served mainly locals, both my age and lots of adults. There was only one on-campus housing building; most students lived off-campus. Read more...

Building dashboards with Django and D3

I gave this talk at DjangoCon 2016. The slides I used are embedded below. Check out the open-source code behind this and the live preview. My workplace recently collaborated with several police departments to build a dashboard showing 911 (also known as Call for Service) data, allowing users to drill down into that data. When I started on the project, there was a prototype written in dc. Read more...

PyCon 2016

I just arrived home from PyCon 2016. It was a fantastic experience, on par with the year before. I didn’t go alone this time: I brought four of my great co-workers and also ran into a lot of old and new friends. It was so hard to decide which talks to go to this year! In each slot, I had two or three I wanted to see. From early reports, I missed a lot of great ones. Read more...
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