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, and I couldn’t be happier.

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 as much as I can (hoping for 30 countries by 30!)

What I’m doing now

  • Writing articles for taniarascia.com.
  • Writing articles on JavaScript for Digital Ocean.
  • Playing on a beach volleyball league, like a true Chicagoan.
  • Working on a front end design/development course.
  • Reading the Expanse series – currently on book #4, Cibola Burn.

Updated 6/19/2017
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 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.


Digital Ocean

An Introduction to jQuery
February 7, 2017

How to Write Comments in JavaScript
June 20, 2017


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

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

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.