a nyc based coding enthusiast, handyman, farmer at-heart, artist and future surfer 🏄‍♂️


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.

Location

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! 🏄🏻‍♂️🌊 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! 😊

Quote of the moment

“Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem-solving, trading accuracy for speed, making increasing numbers of mistakes as they go, and abandoning ship altogether when the problem seems too difficult or frustrating. Introverts think before they act, digest information thoroughly, stay on task longer, give up less easily, and work more accurately. Introverts and extroverts also direct their attention differently: if you leave them to their own devices, the introverts tend to sit around wondering about things, imagining things, recalling events from their past, and making plans for the future. The extroverts are more likely to focus on what's happening around them. It's as if extroverts are seeing "what is" while their introverted peers are asking "what if.” ― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Portfolio Projects
TTP app screenshot

TTP Stock Trade


A stock purchase app, built for Stage 2 of the NYC TTP application.
DevTeamer app screenshot

DevTeam - Dev Team Building


A web app to design teams with Agile roles.


Websites I've worked on recently (2020)


Past website work (2011 - 2018)

Industry Knowledge
  • Full-stack Software Development
  • Handywork, Maintenance and Repair
  • Computer HW/SW Installation and Troubleshooting
  • Video/Photo Editing
  • Office administration
  • Commercial RE Sales and Marketing
  • Property Research and Analysis
  • Telecom Cable Troubleshooting and Splicing
Tools and Technologies
  • Javascript
  • Ruby
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
  • HTML/CSS
  • REST APIs
  • Git/Github VCS
  • Heroku/Netlify
  • FTP/Telnet
  • Wordpress
  • MS Office / Google Apps
  • Acrobat, Photoshop, Premiere
  • Most Hand and Power tools
  • Some Woodworking tools :)
  • Flux Core Welding
Hobbies and Interests
  • Acrylic and watercolor painting
  • Video art and mashups
  • Woodworking and welding
  • Gardening (indoor and outdoor, propagation)
  • Creative Writing
  • Karaoke
  • and, soon, Surfing!

Presentations
General
Technical
Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle dust jacket (1963)
Creative Karass

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[image source, The Books of Bokonon]

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

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[South Korean Flag] 한국 물건 - Korean related stuff
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Language

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[Kim Hong-do, A Cat and a Butterfly painting]
Art

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[Seoul Food Shop 1890-1923]
Historical

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[Indonesian flag] Bali

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[image of sunset and temple in Bali]
General Info

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[I love bali sign]
Cities and Towns

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Graffiti on wall
Language

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

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