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Women's Javascript Study Group

  • Mar 20, 2013 · 6:30 PM


We're a group of women who want to learn JavaScript together. We welcome people of all levels, but beginners are especially encouraged. You move at your own pace in this group, so it doesn't matter if you are a fast or slow learner, or if you attend every week.

We meet every Wednesday, 6:30 - 9pm. Free (non-pizza) dinner included, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Please be punctual - if you will be later than 6:45pm, please skip the group. We have to come down to the lobby to get latecomers, so it's disruptive to dinner and coding to do so.


Our meetings begin with yummy food catered by our host, Zoosk, and we eat with Zoosk employees (some of whom can answer JS questions!). Afterwards, we have a short discussion or a presentation on a related topic, then all hop on our laptops and work on JavaScript tutorials and help each other when we get stuck. Most of us are using, but we welcome other tools. Although the focus is on JavaScript, we also cover closely related topics such as HTML and CSS.

(The only tools you need to start using JavaScript are a web browser and optionally a simple text editor or code editor.)


Thanks to Zoosk, our wonderful sponsor, for the food, space, and support.

Our entrance is to the right of the Blick Art Supply Store on Market Street, one block southwest of Powell Street BART and the Westfield Mall. If you're afraid of the dark, no worries -- we can all walk to BART/Muni together afterwards. Just go on in (or knock if it's locked), and a friendly Zoosker (Beth or Kristin) will meet you in the lobby.

PS - If you want to come but don't have a laptop, just RSVP with a note and we'll try to find one for you.

This event is exclusively open to people who identify as female.

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  • Ondine

    Awesome as always! Big shout out to Beth and Kristin for not only making this happen on a weekly basis, but welcoming folks of all skill levels in a supportive learning environment : )

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • Melita M.

    Thank you everyone for a great time !

    2 · March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this event open to transsexual women? We used to make that explicit. Since the inclusive wording's been dropped, I'm wondering if we're still welcome or if the events have become segregated.

    March 19, 2013

    • Kristin B.

      I checked out the descriptions of other WWC groups and noticed they include a mention the groups are open to people who identify as female. I added it to our description as well to avoid confusion. That's always been our policy however so nothing has changed.

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The history of trans women being excluded is still a sharp personal memory for all of us, and a current reality in many quarters. If you don't say you're inclusive, we assume we're unwelcome, or don't want to risk an ugly incident, and that makes us, de facto, excluded.

      March 20, 2013

  • Suchitra E.

    I won't be able to attend today :-(

    March 20, 2013

  • Jessica G.

    I met a Sara at last week's meetup who said she was interested in some freelance work. If that was you, please email me at [masked]

    March 17, 2013

  • Jessica G.

    Let's get drinks after!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does this group need a volunteer TA at any of the meets?

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Kristin B.

      That would be great if you are interested in doing something like that. :)

      March 16, 2013

    • Beth B.

      I agree, the beginning crowd could especially benefit from this!

      March 17, 2013

  • Jessica

    This will be my first time going to the study group. I haven't started learning Javascript yet. Would it be a good idea to start with codeacademy before then? Any other resources or reading for a beginner that you would recommend? :)

    March 15, 2013

    • Kristin B.

      There's no need but of course studying on your own in addition to studying during the meet up will speed up your progress. Most of the members have been using Codecademy to start out and it seems pretty good overall for absolute beginners.

      March 16, 2013

  • Melita M.

    I could be only until 8pm the first time - is that OK?

    March 12, 2013

    • Kristin B.

      That's fine. There's no requirement to stay until 9:00. :)

      1 · March 14, 2013

  • Alice Y.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again; this will be my third time going. :-)

    Here's the event link for Meteor Devshop 2, which I announced at yesterday's meetup -

    Meteor is an open-source platform for building web apps quickly and easily, using pure javascript (client and server). Devshop is our monthly coworking event / show&tell. Devshop 2 hasn't been publicly announced, but RSVPs are open; it fills up really quickly once announced, so I encourage you to RSVP now, even if you're not 100% you can come. ;-) There is both a day component and an evening component; feel free to come to either or both.

    I'll be there... hope to see some of you there too!

    March 14, 2013

    • Sandra C.

      Sorry, I don't think I can make it. I have to work. sigh* I'm really sorry. I was looking forward to go.

      March 14, 2013

  • Melita M.

    I'm new into Bay Area - currently working on an open source project (online python tutor) and need to do a part in JS/d3 library. I'm struggling with it a bit :)) Looking forward meeting other ladies.

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Ramona S.

    I am in the process of building my first jquery mobile app. Is anyone doing the same?

    March 10, 2013

  • Ramona S.

    Hello everyone! This will be my second meeting. I really enjoyed the first one. I made a friend and really enjoyed the dinner.

    1 · March 10, 2013

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