junior web developer • senior @ princeton cs
I didn’t coin the term “VSCode girl” but I’m here to teach you how to become one. It’s a lifestyle, a mindset, not a stereotype.
VSCode girl >> VSCO girl
We’ve emerged from the sticky depths of MacBook butterfly keyboards to oppose our archnemesis, the tech bros. This is the post that will have them quaking in their Allbirds wool runners.
In order to be a VSCode Girl, you gotta download VSCode and use it as your main IDE of course. What do you think I’m writing this blog post from?
Here are some extensions I love:
Ah yes, the social media platform for brogrammers.
You need to become “the guy she tells me not to worry about”.
Start putting all your coding projects on GitHub. Version control and open source is cool.
Pin your most starred/forked/favorite repos so that lurkers can see them immediately.
Coding for a school assignment? Great, make that repo private and still commit frequently to it. Definitely turn on private contributions for your activity calendar:
You can keyboard smash as commits for private repos but you should probably have legit commit messages for your public ones.
Commit to GitHub more than relationships.
Repeat this mantra over and over again. It’s a central tenet of being a VSCode girl.
Recently, GitHub let users add a profile README that sits on top of the profile page.
If you’re a student, you get GitHub Pro for free.
Do I know what benefits I get for it? No. But does it look cool? Yes.
Create a personal and/or portfolio site to show off your personality and your projects.
Some blog posts I wrote to help with this:
Link your site EVERYWHERE. GitHub, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and yes even your Hinge.
If you thought Hinge was a dating app … No, it is so much more. For starters, it is THE place to expand your personal brand’s reach. You just gotta tailor your profile towards the average tech bro, slap your personal site link on it, and watch your SEO skyrocket (disclaimer: SEO is a blackbox — no one really knows how it works but I promise you this can’t hurt).
You think I’m kidding? This is the first prompt on my profile:
To trap the tech bros(’ views), you need to mention some other buzzwords on your profile (think: climbing, boba, Elon, Robinhood) and set your location to South Bay.
A side effect, whether you like it or not, is that you’ll receive DMs like such:
What’s your favorite stack? Mine is me on top of you
Ugh gross 🤮 but probably MERN
Are you http? Because me without you is just ://
Pretty clever but are you insecure? Why not HTTPS smh
Is this entire profile just an ad
Can you build me a website
Sure. I charge $100 for an initial consultation and $200/hour after that. Email me
if ([REDACTED] === cute) return go_on_date
But remember, Hinge is not a dating app, it’s merely a stepping stone (where you step on tech bros) for SEO. Do not get distracted.
You can start by writing on Hackernoon. It’s free with low barriers to entry.
To have a successful LinkedIn, you need a couple of things:
With these things in hand, pretty soon you’ll have an army of LinkedIn simps. Hint: they’re useful for promoting your blog posts.
Tech Twitter is a weird but fun place.
Tweet your blogs, your opinions, unpromptedly code review tech bros’ mediocre snippets if they dare share a screenshot.
You should tweet as if you had millions of followers (I have 24). Fake it till you make it, right?
Previously published at https://www.blog.karenying.com/posts/vscode-girl
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