About

About Me

I've been coding websites for nearly 3 years now and earned a minor degree in website technology from California State University, Long Beach. The web technology program taught me basic computer science, design aesthetic, user experience psychology and best practices for website accessibility. As part of the curriculum students, myself included, attended an accessibility workshop. In this workshop we simulated what it would be like to live with disabilities such as blindness or deafness. The exercise, intended to make developers aware of the disabilities and therefor follow best practices, was an unforgettable experience that I carry with me going into every project. From then on, I've followed best practices and have designed with the end user in mind.

An important part of my skill-set worth mentioning is my background as a photojournalist. While often I would shoot pictures and work with a writer to get articles published, I also wrote articles myself. Being that most web developers are jack-of-all-trades, it is essential for developers to not only be excellent coders but also excellent writers - which, as part of my experience in the web technologies program, wasn't always the case with other junior web developers. My ability to carefully craft a narrative or artfully design details on a page is what sets me apart from most other entry level developers. I have experience in writing attention grabbing articles, long form stories and relevant website content. As part of being a photojournalist I also designed page layouts with programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I continue to use these programs daily and have become expert with the various tools and methods available for design.

As part of my daily morning routine I use FreeCodeCamp to learn more about javascript. I go through exercises which range from basic to advanced algorithms. As an example of a basic exercise the course might ask me to sort through an array and rearrange it so that when printed, the array will print in ascending or descending order - depending on the parameters given. A more complex exercise might ask me to create a game in which I check for palindromes (words that read the same spelled forward and backward - race car, for example). At the end of the course, students are given a FreeCodeCamp Front-End Developer certificate which, according to graduates, opens doors in the way of employment. My short term goal is earn this certificate and become an expert javascript coder. I'm currently, as of late October 2017, two-thirds completed with the program.

Group photo with computer science team.

From left to right: Jesus, Jeannine, myself, Brooke, Mimi and professor Dave Winter. A group picture taken of our advanced web development team, Penta Squad. Last semester before graduating class of 2017.

My Hobbies

One of my favorit hobbies is photography. As a photojournalist, I've learned to see the world in terms of light quality, composition and shadows. For me, the golden hours (early morning and dawn) are always especially beautiful and it never ceases to amaze me that light, shapes and shadows can come together to form, what are in my eyes, works of splendid art. Below are a few images I've taken. Although, for the sake of file size, I regret not being able to share more.
  • Joan, now a cover model working with several brands accross the state.
    Joan, now a cover model working with several brands accross the state.
  • Taken inside Union Train stration in Los Angeles. Candid street photography.
    Taken inside Union Train stration in Los Angeles. Candid street photography.
  • Students and faculty hold a vigil for the death of Naomie Gonzalez during the 2016 Paris Terror Attack.
    Students and faculty hold a vigil for the death of Naomie Gonzalez during the 2016 Paris Terror Attack.
  • CSULB students perform traditional Omani dances. Omani is a small country in the Middle East, south of Saudi Arabia.
    CSULB students perform traditional Omani dances. Omani is a small country in the Middle East, south of Saudi Arabia.
  • From left to right: Christian and Joshua take a break during a photoshoot. Flowers designed by Joshua.
    From left to right: Christian and Joshua take a break during a photoshoot. Flowers designed by Joshua.
  • From left to right: Christian and Joshua take a break during a photoshoot. Flowers designed by Joshua.
    Taken at the 10th Annual CSULB Salsa Club Anniversary Celebration. Male student performing an over-hand back-turn.