Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, MarieClaire.com talked to female iOS developers about the pros and cons of working in the tech industry, their best advice for women interested in launching an app, and their first lines of code (hint: there's a whole lot of "Hello, Worlds!").More
On building an app: "Take a moment to really think about your audience and your market and the next five years of your life. Don't waste an opportunity on something you had an impulse urge to do. Think about it. Decide. Then go full throttle. Start making wireframes, start talking to users, start absorbing as much information as you can handle. Then absorb a bit more. And get something built and in the hands of users as soon as you can."
On Silicon Valley's bro culture: "It can be a bit rough at times but most women grew up knowing what the words of doubt or misogyny sound like so it didn't take me by surprise. You get damn thick skin and you keep moving forwards because no matter what people throw at you, you can't let any of it slow down your progress."
Her first line of code:
<title>My Hello Page</title>
On launching an app: "Even if you don't envision yourself in a technical role, you can never go wrong by learning the fundamentals of coding. Take advantage of programs that are designed for newbies and women: General Assembly, Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and so many others."
On building a career in Silicon Valley: "Growing up with two brothers and a very supportive father, I've always felt like I could do anything and be anything. However, at times it can be daunting not to have more technical female mentors and women to look up to. I'm thankful that the team at Houseparty is a diverse and welcoming one, and that our COO and co-founder is a woman. But I've also learned that once you build trust and rapport with your male peers, they are generally inclusive and helpful."
Her first line of code: "Well, after the notorious 'Hello, world' that everyone starts with, I wrote the logic for a computer version of the card game Uno in Java."