I'm a maker. It started with Lego and inevitably moved toward dismantling, poking, prodding, and reassembling more complex and expensive toys. Soon no household items were safe from my marauding Phillips head screwdriver, though all were returned in working order (with the notable and expensive exception of a Betamax videotape player). This curiosity naturally led me in the direction of architecture, engineering,technology, and design.
It was not until a job in aerial survey that I began to explore the world of code. Working in a small and tech-centric industry created an opportunity to demystify the inner workings of the computer and put names and faces to some of the gatekeepers of code. I soon began my rudimentary first steps into the world of programming and eventually found my way to the //Flatiron School for a three month intensive course of study in web development. It was an incredible opportunity to be completely focused on learning to code surrounded by like-minded peers in a supportive and enthusiastic community.
Prove It (two-week sprint) - A Rails app that enables users to challenge their friends to competitions of their own creation.
+ Login using Devise augmented with OmniAuth for Facebook integration.
+ Rails Action Mailer implemented to inform users of key events.
+ Dynamic visualization of user statistic using Chart.js.
+ Implemented AJAX for seamless user interface.
+ Designed and implemented Capybara behavioural tests.
LumenSEE (one-week sprint) - A Rails app that displays to a user the star visible in the night sky given their location and the light pollution in their area.
+ Utilized the 'Hack the Universe - Star API' for star location and apparent luminosity data and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) API for light pollution data.
+ Employed Highchart.js for 3-D visualization of star location and luminosity.
+ Implemented HTML5 Geolocation API to acquire a users location based on their IP address.