Hi! I’m Vicky Lai.

I’m a freelance full stack developer. I design, build, and maintain ApplyByAPI.com, open source themes for the static site generator Hugo, this useless thing, and more side projects that you can find on my GitHub. I regularly write for technical publications on Medium, and author a coding blog dubbed --verbose. I’m working on an e-book.

I contribute code and mentorship to the freeCodeCamp nonprofit. I may also be responsible for a tweet or two.

I’m nomadic and work remotely. You can find me on Mastodon or say hello@vickylai.com.


A relevant, automated, and effective pre-screening tool for hiring technical candidates. ApplyByAPI is built to be a scalable solution that greatly reduces human time and effort spent on the hiring process.

Python, Django, AWS, Stripe API, jQuery

Themes for Hugo

Responsive, full-featured, and customizable themes for the popular static site generator Hugo. Focused on minimalism and adaptability. Open source on GitHub.

Pug, Sass, gulp/Node.js, jQuery

A post-apocalyptic Simon game

A reinvention of the classic Simon game with an RPG theme, implemented in JavaScript as a finite-state machine. Offers a choice of play modes with custom CSS effects.

A substitution cipher unicode converter

A single-page app that instantly converts plain-looking letters into their fancier extended unicode character representations. It uses an algorithm based on the Caesar cipher from classical cryptography. Further details in this article.

More open source projects on GitHub


A function for AWS Lambda that continuously deletes Tweets from your Twitter timeline according to a configurable expiry time. Read the accompanying article.

Go, Twitter API, AWS Lambda

A neat starter package that automagically creates a pure CSS gallery web page from a folder of image files.

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