This tech reporter tried her hand at actually doing tech things - Delaware


May 9, 2016 12:14 pm

This tech reporter tried her hand at actually doing tech things

And by “tech things” I mean a full day of HTML/CSS. Here's what I learned, along with some resources for fellow beginners.

Students code away at the Horn Program's Venture Development Center.

(Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

As Delaware’s lead reporter, I love writing about the First State’s tech scene. It’s always interesting — in many ways, it’s exciting — and I find myself constantly learning.

But here’s a little secret: I’m not, nor have I ever been, a tech person. My background is in newspapers, and the majority of my experience was covering crime and breaking news.

So after spending the past several months writing about so-called tech people and all of their cool projects and endeavors, my interest was piqued enough to check out Girl Develop It’s full day of HTML/CSS coding class this weekend.

Here’s what I learned:

  • First off, I have a lot more admiration for coders. Because wow, there is a heck of a lot of knowledge and skill that goes into coding, and I really respect people who can create so much innovation by starting with a blank text editor. (We, btw, used Sublime.)
  • Girl Develop It knows what’s up: It’s great to be in an all-women environment when you’re learning this stuff. Everyone was supportive and helpful with one another, and I wasn’t afraid to ask questions. (I asked a ton of questions.)
  • It’s exciting to learn a new skill, and I’m not alone: The classroom’s age range was wide, and the backgrounds of the women were just as varied — from ladies looking for career changes to some who wanted to keep up with their kids to those who were simply curious about what this whole coding thing is about.
  • This is gonna require some repetition. One class does not a coding master make. I nailed some of the basics, but I have a long way to go (absolute positioning … explain that again?!).
A screenshot of my handiwork. The top header is definitely a misnomer.

A screenshot of my handiwork. The top header is definitely a misnomer. (Screenshot)

It is a start though, and I’m looking forward to tinkering with it and learning more. The organizers at GDI are helping move the practice process along with a Code & Coffee Study Group session the evening of May 16 at 1313 Innovation.


Code & Coffee Study Group

Monday, May 16, 2016, 5:30 PM

1313 Innovation
1313 N Market St, Wilmington, DE

6 Nerdettes Attending

Join us for a code & coffee study session! Whether you’re looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you! Feel free t…

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This weekend’s instructor, Elizabeth Cottrell, also had a bunch of great recommendations for furthering coding education:


Reference (aside from Google)


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