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Frederick O'Brien

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The Guardian

Gonzo engineering

April 2021 - present

I code for The Guardian. I was one of the 2021 software engineering fellowship intake and am currently part of the team responsible for Ophan, the paper’s real-time, in-house content analytics tool.

An ongoing project is Galaxies (of the Guardian), an org chart that used D3 force directed graphs to represent the department as a series of interconnected people, teams, and streams.

Galaxies of the Guardian

As part of the paper’s 200th birthday celebrations I and my fellow fellows made 1821 Mode, a hack day project that styled the website to look like the first edition of the Manchester Guardian. It spent a glorious week as an easter egg on the homepage and even got a shoutout from Margaret Atwood!

1821 Mode

I’ve worked with Scala, TypeScript, React, Amazon Web Services, amongst other things.