“If/Else, The Musical”, starring Flatiron and Manhattan.Js


I went to the Manhattan.Js Meet Up at Flatiron School on Wednesday night. Speakers included Sara J Chipps (Founder, Girl Develop It), Tom Dale (Co-Founder, Tile-Ember), and Sebastiano Armeli (Spotify).


I did pretty well for being so new to JavaScript… I won two contests!  I won tickets to a sold out event hosted by LittleBits, the ReactJS Meetup on Februrary 24th, AND tickets to the EmpireJS 2015 conference in April.

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Coincidently, EmpireJS 2015 is Broadway themed this year… And I won a free $350 ticket for coming up with the best JavaScript inspired Broadway show title… “IF/ELSE”.

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We’re still fleshing out the music + casting…

IF (Idina === available){

console.log(“We’re going to make a lot of money!”)


} ELSE {

console.log(“We can always see if Lou Ann is available…”)

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‘Lou Ann’ (..me), featured in the Jeff Award winning production of “Hairspray” The Musical at Drury Lane Theater in 2012


Of course the first big tech event I’m going to is Broadway themed! You never know where your path will take you…

IF only they knew…

So excited to attend these events and dive into that JavaScript textbook in the meantime.


Code Academy Labs – Week 1


Hi – My name is Carly. I’m an aspiring web developer living in NYC.

Saturday, Jan 17th was my first class as a student of Cohort Awesome – Code Academy Labs NYC January 2015 Cohort. The Labs curriculum covers HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Angular.JS and Ruby on Rails in a 12 week part-time course. The class meets every Saturday from 12-5PM at DevBootcamp in NYC, with roughly 25 hours of take-home work, and an office-hour style Google Hangout on Tuesdays.

The January 2015 Cohort stars 15 dynamic, intelligent, accomplished individuals from various backgrounds. A handful are working in the tech industry. Others boast backgrounds as diverse as theater and banking.

 We tackled the first HTML + CSS projects by pair programming the first day. Pair programming is  when one person “drives” (types), while the other person “navigates”(dictates code). As we are all relative beginners, working in pairs is great opportunity to learn from others while gaining confidence in what you already know.

We programmed for almost 5 straight hours. The time flew by and the experience was invigorating.

I am so grateful to work with Code Academy, and excited to take this next step in my education. I’ll try to make posts each week. I’m hoping this blog will be a resource and a source of encouragement for other women who are interested in learning to code. Feel free to leave comments and ask me questions.

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