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Predicting the future of COVID-19

For the past few months, I've been watching the Top 10 countries list for the ever-popular COVID-19 topic of discussion. I'm sure some people have grown tired of it at this point, but I've been tracking India with great interest as they cracked the Top 10 and have roared their way to take a solid #3 spot. There has been ZERO news in mainstream media outlets covering India despite the major influx of cases and the fact that they are really just getting started with COVID-19. What happens in India will impact the rest of the world, including the U.S. (e.g. call centers), so the lack of news is rather disappointing.This post isn't about lamenting the lack of good global news coverage but rather my attempt to write some quick-n-dirty software to crunch some numbers in an effort to predict the future. We know the future is always in flux and so any attempt to predict it will be wrong in some way or other. The first step is to find a good dataset. I went with the Our W…

Building complex Javascript widgets from the ground-up

I am going to use the recently published CubicleSoft File Explorer widget as the basis of this post to show the process used to create a rather complex ~8,000 line Javascript widget from scratch with no external dependencies. It took approximately 2 months to go from concept/idea to complete widget implementation with full keyboard, mouse, and touch input support that works great on desktop, tablets, and even mobile devices! There are many things I learned along the way. So while things are still fresh in my mind, I'd like to jot down and share the process involved.The above is a live demo of the widget. Feel free to interact with it for a little bit, but don't get too distracted. There's an article to read!Alright, the best place to start when designing a widget of this magnitude is the actual design. I used to use tools like Photoshop, Adobe XD, and even paper and pencil to mock up user interfaces. While those have some value, when designing for the web, today'…