Hi, I’m Tania. I’m a self-taught web developer and designer from Chicago. I currently work at DAIS as a front end software engineer writing applications with React. I also write for DigitalOcean, SitePoint, Envato Tuts+, and other publications.
I’ve written the beginner’s guide to React which is included in the official React docs, and the definitive guide to developing a WordPress theme. I believe in reinventing the wheel, building things from scratch, and writing code with as few libraries and dependencies as possible.
I started this website as a place to document everything I learned as I began my journey transitioning from a professional chef to web developer. The internet is flooded with poor quality, out-of-date resources and tutorials, and I aim to create the most concise and practical articles possible.
I provide my website to you completely free, without ads, without sponsored posts, because I want to leave a positive impact, and I believe I can inspire others to create beautiful corners of the internet as well. If this resonates with you, please consider supporting me with a coffee. (I might use it towards beer.)
Hey, cryptonerds. I didn’t forget about you. My addresses are below if you’d like to support me with a virtual, anonymous, and stateless form of currency.
- 1989 – Born in Chicago. I’m the youngest of four, and the only girl.
- 1994 – My family buys our first computer, which runs Windows 3.11.
- Also 1994 – My brother deletes Win.exe, so I learn some basic DOS commands in order to keep being able to play Warcraft
- 1998 – I go to the library and discover the internet. I make my first E–Mail address and learn the meaning of lol. I make my first website on Geocities – a clan website for some Zelda–themed online chat game.
- 1999 – Earliest record of I can find of me on the internet, signing a guestbook.
- 2000 – I become internet famous for making a website about me and my made up Digimon. Here’s a long fanfic someone wrote about my character, and I also found whatever this is.
- 2003 – I make a website dedicated to George Michael’s facial hair through the years.
- 2005 – I become internet famous in the Philippines for creating the only website dedicated to Seona Dancing, Ricky Gervais’s failed 80s pop duo.
- 2007 – I graduate from high school and go to college for a culinary arts degree. I spend the next eight years working in the restaurant industry.
- 2014 – I decide to make a website about accordions.
- 2015 – Nearly a decade into my chef career, I realize it’s not the right career for me and I need a change. After a trip to the wilderness and some lengthy soul searching, I begin a career transition into web development. I start this blog.
- 2016 – I get my first job in tech, as a web developer for Lettuce Entertain You. I design and develop restaurant sites like Shaw’s, Cafe Ba–Ba–Reeba, Stripburger, Krispy Kreme, Tokio Pub, and more.
- 2017 – Solo backpacking trip around Europe
- 2018 – I get a job as a backend PHP developer at RateYourSeats.com
A non-exhaustive list.
- Vanya Sergeev – a brilliant programmer who is very important to me.
- Teodor Nikolaev – a talented designer, developer, artist, photographer, and Bulgarian.
- Craig Lam – one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and the mastermind behind Scripto.
- Ben Schroeder – a dear friend of mine who is knowledgeable, hilarious, and eloquent.
- Dave2 Bock – an excellent designer and insightful friend.
- Joe Carlyon – Automation expert and an awesome guy.
Sometimes I sing and play accordion/piano. I like to record music in my spare time. Here are some.
- I’d Like to Walk Around In Your Mind
- Such Great Heights (duet)
- Night Nurse (duet)
- El Pasadiscos
- Mad World
- You And I
- Just Like Heaven
- The Winner Takes It All
- Wicked Game
- Something Wild
- Bridge Over Troubled Water
- Rainy Monday
- Computer: MacBook Pro 2015
- Host: NFS.net, AWS
- Editor: Visual Studio Code
- CMS: WordPress
- Syntax highlighting: PrismJS
- Code theme: New Moon
- Newsletter: Sendy
- Workflow: Gulp, npm
- Notes: SimpleNote