This is how I learned the fundamentals of blockchain…

Sam Patankar © 2021

I, like many people, seem to have been bowled over first by blockchain, Bitcoins, NFT’s and then all sorts of other blockchain-based things in between. I knew from reading various articles both here in Medium and abroad that it was something I would be into, I just needed to start sorting the wheat from the chaff of information, scams, and advertisements.

I hit upon a Medium article that itself referenced an article in DZone. Click on the links and you’ll get taken there if you’re interested. Between the two articles, I…


Here lies the tale of a man in his 40’s trying to turn his body fat percentage around.

Physical Winter — Copyright Sam Patankar

The U.K. has been in a major lockdown which has closed all gyms and non-essential shops. It’s been a very tough third lockdown, which had also mandated against meetings between non-bubbled households — supposedly!

I’ve had a fairly good lockdown really — my work in data science has come on in leaps and bounds, and I’m finding the mental bandwidth to enable my other learning and project plans.

I’ve been fairly good at keeping up with the mandated walks, but I knew…


“…a new business..in this economy?!”

© Sam Patankar 2021 — Fulwood Digital

It is the beginning of a new year, 2021 and in terms of ‘things’ getting better after the historic train-wreck that has been 2020, they generally aren’t. What better time to flesh out and execute ideas to start a new business. Nothing like impending economic collapse in Brexit-land to really sort the men from the boys, right?

To this ‘mad-hatter’ task, I announce my new business to the world — Fulwood Digital. Fulwood Digital works at the intersection of web development and data science. We create websites, web-apps, scrape the data, and process it using…


© Sameer Patankar — Yorkshire, U.K. 2020

Six months after I quit all other work full-time, and I gave myself to MERN stack. I had a coder-buddy who had taken the C#/.NET route, and throughout this period I’ve been putting in the hours — diligently, consistently. Night after night, day after day. I’d been preparing myself job hunting in the job-rich, but applicant-glut space of the U.K./Lancashire post-COVID-19 lock-down web dev scene. I was building up to showing off real MERN stack web app skills.

Then I had an epiphany of sorts: I was touting around for work experience but after a series of conversations with a…


The second part of a guide to JavaScript, while I work on getting better.

© Sameer Patankar 2020

I started coding seriously in 2019, and it is coming up to my first anniversary. I think it is time I shared some of what has helped me so far. Recently I have been taking a deep-dive into vanilla JavaScript by way of Brad Traversy’s course on ‘Modern JS’ hosted on Udemy. This is a prelude to React and TypeScript study and practice later in the year.

Part one of my guide explained the basics of structures and syntax in versions ES5/ES6 and onwards in vanilla…


The first part of a guide to JavaScript, while I work on getting better.

© Sameer Patankar 2020

I started coding seriously in 2019, and it is coming up to my first anniversary. I think it’s time I shared some of what has helped me so far. Recently I have been taking a deep-dive into vanilla JavaScript by way of Brad Traversy’s course on ‘Modern JS’ hosted on Udemy. This is a prelude to React and TypeScript study and practice later in the year.

This is part one of my guide to what structures and syntax are available in ES5/ES6/ECMA2015 and onwards to build…

Sam Patankar

Former scientist, former constructionist, new coder.

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