Try Coding: Intro to Back End Web Development

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Try Coding with the Turing School of Software & Design!

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Turing School of Software & Design is excited to offer virtual Try Coding Workshops. These online classes are a great way for anyone interested in programming to learn more about software development.

Each class will be led by a Turing instructor in the virtual classroom who will guide you and other attendees through a structured curriculum where you will write code on your own and collaboratively with other students.

*Please note, there is an additional pre-work requirement of at least 25-45 minutes to prepare for these virtual sessions.

Event pre-work: https://try.turing.edu/be-weekend/pre-work/

A Zoom link will automatically be sent when you complete the pre-work.

Workshop Overview

This is a fast-paced, beginner-level course in Back End engineering covering the “server-side”, which we don't see that makes web applications work. You'll get a taste of what a Back End software developer does and learn how you can turn an interest in learning to code into a new career.

You should be comfortable with navigating the basic operations of a computer; you will be expected to use the following skills: typing, copying and pasting text, navigating the internet through a browser, and conversing via a video chat.


  • Online class on Tuesday, February 22 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM MST
  • About three hours will be spent on real code projects with a live instructor
  • During the last hour, there will be a Turing School Info Session with alumni and staff. Have questions about learning how to code, Turing School, or the life of a software developer? Get them answered here!

Important Update: you will not be able to access our small group instruction and breakout rooms unless your Zoom is updated.

Additional information is located at the bottom of this page in the FAQ section. 

What You Will Learn?

Back End Engineering

Learn more about why the internet works, how to navigate a computer using the terminal, and write code using the Ruby programming language. You’ll finish the class by having built your own app that responds to user input!

Why You, Why Now?

Because you have nothing to lose! If you've ever wondered about software development as a career option - try it. 


Don't see the answer you need below? Questions? Contact trycoding@turing.edu 

1. How will I connect to the virtual session?

You will need a computer for this class that can connect to the internet and operates Zoom. When we send a pre-work reminder for the class (2 days before) we will send specific information on how to connect to the Zoom classroom we will be using. We recommend that you download Zoom now to ensure it is compatible with your computer.

2. When will I receive the pre-work for class? What if I have questions about pre-work? 

Pre-work for this class can be found here: https://try.turing.edu/be-weekend/pre-work/

A Turing staff member will also send a reminder about pre-work for the online class 2 days before class begins. You will have access to one of our staff members to ask any questions about the assigned work.

3. I registered for the class within 2 days before its start date- will I have enough time to prep and complete the pre-work before class?

Depending on your schedule- yes! We recommend reserving 25-45 minutes to complete the pre-work. Technically, you could register day-of at 7 a.m., complete the pre-work from 7 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., and join us at 9 a.m. when class starts.

4. What equipment should I have for this online class?

A computer that can connect to the internet via a web browser. We recommend using headphones to minimize distractions and ensure you can access the information. It will also be beneficial to find a quiet working space where you will be able to focus during the duration of the course.

5. I want to attend but I can't afford it. Are there any scholarships available?

We are offering scholarships on a limited basis for students with financial need. Please contact trycoding@turing.edu for more information.

6. Are kids welcome?

This is a course designed for professional-level adults and is not designed for kids. We ask that individuals under age 18 do not register to attend.

7. I’ve already practiced some code as a hobby or through CodeAcademy - will I still benefit from this course?

This course is designed for people who are brand new to code and have never tried it before. That doesn’t mean that those with some experience aren’t welcome or will not benefit from it. Even if you have experience coding, it’s a great way to learn about the Turing community if you are interested in becoming a software developer.

8. What is the refund policy?

If for any reason you can’t make it to the event, tickets are refundable up to 24 hours before. If the event has passed then we are happy to transfer your ticket to any upcoming Try Coding.

*Cancellation of events are dependent on a variety of factors including registrations, inclement weather and pressing needs that come up. If we do cancel your Try Coding workshop, you will be notified more than 24 hours in advance, credited back your registration payment and sent the schedule of other events. During the workshop, participants are asked to follow instructor directions and conduct themselves respectfully in all interactions. If you are a repeated disturbance, our instructors reserve the right to remove you from the class.

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