Juha-Matti Santala
Community Builder. Dreamer. Adventurer.

Blog posts in category “Advent of Code”

Solutions and discussion about Advent of Code Christmas calendar puzzles.

  • Jan 3rd, 2024
    Advent of Code 2023 retrospective

    Last month I participated in Advent of Code again, helping the elves to save Christmas. By 25th, I reached 36 stars and learned a bunch of new things.

  • Nov 29th, 2023
    Advent of Code is just around the corner

    The elves are gonna be in trouble again and it’s up to us to help save the Christmas. What is Advent of Code and why you should check it out?

  • Jan 11th, 2023
    Me and the elves - Advent of Code 2022 retrospective

    This year's Advent of Code was fun as always – and bit less stressful than before. Maybe it's a sign that I've learned a thing or two? Time for an Advent of Code 2022 retrospective!

  • Nov 30th, 2022
    Python prep for Advent of Code 2022

    Advent of Code is right around the corner and I decided to gather my favorite Python tips and standard library tools from my previous years' puzzle-solving.

  • Dec 31st, 2021
    45 stars, Christmas was almost saved - Advent of Code retrospective

    Advent of Code for this year is done and for the first time in my life, I got almost to completion with 45 stars and saving the Christmas! Here's my Advent of Code 2021 retrospective of the things I learned and experienced during this month.

  • Dec 15th, 2021
    Tips for Advent of Code

    Solving Advent of Code puzzles is a fun way to spend December. Over the years I've participated, I've picked up a habit or two that makes debugging broken solutions easier.

  • Dec 8th, 2021
    Advent of Code 2021

    This year I'm once again solving Advent of Code puzzles to help the elves save the Christmas. This year, my trusty tools are Python and Jupyter Notebook and I'm focusing on writing my thoughts and insights for other humans within my notebooks.

  • Dec 16th, 2020
    Advent of Code #3: Slowing down

    Around day 10, things started to slow down and I lost momentum with Advent of Code as so easily happens. What has made me very happy meanwhile has been the sense of community and encouraging others to join the challenge and work together to help Santa.

  • Dec 9th, 2020
    Advent of Code #2: Borrows, unwraps and lots of compiler errors

    Days 2 to 8 of Advent of Code and my journey with Rust was like 2020 on a very small scale: a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days I felt really good and enjoyed learning and coding and some other days I felt like I knew nothing about Rust and couldn't figure out the problems at all.

  • Dec 2nd, 2020
    Advent of Code #1: Getting Started

    Advent of Code is an annual programming challenge that contains multiple small code puzzles each day leading up to Christmas. For me, they are a way to brush up old tech or learn something new. This year, I'm learning Rust for the first time.