I have decided to spend my time during quarantine getting better at the technical interview process. When I attended a coding bootcamp a year ago, the focus wasn’t on this aspect of the job search. We spent time building projects so we had a portfolio, breezing through topics so we could understand just enough to build things. Which I think is a great approach when you want your students to learn by doing, however it leaves a ton of gaps in the knowledge bucket.

To fill these gaps, I’ve been spending time trying to gain a deeper understanding of how…

So, this may not be new to you, and that’s ok. But today, I learned you can use the prototype in javascript to create methods on things like arrays and strings. This blew my mind a bit.

What does this mean? This means that if I want to create a method for a string, and be able to call it like so:

let myString = "Hey there you gorgeous human!"

All I have to do is define it on the Prototype. What does that look like? Let me show you:

String.prototype.addIsString = function() { return this + " …

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just compare two arrays like this:

[1,2,3] === [1,2,3]

That would be great! But unfortunately, it can’t be done because arrays are actually objects in javascript. Primitive types can be compared by their value in javascript, like strings and integers. However objects are more complex types and are compared by their reference, or place they are stored in memory. So every time an object is created, it is given a reference to a space where it is stored. So, even though an object may look identical, its reference is not.

So what does…

So, you are a bit confused about the difference between parameters and arguments and when variables are thrown in the mix your brain explodes a bit. That’s ok, the concept is bit tricky to understand for a code newbie. Hopefully we can break it down and you can leave feeling like a champ!

Let’s start with parameters. When we write functions, we set up our functions with parameters. They are the things that go inside the parenthesis. Parameters are like placeholders in our code. …

When I first began thinking it was time to make a major life shift, I spent a lot of time on google. I searched the internet for things like “actor skills that translate to real world jobs” or “things actors can do when they don’t want to act anymore”. I mostly got a lot of articles about why people later in life transition INTO acting, and a smattering of articles about how actor skills translate well into things like PR or business. But nothing I found really satisfied my itch for learning.

Everything on the internet has a social component these days and that means like buttons. Users liking other user’s stories, posts, comments, images… the like button is literally everywhere.

So, let’s learn how to make one. I’m going to talk about making one optimistically instead of pessimistically. That basically means that we are going to update what you see on the DOM before it is saved to the database. Getting the like button to work before you attempt to save it to the database is the first step.

So let’s get our basic set up. In your HTML you’re going…

Ok, so you’ve decided to build some sort of social aspect to your new website and you think to yourself, hey, I should have a way for users to follow other users. I see that Instagram has that feature, and so does Facebook, I mean, it’s everywhere, how hard can it be to make! You do some digging on the internet and you start finding things about self referential tables and your brain starts to explode cuz you just figured out how has_many_through relationships work and now you have to do what???

BUT WAIT! You can do this! Self referential…

This is my first time writing about code and I’m super excited to discuss this topic since it’s one that I struggled with early on. I am currently in week 4 of a coding bootcamp at The Flatiron School’s Access Labs in Dumbo, Brooklyn and the world of code, while fascinating to me, is still very new.

The last three weeks have been spent exploring Ruby and it’s beautifully designed language that makes coding fun and pleasurable for the user. Having spent some time in javascript before beginning this program (and I mean like 3 months.. so not that much…

Carla Stickler

Technical coach at The Flatiron School. Former Broadway actress.

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