Could you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I’m a Front End Developer working in New York City. I started my career as a UX designer and transitioned into this role by learning Angular in my free time after work! I am also passionate about web accessibility and try my best to advocate for that during and outside of work.

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How did you get into tech?

I first got into tech when I was 11 years old. I was a very active Neopets user and a couple of my online friends asked me to build a website for our clan. I hated using Geocities and other free website builders so I decided to learn HTML/CSS instead! After finding this “superpower” of creating things with code, I knew this was my new hobby. I started learning Javascript/jQuery at 12 to make and sell MySpace layouts.

It wasn’t until I got to high school that I learned I wanted a career in programming. I took Java and C++ courses which exposed me to computer science theory - algorithms, data structures, etc. It taught me how to approach challenges as if it were just giant puzzles!

What are your goals?

Professionally, I want to keep learning as much as I can about front end development. The industry is changing rapidly, so there are so many new tools and frameworks to experiment with! Right now I’m learning SvelteJS.

However, a main goal of mine is to be a role model in this field to inspire young women to pursue STEM careers or to learn more about programming. It’s a lot more fun than people think!

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Do you have a mentor?

I don’t have a mentor at the moment but I’m always learning or drawing inspiration from my colleagues. I think a great way of “indirect” mentorship is studying somebody’s work and figuring out their thought process. For me, I will analyze and study senior developers’ PR or commit history. It helps me understand architecture, best practices, and big-picture ideas.

Do you mentor anybody?

I currently mentor an old colleague of mine who just finished a coding bootcamp and is trying to land his first developer job. We have mock interviews, coding challenges, and I try to answer any questions he has about the industry.

What tips can you give someone looking to break into tech?

Technology is so diverse! There are so many paths or niches you can dive into like Design, Data Science, Project Management, or QA. I got into front end development because I loved to design layouts - eventually that evolved to designing with code!

What’s also cool about tech is that there is a relatively low barrier to entry in this field. A lot of the engineers I work with don’t have a CS degree (or a degree at all!). There is so much free information available out there and the tech community is very helpful and friendly.

Who do you follow? Which blogs do you read?

I’m a big fan of Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski - they have a podcast called “Syntax” that I listen to weekly. To anyone who hasn’t heard of it, try an episode out - it will make you want to break out your IDE and experiment with whatever JavaScript or CSS idea they talk about that day.

My layout hero is Jen Simmons. She’s a developer advocate at Mozilla and has the BEST tutorials and examples of CSS grid.

I also follow Chris Coyier (csstricks.com) and Sarah Drasner (the svg queen) on all social media platforms.

@thepracticaldev and @iamdevelopr are great programmer humor accounts too!

What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?

You can find me on Instagram at @angelaa.dev or read some of my blog posts on my site https://angelaa.dev

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