Things that shouldn’t stop you from learning to code 👩🏻‍💻

Because they didn’t stop me…

2 min readMar 11, 2019

Six months ago, I sat down for my first ever lesson on HTML. Coding was something I always wanted to try, but was too afraid to start. Fast forward to last Friday — I signed up for a friendly coding competition called visibility:hidden one hour before it started. I coded a one-page website in 15 minutes without previewing it in the browser in front of a full room of people. Read about the rest of my journey to becoming a web developer on the HackerYou website.

.Left: Signs with my name (Chao Zhao) and the event title (visibility hidden) sitting on a table inside a dim room with blue and purple spot lights. Center: photo of me and Derek laughing and standing behind the monitor showing the website he coded during the competition. Photo Credit: Dennis Oba. Right: photo of me typing on my computer with a monitor showing the website I coded during the competition.

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A front-end web dev. Writing in my second language (English) about my third (HTML), fourth (CSS) and fifth (Javascript).