171: With Lara Schenck

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Lara Schenck is an independent web consultant and educator in New York City.

We talked about (roughly in order):

Q & A:

  • 31:57 Hi Lara! I know you work a lot with WordPress. What do you think of the new Layers Site Builder on Envato?
  • 41:10 Hi Lara! It’s Ben, your brother. Hope you’re doing a great job on your Shoptalk show thus far. I’m not sure if you’ve admitted this to anybody, but I will: Lara grew up on a llama farm for the first 18 years of her life with me. Lara, I’d like you to tell everyone what kind of impact the llamas have had on your very successful web design and consulting career.
  • 46:20 In a previous episode there was some talk about how important it is to have a Github profile when searching for jobs. I was wondering if you had any tips on how to build a good Github profile if, like me, you’re not quite the Github type. What would you do if your time was limited, but you feel like having a showcase of code on Github is the only way to get noticed by the companies you’d like to work for?


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    Who says you can’t solve “FizzBuzz” with some simple HTML, CSS, and JS knowledge?


  • peep5how

    Holy crap, I know Reddit is a bit mental, and some subreddits absolutely insane, but in a place like /r/programming – which is clearly established to act as a place to seek advice, support, resources and learn – I wouldn’t have expected such an obnoxious attack on a on a blog like Lara’s.

    I totally agree with the sentiment of Lara’s piece. The true copy & paste criminal in this case is the author of the job listing. Not the versatile digital creative, who actively uses the resources at hand, making the most of the proud open sharing and collaboration our industry is founded on. I suppose a conceptual thought piece is a bit too hard for such logical minds to comprehend.

    According to the first two rules of reddiquette.
    • Remember the human. When you communicate online, all you see is a computer screen. When talking to someone you might want to ask yourself “Would I say it to the person’s face?” or “Would I get jumped if I said this to a buddy?”
    • Adhere to the same standards of behaviour online that you follow in real life.

    I wonder if any of them would spout like that in real life. If so I think RioBrewster’s comment really does hit the nail on the head.

    Keep on keeping on.

    code > copy > paste > customise > compile > cocktail

  • Logic

    How can these people call themselves programmers.

    • chriscoyier

      All three of us literally have CAREERS as programmers! I think we’re doing a damn fine job of it, too.