Saalik Lokhandwala

  • @saaliklok
  • Software Engineer @ Litmus
  • he/him
  • Austin, TX
Hi, I'm Saalik! I build software and bring stories to life. My goal is to find signals among the noise of our data-filled world, and connect people together with stories of our here, now, and beyond - into the fantastical worlds of our imaginations. 

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2022
Apr 15, 2022
Apr 15, 2022
This highlight has two parts:

1. I rewrote and shipped my new website at https://saaliklok.com using the young but awesome Bridgetown framework. It's a joy to use something familiar and yet fresh to up my personal website game. I started really simply, and I know that the site will evolve a whole lot from here on out.

2. I wrote a scraper in Ruby to scrape pages of apartment complex websites, so that we wouldn't have to visit individual pages to keep track of which apartments were available. We found our future apartment through this handy little command line tool, and I had a blast writing it.

I captured the journey in a blog post which you can read here!
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2021
Nov 06, 2021
Nov 06, 2021
Last month, I started working on building an "adventure database," a living travel and food (mostly food) journal that lives online.

When my fiancee and I moved to Austin, we started capturing our experiences (from food to nature and more) in a Notion database. We did this so that we could remember places that we’ve visited and create a database for when our friends visited and came to town.

Quickly outgrowing the database on Notion, we also realized that as the world opens up, we wanted to capture the same kind of information through our future travels. That’s when I put the software engineer hat on and decided to build out this website for our adventures.

The project is a living thing, evolving in its own ways constantly, and the latest is here:
https://adventures.saaliklok.com/
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Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Litmus Life on Rails

It's been a little less than 2 months at Litmus and I've been learning a lot. Being on a remote-first team has been super fun, because of the async cadence and communication. It's cool to be autonomous, collaborating with people across several time zones. Did I mention that I love this team?? 

I've been building new features, fixing bugs, and navigating our Rails application, getting more comfortable by the day. As I've been onboarding, I've dug more deeply into RSpec, Rails, Rake tasks, emails, and more. 

This is a great ecosystem, and I feel immensely grateful to be where I am. I'm doubling down on all the things I've wanted to, in development and my career!
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Software Engineer, Litmus
Aug 09, 2021
Aug 09, 2021
Excited to join Litmus as Software Engineer! 🎉
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Software Engineer, Litmus
Jul 31, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
First highlight! I'm super excited to check out Polywork as an early adopter! This will hopefully be a place that I can connect with others and share the progress of my journey. 

Titan's a pretty cool AI assistant, too.
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May 01, 2021
May 01, 2021
Ended my journey as Apprentice Full Stack Developer at Launch Academy!
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Apprentice Full Stack Developer, Launch Academy
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