CSS, Styling your website and hanging out with Ladies Learning to Code

Chantel, an alumni from UW's Psychology program, works at Desire to Learn and learned how to code when she was 12, playing a farm animal game. She taught at the Ladies Learning to Code, and asked me,

"What brought you to this workshop?"

"Engineering envoy." I peeped back. 

I spent my Saturday learning the basics of HyperText Markup Language (HTML), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). HTML is the content behind a website, and CSS is the styling of a site. 

When thinking about code you need to pay very close attention to detail. Miss a {, ; , : or even a "") your syntax does not have the proper elements to give a command. 

p {

is f*ck*d.


Programming is similar to learning another language, like learning French, Hindi or Arabic. A learner needs to learn what variables go together to make letters and words have meeting, with the verb tense being the independent variable. The major difference is that you communicate with your code in how it responds to commands, visual or through processes, and in language you orally communicate with people. 

Learning an oral language has a relation to math, with the way words string together to make sense of something. A sentence can have a variety of syntaxes based on the language. In English it is Subject + Verb + Adjective + Noun. The way the words interact follow rules, albeit some have its exceptions, but with logic behind it. 

If you can learn a language can you easily learn to code? Here's my test, after today I feel like I am on to a new hobby: Learning CSS + HTML, and if I'm really savvy Java. 

Ladies Learning to Code was a full on and great for beginners and those with experience in CSS and HTML. It was a fast passed and informative class, and I can tell you worth the 60$. I will be going back to the next Ladies Learning to Code event.