Tuesday’s Tip: GitHub


In one of my past posts, I talked about the great free tool, JS Bin. JS Bin is essentially a free, online, text editor that allows you to immediately see the results of your html and css code.

When you write a piece of code on jsbin, there is an option to ‘archive’ it, so it’s not lost when you close your browser. In order to archive projects, you are prompted to sign in or sign up with GitHub.com.  So, what is GitHub?

First, let’s break it apart.

What is a Git?

According to howtogeek.com, Git is a essentially a software that stores multiple versions of open source (ie, free) code. In technical terms, it is a “version control system,” what’s that mean? When developers are creating something (an application, for example), they are making constant changes to the code and releasing new versions, up to and after the first official (non-beta) release. (source)  Open source code can be manipulated by any online user, so Git is a software that can hold and manage most recent version, or older versions, of a program. Additionally, you can download Git onto your system, so you have access to multiple versions of the code your write.


So, GitHub is an online community where users can share and store their coding projects  and connect with others in the tech world. Having a GitHub account will make using JSBin much easier. Join today!

If you are in the Minneapolis area, Girl Develop It (GDI) is actually hosting a class on GIT this Thursday. Click here for more info!


Tuesday Tips: Stock Photos


Clip Art of the 21st Century

At the heart of a good blog piece is great pictures.  When I was new to the blogging world, I was always astounded to see such gorgeous photos on my friends’ blogs. Yet, they were not photographers, or even that great at Photoshop. So what gives, I asked?

answer: stock photos that are 1) incredibly beautiful and artistic and 2) free and even attribution-free.

This is the site I love that provides the top 17 websites for free stock photos. https://bootstrapbay.com/blog/free-stock-photos/ 

Back in middle school when the Interest was just getting to be a common thing in school, I remember my science teacher having us make a PowerPoint that used photos from around the web (read: clip art!)  These photos on the listed sites are not the clip art from days past!

windows 98 clip art


Piano Practice

We recently moved our Casio keyboard back to the living room, and it’s been a delight to play again. (It was kept high up on the shelf after our recent move.) I took lessons all through elementary-10th grade, but after hs/college/work, there wasn’t always a lot of opportunity to play, let alone to the degree during my school years.

My fingers act like they remember the tunes, but they slip and stumble, especially with a piece with f and c sharps. I have to replay the piece many times and remind myself to be patient. Getting back to the skill level that I desire is not going to happen overnight.

As I was playing this morning (while baby and toddler pounded away on the lower keys) I was thinking about how much this relates to my endeavor at learning HTML and CSS. I’ve been back to working on codecademy.com and even though it has been only weeks since I’ve really delved in to the work, my fingers were a little slow when arranging the CSS of a navigation bar on a website. I *knew* how to do it, but there was a slight brain fog, just like when you dust of an old favorite piano piece. It’s the same with my coding practice. Sneaking in 20-30 minutes a day will put me bounds and leaps ahead of a two-three hour stretch once or twice a week.  So, it’s back to the keyboard(s)!