A picture from Mozilla Festival 2014. All participants are in a circle.


I'm Errietta Kostala and I'm a web developer...

with a passion.

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Ever since I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be involved in web programming. I spent countless hours working on my own projects, learning more and more and becoming more and more fascinated. To me, programming is an art form, a poem, a song, a dance.

But in time, it became something even more. As I started getting involved in freenode, Mozilla, and other open source projects, it became a way to be part of a community - I could network, make friends, and meet people that would be with me for the rest of my life.

It then became clear to me - I didn't just want to follow my passion of programming. I wanted to teach others what I knew. And I wanted to keep supporting Open Source projects and helping others.

For this reason, I'm studying Web Technologies at the University of Huddersfield - so that I can learn even more about what I'm passionate for. I am doing an an internship for Shadowcat Systems - a small company in Lancaster that holds open source and community projects very dearly, and I still spend a lot of my time on community projects.

Do you want to learn more about me? Check out my projects or my blog.

Latest blog posts

Form sins: part two

This is a continuation of my previous rant on mistakes web developers make that make forms unusable. Here are other things I’ve noticed, mostly about forms that need your address: Requiring a ‘middle name’. They’re not used in every country in the world. Having a broken country input. This, in … Continue reading

Web forms

Web forms. They are used everywhere. Yet I have seen so many things done in them, that have made it difficult for even myself (a tech-savvy user, a web developer) to fill in. This should not happen. Filling in web forms is required for many reasons, yet to many users … Continue reading

Calling all women in IT

Hello, So, being on the Internet a lot, I’ve seen several tweets from tech event organisers that have had difficulty finding women in IT to invite to their talks. While I understand there are (unfortunately) less women in STEM than men, I know that there are still many very talented … Continue reading

A quick review of Scratch

My life as a CodeClub volunteer consists mainly of complaining about wonderful public transport options and working with a program called Scratch. In this post, I will talk about the latter, as it is probably more interesting ;) Scratch is an interactive, drag-and-drop programming language that allows users to make … Continue reading

Goin’ to space

I’m happy to announce that I have been selected for one of the most amazing employment opportunities – being the first ever programmer on Mars! I have been living and training at NASA’s Johnson space centre the past few months, and I am finally ready to be launched into space. … Continue reading


So far as I'm concerned, you write sane code, and you ask when you're stuck, and you listen to design ideas and then ask questions and then implement them.

Matt Trout, Shadowcat Systems Technical Director.

We get a lot of contributors but it is not every day someone so seamlessly integrates with the entire team. I went away on vacation and when I came back Errietta was an integral part of our work environment – a powerful presence on IRC, at our video demo call and on GitHub. I hope she continues to lend us her talents for a long time to come.

Cassie McDaniel, Webmaker UX Lead (Source)

Errietta has all the qualities of a great web developer in the making — she learns quickly, values feedback from both engineers and designers, and cares deeply about sharing her knowledge with others. I'm always impressed by how quickly she's willing to jump into a new code base and effectively solve problems.

Kate Hudson, Webmaker Developer