I have been learning computer programming for almost three years, and I’ve noticed a new development where I have the technical knowledge to actually help other developers. So, I thought I would start writing down the stuff I know well, to help me remember what I know, and for a reference for others. To this end, I’m starting with something simple, a Node app that responds to a request with a static file. Or, at least this is something that among experienced developers might seem simple, but I’m going to be a little bit verbose with this, because I’d like…


If there is a silver lining to trying to find a job, it’s that I have more time than I did when I was in school (and obviously way more time than when I was in school and working full time).

Building and Designing HTML/CSS Components:

About a year ago I built and deployed a web app to serve as the web presence for a science lab at Oregon State University. However, I built the website with a mix of Bootstrap and my own CSS, but I haven’t used Bootstrap in awhile, so now when I look at the HTML…


This week I’ve started branching out of my comfort zone a little bit to try some new things. The good news is, these have (mostly) been positive experiences, but the bad news is that I didn’t have any time to write my weekly end-of-the-week post! So I will try to keep this short and sweet.

Helping Out in Coding Forums:

I started browsing forums where other devs go for help, and discovered that I actually know as much or more than a lot of the active contributors, so I started answering questions. This has been very fun, but also, I…


Sometimes when I am not actively building something, it can feel like I am standing still or falling behind. I love learning new skills/technologies, but I also just want to get to work on the design or the implementation, now. It’s a forever game of balancing how much time I spend listening, following along, and reading and how much time I spend practicing on my own. This is my way of admitting I’m not satisfied with my progress on my projects this week. This is what I’ve been working on this week!

Deep Dive Into CSS: I’ve started working through…


One of the big catches with looking for a job is that you can get so focused on writing the perfect resumes and cover letters, networking on LinkedIn (and a host of other sites), and searching the seemingly endless number of job board sites that you might feel like to make the time for all of this you have to sacrifice your personal projects. One of the reasons I feel more pressure to spend time job hunting instead of working on personal projects, is that no one will see my portfolio if I don’t apply to jobs. More specifically, I…

Kris

I am an educator, artist, and engineer. I write code mostly in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for the web. I love learning new things.

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