I’m a software developer living in Pittsburgh, PA. I work on enterprise WordPress websites and design systems at Penske Media Corporation.
I love CSS, and in my conference speaking and blog writing, I advocate for CSS to be treated more formally in code-bases. I help others to both see CSS as a programming language (yes, we write algorithms in CSS!), and to see themselves as programmers.
In addition to my job, I facilitate the weekly meetings for the WordPress Core CSS focus, where we are working on a CSS audit of the WordPress admin, and an ongoing initiative to overhaul the color scheme implementation.
I write about personal and tech-related topics.
And at this point, I am getting close to 10 years of content! Here are some recent posts.
- A (recursive!) function present Lara is proud ofHaving fun with recursion, pattern matching, and logical equivalence.
- As of January 3, 2020Writing, deciding what to read, runner’s knee, learning cool things, did a fun hardware project.
- My 2020 in bullet points, music, and pictures (previously 2020: Year in Review)Another year, another “Year in Review” but this time, in a more fitting format.
- Idea: Desugared Design SystemsI learned about the concept of desugaring from a lecture on programming languages, and I wonder how that would apply to design systems.
- TED Talk recommendation: How to Read a Book a Day by Jordan HarryThere’s nothing quite like a great TED talk…and this is a great TED talk!
- Note to future Lara: Probably don’t rename directories just because it “feels better”Lesson learned: Changing existing names with “better” new names is not necessarily a good idea because there will always be “better” new names.
- Let’s play: “Where is this CSS coming from?”It’s a 1+ player game that can last from 1 hour to, um, much longer!
- As of November 11, 2020Back from travel and resetting.
- As of October 16, 2020Cross country road trip coming up, and updating the AMP plugin.
My website is forever in progress. I’m thinking I’ll add a section with some more pictures here, or perhaps snippets of the other pages on my site…like the monsters, in particular!