Programming for Non-Programmers
11

Saturday, 11 February

10 am – 4 pm PST

GA Los Angeles (Santa Monica)

1520 2nd Street
Santa Monica , CA 90401
$145 USD
Regular Ticket
$145 USD
Total

Questions? Read our FAQs

Programming for Non-Programmers

Meredith Bryan Photo


Lead WDI Instructor & Instructor Manager, General Assembly

11

Saturday, 11 February

10 am – 4 pm PST

GA Los Angeles (Santa Monica)

1520 2nd Street
Santa Monica , CA 90401
$145 USD
Regular Ticket
$145 USD
Total

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Workshop

Are you a creative or entrepreneur that wishes you could speak tech with your web development team? Maybe you wish you could code a bit yourself? In this workshop we'll tackle some development principles to get you on the right path. We'll look at questions like, "Front-end vs. Back-end?", "What is this Javascript function thingy, and why am I passing it strange math equations to it?"

If you're running a tech start-up, it's essential that you familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of web development. Ultimately knowing how to "talk to the talk" will help you communicate better with developers, and overall just look really cool. Come with questions, and a desire to have fun! No prior development knowledge required.

Takeaways

Fundamentals

  • What is programming?
  • The different coding languages and how they fit
  • Back end vs Front end
  • Overview of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Overview of databases and key coding languages- PHP, Ruby, Java, .Net

The Front End

  • Introduction to HTML
  • The lifecycle of a web request
  • Browser de-bugging
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Introduction to CSS
  • Javascript fundamentals
  • How to get help with frameworks- JQuery & Bootstrap
  • The class will go through the exercise of creating a full working web page

The Back End

  • Database fundamentals
  • SQL the database language
  • Server side code
  • The anatomy of a web server
  • Understanding architecture and why its important
  • Model, View, Controller: the basis of all frameworks
  • Server side frameworks
  • The class will go through the exercise of creating a database table and storing some data

Putting it all together

  • Starting and configuring the application
  • Creating database tables
  • Building the controller
  • Building the views
  • Making the views prettier
  • Making the application more useable through AJAX

What past students say:.

"Meredith is a one in a million kind of person that has the personality of Flo from Progressive and the ability to teach a class like nobody else. I am amazed that someone with such technical ability could be such a great teacher. — Matt Munoz"

"Meredith was one of the best instructors I have seen at GA. She really made the class topic informative and easy to understand to all students. Additionally, she has really great examples and references that were relatable and comprehensive. Overall, Meredith is a great teacher and will look forward to participating in her other classes." — Benjamin Chen

"Fantastic instructor! Was able to make complex concepts VERY easy to understand and grasp. I appreciate her friendliness, knowledge, and patience." — Michelle Navarro

"As a total novice, Meredith was an approachable teacher with excellent communication skills. She really helped me understand the very basics of the language. The class was extremely helpful." — Jennifer Mancuso

Prereqs & Preparation

Note students should bring laptops as we will be doing live coding during the class and a number of exercises.

About the Instructor

Meredith Bryan Photo

Lead WDI Instructor & Instructor Manager,
General Assembly

Meredith Bryan is the Lead Web Development Immersive Instructor and Manager at GA LA and alumna of the WDI Program. She is dedicated to teaching and guiding WDI students to their new beginnings as developers. Dwelling in the land of Ruby on Rails is her preference, but she also writes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AngularJS. Outside of coding, her interests lie in architectural photography, wearing pink on Wednesdays and hanging with her cat Wilson.

Refund Policy

Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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