Woman in tech are still rare. Ever thought about becoming a coder? Don’t know where to start? Let me help you become a real codergirl. Here are a few basic steps to get you started. These snippets of code are the first things that you should learn.


HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and is used to build website. All the elements on a website can be written in HTML. With elements, I mean the header, footer and the content that goes in between, for example. It’s a nested structure. A bare HTML structure could look something like this:

<!doctype html>
<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<title>Your first website</title>


// Your content goed here…



CSS or cascading stylesheet is a language to style your HTML. In the past CSS was for styling only, but you can also use it for transition animations and other effects as well.

A small example. This code snippet shows how to color your complete website.

body {background-color: #92a8d1;}


jQuery is a JavaScript framework. It let you make dynamic and interactive websites. I use it to put dynamic classes on elements for animation effects for example. Or add a class fixed on the header so the header will stay on top of your browser when scrolling.

Become a codergirl

You can add PHP, MySQL and JavaScript to your skillset in the future, but the previous three are a good start with. Want to learn more about the basics of code? Read this article here for more info or learn how to code yourself.

Did you create an awesome website? Like feedback or tips? Let me know!

About The Author

Noraly van der Hulst is a passionate front-end developer. She owns a company called Frontrend and is a new mom. Her free time she likes to spend with her camera and ofcourse her family and friends as well.

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