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Programming for Non-Programmers Bootcamp

General Assembly - San Francisco

Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

Programming for Non-Programmers Bootcamp

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Signup (Full Series) Ended $400.00 $21.95
Full Series Ended $550.00 $26.45
Session 1 Only Ended $175.00 $10.62
Session 2 Only Ended $175.00 $10.62
Session 3 Only Ended $250.00 $14.74

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Programming for Non-Programmers Bootcamp
Thursday, October 3rd, from 7 :00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 6th, from 10:00am to 5:00 pm

Dustin Coates, Engineer, General Assembly, NYC


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? Programming for Non-Programmers is workshop series at General Assembly designed to help non-programmers communicate more efficiently with developers or to help aspiring developers get started.


Thursday, 3 October, 7 – 9 pmSession 1 - The Basics

You will be introduced to a broad overview of programming and learn the following along the way:

The tech speak

  • What is programming?
  • What can you build with various languages?
  • What is web development?
  • The difference between a web site and web app
  • Stages of web development
  • The difference between front-end and back-end web development
  • What are common programming concepts?
Saturday, 5 October, 10 am – 5 pmSession 2 - Front End Web Development

We will code a website from scratch together and learn the following along the way:

The basics of code

  • HTML/CSS & JavaScript
  • Demo, read and update simple examples of code.

HTML basics

  • How to get set up on your own computer
  • Use the basic content tags (headings, images, links, paragraphs)
  • Create different sections in your website (layout)

CSS basics

  • Basic styling properties and how to connect with HTML
  • Selectors and how the different sections of a site

You will also learn

  • How to upload a web page to a server using FTP
  • How to obtain a domain name
  • The difference between HTML5/CSS3 and HTML/CSS
  • The purpose of JavaScript and how it drives interactivity in your site.
Sunday, 6 October, 10 am – 5 pmSession 3 - Back End Web Development

You will be introduced to back-end technologies and learn the following along the way:

Basics of web apps:

  • The components of a web app
  • How to build a very simple web app using Rails
  • The purpose of web frameworks
  • What is an API?
  • The purpose of databases and their major components
  • Write a simple program that uses variables and takes user input
  • Create a "hello world" web app and customize it.


  • Laptop required for all three days of class.
  • Sessions can be taken together or individually but must be taken in order. Ie - Programming for Non-Programmers Session I is a pre-req for Session II and Session III.


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Dustin Coates 
General Assembly

Dustin is a Brooklyn-based developer with specialties in front-end development and Ruby on Rails. After years of recreational programming and working on the web, Dustin took the plunge and became a full-time developer. It's been said he takes a break from coding by coding.



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When & Where

General Assembly San Francisco @ Hattery
414 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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