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Month: October 2016

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How to write a piece of art REST API

Source: http://negativespace.co/photos/computer-and-notebook/ If a while back you only had to deal with writing an API only if you wanted your services to be integrable with third party apps, the situation is now quite different. With the growing trend of single…

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I survived a coding bootcamp and so can you

I took a 12 week coding bootcamp course in Washington, DC to become a Full Stack Developer and survived. Here is my story: One Monday morning I was getting ready to start another grueling 70 hour work week. I got to…

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Cheating in Agile

How certifications play a part in making us dishonest There are many things in the Agile and Lean Startup communities that enchant me. Being of a social reform political tendency, the ideas of self-managing teams¹, paying team members enough so…

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A letter to guys in ‘safe spaces’

Last night I taught a workshop called “Women Learn to Code”. It was an incredible opportunity for me and I feel so fortunate to have been able to do so. Sign ups were off the charts, the place was so…

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Thoughts on coding bootcamp, week 4

Oof. Week 4 of bootcamp was tough. Tuesday morning found me feeling very down on the way to school. I wanted to quit. The day before, we’d been given an assignment using APIs, and I couldn’t get one small part…

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Feminism as a subset of Tech

I never thought pursuing a career path in Computer Science would make me more of a feminist. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been one for women’s rights. I’ve always been an advocate, but simply not as aware or…

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Presenting at Grace Hopper 2016

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to reach one of my recent life goals: presenting at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. For those of you who don’t know, this is the largest women in technology conference…

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Lady Speaker Clothes Crisis

There are about a jillionty articles on how it is difficult to dress as a woman while maintaining standards of professionalism, temperature control*, comfort, pockets, and compliance with the male gaze. This is a post on one specific form of…

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I had to fight to get my prize money

I had a torrent of learning and revelation that week following the startup weekend win. I couldn’t agree more with Justin Jackson’s recent article that you must do it, even something small and simple, before the secrets of the trade…

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Scope Wars

This is my attempt to untangle the scope and use of the different variable types in Ruby. Because there’s no topic that can’t be explained through the medium of tenuous Star Wars analogies… Instance variable = R2D2 R2D2 is loyal to…

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Lessons from Gladwell’s David and Goliath applied to the problem of Women in Tech

For the past week now, I have been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. The classic story of David and Goliath is the tale where a shepherd David miraculously beat the giant Goliath. This story is often used as a…

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Design a Code Like a Girl T-Shirt

If you haven’t heard, Code Like a Girl has a new store on Redbubble where you can buy Code Like a Girl branded stickers, t-shirts, and other cool things like mugs and notebooks. All the profits from the sale of…

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GHC 2016 in Review

This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing in Houston, Texas; thanks to a generous sponsorship by WiCS and the Cheriton School of Computer Science. To any female students contemplating this experience, I…

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5 Phrases Female Founders Love to Hear

This is definitely what the VCs are telling you Are you a lady-person? Are you thinking about starting your own tech company? No matter where you’re at in the startup journey, never fear: this is the article for you. We polled female…

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Take my word for it….she’s awesome

Take my word for it.. she’s awesome It’s time to raise champions in our workplaces and praise people so often that they start to feel positive outweighing negative comments. A little while ago Sean Yo wrote a post about how he…

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Acing the Technical Interview

A Brief Overview Mid-October is high time for tech recruiting, so we thought we’d share some resources that have been pretty helpful for our members in approaching tech interviews. The Coding Interview Step 1: Choose a Language Most companies will let you…

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JavaScript thoroughly. JavaScript and repeat.

This won’t be a ‘thoughts from week 3 of bootcamp’ post, because I have no thoughts left in my head. There is only JavaScript. If the thing I’m trying to think about is not JavaScript, my brain is just not interested,…

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Cheat Sheet for Creating iMessage Stickers

If you are just getting into self-publishing iMessage stickers, here’s a cheat sheet that I use to improve my workflow. You can also check out my tutorial on how to create your own iMessage stickers here. Required Artwork Sizes 1. App icon sizes…