Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anything but "hackadaisical"

Below is the "code like a girl" photo that includes five hard-core programmers from UC San Diego. The photo I used on the Jacobs School news page didn't include Janet Barrientos...nothing personal...it's just that the lighting was so much better in the photo with four students. Not pictured...the 6th teammate: Ashley McGuire.

(BTW, the hackadaisical headline will make sense when you read the paragraph below)

Computer programming students from the University of California, San Diego were anything but “hackadaisical” when a week-long Web programming extravaganza – Yahoo! Hack U – came to campus. In a 24-hour computer programming marathon that spanned an entire Thursday night, UC San Diego student teams hacked together a concert finder, a tool that adds favorite movies from friends’ Facebook profiles to your Netflix queue, a date-scheduling application, an early-morning multitasking program, and many other new online applications. Students created each app by combining tools, resources and data already available on the Web.

The camaraderie and energy generated by the overnight coding event inspired Gabriela Ponce and the rest of her all-female, all-freshman computer programming team to ask Yahoo! to track down their famed “code like a girl” tee-shirts. Four from the team wore their stereotype-breaking shirts the following week to their data structures midterm (CSE12).

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