Hi, could you introduce yourself?

My name is Gianina Skarlett, I'm from Venezuela and I grew up in Puerto Rico. I currently live in San Francisco and I'm a Frontend Engineer at Forethought Technologies. I started coding when I was 16 but never thought there was a possibility for me to even work in tech until I moved to Los Angeles in 2017. After seeing so many success stories about women in tech, I knew it was possible.

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What got you into coding?

I got into coding, ironically, through an ad from Codecademy. They were teaching how to code with JavaScript by playing a game and it was so interesting and fun, I was hooked!

Did you have a role model or mentor?

First time I worked with a mentor was while I was studying, he is so amazing 2 years later he is still my mentor! I think is one of the most beneficial things you can have in the world! He really does a great job of giving me the push that's sometimes needed when learning something new.

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What advice do you have for new coders?

My advice for new coders is don't be afraid of asking questions but to learn how to ask the correct question. The correct question will mention what you're trying to do, the reason why, and what you've tried before. Also, go into the docs because you'll build your expertise within the details, and don't give up!

What are you working on?

Currently, my side projects consist of making small "how-to" coding projects videos for my YouTube channel to help everyone no matter where they are in their coding journey. At my job, I'm currently working on an analytics dashboard built with React, TypeScrip, Redux, and D3 (besides others).

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What blogs do you read? Who do you follow?

It's a huge list but for videos, I love watching Mosh from programming with Mosh and traversy media. I love listening to podcasts, a few of my favorites are Women In Tech Podcast, Command Line Heroes, JavaScript Jabber, Syntax, and Gary Vee. When reading I read from pretty much anywhere, articles, and official docs.

What tips do you have for teaching code?

When you're teaching always make sure what you're teaching is correct and up-to-date. for me, personally, I'll be fact-checking myself before I write or say anything since I want to make sure I'm not misleading anyone with the information I'm providing.

What's the best way to keep up with what you are doing?

Definitely social media. You can find me on Instagram as @gigi_codes and on YouTube @Gigi Codes

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