Learning Japanese: My Lifelong Goal To Learn A Foreign Language

May 10th, 2017 Foreign Language, Japanese, Tools Kerry 4 min read

Language is hard. It’s always been a goal of mine to be bilingual. I took Spanish in middle school and high school and didn’t do so caliente. I tried my hand at Korean in college and hoped my genetics might help me out. Maybe I’m not actually Korean. I’ve stopped and started Duolingo more times than a car in city traffic. Either I’m stupidly persistent or…

TIL: Arrow Function

Feb 9th, 2017 #TIL, JavaScript Kerry 2 min read

TIL that the arrow function introduced in ES6/2015 is NOT just short-hand for a normal function declaration. It uses lexical this scoping rather than the dynamic. Kyle Simpson argues in his excellent series You Don’t Know JavaScript that this was created in part because people misunderstand how this works and how to utilize bind. Take the following example:

The above function’s setTimeout call-site is the global scope. This…

TIL: Hoisting

Feb 9th, 2017 #TIL, JavaScript Kerry 1 min read

Today’s nugget of information is brought to you by McDonald’s 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. Hoisting in JavaScript is when the compiler performs all declarations at the beginning of a scope. TIL that the following single line of code is interpreted by the compiler as two lines:

This is why functions created by variable assignments cannot be used prior to assignment unlike regular function declarations, i.e.

Inaugural TIL

Feb 7th, 2017 #TIL, JavaScript Kerry 1 min read

TIL stands for Today I Learned. Starting today, I’ll be posting daily about one thing I learned related to web/game development and engineering. My way of trying to aspire to freeCodeCamp’s #100DaysOfCode challenge. To kick things off, today I learned that in Javascript, if not in strict mode, making an assignment to an undeclared variable, no matter how nested the scope, will result in the variable being…

Trie Harder

Feb 4th, 2017 Data Structures & Algorithms, JavaScript Kerry 7 min read

Whether your resolution was to go to the gym three times a week or write a blog post once per week, they usually all end in the same: Broken. It’s not that I haven’t been coding or continuing to learn. I’ve done a lot of coding at work these days using Phaser and solving puzzles over at CodinGame and FreeCodeCamp. Writing doesn’t quite ignite my soul the…

Secret Santa With ReactJS: Part 2

Dec 31st, 2016 ReactJS, Tools Kerry 7 min read

In part 1 of my Christmas themed React series, I got to the point where people could be added to our list of participants. The goal for this post is to assign recipients to each person and display that information to the user. The algorithm we’ll employ will be nothing fancy and in a future post I might look to improve upon it. It probably…

Secret Santa With ReactJS: Part 1

Dec 26th, 2016 ReactJS Kerry 15 min read

Trying to keep the pace. My last post got me all setup to start creating a web app with React. So let’s make something. ‘Tis the season so I’ll be making a secret santa generator. Let’s take a look at the requirements of the app: Add people as participants. A participant has a name and an email. Display the participants and their recipients. Assign each person…

Get Up and Running With ReactJS

Dec 10th, 2016 ReactJS, Tools Kerry 3 min read

On the path to becoming a cool kid, these days you can’t escape Facebook’s UI framework called React. Read all about it on the developer website for a more eloquent explanation than I’m going to provide, but basically, React manages a virtual DOM composed of stateful components and elements and intelligently updates the DOM to match. There’s lots of good info in the developer pages that I…

Hello World!

Sep 20th, 2016 Thoughts.Random() Kerry 2 min read

I’m not a writer. I’m barely a programmer. What am I doing? I bought my own domain and slice of internet a while ago and until now it’s been a vacant lot. I keep getting charged for it. I guess I figured I’d try to build something. I doubt it’ll ever touch the sky but my focus here is on process and not the product. That’s why this blog is…