a nyc based coding enthusiast, handyman, farmer at-heart, artist and future surfer πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ

Ocean view from Impossible Beach, Bali

My Mission

To master the process of software development, gain advanced proficiency in a few programming languages and use those skills and knowledge to build applications that:

  1. are novel solutions to everyday problems
  2. help others develop solutions
  3. make the world a better place than i found it
  4. brings people together

About Me

Hey there, welcome to my website! My name is Danny Lee, a NYC-based coding enthusiast who pivoted into software development in 2019. I've had a lot of past careers, including telco cable splicer, commercial real estate broker and small business owner, handyman, and a manager in different organizations. I also have a lot of hobbies including woodwork, acrylic and watercolor painting, letterpress printing, gardening, welding and a more recent interest in surfing.


I'm a perennial New Yorker, born in, raised and lived most of my whole life in the greatest city in the world. Its an amazing, diverse and constantly changing landscape that is always renewing and rebuilding itself. Recently, nyc's taken a sharp shift towards tech and startups, which is incredibly exciting.

What do you love about software development?

I've recently shifted into software development and I love it! What do I love about it? Well first, although its difficult to pull off, the possibility of working remotely was that last push I needed to take the plunge. Bali, here I come! πŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸŒŠ Next, there is an endless supply of knowledge to feed my love of learning and practicing new skills. Programming is a challenging, yet highly accessible field. The knowledge is readily available in different forms (books, documentation, videos, podcasts, et cetera). There's just so much of it, which is another positive reason for me. I love learning. Thirdly, I see potential for building passive income streams from apps and websites, that just need some time, an entrepreneurial spirit and some cash to get off the ground. And lastly, but perhaps, most importantly the challenges of programming aligns exceedingly well with my creative problem solving skills and there is an endless supply of knowledge to feed my love of learning and practicing new skills. Dream, explore, create, review, rebuild. Its how I approach my work, my hobbies and interests, its how I live.

As a handyman at Taskrabbit, I had the chance to take on all kinds of odd jobs and come up with solutions and bring them to fruition. Its at that time, that I truly learned my passions are in finding and building creative solutions for peoples' real world problems. I'm actually really proud of the reviews and kudos I received from my many clients during that time (link: https://tr.co/dhl), because I didn't grow up as a handy person. I also wasn't formally trained in the field, though 5 years as a telco cable splicer taught me a lot.

Handywork was something I always wanted to do growing up (having been a huge fan of This Old House and Bob Vila). After deciding to try my hand at it, and jump into the handyman field, I learned through reading lots of books and websites, YouTube videos, scouring handywork forums and reddit, and last but not least--the way I learn best--hands-on experience. It was scary at first, and it had a challenging learning curve, but I believe I can say, humbly, that I mastered handywork. But, I couldn't see doing it for another 15 or 20 years. I needed a new challenge and I think I've found it in software development.

We'll see how this goes! 😊

Update 10/2021: Going good! SQL and Big Data are my new interests. 😊

Quote of the moment

"I'm always asked, 'What's the secret to success?' But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room." - Dwayne Johnson

Tools and Technologies


JavaScript, Scala, Python, SQL, Java, Ruby, HTML


Spark, Hadoop, Kafka, Hive, Pandas, Openpyxl, Pymssql, React, Rails, CSS, Markdown, JSON


Oracle, MS Sqlserver


Databricks, Snowflake, SSMS, SQL Developer, Azure Data Studio, HDFS, AWS


Excel, Putty/Citrix/ssh, Git/VCS, Postman


Windows, Unix


Power BI


Insurance, Real Estate

Hobbies and Interests

Acrylic and watercolor painting

Gardening (indoor and outdoor, propagation)


Video art and mashups

Woodworking, handywork and flux core welding

Creative Writing

and, soon, Surfing!

Past website work (2011 - 2020)
Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle dust jacket (1963)
Creative Karass

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[Myself at 38 w32nd Street with Canvas]
Art Galleries:

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[South Korean Flag] ν•œκ΅­ 물건 - Korean related stuff
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[Kim Hong-do, A Cat and a Butterfly painting]

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[Seoul Food Shop 1890-1923]

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[Indonesian flag] Bali

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General Info

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[I love bali sign]
Cities and Towns

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Graffiti on wall

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[Legs crossed next to a pool]
Digital Nomads/Freelance

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