If we haven't met yet, hi! I'm Lara. Thanks for coming.
I love to write about and share my work with web technologies, as well as general life topics and creative undertakings. Hopefully you'll find something of interest, and maybe learn something new!
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What is programming, anyway? I just love, love, love this talk from Felienne from earlier this year. It both affirms a ton of my own thoughts, and poses a wonderful, more inclusive alternative to "engineering" for talking about what we do as programmers.
I set my standards too high for blog posts. I know that they are too high because I don't publish them. It's too much pressure! (It's got to stop, it's got to stop)
And a cool thing: I was magically able to write blog posts again after publishing this one!
I highly suggest watching Brittany's full talk – she is a brilliant speaker, and her presentation is full of both fun facts about programming jargon and critical information about the impact of the terms we use.
I'd seen dimmed properties before, and I always thought of them as the properties that are there by default, or ones I'm not supposed to manipulate. It turns out that's pretty much correct. The technical term for that is that dimmed properties are non-enumerable vs. enumerable properties.
This post is a response to a tweet critiquing the "code export" capability of design tools, and a talk called "Stop Drawing Dead Fish" that calls for better tools to allow artists to create visual art without code. Should designers code? Should artists code? It's a nuanced, interesting topic and I had some thoughts.
I started the year exceptionally motivated and productive, with a reasonably-sized to-do list that has now expanded by a factor of at least three. This article by Frank Chimero about the increasing complexity of web development came about at the right time, and it deserves a share.