A dark-skinned person stares directly at the screen with facial recognition mapping points symmetrically placed around their face.
A dark-skinned person stares directly at the screen with facial recognition mapping points symmetrically placed around their face.

As a new software developer in a rapidly changing tech world, I tend to be both burdened and excited by the thought of what my impact on technology will be. A major point of interest for me recently has been how Computer Science impacts societal choices, and what it means to be apart of the community shaping that relationship. Over the years, many major industries have replaced decision-makers in favor of algorithmic thinking for a variety of reasons. Not only does it streamline company workflow, but workers like healthcare agents, hiring managers, judges, and so on are able to shift…


On our journey to web-developerhood, at some point or another many of us have had to deal with the subtly maddening nature of CSS selectors. Chaining elements together to get the specific results we want can become one of those little headaches, and I’ll show you how to hopefully make it a bit less tedious with a neat trick. Feel free to follow along at my code sandbox link for a better visual aid here.

For the sake of example, say you really wanted two particular elements in your header to be a beautiful firebrick red. In our case, we…


Being black in STEM is a very unique and gratifying experience, though it can also often be isolating due to the nature of issues like the digital divide and how it perpetuates racial & class disparities. When I was growing up, technical vocations didn’t really seem like an option for me. Instead, I would immediately gravitate towards the Apple turtleneck archetype, with anything in relation to Mr. Jobs far beyond my scope. In a way I saw it for what it was — very white. This all leads me to say, representation matters. Highlighting unique voices throughout underrepresented communities is…


As I continue along on my treacherous software engineering journey, I recently came across an obstacle that I didn’t expect to be an issue in the first place — collaboration. Amidst a new project week I went from a solo team to a trio, and for a very visual learner like myself, just writing out the tasks on a Google Doc doesn’t cut it.

The Wonder Pets have accomplished their goals thanks to Trello

Insert Trello to the rescue. Trello is a list-making style web application for all types of projects, with the intention of breaking down task responsibilities and tracking task statuses. Upon creating an account, you’ll be prompted…


As a former Arts major, I enjoy nice looking things. While discovering my new passion for STEM, my love of aesthetics and storytelling has thankfully persisted throughout this unfamiliar process. One of the main factors that drew me to computer programming was the craft’s seamless ability to merge creativity and technicality. Amidst week 3 of my coding bootcamp journey I face the exciting obstacle of creating my first Ruby command-line (CLI) application, and as I get into the meat of ActiveRecord conventions, I know that for myself I have an additional goal for my project: I want it to look…

Lucius VanSlyke

Lover of games, programming, and food. Consistently creating something that involves at least two of these.

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