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MERN Mom

I'm Chazona, a self-taught front-end developer with diverse experiences in industries ranging from food service to veterinary medicine to insurance. My two young children help shape my perspective, and drive me to create experiences that are accessible, friendly, and with a hint of magic.Continue

Published May 8, 2014

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5 Ways to Involve Young Kids When Coding

Nov 14, 2016

By Chazona Baum

5 minutes

5 Ways to Involve Young Kids When Coding

Motherhood is a nonstop guilt trip, and few things cut as deep as not seeming to spend enough time with your kids. Combine that with the time-consuming nature of coding, debugging, and research, and you have a recipe for a stressed-out mom. Read More

Women, Tech, and the Presidency: How We Move On From Here

Nov 10, 2016

By Chazona Baum

11 minutes

Women, Tech, and the Presidency: How We Move On From Here

For many of us, whether we stayed up until the early hours of the morning or woke up to news reports, Wednesday brought a solemn sense of shock. For many of us, as mothers and as tech innovators alike, it was hard to juxtapose our modern society with what had just taken place. The world watched in real time with us, questioning what our circumstances would now mean for them. Read More

Get Involved! Forming a Local Coding Group for Growth and Community

Nov 7, 2016

By Chazona Baum

9 minutes

Get Involved! Forming a Local Coding Group for Growth and Community

When learning to code, you're often your own worst enemy. Speedy learning slows to a crawl and you start to wonder if you were cut out to code at all or if you were really an imposter all along. One good way to avoid this self-defeating spiral is to surround yourself with fellow coders as often as you can manage. Read More

How to Deploy Your Twitter Bot (or Other Worker App) to Heroku

Nov 3, 2016

By Chazona Baum

4 minutes

How to Deploy Your Twitter Bot (or Other Worker App) to Heroku

Ok, so we recently walked through getting started building a Node.js Twitter bot and then actually putting together functions to make it work. When we left off you had a really cool Twitter bot that acts automatically. Hopefully you've added some functions or features that really make it your own. Problem is, it's not much fun to have a Twitter bot that only works when your terminal is open. Read More

How to Build a Twitter Bot in Node.js - Part 2

Oct 31, 2016

By Chazona Baum

38 minutes

How to Build a Twitter Bot in Node.js - Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series on creating a Twitter bot. In the first part, we reviewed setting up Twitter credentials for the bot, ensured we have Node and NPM available, and began working with our directory structure and Twitter API module. In this second part, we'll go over using the API module to tweet, respond to tweets, follow and unfollow, and learn how to make the bot your own. Let's get started! Read More