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Writing about myself isn’t easy, but here goes. I’m a Front End Engineer.

(am I done?)

Oh wait, I’m not done. You probably want to know a little bit more about me if you’ve made it to this page. Well, I’m Lana… Phillips. Please read this as if I was talking to you in person. For me, I’m writing this as my internal dialogue.

I like pretty things. I like things organized with labels, stored in bins, and just plain organized. I like having a “best” way to do things, but I’m the kind of person that is extremely flexible with whatever “best” actually means. I like to be a team player, but I’m happy to lead when the time is right. I love helping others, and sharing my passion and compassion with them. I like to have my hands in everything that I can. When shit hits the fan, I can remain calm and strategize the best cleanup process. Then, take action. I’m also a good problem solver. When I’m trying something new, I try to educate myself as much as I can before taking the plunge. I also love working on projects that have an impact.

I think all of these traits make me a good Front End Engineer. These are life skills that I can apply to my job, which makes me feel like working is that corny phrase “if you love what you’ll do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. I really love what I do. I can’t imagine actually committing to another job field. I’ll occasionally envision myself as a veterinarian, but I’d want to rescue all of the furbabies. I don’t have enough land to have a farm or a zoo, so I can’t rescue all the cute little animals. Anyways, moving back to what I love doing, which is Front End Engineering.

Being in the Front End offers me the perfect combo of design and code. I’m extremely passionate about having beautiful UI’s, while having emphasis on UX, and writing clean and concise code. I love using code formatters in sublime to make all the code look “pretty”. It’s like walking into a clean house. You’re not stressed out looking at it, and you know where everything is. I think companies should always have their employees use a code formatter as part of the development process. Oh, and I love JavaScript. The logical challenges are awesome mind games that keep me on my toes. The language is so versatile, and there are SO MANY things you can do with it. I don’t even know all the things you can do with it, but that’s why there’s documentation. Honestly, it would be impossible to memorize all of it’s capabilities and the libraries on top of JavaScript.

Speaking of documentation, I have another trait I’d like to name. I’m very resourceful, I’m a big believer in learning by doing, and I ask lots of questions. Sometimes, it’s a series of wrong questions that lead me to the right question. You just have to be willing to ask them. Just as I’m able to switch between being super creative and super logical, I can also switch between having my head down in a computer and being super social. This ability has allowed me to work well with managers and leadership, as well as work cohesively with Back End Engineers and Designers. I have no qualms about doing product demonstrations, talking directly with clients, and accepting feedback.

Hopefully you know that the job title of Front End Engineer/Developer has become very broad. Truth be told, it’s both frustrating and awesome at the same time. I think that Chris Coyier’s/A List Apart video on “The State of Front End Dev” perfectly captures the job responsibilities I have/had, both in present and past jobs. Especially when they’re talking about all the things that should/could be in the “realm” of Front End. That “realm” is definitely my realm.

I know I could keep writing more, but I might get a little random, and include things that don’t relate to my professional “about me” as a Front End Engineer.

If you’d like to get to know me, or want to work with me, my socials are in the footer. I’m pretty good about getting back to people. I’m relatively active in the different meetup communities in the greater Sacramento area too. If you’re in town, feel free to introduce yourself.

Thanks for reading!