Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I don’t need to tell anyone who Ada Lovelace is. The world’s first computer programmer was, strangely enough, female. Today is Ada Lovelace Day; it’s celebrated on March 24th each year. Actually, I’d like to focus on her presence in fiction. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling used Lovelace as a character when they wrote “The […]

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What is a Cowgirl Coder?

The whys and wherefores of Cowgirl Coding No one knows where the term ‘cowboy coder’ came from (is this true? wikipedia link). It refers to someone who is self-taught, and doesn’t necessarily follow the niceties of coding comments or protocols. I suspect that there are actually a lot fewer cowgirl coders out there. Women tend […]

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First Annual Cowgirl Coder Essay Contest!

I want to encourage young women to learn to code. Programming is fun, lucrative, and once you’ve got the basics down, easy to progress in. I know that it’s difficult sometimes to purchase the expensive resources that are needed to learn how to code. So, I’m going to hold an essay contest. (Code contests come […]

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Welcome!

My name is Tarah Wheeler, and I’m a cowboy coder. Er… I work in an industry that is at times not particularly friendly to women. I code for a living. I’m the lead web developer for Lips for Xbox 360. I work at Microsoft Game Studios, where on a daily basis, I write in X/D/HTML, […]

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