Feb

25

Deployed my own simple React project to Surge.

Really stoked, just thought I’d write a short blurb because my challenge this week for myself was to deploy this small project I did in React JS to the web.  I have been working with webpack but never had the need to publish before and was not sure how to manipulate the code to 1. Create a bundle.js for me, and 2. Have it where it needs to be in order to work when deployed. A little background on the project, it was to create a responsive front end design in React where I brought in LESS for styling and choose a slider of choice for the top header slider. […]

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Jan

01

Successful Akamai Purge

New Years Success

Just a short post because I am excited for all the challenges coming in this year.  I was able to write a script in Node.js for use in purging Akamai files. Long story short, my company set a long TTL on files on a certain directory and I needed a way to get my files updated. I created the working purger yesterday but today I wanted to make it more dynamic. It will now ask you on the command line what file you want to purge and then do it once you hit enter.  No more changing the url in the javascript file itself. Stoked, and glad it works.

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Dec

31

Pre-New Year Excitement!

What a year it’s been. Just about a year ago, December 24th, 2014, I got my first job back in the computer field after deciding that the medical field was no longer for me.  Not to dwell on the past any longer than I have to, but I was held back from my original intentions of being a doctor all those years ago because of not being able to pass all the board exams. Even after I received my degree and finished my education and all that was expected of me. I was down an depressed for so long. I even entered the medical imaging field thinking I should just […]

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Nov

27

Flexbox – Ever check it out?

Just a blurb but I finished checking out a CSS Flexbox course on Treehouse just now and it’s such an awesome tool in CSS, we all really should have looked into it sooner.  Admit it, you’re like me, you’ve been using display: flex; and / or inline-flex for the longest time yet all you knew was, “Oh wow, I like the way it looks this way!”  Flexbox containers and items along with the ability to make each element both if needed have opened up the doors of my mind! I really love 3 column layouts actually, I love the way they look and feel and how much information you can […]

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Nov

25

Working on IE11 W10

My Rant on Internet Explorer Development

So my big success if you can call it that this week in development is trying to solve an issue (one of many) that internet explorer has with CSS code in my development.  So at work, I created a “breaking news” treatment for stories for a news client and for some reason, a complaint came by my desk that it wasn’t working right on Internet Explorer? Really? Nah, that couldn’t be! I honestly don’t even test on IE if I don’t have time because I program on macs and my Windows on Parallels on my laptop refused to install correctly and I have not had time to debug it. My […]

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Aug

04

What the best web technology to use on a personal website?

This was a question posed on Quora yesterday. The questioner received no answers at the time so I thought I’d give him a suggestion (in my humble opinion). Here is my reply: I don’t think there is a best technology for a personal website. You should just use what you know or what you want to know. I’ll give you my example, I am a career changer and I did go to a code academy to beef up my coding skills. I needed a personal portfolio site in order to get a job.  I had just learned Ruby On Rails so I thought I’d use that but I didn’t have […]

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Jul

31

How to Learn New Languages (IMO)

This was in response to a question a colleague asked about what the best way to learn new coding languages are. I thought that I had created a good process, at least for me, and I hope others will be helped by being able to build a good framework of studying new languages for themselves as well using my example. ——–  I can add that when learning new languages, just go right in however you feel you can learn the best. I’ll give you an example using my current experience. I have to get at a deeper knowledge of XML / XSL / and refine my javascript skills as much as […]

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