James DeLay

Software Engineer

Hi, I'm James


I first discovered coding in my early teenage years, and it was love at first 'site'. I remember hacking away on a gargantuan white box of a computer, building websites with HTML, CSS, and Notepad. Though these "web pages" are now lost in the depths of my old hard drive, I continued to play around with code as a hobbyist programmer for years thereafter. It wasn’t until later in my life, while pursuing my MBA, that I began to think of software engineering as a career path.

At that time, I was working as a carpenter during the day and taking graduate classes at night. While at work, I realized how much I enjoyed building things and solving the three-dimensional puzzles that carpentry presents. My favorite part of the job was coming up with creative ways to solve the difficult problems my team and I faced daily. I decided to combine this passion for building and creating with my love for code.

This decision led me to The Fullstack Academy, where I studied software engineering and web development. After completing my studies at Fullstack, I was hired as a Teaching Fellow, where I taught and mentored aspiring software engineers. I then went on to work at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and subsequently McKinsey & Co., where I currently work as a full-stack Software Engineer and Technical Consultant.

During my tenure at McKinsey, I've worked on numerous applications, spanning geospatial analytic tools to PowerPoint automation scripts. I specialize in front-end web development and have extensive experience building responsive web applications. I am passionate about solving complex problems and experimenting with code.

James DeLay

Recent Posts

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Permissions on iOS & Android with React Native

Setting up permissions on iOS & Android with react-native-permissions


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ChatGPT: A developers best friend

How you can leverage ChatGPT to become a better engineer


Recent Projects

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Puppeteer: Morning Blast Newsletter

A project that leverages Puppeteer to scrape the links to interesting articles from a series of subreddit pages on Reddit.com. The plan is to scrape the subreddits, inject the results to an email template, and email the template to a list of subscribers. Built using nodemailer and Mail Trip as an email testing service.

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Portfolio Website

I built this website, the one you're currently browsing, to share all the cool programming related things I've worked on. Built using React, NextJS, and TailwindCSS

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Raspberry Pi Home Lab: Part I

I built and automated the setup of a Raspberry Pi cluster using Ansible and k3s. All you need to get started is an SD card flashed with Raspian and a basic understanding of your home network. I plan to use the cluster as a sandbox to learn more about Kubernetes.