You can either scroll down for a straight archive or all my archive, or click one of the below tags to see writing from a specific category.
- Design Pattern Fairy Tales
- Intros I Wish I Had
- mental health
- sonic pi
- tough stuff
- web accessibility
Title is an HTML attribute you can technically use but never should. For the sake of your website, health, and future children. Escape it while you can.
In an early job I skipped writing tests, thinking it would make my code more flexible and maintainable. I slowly found it did the exact opposite.
In 2019 I focused on numbers for doing better in work and play. That focus caused most of my past year's regrets, and I plan to take a much different approach for 2020.
Webpack is great, but too big a tool for my personal site. This is how I viciously murdered my Webpack processes for NPM scripts.
A Sunday video game session put me in a terrible mood, and made me realize something important: I loathe almost all forms of video today.
Climate change is complex and dangerous, but some of the key (and too often overlooked) drivers are our industrial cultures.
One of my (oddly specific) hobbies is laser-cutting anime images. A few MakeHaven members have been curious how, so I wrote a tutorial on making your own.
I've (mostly) left Twitter for over two weeks. The effects have ranged from good, amazing, and later on, horrible.
Sonic Pi is an amazing music synth tool for turning code into melodies. I break it back in by breaking down a remix of Hotel California's chords.
We live with our thoughts every day, so it's important to not let them drive us down a wrong path.
A beginning coder's guide to structural design patterns with an alternate telling of Cinderella.
If you're a white man or otherwise privileged person reading someone's painful lived experiences, don't respond in these ways.
Find the approach to taking consistent notes on books and articles to accelerate your learning.
A beginning coder's guide to the other half of behavioral design patterns with an alternate telling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Being insecure about my career and skills likely won't change anytime soon. Finding the positives is something I can do now.
After weeks of looking for a workable approach, I finally build a Node Twitter bot to automatically share anime quote artwork.
I don't consider myself a tech ally, but have several ways I try to act as one.
The Fourth of July reminded me that powerful writing and fireworks have some big things in common.
A beginning coder's guide to half of the behavioral design patterns with an alternate telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
A note I'd taken while abroad on my time in Hungary's capital, and learning to be happy alone as well as with others.
A beginning coder's guide to understanding creational design patterns with an alternate telling of The Three Little Pigs.
Refactoring code is a tricky business. This is a small example of how fixing old CSS code creates even more problems to solve.
The Dev.To community chatted about how they manage digital addiction. In case you missed it, here are the big takeaways!
Integrity is acting consistently with one's moral values. But when are we just trying, and failing, to have integrity?
There's plenty of common arguments against web accessibility that are dead wrong. Here are five of them with some ready-to-go counterarguments.
A SubAtomic Frontend Architecture balances Atomic CSS and BEM class naming to build a fast, flexible framework.
I celebrate a long-overdue side project by examining its most important pieces - services, singletons, and which Eeveelution matches my personality.
My journalism background taught me many things that still help me as a programmer. They cover workplace conversations, managing knowledge, making well-informed decisions, and the benefits of sprinting across campus in a blind panic.
This week was learning about balance - balance of work and play, and balance of explore and exploit.
My first (of hopefully many) weekly lessons learned covers brittle tests, complex components, stupid questions, and existential emotions.
Testing is a topic I overlooked too much early in my career, which may have hurt my progress the most. This is everything I'd have told my past self about testing.
Look at anything from a narrow enough perspective, and it can be whatever your mind wants.
As a coder and a writer, I've often felt inadequate with what I'm giving back to the world. But there are ways I can give back, however small they are.
My project skeleton is a base starting point for simple, vanilla Ruby creations. I examine how the basic parts work together for fellow Ruby newbies.
Automation has always been a sensitive spot in my coding career, but I finally took a solid first step.
Many priviledged coders make a common mistake when thinking other coders should simply 'try harder.'
My mind's first reaction is often negative, and I try to work around these carefully so they don't pull me down.
Seeing so many professional writers emerge on Dev.To has helped me see, and accept, my casual blogger habits.
Another message to my past self, this time on the importance of accessibility, how to achieve it, and how to test it.
Asking for help is important, but so is learning how to give problems your best shot beforehand.
Three useful lessons taken away from my first, and possibly last, actual luxury vacation
Discovering ourselves means finding activities to fuel our productivity, empathy, and sense of empathy.
Willpower is less about 'powering through' lazy moments and more about evading them with careful planning.
I write a letter to my past self about the Shell's importance I wish I'd focused on earlier in my career.
When getting feedback from coworkers about your code, don't let your ego stop you from doing better.
Is uniqueness something natural for us, or does it take work?
Despite confidence in my 'Maintainble CSS' talk, a lack of focus made it go long. Here's how I don't plan to repeat those mistakes.
Inspirational-sounding goals seem good, but have gotten me nowhere. Measurable goals force me to step up and try.
Verbal abuse shouldn't be dismissed as silly or unimportant. There's easy ways to recognize and handle it.
When I arrived at Ember Conference 2018, I found something vital for long-term success as a developer.
Two months after redesigning my site, a big event makes me do it all over again.
People 'just trying to start a conversation' are never worth listening to.
I revisit my first real Node program to refactor it with more ES6 syntax, asynchronous functions, and anime wallpaper feeds.
It's amazing how many worries vanish by thinking 'I have the benefit of not caring what they think.'
Despite being of a single mind, most people have inner voices pulling them different directions that we need to avoid.
With so much to keep learning as a junior dev, I've remembered not to trust my brain to hold onto all the new info.
As you’ve (hopefully) seen by now, we have completely overhauled the SeeClickFix homepage and corporate website. I share my favorite code from the new site.
If you don't know what rebasing in Git is, read this before it's too late. Especially if you love cupcakes!
Part of being a junior dev is controlling the overwhelming pressure I put on myself to learn as much as possible.
For my first web project that wasn't a website, I broke down a goal that involved Node, scheduled functions, the Twitter API, and a feed of anime wallpapers.
All web developers will fight Impostor Syndrome at some point, and find their own way to fight back.
I've found I'm not a happy person. I wouldn't have it any other way.
It's easy to see why pattern libraries are useful, but tough to successfully maintain them over time.
Before you share an opinion on any topic, ask yourself the following questions
Don't feel lazy and undeserving for taking the time to rest. One can't be productive without rest.
Common language influences us a lot. Could our swear words affect our beliefs?
Being so close to death is terrifying, but being far away from it is even worse.
A SlideShare from my AmeriCares internship on using Twitter for career networking.
Exploring how helping people plant gardens after a disaster can make you one of the #HealthCareHeroes.
Professor Alejandro Garcia’s own altruistic actions are being recognized with the 2013 Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award.
Vast spiritual opportunities lie within campus Chapel; Hendricks illuminates need for diversity.
The gun control discussion has officially begun at Syracuse University, with the 'Guns and America: Joining the Conversation' event.
On Point For College helps students reach new levels of achievement