Just Focus on the Positives

This piece was originally written for Model View Culture’s Quarterly #3, October 2014. I am a woman who works in the technology field. I am vocal about my experiences, passionate about creating a more empathetic infrastructure, and not a fan of sugar coating or coddling. When I speak out about my experiences as a woman in […]

Introducing the R Programming Language

When I was an apprentice one of the most helpful tools for solidifying knowledge was blogging. Naturally, I’m turning to blogging while I go through the first two Coursera data science courses. What is R? Besides being surprisingly easy to Google despite the single letter name, R is a programming language popular among those who […]

Digging into Data Science with the R Programming Language

Ever since completing my apprenticeship about a year ago I’ve been missing learning. I learn a lot during my day job, sure, but I am no longer constantly learning something new. I wanted to get back into the habit by enrolling in some Coursera courses. I’m currently enrolled in the Data Scientist Toolkit and the R […]

Recursion Code Exercise

The other day I was faced with a bit of a challenge. I was to take a nested hash and from it return an array of all of the keys from the hash. So for example: The first thing I needed to do was to create a test case to verify that it was working […]

The Pipeline is Full of Acid

This blog post originally appeared on 8th Light’s Blog Last week, my co-worker Doug Bradbury posted on the 8th Light blog to ask about gender equality on programming teams. I’ve had some thoughts about his post for a couple of days, but I’d like to take a step back first. Before we ask whether our teams would […]

Framework Whipped

This is a response to Robert Martin’s disgustingly misogynistic blog post, called “Framework Whipped”, it’s since been taken down, but my criticism still stands Robert Martin has rewritten his post, Framework Bound[2]. He has also issued this apology. Frameworks are powerful tools, I’d say people can’t be tools, but if you write a blog post comparing women […]

Ruby on Rack

Last Friday I gave a smalltalk at 8th Light University about Rack. I’ve been really interested ever since doing my Java HTTP server to understand how frameworks, like Rails, deal with requests, responses, and routing. The original idea I had for the talk was to track a request through Rails. I wanted to see what happened from […]