Intro to web accessibility

Through presenting at bootcamps, I’ve so far had the chance to expose over 100 devs- and engineers-in-training to web accessibility —- what are we really talking about when we say ‘web accessibility’, who does it affect, and what are some very initial considerations to take into account? This is a short blog recap, including the deck.

Update (7.29.2016): Slide deck updated.

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Data Structure: Trees and Depth-First Tree Traversals in JavaScript

What is a tree?

Trees are a commonly-used data structure in web development. You interact with a very common example of a tree every time you use your browser, likely without knowing it — the Document Object Model (DOM).

DOM tree
Source: w3schools

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Resources: Getting started & beyond

When self-teaching, almost all of us start at the same point. Where do I start? How do I “pick a language”? What do I focus on? I know I did.

I recently started listening to the JavaScript Air podcast, and even more recently went back to listen to some of the earliest episodes. In episode 001, “Learning and Developing JavaScript”, Ashley G. Williams (@ag_dubs) makes a comment that caught my attention:

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Quicksort

Quicksort is a sorting algorithm, used to place the elements of an array into an order. That order is based on comparison —  the things being sorted must have a “less than” / “greater than” relationship. (Source).

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Devume

I recently test-drove the ‘Devume‘ project from the wonderful and talented Justin Seiter, and wanted to briefly highlight the project.

Devume is the hackable JSON resume.
Fork it, tweak it, deploy it!

Devume is a starter repo for a fully JSON-based resume, using Webpack for code bundling and Handlebars for templating. In just a few minutes, you can spin up and host your own resume.

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‘Just break things’

‘Just break things.’ ‘Get your hands dirty.’ ‘Just dive in.’

A simple, and infuriating piece of advice that I’ve been given, and given to others. So surprisingly difficult to carry out sometimes. I was reminded by this bit of advice while working on a project last week.

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Recursion

Oh, recursion.

There are two types of people, those who understand recursion and those who understand that there are two types of people in the world… (r/ProgrammerHumor)

But really. There seem to be people who can very naturally digest the concept of recursion, and those whose brains absolutely reject it. I happened to be one of the latter. In this post, we’ll go over recursion generally, and then work through a diagrammed problem example.

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MakerSquare Week 12: The Transition

I write this week’s post with mixed emotions, as yesterday marked the last day for the MKS30 cohort.

MKS-30 class pic
MKS30. Photo credit: Hugh Suh

For those like myself staying on for the fellowship, week 12 was actually the beginning of our fellowship. We stepped into that routine, as our cohort-mates began focusing on their job searches. It was an odd, in-between space — knowing that after this week, we would no longer see each other nearly every day. The grind of an intensive educational program like this creates an intense interpersonal atmosphere, forging connections quickly. At times, it’s nearly unfathomable that you didn’t know each other three months before.

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MakerSquare Week 11: Thesis, Concluded

Week 11 saw the conclusion of our thesis projects. Our project idea centered around solving the problem of scattered personal health information. Throughout your life, your personal health information gets scattered and lost — at doctors’ offices, in various health systems, on paper records you’ll never find again. With no centralized way to store and access this data, often it’s just lost. When you need it, it’s not there. Our goal was to prototype a product that would serve as a personal health information vault — like a 1Password for your health.

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MakerSquare Week 10: Is This Real Life?

Great piece of news — I’ll be staying on at MakerSquare at the end of my cohort as a Fellow! I’m very excited, but I can’t believe at how quickly this experience has gone by.

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