Lisa


Rails Girls Berlin “Wall of Fame”

This a series of interviews with women, who have made their way into coding.
Check out their stories, get inspired!


 

The biggest obstacle is at the same time sometimes a motivating one: there is a lot to learn and there is always more. So the first step is to make learning a habit. You will always learn new things so it is crucial that you don’t discourage yourself if you don’t know something. You just have to learn it.

 

Name: Lisa
Job: Frontend Developer

Hi Lisa, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your educational background.

Hey, I’m Lisa! When I left school, I thought websites are pretty cool and I want to do something like that, so I enrolled in a web design and development class and moved to Berlin.
I actually wanted to focus more on the design aspect of things because I liked drawing a lot when I was in school and also designed some posters for school events. The development aspect was more of a ‚This might come in handy later‘ thing for me and at first until I started to really like it. In the end I got a Bachelor of Arts in Web Development and do almost no design work anymore (though for a lot of people frontend development is design work).

How did you get to know about Rails Girls Berlin?

I was and still am a supporter of the decentralized and open source social network diaspora*. That is written in Ruby and in fact a Rails app. When I was still studying I wanted to learn some Ruby to help development on the project. Around that time another student told me about Rails Girls in Berlin with a workshop happening soon. How very fortunate! So I applied.

Why did you join the workshop and what was your impression of it afterwards?

It just seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn Ruby and Rails to me! But what came after the workshop changed everything. I came for software and got a community, even though I didn’t notice it at first.

Had you any previous programming experiences before?

I was already familiar with HTML, CSS basic JavaScript and PHP from my studies..

How did you continue learning?

First I thought I could continue on my own, which meant I didn’t do anything. Then I founded a small study group with another attendee and a coach but that group dissolved after just a few weeks. Then I joined another group, the rubycorns, where I am still a (proud) member today.

What was the biggest obstacle during your learning process?

The biggest obstacle is at the same time sometimes a motivating one: there is a lot to learn and there is always more. So the first step is to make learning a habit. You will always learn new things so it is crucial that you don’t discourage yourself if you don’t know something. You just have to learn it.

What do you like the most about your job?

The ability to create visual, usable things out of nothing and sharing the excitement about it with other people.

What is your advice to women who want to learn coding?

Try it! And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise!

We thank Lisa for helping us to inspire more women to get into coding and wish her happy coding. If you want to tell your own story, please get in touch with us.