A few VSCode tips for those who are just getting started with coding

Posted on February 10, 2021

One of the classes I'm teaching right now is an introductory CSS/HTML/JavaScript class. I feel it's my challenge with these code newbies to help them become addicted to coding... and to do that, they…

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Immutable State, Reducers, and the Clerk at the DMV Office

Posted on January 24, 2021

As you progress through your journey into learning React, you will eventually come across what may seem to be a paradox, the classic question of "what happens when an unstoppable force meets an…

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Using Window.prompt() within a JS function (more Mad Libs analogies)

Posted on January 22, 2021

Look at this variation of the function I referred to in my last post:We fixed the redundant declaration so now our function works properly. And we moved from being a function argument; it is now a…

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Understanding Function Arguments Using Mad Libs

Posted on January 21, 2021

One of my students in an intro to JavaScript course asked me what was wrong with this function:The purpose of the function is to apply a percentage to a if the argument is true. But the function…

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Job Interviews and the Dreaded Technical Test

Posted on January 18, 2021

I got laid off from my Software Engineer position in October, 2020, thanks to COVID wreaking havoc on the industry in which I was working (travel). Over the next three and a half months, I submitted…

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Handling State in a React App

Posted on December 10, 2020

I don't do well when I am put on the spot and under pressure to get the answer right... which has led to my fair share of bombed job interviews. But yesterday on an interview, I was put on the spot…

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Scalability: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Posted on September 16, 2020

You're the new guy on the team and you're finished with onboarding. You take on your first assignment: add a feature, modify an existing feature... whatever. But as you dig into the code, you can see…

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Test Post After Netlify CMS Install

Posted on January 05, 2020

Crossing Fingers...Looks like we've gotten the cms working, folks. Give it a try!

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