I want to share some basic CSS that I wish I knew at the start of my web development journey. These tips have been boiled down, shaved, filtered and thickened. Im only including the juicy bits and will not be getting into the nitty gritty of what, only how. Explanations will be puddle-deep but that’s all you really need to get a little drink of CSS. I will cover:

Color selection

Measurement Units

Testing Responsiveness

Display vs Positioning

Flex

Margin, Padding

Color selection:

While this isn’t CSS, it does tie in directly. For deciding your color scheme, use Adobe Color…


The Power of Three is a classic beginner programming question. The question goes like this: given a number n, return true if it’s a power of three or false if it’s not. Assume n is greater than 0. Its simple to solve but the most optimal solution is pretty cool as it’s runtime is constant. Constant time solutions are great because they will do a set amount of operations no matter how large the input n is. I will first cover the simple bottom-up solution, then cover logarithms. Next I will explain the constant time solution and how it works…


The Lonely Integer problem is a classic beginner coding question and one often found on HackerRank tests and in interviews. The problem is this: given an array of integers, find the unique integer. The array will be at least one integer and will always have a unique integer. In this article I will cover the process of reasoning out a solution, a dynamic programming solution, the XOR solution and finally how binary numbers and XOR works. Click on any of the lines below to scroll to the part you’re most interested in.

Reasoning Out an Unfamiliar Problem

Dynamic Programming Solution


Sunflower seeds grow in a pattern that matches the Fibonacci Sequence. image source

The Fibonacci Sequence is a something all programmers should familiarize themselves with. It is a problem that can be solved multiple ways and it can be a great intro to recursive and dynamic programming. In this blog I will solve the problem “given a number n, find the value of the nth iteration of the Fibonacci Sequence.” I will use a bottom-up solution, a recursive solution and finally a pretty neat constant time solution. All my solutions will be in JavaScript. You can click on the subject lines below to scroll to the part you’re most interested in:

History

Bottom-up…


As someone who wants to become a professional Web Developer, I view my portfolio website as my pride and joy.

As a software engineer especially a front-end one, it is essential to have a clean and well preforming portfolio website. To evaluate how good a website is, I first use Chrome dev tool’s Lighthouse feature. It measures a bunch of different metrics under performance, accessibility, best practices and SEO. In this article I will document the process of making my single page application (SPA) website into a highly efficient, accessible and optimized website that will score 100/100 on every Lighthouse…


One must appease the colossal titan that is Google’s search engine.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to a website or a web page from search engines. SEO is crucial for any commercial website. Google has made their ranking algorithm so it prioritizes user experience more so than other factors. The top factors include the number of visits, if a user stays on the page(bounce rate) and how many pages a user visits on a site. In this article I will cover these topics:

Finding and utilizing keywords

Optimizing a URL

Optimizing homepage title

Utilizing meta tags

Optimizing Images

Website Design…


What is the difference between ‘self’ and ‘this’? The answer can seem a bit unclear and murky at first. But understanding the difference between the two can be helpful and lead one to becoming a better object oriented programmer.

Let’s start with ‘this’. ‘this’ is a keyword. It is used to refer to an object in which a method is called. For example:

However ‘this’ can lose its scope easily. If we were to do something like this with the previous example:

We can see that it would print out ‘undefined’. This is because ‘this’ default is window…


First, some context. My project partner and I were creating a game called BlobLife using Javascript and Rails.

A humble Blob

The problem arose when trying to create a leaderboard. Leaderboards were unique to the current date. After a user beat the game our application would create a score object and search the database for that date’s leaderboard. If it wasn’t found, a new leaderboard would be created. The problem that we encountered was that when the leaderboard was first created and our function tried to post a score, it wasn’t able to be found. If the page was reloaded, that score would…


innerText vs textContent

Short answer: innerText is what is rendered to the user while textContent shows everything, visible or hidden, including <style> and <script> elements. Heres a simple example:

from https://kellegous.com/j/2013/02/27/innertext-vs-textcontent/

An inquisitive programmer may look the two javascript properties innerText and textContent and wonder, what is the difference?

I encountered a problem while coding thru a lab while attending Flatiron. The instructions stated that using innerText to modify DOM element content would not work. How could this be? Doesn’t innerText do exactly what I think is does? Why would textContent work in its place?

First, a little history. Internet explorer introduced…


One day I encountered a tricky problem. Given an array, return a new array so that it is only one level deep. Meaning that the given array could have an array within it or and array within an array within an array and so on, also known as a nested array. I needed to write a function that would flatten out an array in Javascript without using the built in method Array.prototype.flat( ).

My first thought was to iterate over the provided array, and if the current element in the iteration was not an array I would push that into…

Jackson Beytebiere

I write about programming and specifically CSS | HTML | JavaScript | Ruby | React.js | Redux.

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