Technical Writer

Ryan is a technical writer at Career Karma, where he covers programming languages, technology, and web development. The Texas native earned his Bachelor's of Music Composition from the University of North Texas. Ryan is currently pursuing further education in web development, aiming to graduate from Flatiron School with a certification in full stack web development. Since joining the Career Karma team in November 2020, Ryan has used his expertise to cover topics like React and Ruby on Rails.

How to Use React useEffect

The development team at React introduced the concept of Hooks in React version 16.8. A React Hook allows the use of state and other React features in a function component. With the hook useState, a function component can set its…

React Lifecycle: An Overview

A lifecycle in React can be thought of in three different phases: mounting, updating, and unmounting. Mounting occurs when the React component renders to the DOM (Document Object Model). When changes are made to that component, it enters the updating…

A Closer Look at jQuery Selectors

Selectors are the foundation of the jQuery library. They will always be used when using jQuery to manipulate the DOM. Selectors operate as a function to return a matching element. They come with the jQuery library and are ready to…

What is JSON?

JSON is an acronym for JavaScript Object Notation. It is a JavaScript object that organizes data in key/value pairs. Storing data in this manner makes these objects lightweight and language independent. This means JSON can be read by most programming…

An Introduction to Strings in JavaScript

A string in JavaScript, as is the case in many other programming languages, is a data type that holds data in text form. A common use for strings in the context of a web application is holding a user’s input…

Manage State in React with setState

Keeping track of an application’s state is how a single page application (SAP) registers changes and renders them to the user. Unlike a model, view, controller (MVC) framework, SAPs do not redirect the user, and therefore need a way to…

A Beginner’s Guide to jQuery on()

The jQuery on() method is a way to attach an event handler on an element. The element passed to the selector can be anything on the page. Most commonly, on() is a way to attach a click handler to a…

JavaScript alert() Method

The JavaScript alert() method, also known as Window.alert(), displays an alert dialog box to a user. It accepts an optional message argument to display a message with an OK button to the user. Common uses for alert() are to let…

How to Disable a Button Using jQuery

There are many reasons to disable a button in a web application. Whether it’s to prevent a user from adding a sold out item to their shopping cart, or not allowing the user to click a button after an action…

How jQuery each() Works

jQuery each() is a concise way to iterate over DOM elements. Each() method is designed to be called on the target jQuery object. A jQuery object is an object that contains one or more DOM elements and has access to…

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