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Samantha Geitz

Senior Developer

When Samantha was in the final semester of her English Literature degree, she took a C++ class as an elective and realized that she actually wanted to be a programmer when she grew up. She went on to receive a master’s in Information Science from the University of Missouri; since then, she has alternated between freelance/agency work and helping early-stage startups build scalable systems.

Samantha is a proud — too proud, some would say — native of Chicago. Aside from writing code, her hobbies include getting angry about Game of Thrones, hanging out with her animal friends (two dogs and a cat), and avoiding social obligations in favor of going to bed at a reasonable hour.

A Look at the Tighten Crew's Battlestations
Tighten is a 100% remote company, and one of the best parts about working from home is that you're able to set up your office however you'd like. Today, we thought we'd give you a peek into the inner sanctums of the Tighten crew...
Tighten Senior Dev Battle: JavaScript Death Match
There are two issues that cause a bitter divide within the Tighten family: 1) The proper pronunciation of the word...
UX Lessons Learned from a Snapchat Addiction
In the last few weeks, despite my inclinations to the contrary, I have become a Snapchat addict. (I have also decided to double-down on becoming a Millennial cliche by adding the term “bae” to my regular lexicon, but I digress.) In that short...
Why You Should be Giving Your Developers 20% time
About a year ago, Tighten officially implemented a "20% time" policy for its developers. This means that, on any given week, we only bill our clients for 32 hours of developer work; for the other 8 hours, developers can work on whatever...
You Might Not Need Redux
One of the best things about React is how large and vibrant its ecosystem is: there are robust libraries to help with everything from forms to HTTP requests to state management, making it far easier to build incredibly complex and scalable...
Adding React Components to a Laravel Application
It's no secret that Vue.js is a favorite in the Laravel community, but what if you want to use React in a Laravel project? While Laravel isn't set up to use React...
Caffeine Fiends: Coffee and Tea When You Work from Home
At Tighten, if there's anything we take as seriously as our code, it's our caffeine addictions. Because we all work from home (or our own individual offices), there's no shared, decades-old office Mr. Coffee that nobody ever cleans; we are responsible...
Pair Programming at a 100% Remote Company
At Tighten, one of the ways we ensure high-quality work is to always try to avoid putting code into production without at least one other set of eyes reviewing it. While on single-developer projects this often comes in the form of a code review from...
Tools of the Trade: Software We Love (or Tolerate) at Tighten
Sometimes it's easy for us to forget just how much software goes into the process of writing software. All day long, we interact with tools that are the result of thousands of hours of work from developers just like us. Above all, we expect these...
React 101, Part 4: Firebase
Articles in the React 101 Series: Part 1: Building a GIF Search Engine Part 2: Refactoring...
React 101, Part 3: Routing and Auth
Articles in the React 101 Series: Part 1: Building a GIF Search Engine Part 2: Refactoring...
React 101, Part 2: Refactoring with Redux
Articles in the React 101 Series: Part 1: Building a GIF Search Engine Part 2: Refactoring with...
React 101, Part 1: Building a GIF search engine
Last updated 06/01/17 to use Create React App, Redux Form v6, React-Router v4, and Firebase v3. Looking for the old version of the code? Find it...
Unpacking Webpack
Introduction You might have heard some of the buzz around Webpack in the last few months. If you’re anything like me, you probably took one look at it, decided not to bother with its hipster black...
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