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A few of my favorite (dev) things

22 December 2015

I started teaching a web development class and I have been thinking a lot about what happens after class is over. My students will learn a bunch of HTML and CSS and a bit of Javascript over the course of...

Living Dangerously: 12 Thoughts on Windows 10 After Day 1

31 July 2015

I like to live dangerously - at least in terms of upgrading my technology.  Call it reckless.  Call it crazy.  I just like playing with new things.  This is exactly why I decided to upgrade my 3-year old Windows 7...

I need a job!: 4 tips from a hiring manager

18 July 2015

The job market has been really fantastic for developers, so much so that technical immersion programs, like General Assembly and the Iron Yard, have become increasingly popular. More developers than ever are entering the market, yet unemployment (at least in...

About This Tech Girl

22 April 2015

There have been a lot of stories in the news about gender issues in the tech world. The Ellen Pao case. Gamergate. The dongle joke at Pycon.  The gender gap in the tech industry.  The list goes on and on....

Cleaner Gmail sent folder

25 January 2015

I just started a new job where all communication is managed via Google – e-mail, calendar, and chat. This being my first intensive experience with Gmail, I quickly discovered that the sent folder will drive me crazy. Let me explain:...

Backbone: No more hash tags!

18 December 2014

Is one of your Backbone.js pet-peeves the fact that all of your routes have to start with a hash tag? It was mine! The other day, it finally became a problem when I had to integrate my Backbone app inside...

How to write code: Kid edition

03 December 2014

I was recently asked to do some research on how to teach an 8-year old about mobile app development. This made me happy on a bunch of levels. This kid is interested in something that is pretty complicated for adults....

Reverting remote commits in Git

07 November 2014

I had a “git” of a problem this week. (Ha… see what I did there?) I committed a bunch of changes to a remote branch, merged them to master, and then needed to back out those changes. (Why this need...

Talking to clients about mobile

22 October 2014

I recently moderated a discussion with UX designers and developers that focused on “adaptive” vs “responsive” websites and how to talk to clients about these terms. We started out by establishing common definitions for each term: An adaptive web site...

Adventures in IE: A story of Javascript dependencies

03 June 2014

I have never really been one for developing in IE. To be honest, I usually exclusively develop using Chrome and save my cross-browser testing for the end of the project. This is very likely a debatable practice, and I may...

30 Things I Learned After Moving To DC

20 March 2014

I moved from Boston to Washington DC in the summer of 2012. It was somewhat (mostly) random move, but one that was completely necessary for me. I recently came across a blog post by another transplant to DC - 24...

Hybris: Create components manually

09 July 2013

I have spent a large part of this year working in a system called Hybris, which is a Java-based e-commerce platform.  The Hybris back-end seems to be very robust and includes a decent amount of documentation.  The Hybris front-end also...

Mobile should not be an afterthought

02 July 2013

I grew up watching the Jetsons, with their flying cars and video calls, and Star Trek, with their tricorders and communicators. Looking back at these shows, there is a common theme here. Sometime in the future, we could have technology...

Taming my Frankenstein monster of a website

24 May 2013

It was a disaster. My website, that is. I started my site with good intentions. All I wanted was a simple site with some basic information about me. Maybe my resume, too. After all, any serious web developer needs a...

February Photo a Day #28

28 February 2013

And last but not least… the 28th!  Today’s photo subject was “upside down”, which gave me a great excuse to hang around… well… upside down.  Seeing my office upside down was the most fun.  My apartment does not have a...

February Photo a Day #27

27 February 2013

The photo subject for the 27th: “playing”.  Now, I don’t really play that often.  At least, not the way I think of playing.  It has been forever since I jumped rope… or played hopscotch… or tag… or make believe with...

February Photo a Day #26

26 February 2013

The photo subject for the today was “quiet”.  Taking a picture of actual quiet stumped me at first.  What is quiet?  Especially in my life.  I like background noise.  A lot.  TV, music, podcasts, whatever.  I am a city girl,...

February Photo a Day #25

25 February 2013

Who knew this photo-a-day thing would get so personal?  OK- that is somewhat of a no-brainer, right?   Why do I ask?  Because today’s photo subject was “on my bedside table”. So, internet readers: meet Baby.  I have had her...

February Photo a Day #24

24 February 2013

First, another apology.  Today’s photo subject was “cloud”.  All I could think of when I saw this subject was a photo I took in Chicago several years ago.  I was out there for a family reunion.  It was an absolutely...

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