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Programming Fundamentals for Non-Programmers: Intensive Workshop

General Assembly - San Francisco

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Friday, March 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Series Ended $600.00 $27.95
Session One: Fundamentals Ended $150.00 $9.24
Session Two: Front-end Web Development Ended $150.00 $9.24
Sessions Three & Session Four: Back-end, SQL and APIs Ended $300.00 $17.49

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Programming Fundamentals for Non-Programmers: Intensive Workshop 

Chris Castiglione, Digital Product Developer

Four-part series:
Session 1: Tuesday, March 5th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, March 6th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Session 3: Thursday, March 7th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Session 4: Friday, March 8th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM 

The Programming for Non-Programmers Series:

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 a workshop series at General Assembly designed to help non-programmers communicate more efficiently with developers. Because leading a development team (without being a developer yourself) can sometimes feels like “talking about dancing”, we’ve created an interactive and friendly environment in which to learn the basics. 

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!

PFNP 1: Fundamentals (3/5)

In this workshop you'll tackle some development principles to get you on the right path. You'll look at questions like, "Front-end vs. Back-end?", "Is UX necessary for my project?", "What is this Javascript function thingy, and why am I passing it strange math equations to it?". You'll spend about half of the class looking at actual code and writing some basic Javascript, HTML & CSS yourself. 

  • What coding languages should I use for my next project?
  • Which CMS is right for the job?
  • What are the stages of web development?
  • What deliverables do I need to provide my developer? (This is important and often neglected or done poorly)
  • Reading code & basic developing principles to get us started
  • 9 concepts of programming that are the found in every programming language
  • Understanding Javascript Variables & Functions
PFNP 2: Front-End Web Development (3/6) 

In this workshop you’re diving head first into front-end web development! You can be a better programmer by focusing on the good parts of a language, and avoiding the bad parts. After all, can you really build something with bad parts? 
  • Setting up FTP, hosting, domains, DNS & sub domains
  • Basic page layout, divs and IDs 
  • HTML/CSS best-practices 
PFNP 3: Back-End Development & SQL Databases  (3/7) 

In this workshop each student will install a LAMP stack (ie. Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL). You’ll learn how to navigate around a SQL database, and work through a live project where we can practice coding some basic HTML/PHP/SQL.
  • Setting up FTP, hosting, domains, DNS & sub domains
  • Basic page layout, divs and IDs 
  • HTML/CSS best-practices 
PFNP 4: Back-End Development & APIs  (3/8) 

There is a world of API data on the web that you can start integrating into your product right now. It's tempting to want to do it all and keep everything on your own site, but in many situations using third-party API data can save development time and money.
  • What is an API?
  • As a non-developer how do I know which APIs are right for my project?
  • How can I integrate data from services like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare into my project?
  • How do I read through and parse some basic XML and JSON?  

Prerequisites: It is suggested (but not mandatory) that you take the introductory workshop in this series “Programming for Non-Programmers: Fundamentals”. You must bring a laptop to class (Mac prefered, as the examples on screen will be for the Mac OS). 

Where Do I go From Here?: General Assembly offers 8-16-week long-form courses that provide you with a deeper dive into front-end and back-end web development and user experience design. For more information check out our course offerings.

Christopher Castiglione is a developer with a specialty in UX strategy and Wordpress. He has over ten years of experience developing digital products. In the past, he has designed applications for clients ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Toyota, Bacardi, CLIF Bar, and American Express. Christopher holds an MA in New Media from The University of Amsterdam. He is currently a member of the General Assembly teaching faculty where he regularly teaches the following courses: Programming for Non-Programmers, Crash Course: HTML/CSS, Business Storytelling and Wordpress Theme Development. 


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414 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Friday, March 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PST)

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