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Using Monty Python to Explain JavaScript Constructor Functions

Before we begin, let me address the elephant in the room. Yes, I am using Monty Python to explain a coding concept. No, I am not explaining a Python concept using Monty Python. Is this a horrible injustice to the world of puns and coding? Is this awfully off-brand for a writer known to make […]

Let’s Make a “Mean Girls” Timer in JavaScript

No one asked for this. Literally no one. But here we go anyway. At first, it started innocently enough — I just wanted to make a JavaScript timer that would help me study. But, after an hour of coding, it just felt like it was missing something. Then it hit me: it needed Mean Girls […]

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Level Up Your Coding Skills with These Resources

Learning to code is tough — especially if you’re learning on your own. From Youtube channels to Udemy courses, to Codecademy and Khan Academy (and everything in between), there are an overwhelming number of resources available online. Cool — that’s a good thing, right? Well, yes and no. While it’s awesome to have a huge […]

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How to Break Your Code

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it’s best to find bugs in your program before your users do. As the old programming joke goes: a programmer walks into a bar and orders a beer. 99 beers. 0.999999 beers. Orders 0 beers. Orders an iguana. Then a customer enters and asks where the bathroom is — and […]

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New to Coding? Check out These Podcasts

*Cracks knuckles* It’s time to talk coding podcasts. Coding podcasts are like personal, portable gurus. Some demystify coding concepts — how to build an app using React, what the hell vanilla JS is, what it means to be an “ethical hacker”. Others lay out career paths — what it’s like working front-end vs back-end, whether […]

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Write Cleaner JavaScript with These Style Tips

You’ve done it, you magnificent bastard. You’ve taken the leap. Bitten that bullet. Taken the advice of nearly all tech Twitter. You, you glorious creature, have started learning JavaScript. Now it’s time to level up your code. This article outlines three style tips to use to write cleaner, more concise JavaScript. Neater code is easier […]

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Lady Codes is BACK, Baby!

Hi friends! I’m happy to announce that, after a much-needed break, I’m back and will be posting weekly once more. (Woot woot!) I’m feeling rested, re-charged, and ready to write more weird, punny, nerdy posts. Stay tuned ❤

Using Ridiculously Complicated Starbucks Orders to Explain Python Classes

Okay, you’re probably wondering — why Starbucks orders? Why not use normal things to explain classes? Alarm clocks? Cars? Bank accounts? Literally anything else? Well, they say write about what you know — and I’m a millennial with a coffee addiction. So Starbucks it is, friends. In this article, we’re going to create Python objects […]


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Hi! I’m Ayla. I’m a humanities nerd, librarian, Computer Science major, and former journalist.

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