Coming out of learning Sinatra, I felt on top of the world as my Flatiron cohort and I advanced onto our next module, Ruby on Rails. It was only a matter of time that the emotional roller coaster of coding would catch up on me after the experiencing Sinatra bliss. In my minds eye, Rails seemed like an extension of Sinatra with more moving parts. But when I started brainstorming my project, the concept of Ruby on Rails became more complicated than I had previously thought.

When thinking about what to cover here, I thought it would be helpful to…


As Phase 2 came to a close, my class was confronted with another project mode and assessment. To prevent any more loss of sleep from the deadline looming over my head I decided to jump at opportunity of thoroughly sketching my concept out for our database driven project.

I tried applying what I learned from my first project which was to make something you find personally interesting hence, the GalleryProject. Being quarantined for more than a year has made my world small and my imagination smaller. I missed going into the city and visiting the museums I grew up around…


As Phase 1 was coming to a close, I felt the looming presence of our first project. After six weeks the moment came when we were presented with our project serving as a culmination of all our knowledge (so far).

The project prompted us to create a CLI that retrieves and shows external data. I decided to make a CLI that shows users the latest released movies from my personal favorite movie studio A24 Studios. Because of my niche theme I had no option but to scrape my data. Going into this project I didn’t totally grasp the difference between…


Theory and criticism caught my attention in the early years of my college career. My copies of Foucault, Anzaldúa, and Gramsci would be annotated til they were undecipherable with notes bursting from the margins. In my mind, theory was the study of literature, the nature of it’s principles for analysis, and a subject I thought was my strong suit.

Years later, my bundle of annotated notes are stored away in a drawer and I sit hunched over my computer trying to decode the plain English on the lab article. Objects are abstract entities that contains data and behaviors. …


A truer sentence couldn’t be formed in my head as I found myself hunched over my laptop, basking in the glow of the blue light as I haphazardly try to remember the distinction between a <div> and <br>.

From a young age I’ve always self identified as an artist and nothing else. My passion lies within creating compositions that work harmoniously and intentionally to evoke a specific message to the viewer. I grew up with the idea that my career was limited to the arts because it was the only subject I knew (at the time) I was able to transform a concept into something fully realized. Whether it was a critical literary essay or an illustration, I found immense gratification within the process of composing ideas. The logical step to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator…

Melissa Guachun

Junior Developer and Visual Artist based in NYC. Join me on my journey to coding enlightenment or a torrential mental breakdown, whichever comes first.

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