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Lara Schenck

Maker of monsters, writer of blog posts, lover of programming in CSS. Pittsburgh, PA.

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We are Programmers

Building websites is programming. Writing HTML and CSS is programming. I am a programmer, and if you’re here, reading CSS-Tricks, chances are you’re a programmer, too.

The thing is, the details in programming layout with CSS are different, for example, than the details in programming API endpoints with Ruby. Or machine learning with Python. Or programming a browser engine with C++.

But those differences are details! A lot of details, but still… details. It’s all programming. … Read article “We are Programmers”

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Learning Gutenberg: A Primer with create-guten-block

Welcome back! We’ve just taken a look at what Gutenberg is and how it operates from the admin side. Gutenberg is certainly going to have a massive impact on the WordPress world. If you are just arriving here and have no idea what we’re talking about, I recommend at least skimming Part 1 to make sure you have the appropriate background.

Let’s create a custom block with a bit of help from a wonderful tool called create-guten-block. Onward!… Read article “Learning Gutenberg: A Primer with create-guten-block”

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Learning Gutenberg: What is Gutenberg, Anyway?

Gutenberg is the new React-driven SPA editing experience in WordPress. Oh wait, a string of buzzwords doesn’t count for a viable explanation of software? We’re going to unpack that string of buzzwords as we explain what Gutenberg is.… Read article “Learning Gutenberg: What is Gutenberg, Anyway?”

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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching

Hey there! It’s Lara, author of the infamous“Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions” from a couple years back. If you haven’t read that original article, I recommend skimming it to give you some context for this one, but I think you’ll still find value here even if you don’t.

A lot has happened since I wrote that article in 2015, and this follow-up has been in the works for a good … Read article “Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching”

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Advocating for Accessible UI Design

Accessibility is a hot topic these days, and the older we web-makers get, the hotter it’s going to become! That might be a snarky outlook, but what I’m trying to say is that it’s about time we start designing the web for everyone because the web was meant to be for everyone, and less and less are we able to predict where, when, and how our work will be consumed.… Read article “Advocating for Accessible UI Design”

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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About The Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions

The following is a guest post by Lara Schenck. I heard her tell this story at a CodePen Meetup in New York. I saw an awful lot of nodding heads. It’s a fact that there is some trouble in this industry with job titles, descriptions, interviewing, and that whole rigmarole. Check out this story from Lara, then follow her, as I’m sure this isn’t the end of this discussion.Read article “Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About The Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions”