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Solving “CommandError: Unable to serialize database: ‘charmap’ codec can’t encode character…”

I’ve been working in Django a lot lately and needed to dump my database using Django’s dumpdata command. However, that produced an error. Here’s how I solved it. However, halfway the dump, my terminal returned an error. Apparently, there was a Byte Order Mark or BOM somewhere in my SQLite… 

Fix “End user credentials must match the user specified in the request.” in GCP

In this article, we’ll discuss an error I ran into when trying to create SSH keys for a service account in Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Nevertheless, I assume it’s something that can happen in many situations where you’re trying to perform an operation as a service account. I hope to… 

Explaining ‘promises’ in D3.js: the what and the why

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A while ago I started working in the JavaScript library D3.js to create some interactive visualizations. I even took a rather great Coursera course on the subject — Information Visualization: Programming with D3.js. If you’re not familiar with modern JavaScript syntax, D3.js has a rather steep learning curve. During this…