First iOS App: Pitch Perfect

February 5, 2016 // iOS Apps // no comments

I’m happy to say that I’ve completed my first iOS application as part of my Udacity Nanodegree iOS programming course. The application, Pitch Perfect, records the user’s audio and gives the user the option of playing the audio back in four different effects: slow speed (snail icon), fast speed (hare icon), high pitch (squirrel icon), and low pitch (darth vader icon).

Creating this application was a great experience to learn Swift (the iOS programming language) and to learn my way around navigating Xcode. I was surprised to find how similar the Swift language is to Java. I have experience coding in Java through coursework at the UW, so Swift didn’t give me to much trouble. In fact, most of my frustration from building this app came from learning Xcode. My previous experience with a compiler came from JGrasp, a very simple application compared to Xcode.

I’m excited to get started on my next project. You can check out the code on my GitHub repository.

UW Career Fair

// Events // no comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity of attending the UW CSE Industry Affiliate career fair. I wasn’t sure what to expect — especially being that I am a current student and had never experienced the other side of a recruiting event before. Nonetheless, I was excited to see how I’d fair pitching HERE to fellow Huskies.

After registering HERE for the fair (3 days prior, by the way), I quickly noticed that some of the industry’s top companies were going to be attending: Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tableau, Adobe, etc. I knew I had to find something to differentiate us and drive traffic to HERE’s booth. My solution: 12 boxes of pizza!


Our booth at the fair. Notice our 12 boxes of pizza!

At 1:30 PM, students began pouring into the atrium of the Paul G. Allen Center for CS exploring the different companies eager to grab top undergrad tech talent. From that point until the conclusion of the event at 5, I don’t think I’ve ever talked so much before in one period my entire life! Simply wearing a HERE t-shirt with my name tag, I became a target of conversation to eager students searching for opportunities to spend their summer coding or post graduation entry-level positions. Lines of students piled up to talk to us!

Many students, although never hearing of HERE before, grinned with excitement when I began speaking about the autonomous driving work we would be doing with the company’s new owners.

It was a pleasure collecting 50+ resumes throughout the day. I found the experience to be great practice for public speaking and sales pitching. To learn more about careers at HERE, check out the Students & Graduates career opportunities page.

2016 Iowa Caucus Results Visualization

February 2, 2016 // Data Visualization, Tableau // no comments

A fun visualization I made the night of the 2016 Iowa Caucus. I grabbed my data from the Fox News election headquarters site at approximately 9:00 PM the night of the caucus, so the data is does not reflect current results. For example on the democratic side, Clinton beat Sanders by .03%.

I was able to show a little love to my company by incorporating HERE maps into this visualization instead of the Tableau default OpenStreetMaps.

Want to grab lunch?

January 29, 2016 // Other // 2 comments

warning: please excuse the ridiculousness of this next post

pow · er lunch
noun  a high-powered business meeting conducted over lunch

Power lunches are all the talk nowadays. However, there is much confusion as to what actually defines a power lunch. I’m here to crush all the uncertainty as to what exactly a power lunch is. I’d like to thank my colleagues Andrew Bagherpour and Karl Manner for cosponsoring my definition.

Here is the official guide to what constitutes a power lunch:

  1. Attendees must be productive before and after lunch
  2. Restaurant cannot take longer than 15 minutes from ordering to food on the table
  3. Clean and simple food only (sammys, salads, soups, burgers, burritos, wraps)
  4. Conversation must be semi-productive
  5. 1-1 exclusivety (rare exceptions are granted for three-ways)
  6. Restaurants must have table ordering and attendees must be seated by waitress
  7. Collared shirts required
  8. Extra points rewarded for outside seating and strong sun presence

Hello world!

January 23, 2016 // Other // one comments

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Dylan Babbs. I am a student at the University of Washington–Seattle. Currently, I am taking a one-quarter absence to gain professional work experience at HERE while also learning to develop iOS applications from Udacity.

I’m going to use this site as a place where I can write about my technology endeavors: data visualization, iOS applications, product ideas, events I attend, and books I read.

Feel free to leave a comment and follow my on my socials: Linkedin, Tableau PublicTwitter.

Kobe Bryant

January 22, 2016 // Data Visualization, Tableau // no comments

I created this Tableau visualization following Kobe Bryant’s announcement to retire following the 2015-16 season. I enjoyed making this because I have been watching Kobe Bryant play for the Lakers throughout my entire life. This was also a fun project because it was my first large scale attempt at combining Photoshop images within Tableau.

U-District Crime

January 21, 2016 // Other // no comments