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GDI-logoGirl Develop It (GDI) specializes in offering introductory programming lessons to women, but all are welcome to attend, so long as you abide by the GDI Code of Conduct.

Natalie-headshotMy BFF, Natalie MacLees, is the co-founder and teacher for the LA Chapter of GDI, where I have started teaching. This month, I am teaching an Introduction to PHP and MySQL. Next month, I will be teaching an Intro to HTML and CSS, which starts March 14. There are only 5 spots left right now, as GDI limits their class size to 20 so that everyone gets enough personalized attention in class. 🙂

GDI is awesome because if you are looking for work or going through financial hardship, you can apply for a scholarship. There are even loaner laptops that can be arranged for use in the class. Check out the upcoming classes according to location, which are spread out across the entire United States.

natalie-speakingIf you already know HTML and CSS and want to kick it up a notch, I highly recommend learning Javascript and jQuery. It just so happens that Natalie, the author of the popular book, “jQuery for Designers“, herself (!), is going to be teaching this class at a very affordable price this weekend! Natalie is also my favorite female speaker/teacher, so I will be taking this class as well, here is the url to register if you would like to join: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Los-Angeles/events/219296901/

Now is totally time to learn something awesome, so why don’t you get on that? 🙂


Theme Sense: a Common Sense Approach to Theme Development | Code Poet

What is “Theme Sense”? Theme Sense is an intuitive understanding of WordPress themes: the relationship between the files that make up a theme, and how those files fit in with WordPress. Theme Sense is what you’ll have at the end of this article.

Theme Sense is not about memorizing code

Let’s think about mathematics and “number sense” for a second. If you teach a kid just to memorize arithmetic facts on flashcards, without explaining why the answers are what they are, that kid may struggle when they encounter a fact they haven’t memorized. For example, demonstrating 5+2 = 7 using blocks helps the kid “see” how numbers work. They can then use this knowledge to help solve any problem they run into in the future, even if they haven’t memorized the answer.

Theme Sense works the same way. It’s important to focus on the larger picture of what you’re trying to achieve, instead of memorizing specific bits of code.

Read full article at Theme Sense: a Common Sense Approach to Theme Development | Code Poet.