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    Improving the Accessibility of a Travel Budgeting React App

    Tech

    July 17, 2019 6 min read

    Today I worked on improving the accessibility of the travel budget planning React app I have been building. There are two main pages in the app that I am using to demonstrate the issues and changes. This is not a comprehensive list of issues you may run into, but if any of these apply to your current or future project, I hope this post will be helpful.

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    Lessons from a Weekend of Building a React / Node App

    Tech

    July 16, 2019 7 min read

    This past weekend I spent hours building a travel budget planner app in React and Node and deploying to Heroku, and learned a lot in the process. These are some of the lessons I learned that may be helpful to my future selft or to others undertaking such an end-to-end task for the first time.

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  • Retrospective: How I spent hours of debugging code for a one-word bug

    Tech

    April 23, 2019 3 min read

    A career in this field is made up of many days like this -- where finding a bug is where the challenge lies, not the fix itself. The fix was simple but the real work was in finding it.

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  • Companies Struggling with Employee Retention: Stop Blaming Job-Hoppers and Lack of Loyalty

    Tech

    March 6, 2019 4 min read

    It always seems to me that there is this antagonistic relationship between employers and employees: employers want to deliver less and get more out of their workers, and well, employees want more than they are getting, especially when they have other options. If there are so many advantages to employee retention, why do companies skimp on fixing the issues on their end instead of blaming the workforce?

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  • Responsive, Scrollable, Non-Transparent Tables With Shadows Using CSS and Javascript

    Tech

    March 1, 2019 7 min read

    There are a lot of thoughts out there on how data tables should, or could, be handled to work responsively across mobile devices. I needed something simple that could be applied to most tables throughout the site and be done with it. No new development should have to be done after the initial development, making it easy for authors to make their tables responsive in the CMS.

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    Why I Knit: Similarities Between Knitting and Coding

    CraftsTech

    January 11, 2019 4 min read

    I knit for the joy of it: the meditative, repetitive counting, the beauty of a pattern emerging slowly, stitch after stitch, the excitement of casting on and the high of binding off, donning a new piece for the first time that I created over hours of work... But deeper than that, I believe I gravitated toward knitting above other crafts specifically because it is a lot like coding.

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