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Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is a second layer of account protection, which I highly recommend everyone should enable. Unlike the traditional username/password, 2FA requires the user to enter an additional piece of information related to something personal. For example, the most well-known form of 2FA requires an end-user to answer a security question. If the end-user is the one who set-up the security question, they should have no problem answering the question. The security question could be: What’s your mothers maiden name? What was the name of your first pet? What the name of your hometown?

The most recent forms…

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Elasticsearch is a distributed, scalable analytical search engine that supports complex aggregations for unstructured data.

Akin to NoSQL data stores, Elasticsearch is built to handle unstructured data formats and dynamically determine fields’ data types. Its primary data format is JSON (Javascript Object Notation) documents. JSON’s schema-less format allows for flexible data storage and ease of adding data without managing or creating relations.

However, Elasticsearch isn’t necessarily interchangeable to NoSQL databases. Elasticsearch differs from NoSQL databases and has its own set of limitations. For example, Elasticsearch distributed system adds a layer of complexity when performing transactions. …

I grow weary addressing the mountain of questions and comments as a software developer. Most of the questions and comments don’t make sense because they‘re grounded in stereotypes.

What we learn and what we do takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication. Our profession is no different than the other hard-working professions out there. And what people tend to forget is, developers are people too. We have our own lives, and we have boundaries. Unfortunately, some people like to cross those boundaries.

So here are some things you should stop saying to every developer you meet. …

Hey Landy, how many donuts does your dad eat?

Hey Landy, your name rhymes with Candy!

Hey Landy, your middle name is pretty rachet …

Hey Landy …

After 26 years of poorly made jokes, insults, and puns, it’s thrilling and warming for someone to ask, “Hey Landy, who are you?”

I’m a 26 years old, single, Afro-Caribbean Canadian woman. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, in a low-income Jamaican family. I’m also an only child in Canada, but I have half-brothers living in Jamaica. …

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This year has put everyone’s mental and physical health to the test, including yours truly. There’s the ongoing pandemic, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, the 2020 American elections, the End Sars movement; the list goes on. This year, I’ve dealt with an assortment of health issues, which became incredibly hard to deal with once quarantine reduced the number of available health services. Between trying to manage my mental health, physical health and working from within these four walls formerly known as my bedroom — I’m exhausted.

No, in fact, I am BURNT OUT, and I know I’m not the…

It’s been a long time since I’ve written, there have been many changes in my life lately, and unfortunately, writing has taken a backseat for the time being. But, not to worry, I will resume writing shortly.

These past few months have taught me the importance of stopping and dropping everything for a moment. After two successful conferences, my health started to decline. At first, I couldn’t sleep at night. Then, some of my preexisting conditions flared up again. Next, my hands began locking up, and I could not do everyday tasks such as typing, texting, or opening up a…

We're at a point where we need to start reimagining what marriage, families and happily ever after's look like to us. We've been conditioned to believe that the order of events are: Marriage > Kids > Retirement

But women are evolving in our society. We're not just caregivers anymore. And unfortunately, both the biological clock and the hunt for the right partner, don't always fall inline. But, that's okay!

I'm tired of feeling pressured to fall in line when I'm not ready because of science . And I'm tired of feeling like I have to settle, so I'm not alone.

A man does not define my purpose in this world. I can be who I want to be and so much more.

It's remarkable that the African-American story is so similar to the Afro-Carribbean story. My mother had the same issues growing up. My grandmother abandoned her (at the age of 6) with abusive family members, and left for England. Not once looking back. My mother grew up telling herself

"I am nobodies child, I'm just a flower growing wild"

She had two sons (my half brothers), that she left behind in Jamaica to find a better way of life. She left them when they were 14-15 years old. And they have suffered the pains of not having their mother.

And when…

A great package to enable FaceID and TouchID authentication is expo-local-authentication. This package also works for ejected react-native projects (bare react-native projects).


expo install expo-local-authentication

In your /ios directory, run pod-install

And in your root directory, run npx react-native link expo-local-authentication

These two commands should automatically install the necessary dependencies and update the required files.


Usually, an onPress event triggers enables biometric. So we can attach an event handler function that will check for the following:

  1. Hardware Compatibility
  2. Biometric Enrollment Availability
  3. Authentication

To start, I created a function in a utilities /utils folder, in the directory of my react-native project.

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About one year ago, I started my Medium page, and my first article was “The Truth is I’m a Black Woman.”

In the unholy morning hours, my mind anxiously raced. I was frustrated, tired, hurt, and confused. I had countless words to say but not a single soul to tell them to, and so, I picked up my laptop and started typing.

I had no expectations of anyone reading my writing. I thought no one could find me on such a huge platform. I thought it was impossible. At first, I wasn’t going to publish my piece. I felt maybe…


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