Considering that yesterday was World Mental Health Day

I’ve been thinking about an interview I had last week and giving deep consideration to a couple of behavioral questions that were asked of me. I’d done so well in behavioral interviews in my recent past that I came in all loose and ready to knock this particular interview out…


I recently attended a presentation by Rahul Pandey and Alex Chiou where they explained why DS&A (data structures and algorithms) practice is important, as well as what to expect as you learn/practice algorithms. (You can find some take aways from that presentation here. I highly recommend connecting with them on…


Pearls of Wisdom I’ve Gleaned From Building My Portfolio Website

I thought I’d write something a bit different from my previous blogs. I have so many takeaways from finishing Draft #350 of my portfolio website. (It is and will never be quite as perfect as I’d like.) What follows will…


All about the Git

I’ve recently started working with a team at a non-profit organization which has forced me to pay better attention to proper Git work flow. Git add/git commit/git push no longer does the trick when you’re working with others on a project. …


a functional journey

I don’t know about you but I have read many articles trying to make sense of bind/call/apply in React class components and the information is just not sinking in… yet! With this in mind, I am really happy to know that React has been rather swiftly moving away from class…


It’s Math… And It’s Not

What is N + 1? And why is it a problem? I found this question required a bit of a geeky dive. First I felt I needed to understand a little bit more about relational databases and SQL queries. In addition, I needed a basic refresher of ORMs (Object Relational…


A Kickstarter/Guide to Semantic Styling

While in Mod 4 at Flatiron, the topic of Material UI vs Semantic UI came up. It was a fleeting reference and I was left writing a Note To Self: “Google Semantic & Material UIs”. (I am continually surprised at the number of terms/tools that…


To $ or Not To $

If you’re like me, when Google searching for help with JavaScript, you’ve come across all kinds of answers involving jQuery. Wait, what? What is jQuery? (And why is JavaScript called “Vanilla JavaScript”?)

I thought I would do a little tooling around on the interwebs…


A Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to vicarious Flatiron School, Mod/Phase 3! In Mod 3 we take a big left turn from Ruby into JavaScript. In my experience, shifting to JS has been quite an exercise in learning and patience. Ruby is so simple, so straightforward. …


It’s Infrastructure Week at the Flatiron School!

Welcome to vicarious Flatiron School, Mod 2!! While learning the Ruby programming language in Mod 1 we interacted with our application Models in the CLI (Command Line Interface). I kept wondering if we were in Rails and somehow didn’t know it. “What is…

Shelby Talbert

Ex-professional actor, reinventing myself, living the life in NYC. Recently graduated from Flatiron School’s software engineering bootcamp program.

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