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Thoughts Web Development

A quick take on CSS drama 🔥

I’ve been somewhat checked out of Twitter, etc. for the past week and returned to a fresh round of CSS drama. Here’s my take: it’s noise.

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How’s it going, Lara?

Things are going *really well* for me right now, and that calls for a blog post! This one is much more personal than my posts usually are, but it’s healthy to open up a bit now and again, right?

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Too Much Pressure

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!

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Design Findings Thoughts

Dead Fish ≠ Code Export

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.

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Inspiration Links Thoughts Web Development

Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero

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.

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2017: Year in Review What’s up, 2018!

My 2017 Year In Review post ended up morphing into a longer article, so for now, here are some goals and plans for 2018. They can be boiled down to WordPress, Computer Science studies, and writing.

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Thoughts Web Development WordPress

Researching Headless WordPress:
The head stays on…for now.

I have a new project coming up that is the perfect opportunity to refine my WordPress process. Building the site as a “headless CMS” and finally digging into React was at the top of my mind, but after some research, I’ve decided the head will stay on.

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Thoughts WordPress

Thoughts on Gutenberg (Pre-WordCamp US)

This post has been marinating in my drafts for a few weeks, and I’d like to get it out into the world before I learn a whole bunch through talks and conversations at WordCamp US this weekend and refine my views accordingly.

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Computer Science Bootcamp

I’m studying up for a real-deal interview. There will be whiteboards. There will be coding questions much more involved than FizzBuzz. There will be algorithms and math and data structures and all of the things I have successfully avoided for much of my career. This is potentially a dream job, and if I put the […]

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JavaScript and Me

JavaScript and I have had a rocky relationship over the past few years. My consulting work doesn’t really require a deep understanding of JavaScript, but my newfound resolve to level-up my skills and to obtain a full-time job have deemed that deep understanding quite necessary.

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Reverse Job Post:
UX-Oriented, Senior-ish Front-end Developer

Lara’s Dream Employer seeks a UX-Oriented, Senior Front-end Web Developer with advanced HTML/CSS knowledge, working JavaScript knowledge, and a background in illustration or visual design. This role is part of a small front-end team that operates as the link between design and back-end development.

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Links Thoughts

Article: No, I’m from New York

Actually, I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania, but my years in NYC made enough of an impact on me that this article from the New Yorker describes the LA vs. NYC phenomenon impeccably.

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Why don’t code schools teach WordPress?

In the coding classes I’ve taught (which, for the record, have been part-time, not bootcamps) students’ intentions are often to make their own websites, work on existing ones, or to incorporate web development into a freelance practice. Regarding bootcamps, I’ve met several graduates who began their careers with freelancing, where a lack of WordPress competence […]

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2015 Year in Review

This is “Year in Review” has a bit of a negative tone. I considered editing this post to make it sound more I-love-my-life-and-work-always for potential employers, but that’s no fun! Go ahead and read about 2015, the year that made me want to leave NYC, move to Utah, and work at a bar (which I did end up doing).

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It’s identity crisis, not impostor syndrome

I think we’ve gotten to a point where non-impostors, myself included, are using impostor syndrome as a way to describe ever-human insecurity. The web is in its awkward twenties, and so are many, many of the people working on it. Fortunately or unfortunately, with your twenties comes the inevitable, quarter-life identity crisis.