WOW! The past three months have flown by. I’m so honored and excited to announce that in November I accepted a position as a Front End Developer with the Texas School Safety Center. This blog is simply an opportunity to reflect on my first three months with this wonderful company, some tips concerning the entire application process, and how Flatiron set me up for success as a Front End Developer.

Texas School Safety Center Logo

The Texas School Safety Center is a Research Center devoted to empowering school safety in regards to gun violence and tobacco use in schools. TxSSC provides resources for teachers, administrators…

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Picture of Ernie and Lucy, the wiener dog
Picture of Ernie and Lucy, the wiener dog

For this lesson we’re going to use Lucy, my childhood wiener dog, in each example! Lucy was a wild dog at first who calmed down with age. She would constantly hunt down birds in our backyard, kill garden snakes, and bark at any dog that passed by! While she may have been ferocious, she was also incredibly gentle and loved us.


A quick review of “this” before we dive into Apply/Call/Bind: In…

Woven’s Logo
Woven’s Logo

I was going to write a part 3 on JS Interview Help (check out part 1 and part 2 if you’d like) this week. However, after advancing to the next interview round with a company in Chicago, I decided to write about my experience with their coding assessment platform, Woven. This guide will (of course) not give any details about the assessment questions itself, but rather what to expect.


Woven is a technical assessment platform that goes beyond code. They help companies hire incredible talent through technical assessments. What I really like about them, is that they find “hidden gems.”…

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When a piece of JS code is executed, the JS engine makes a global execution context, which has two phases: creation and execution. In creation, the JS engine moves the variable and function declarations to the top of your code. In other words, it hoists these declarations to the top of your code.

Hoisting is JavaScript’s default behavior of moving declarations to the top. SO, just like my other article on JS…

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When a new Object is formed, the JS engine adds a __proto__ property to the new object. This points to the prototype object of the constructor function. All JS objects take in, or inherit, properties and methods from a prototype. For instance, Dog objects inherit from Dog.prototype. String objects inherit from String.prototype.

The JS prototype property lets you add new properties to object constructors. For example, using ES2015 notation:

Ernie was my childhood dog — this post goes out to you, buddy!

The above prints “Ernie Bade…

Home page for Trail Run Planner App
Landing Page for TRP

Phew! This is it — the final project for Flatiron! I can’t believe I’m at the finish line for such an incredible, challenging bootcamp. For my final project, I wanted to create something that is definitely in line with the theme of other projects I’ve made, as well as make something that will be useful for the future. A month ago, my wife and I were hiking Guadalupe Mountain in West Texas, and we did not bring enough water. We really struggled on the final 2 miles of the descent and were so relieved to get to our car. The…

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Today I officially finished my fourth project for the Flatiron School’s Software Engineering Program, woohoo! The idea for this project came from personal experience of mine. Three weeks ago, my wife and I took a camping trip to the Guadalupe Mountains and Lincoln National Forest, which are both located near the Texas/New Mexico border. As we were planning for our trip, we quickly realized that it’s pretty difficult to plan out food for two vegans, who are staying in these areas (that is, unless you want to eat PB&J sandwiches every day…). We poured over the internet for food ideas…

While completing the Module 4 JavaScript/Rails project (blog link), I also had a wonderful opportunity to create a professional website!

Roughly a week and half ago, my wife and I were hanging out with some friends from our church who own a Roofing business. They’ve been in business for roughly a year or so, and they talked to us about how they wanted a website, but couldn’t afford a professional. Being a Flatiron student with some experience with CSS, HTML, and recently, JavaScript, I told them I could build the site for them! …

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When thinking about what to base this Rails project on, I thought about how Covid-19 has affected so many areas of our lives. For many dog owners, dog parks have officially shut down in most major cities. With this app, users are able to add new Parks, new Playdates, and a Review for each Park. There are several validations with each newly created object, and users can not edit/delete other users’ information. If you would like to see a walk through of this app, click here: Doggo Playdate App. To go to the live site:

Making a Diagram

The first step to…

No, not that Sinatra…

This was such a fun project, and it was a joy to actually create a web APP! After years of learning basic HTML and CSS, I have crafted web sites, and the idea of creating a dynamic web app terrified me! However, Flatiron helped me out so much, and I feel much more confident in being able to create a dynamic web app, capable of CRUD actions.

For this project, I decided to use one of my new-found interests: running. Since Covid-19 started, I’ve started running, and in June ( for the first time ever), I…

Michael Bade

Michael Bade is a Full Stack Web Developer, with a passion for making abstract ideas come to life! Find me on LinkedIn to connect and talk code!

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