Being tough vs. being clear

"If I knew that, I wouldn't have …" The moment a company, manager, or leader hears these words their instinct is to create a policy or document or thing that clarifies the expectation. At least that's the goal. What often happens is that they add tough language ("You will be terminated if you do X") in an effort to make sure everyone knows what will happen. (more…)

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The power of appreciation

Posted on August 13, 2014

One of the reasons I was attracted to teaching was the acknowledgement and appreciation I (might) get as a teacher. Being a woman in tech is hard. The ignoring and lack of acknowledgement adds up. I was burned out and angry. (Still am to some degree). The statistic that 56% of women leave tech after 10 years kept running through my head — 2014 is my 11th year of working full-time as a professional developer. Was I ready to leave? Did ...

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Hiring women in tech grows business

Posted on March 21, 2014

An article I wrote was published on Entrepreur.com! Thanks to the Dev Bootcamp marketing team for helping to make this happen! Team 'Ban Bossy' or Not: 3 Reasons Why Hiring Women In Tech Grows Business.

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Is easier always better?

I understand the desire to make parts of the dev process painless - CI, deployment, a nice editor, etc. But I've been wondering lately if the constant focus on these small efficiencies and Rails ease of development has caused us to see anything that isn't the simplest as bad. (more…)

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5 tips for keeping your Rails views under control

Use & enforce design and code styleguides for SASS & views Markup is about content not design Use SASS variables mixins Move CSS classes up in the DOM & design changes to CSS Use decorators (or helpers) to: Generate classes Generate copy Generate HTML attributes View my RailsConf talk on Incremental Design. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp ...

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