Welcome on this webpage! The internet can be a very anonymous place, so let's get to know each other. My name is Esmeralda Tijhoff. I have created these pages to inform people about my abilities as a programmer and a designer. This website will be filled with apps and web environments that I create, just look under Portfolio. But this site is not just to inform people. In the menu, you can find the POP button. On this page, I will keep track of my goals, time schedule, needed tools and my achievements so far. If you were ever interested in knowing how a coder is born, just surf by on a regular basis to watch me grow!
Besides coding, I am also active as a researcher at the University of Groningen. My field is Modern History, and I am finishing up my biography on five sisters around 1900 Amsterdam: the Boissevain sisters.
As a child, I always wanted to be an inventor or an astronomer. I loved math. So I was a volunteer at the Cosmos Sterrenwacht Lattrop during high-school, wrote a small book about quarks and superstrings and tried to get my head around singularities in black holes. But I never made it to study mathematics. I enrolled in History instead, a study I believed would be better suited for a storyteller and writer like myself. With history, I could understand society and its inhabitants better.
But my beta-side found a way to surface again when I looked for ways to share valuable information with the world. My first website was built in HTML and includes some iframes,… It was a long, long, long time ago. It contained all the feminist articles I came across, all the activities in the Netherlands on feminism, LGTB and Womensissues, and all the address of queer, gay bars I could find. Next I build a national website for De Heksennacht, and I learned PHP with MySQL to manage all the extensive data I collected. I also mastered Photoshop to be able to make my designs. It was also very helpful to create posters, flyers and other material for my PR activities.
I build a lot more websites on the way, improving my skills with the help of my dear friend and the internet. Before I knew it, I could start a business in webdesign and development called Fonkel, a name that hinted to the glistering of an emerald. When I started as a PHD-student at the university in 2010, I had to end Fonkel. Since then, I have built my sites using WordPress so non-programmers can easily manage and update them. But who knows, I might start coding again.
PDP: Personal Development Plan
This text will be used to monitor my progress in obtaining the skills of a true computer programmer. It has been written specifically for CodeGorilla, which is a project I am involved in. This POP is public, so use it to get some insights into the
obscure world of learning how to code.
Where I am now
My starting points
- Skills from Basic to Pro
My progress dd 5th January 2018
To sum up, I am a coder
- Skills from Basic to Pro
To get working on my goals, I will be using
I will gain experience and knowledge by simply starting to build stuff. My projects include:
creating a greeting in the form of an animation
building a responsive website for my online presentation.
This should include:
a fixed dropdown menu
responsive width for small devices
a funny animation in CSS3
transforming this adress book into an app for android or IPhone
participating in a Hackathon
In order to learn efficiently, I need a coach and a wizard who can help me trouble shoot my codes. I also need somebody who can regularly explain why codes work like they do.
CodeGorilla will be able to provide for these needs.
For a historian, I can code pretty well. For a web programmer, I can write and design pretty well.
For four year, I have run my own company Fonkel. This company was an all round one person business in web design, programming and text writing. I gave up the company in 2010 because my PHD-proposal in Modern History was accepted at the University of Groningen. In 2017 I started coding again on a professional level. In january 2018, my team won Best Product at the Hackathon of CodeGorilla. After that, I joined the bootcamp of Codegorilla, and launched myself in the programming community!
A portfolio might be the first thing you would click on in a website. After all, it tells you in one glimpse what kind of person you are dealing with and what they are capable of. So I hope you will find what you are looking for here, but don't forget to check out the other pages of this website too!
Of course I will continue to fill this page with lots of work. So check in once in a while to see what's going on.
Check out my portfolio:
Here I will show the apps I created!
E-Gate: creating new and providing easy access
E-Gate is a responsive website, optimized for usage on mobile phones. With this web-based app, companies can create an account to provide their employees and guests (free) access to their parking garage. They can also decide to rent out their parking spaces during or after office hours or on days the office is closed.
Car drivers can create an account to rent a parking spot from one of those compagnies. They pay a fee per hour that is similar to the costs of a commercial parking garage. They can log in and geo location will find a parkingspot nearby. They can make a reservation and the app will generate a QRcode or barcode needed to open the choosing parking barrier
This app was built during a Hackathon organized by CodeGorilla. My team won the price for Best commercial for having the best product. Read about the Hackathon here.
The app will be further developed so you can also keep track of the mails you have send to your contacts. The app will feature a checklist function so you can choose which contacts you need to send a card for a special occasion, like an invitation or a Christmas card.
Upcoming: Puzzel for special need toddlers
My next project will be a small game for toddlers. My own two four-year olds love to puzzle, so I will build a puzzle app using high contrast pictures suitable for children with bad vision, colour blindness, high sensitivity and autism.
I tend to make this app available in the app stores.
Here I will show screenshots of webpages I designed and/or build.
In October 2011 I started my personal webpage with a blog about my research at the University of Groningen. With the years passing by, the blog also addressed political issues, music articles, and personal stories.
This website was built in WordPress.
Website of the organisation Memoiresbureau. This organisation was started in 2017 with a couple of historians. We wanted to make our knowledge easy accessible a larger audience. I am the chairwomen of this organisation. We believe society can benefit from history and we work to bridge the gap between common people and professional historians.
This website was built in WordPress.
Band page of De Introns
De Introns is an all female band located in Groningen, the Netherlands. Our music sounds like Sleater Kinney crashed into The Slits. We’re DIY, and our music is about our own experiences.
This simple website was build ages ago. It is still functional but the design and codes haven't been updated.
This website was built with HTML4 and CSS2
Heksennacht / Reclaim the Night
This is actually one of the first websites I have built, it is over 10 years old. It has not been updated in content or codes for the last years.
This website was built with HTML4, CSS2 and PHP4
Check these animations.
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