Nola Stowe is a co-founder of devChix from the Texas, USA.
You can reach her at @rubygeekdotcom on twitter.
She is currently a web developer at Game Salad.
Game Salad is a free tool that creates games for the iPhone, iPad, Mac
& Web with no coding required.
Our short Q&A with Nola Stowe:
What is your technical background?
I started programming the summer I turned 13. I had a TRS-80 and read the BASIC programming book that came with it, along with another programming book I bought at Radio Shack. I had a cassette tape drive to save my files and a 5inc thermal printer. I programmed math games for my siblings. I distinctly remember making a program that would roll five dice and using ascii characters to draw a box around the number. You could then choose which dice to re-roll. Ahh, sometimes I long for those summer days and also think: “…. boy, how much better I could have been if I had the internet like now!”
In college, I discovered the fun of web development so I majored in Computer Information System and Design Studio minor. I actually petitioned to have my water color class count towards my CIS degree, arguing that since my chosen field was web programming with a design minor, it is good to have the training and understanding of color principles from my water color class. They accepted my petition
What industry sites or blogs do you read regularly?
rubyinside.com – ruby is my favorite language; this is a great site to keep up with the ever-changing landscape
techcrunch.com – to keep up with what’s new with facebook, google, etc
railscasts.com – weekly screencasts, they are super informative
teachmetocode.com – screencasts on web development, very helpful
peepcode.com – screencasts at affordable prices, and great supporters of devChix.com
What are a few of your favorite development tools and why?
I use vim and textmate. It depends on the environment. For home development, I am on Ubuntu so I use Vim. For work, I use a Mac so I use both Vim and Textmate , but lately I’ve been using Textmate a lot.
What tip or advice would you like to impart to women interested in programming?
It’s a mans world for sure. Do not take it personally when someone gives you slack. Focus on doing the best work you can so people cannot tell the difference between your work and that of any other. Do not assume every issue you come across is “because you are a girl” … just focus on what is needed to get the job done.
If you were a computer part, what would you be?
I would be a keyboard because I am always focusing on what is needed to get the job done. If we did not have keyboards, we would not be able to get much done.