Tania Rascia Web Design and Development

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I’m Tania Rascia, a web designer/developer from Chicago. I started designing websites for fun back in 1998, and it became my primary hobby throughout adolescence. In an unexpected twist, I went to culinary school and worked as professional chef for 8 years. After some introspection, I embarked on a career change into web development in 2014.

I use this website to document and share everything I learn. My goal is to create concise, easy-to-follow guides for beginner/intermediate developers that make no assumptions, list all prerequisites, and have clear, attainable goals. I’ve also written for Digital Ocean and SitePoint.

I strongly believe in being the change I wish to see in the world (and Internet), which is why you’ll see no ads, popups, or sponsorships on my site. I have a lot planned for the future, so I encourage you to join my email list or connect with me on GitHub and/or Twitter.

I speak Spanish, sing and play accordion, play volleyball, and love to travel and backpack as much as I can.

What I’m doing now

  • Writing articles about JavaScript and the DOM for DigitalOcean.
  • Reading the Expanse series – currently on book #6, Babylon’s Ashes.
  • Learning to play Amelie on the accordion.

Updated February 21, 2018
Inspired by Leo Babauta and Derek Sivers.


New Moon
A dark syntax theme optimized for web development that I’m delighted to use every day – available on Visual Studio Code, Atom, Brackets, and Sublime Text.

A project to keep track of the flavor and ambiance of all the coffeeshops that I write at around the city of Chicago.

A minimalist Sass starterpack built that provides helpful, browser-consistent styling for buttons, forms, tables, lists, and typography.

HTML5 Test
A test page that contains all the most common HTML5 elements. Toggle between all the most common front end frameworks (Bootstrap, Foundation, Skeleton, Material, and Primitive).

Ivory & Ivory
A list of all my musical recordings, in which I sing and play accordion.



Understanding Variables, Scope, and Hoisting in JavaScript
February 19th, 2017

Understanding Prototypes and Inheritance in JavaScript
January 12th, 2017

How to Make Changes to the DOM
December 26th, 2017

How to Traverse the DOM
December 5th, 2017

How to Upload a File to Object Storage with Node.js
November 23rd, 2017

How to Access Elements in the DOM
November 20th, 2017

Understanding the DOM Tree and Nodes
November 8th, 2017

Introduction to the DOM
November 6th, 2017

Understanding Date and Time in JavaScript
October 19, 2017

How to Define Functions in JavaScript
October 10, 2017

How to Construct For Loops in JavaScript
October 3, 2017

Using While and Do While Loops in JavaScript
September 27, 2017

How to Use the Switch Statement in JavaScript
September 11, 2017

How to Write Conditional Statements in JavaScript
August 29, 2017

Understanding Objects in JavaScript
August 25th, 2017

Working with JavaScript Array Iteration Methods
August 15th, 2017

Working with JavaScript Array Accessor Methods
August 14th, 2017

Working with JavaScript Array Mutator Methods
August 10th, 2017

Understanding Arrays in JavaScript
July 28th, 2017

How to Do Math in JavaScript with Operators
July 19th, 2017

Index, Slice, Split, and Manipulate Strings in JavaScript
July 14th, 2017

How to Work with Strings in JavaScript
July 11, 2017

Understanding Syntax and Code Structure in JavaScript
July 5th, 2017

How to Write Comments in JavaScript
June 20, 2017

An Introduction to jQuery
February 7, 2017


Back to Basics: JavaScript Operators, Conditionals & Functions
April 05, 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to JavaScript Variables and Datatypes
January 31, 2017

Super Yes More

Productivity: How I Use Technology to Organize my Life
June 19, 2017


Developing a WordPress Theme From Scratch
April 30th, 2017 – WordCamp Chicago

Currently Using

Computer: MacBook Pro 2015
Host: NearlyFreeSpeech
Editor: Visual Studio Code
CMS: WordPress
Syntax Highlighting: PrismJS
Code Theme: New Moon
Workflow: Gulp
Notes: SimpleNote
Programming Notes: Quiver
Bookmarks: Raindrop

Tania's List

My tutorials, guides, and articles for web designers, developers, and autodidacts, sent out once a month or so. No bullshit, ads, or tricks.