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2019 into 2020, Year in Review

January 01, 2020

I could go on and on about the last 10 years but it's officially 2020 and I've decided to start by writing my first public year in review!


Egghead Podcast: "Personal Growth From Open-Source And Meetups With Monica Powell"

December 22, 2019

This episode of the Egghead podcast gives listeners a better glimpse into my journey into landing my first engineering role and more.


How to Add Search Functionality to a Gatsby Blog

November 26, 2019

This tutorial will walk through how to create functionality to allow users to filter posts on a Gatsby site by description, title and, tags.


Delete Your Code and Other Reflections from Coderetreat Day

November 17, 2019

Some of my reflections from participating in the 2019 Global Coderetreat Day where I solved Conway's Game of Life various ways with different people and principles each time.


Less JavaScript Makes Font Awesome More Awesome

November 09, 2019

Recently, I looked into tackling a rendering issue with Font Awesome fonts used on this site by removing JavaScript...


Grey's Anatomy Lorem Ipsum Generator Tutorial

June 02, 2019

This tutorial is going to walk through how to create a Grey’s Anatomy or other-themed Lorem Ipsum generator with React and Netlify Functions


git is hard, but time travel in git is easy.

March 24, 2019

This article explains how it's possible to commit code that is dated in the future.


4 Meetups That Helped Me Grow as A Woman of Color in Tech

July 26, 2018

Attending various tech Meetups over the years has been pivotal to my growth as a technologist


How I automatically created a Twitter List of FreeCodeCampers in 5 minutes

January 17, 2018

Using Twython Twitter API wrapper to add users to a Twitter List


Conquering the Command Line

December 05, 2017

When I was first introduced to the command line I really had to adjust to navigating my computer in a black box with just text. So I avoided the command line as much as possible. I was accustomed to…


Overcoming the Goldilocks Complex

April 18, 2017

Lately, I’ve felt a bit stuck with my progress on learning how to code as I think I’m comfortable with the fundamentals. As I’m starting to immerse myself in coding, reading article’s like the Viking…


How to Change Repo Language in GitHub

February 07, 2017

I recently started working on a Weather app in Flask to auto-detect a user’s location based off of their IP address. After committing some updates to GitHub my app switched from being labeled as…


Visualizing Data from the Spotify API

January 27, 2017

This post will go over how to connect with the Spotify API to collect information about artists using Python 3 and then create an infographic from the data Spotify returned. Below is a preview of…


Hide Your API Keys 🔑

January 26, 2017

If you plan on programming any applications and storing your code in a public GitHub repository then it is important that you protect your API keys 🔑 by ensuring that they are not searchable or…


Font Awesome is Awesome!

November 27, 2016

What’s special about an icon font. Icon fonts are vector-based: they load fast and are completely scalable (w/ a little CSS). An example of an icon font is Font Awesome. There are tons of different…


Image Types: Pixel vs. Vector

November 27, 2016

Great! You are headed to Photoshop to start designing your dream logo *pause* your logo should be designed as a vector file. Basic shapes and text in Photoshop can easily be converted to paths…


Graduation Reflections: “I was clearly a web developer in the making”

November 27, 2016

Me at Columbia University’s 2016 Black Graduation Ceremony receiving a gift from the Columbia Black Alumni Council. I’ve officially graduated from Barnard College. During, my undergrad career I was…


Visualize Data Structures, Algorithms and Regular Expressions

November 27, 2016

I wanted to recommend two websites (VISUALGO.net and RegExr.com) that have helped me with learning data structures, algorithms, and regular expressions. Visualgo.net helped me get through my Data…


Free Software & Services for Students

February 05, 2016

I always enjoy finding a good deal! I sat down to compile a list of free resources related to technology for students. You can view my older posts that lists out free web development resources (for…


Free Web Development Resources

August 22, 2015

This past week, I decided to re-do my personal website. I realized that even though it did not seem like it in the midst of the process, I used quite a large handful of resources while developing my…