5 Questions with Tom Deluca

December 24, 2014

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5 Questions with Tom Deluca

It’s often said, “There are no obstacles, only opportunities.” If anyone is living proof of that, it’s GeekHive developer, Tom Deluca. Tom has a condition called ROP, or retinopathy of prematurity, a blinding eye disorder that can affect premature infants born before 31 weeks. Tom was born three months early. In spite of his visual impairment, or perhaps because of it, he’s an incredibly detail-oriented and insightful programmer.

Born in upstate New York, Tom has lived most of his life in Warwick, which is also home to GeekHive HQ. His parents, a retired office manager and a 24-year veteran of the FDNY,  live close enough for weekly dinners and  – Tom jokes – laundry.

Deluca attended Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh and earned a Bachelor of Science in IT. After taking three classes on HTML/CSS, a love of development was born.

In 140 characters or less, what is front-end web development?

Front-end development is all of the HTML, CSS, and Javascript that is used together to make a website functional and look nice.

If a website were a cake, front-end web development would be… ?

The HTML would be the ingredients. The CSS would be the frosting. I’m not sure what the JS would be though…

What are some creative roles or ways you’ve seen developers use their front-end web development skills?

Coming up with new ways to accomplish the same result, such as navigation menus, custom dropdowns, or modal dialog boxes.

What are some of your go-to books, links, and resources for web development?

I regularly visit CSS-Tricks, Web Designer Depot, Sitepoint, and Creative Bloq, to name a few. There are hundreds more, though, I’m sure.

Any advice for an aspiring developer?

Just keep up with what’s current and always work to improve.

Heather Waters

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