A couple of years before the turn of the century, I began studying web development at a community college and eventually was hired by the college to work on their sites. The college’s program developer told me I would benefit more from real world experience than from taking more classes, so I got a job at a web shop where I was promoted to a lead position.
I got married, took a break from work and spent about six months learning to cook gourmet food. I still love to cook.
My next adventure was teaching web development classes at the same college I had attended. The focus of my classes was to prepare students for real jobs using my own experience. One point I stressed was how to follow written instructions, as surprisingly enough, that had proven to have a steeper learning curve for me than the technologies I used. Teaching was a very positive experience for me, I still think about many of my students to this day.
I got pregnant, quit smoking and ate chocolate brownies for breakfast every morning, a chocolate shake for dessert every evening, and in between, developed a customizable DHTML script I called ‘Form Validation on Steroids’. I lost about 40 lbs before my son was 9 months.
In 2005, I began playing around with web page source code begotten from the lovely getElementsByTagName() method and built upon color-coding concepts I’d developed while teaching. Firefox extensions were all the rage at that time so I set out to put my ideas into the add-on embodiment.
View Source Chart was born.
During View Source Chart’s initial development phase I could think of nothing else. At one point, my family was served pizza for dinner 5 nights in one week.
Lately I have been making problem-solving elastic belts, including a new one that has no hardware at all - a feat I am very proud of.
Another project I am currently working on is a zipper-pull attachment that I believe has fad potential, as creating a cultural fad has been a long-time dream. Another crazy idea I consider from time to time is opening a carry-out restaurant with a menu structured unlike any other. I also hope to be granted IP rights for View Source Chart’s GUI. In the meantime, I regularly find myself surprised by problems I encounter on the Web, considering how far it has come: I frequently think, ‘I should really try to help them.’