Hello! My name is Lara.

I’m a software developer living in Pittsburgh, PA. I work on enterprise WordPress websites at Penske Media Corporation, and I’m in the midst of a career transition to computing education research.

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 (yes, CSS developers are 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.

Apart from my work in tech, I love to run, bike, and generally be outside. I’m learning Spanish and Nepali (mostly Nepali at the moment), I create friendly monsters and occasionally create zines, and I read as much as I can.

And at this point, I have well over 10 years of content! Read more about me and my developer journey here, and keep scrolling to see popular and recent posts. I use my website and my blog as a kind of constantly evolving place for documenting my interests and life trajectory – I hope you find something interesting or useful here.

Greatest Hits

The following are a few of my most read blog posts.

  • Is CSS Turing Complete?
    I took a deep dive into this question, and the answer is: kinda, mostly, yeah! CSS + HTML + user input is Turing complete. Is it possible to remove the user input part? Then I can re-title this post to be more, ahem, declarative.
  • Writing CSS Algorithms
    The methods for white-boarding algorithm questions serve us quite well when writing CSS algorithms. This post is a written portion of the second half of version 1 of the Algorithms of CSS.
  • CSS is a Declarative, Domain-Specific Programming Language
    Over the past year, I’ve been giving a talk called The Algorithms of CSS, originally created for CSSConf EU. This post covers the first part of my presentation, and breaks down how CSS fits into the categories of programming languages.

Recent Posts

And here are a few recent posts. You can see what’s on my mind most recently on my Now page.

I create friendly monsters.

The monsters bring joy and smiles, and someday, they may teach programming and computer science. I draw them in sketchbooks, paint them on various materials, and create digital versions for printing as stickers and magnets, and to use in my slides for conference talks.

Collage of sketches of cute monsters

I love to give away stickers and magnets of the digital versions to people I meet at events. If you see me in real life, I will probably give you one, but feel free to email me and I’d be happy to mail you one too.

Thanks for reading!

Really, I put a lot of effort into my website, and it is forever in-progress. I work on it with the hope that others will read my content and find something interesting, inspiring, or worthy of a smile.