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Lauren Kessell

Front-End Engineer
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About me

I am a methodical, collaborative software developer with a long-standing love for problem solving! After attending a Try Coding weekend workshop at Turing, I knew it was time to make a change and bring my strong sense of empathy for others, as well as attention to detail, to a new career in software development.

Throughout my career, I've learned the value of good teamwork and effective communication, and I am excited to collaborate with a team who values learning as much as I do.

Preferred locations

  • Chattanooga, TN
Open to other locations and/or remote work

Previous industries

  • Food & Beverages
  • Food Production
  • Hospitality

Skills

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Atom
  • Chai
  • CSS3
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • Mocha
  • Trello

Currently learning

  • Continuous Integration
  • Cypress
  • Heroku
  • React

Projects

Villager Vibes

Villager Vibes

Project scope time 30 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • Cypress
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • HTML5
  • React

An app for fans of the Animal Crossing series; create a wishlist of your Top 10 favorite villagers!

This project showcases the skills I learned in Mod 3, focused mainly on React basics, multi-page functionality with React Router, and testing user flows with Cypress.

I gained a ton of confidence using hooks in this project, and had a lot of fun creating the custom images for the backgrounds. I was also able to hone my React skills while creating the functionality to add and remove villagers from the wishlist, and gain additional practice making network requests from an API. This particular API was simple to work with, and intercepting/stubbing requests while testing in Cypress was also very straightforward. There's a lot of room for growth in this project, and I am particularly interested in implementing Context to reduce some of the prop drilling that I encountered.

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Backyard Burbs

Backyard Burbs

Project scope time 50 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • Cypress
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • HTML5
  • React

Backyard Burbs is a lighthearted app created to get children excited about bird-watching!

This group project focused on honing our React fundamentals, while learning and implementing a new technology. We decided to research global state management, and chose to utilize the Context API in React to create our light/dark theme functionality.

While working with Context, we quickly realized that our app was a little too simple to get a lot of payoff from passing data between components using Context. To compromise, we decided to implement a theme toggle instead. This was a good starter exposure to using both Context and hooks, and I look forward to learning more about this API!

Another challenge of this project was using multiple APIs to get the data that we wanted. We used the eBird API for data on bird sightings, but there were no images included in the data. After making the app functional with the eBird data alone, we decided to add another API to get images and make our app more engaging. We decided to use the Flickr API, and encountered many learning experiences in getting the image results we were looking for. Overall, using two APIs was a great learning experience that left me feeling much more confident about making (and testing) network requests.

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Rancid Tomatillos

Rancid Tomatillos

Project scope time 35 hours
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Tools Used

  • CSS3
  • Cypress
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • HTML5
  • React

This movie-viewing app allows users to view a list of clickable posters which link the user to a new page containing more details about a particular movie.

This paired project was my first exposure to React, utilizing React Router for multi-page functionality and testing with Cypress. Learning three new technologies at once was challenging, but I was able to pace myself and my learning to implement them all successfully. I had a strong focus on Cypress, and I felt pretty confident about my foundation of testing knowledge by the end of the project.

As a project extension, we decided to deploy our app to GitHub Pages and Heroku. The process was fairly straightforward for both, and I was surprised by how simple it was to get things working.

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