Intro to Web Concepts

Want to learn how to code but not sure where to start?

Tired of techies throwing around acronyms that make your head spin?

If you are a complete beginner to coding and/or want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team/friends, this workshop is for you. In this class, we will walk through the fundamentals of web development in layman terms. While we won't be writing code, we'll take you through various components of the web and how they work together. Topics include but are not limited to:

• What is the World Wide Web?

• Where are web site files generally stored?

• What is the difference between a client and a server?

• Which programming languages are compiled on a server and which are compiled in a web browser?

• What do you need to know before building a web site?

• What language should you use and what are the differences?

• What tools do you need to develop a web site?

• Who does what on a typical web development team?

• What is Web 2.0 and the Cloud?

This class is for beginners with little to no technical experience. Bring a notepad, tablet or laptop to take notes. If it's the latter, make sure it's charged as we will not have tables. Come prepared with questions for a Q&A at the end.

Meet our teacher:

Katie Barnum is a front-end web developer with a background in graphic design and typography. She became interested in development when she was put in charge of the company website at her first job and started learning HTML and CSS. The rest is history. Katie now works at the University at Buffalo as a web developer, specializing in WordPress. When not in front of the computer, she enjoys rowing, photography, craft beer, and snowboarding.


Katie is excited to work with other ladies (and dudes, too!) to get them started with code so they too can start exploring web technologies!


Thank you to our new sponsor WNY Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) for offering a classroom space!




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  • Pauline

    For easier access:
    Link to slides: http://row4food.com/gdi-intro-web-concepts/#/
    Link to survey: http://bit.ly/O1Phnp

    Thanks Elena and Katie, nice job!

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • katie b.

      Not a problem, thanks for posting! I am working on getting the resources together and they will be added to the end of the slides.

      1 · February 19, 2014

    • Lena L.

      Thanks Pauline! This is great :)

      February 19, 2014

  • Renee R.

    I learned so much in so little time. Great job Katie! I now know that I won't be a lost soul in the web world. So onward to html/css.

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Wendy J.

    Informative and fun

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • KhalilDaCoder

    Good Job Katie... Thank you!

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • KhalilDaCoder

    Very informative... Thank for the slides, they will be useful. A very diverse group of women with a variety of great skill sets and expertise. Girl Develop it, Keep Doing your thing!

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Laura C

    Excellent informative presentation

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Anne

    It was not only educational but entertaining.

    2 · February 18, 2014

  • Lena L.

    For those students who weren't able to get in the class this time due to the limited sitting, we will repeat it in a month or so! Please stay tuned.

    February 18, 2014

    • MJ

      I have decided not to attend this workshop so if anyone would like to take my spot on this short notice...

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • Lena L.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight! If you are not familiar with WNYLRC building, check out directions at http://www.wnylrc.org/index.asp?sid=&zzzsid=&orgid=27&zzzsid= and make sure to come in *Door Number 5*. Calspan owns the building (so you will see their name on the building) but WNYLRC are one of the many tenants there.

    February 18, 2014

    • Lena L.

      If the door downstairs is closed - call me[masked]

      February 18, 2014

  • Rayisa B.

    Hi! I am curious if I would need to bring my laptop today.

    February 18, 2014

    • Lena L.

      Hi Rayisa, No need to bring a laptop today. We'll be covering mostly theory.

      February 18, 2014

  • Rayisa B.

    Hi! I really would like to attend the class tomorrow; however, I think my registration did not go through. I tried to register for 2 days in a row while it was still open, but I guess it was unsuccessful. I am wondering if I could I still attend tomorrow and pay in person? I will be waiting for your response. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    February 17, 2014

    • Rayisa B.

      Thank you Elena, I'm all set. I am looking forward meeting you tomorrow!

      February 17, 2014

    • Lena L.

      Yay! :) See you tonight Rayisa!

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • Dania

    Can someone please advise on the parking situation for tonight's class?

    February 18, 2014

  • KhalilDaCoder

    Looking forward to learning from you Katie...

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Lisa

    I've already registered and paid via the WNYLRC website but I wanted to confirm my attendance her as well. Looking forward to this!

    3 · February 12, 2014

  • Marissa C.

    I want to attend but I can't pay online currently, I can only pay in cash

    January 30, 2014

    • Marissa C.

      Is there a way you can reserve a spot for me though?

      January 30, 2014

    • Lena L.

      Hey Marissa, yeah I think we can work that out!

      January 30, 2014

  • Erin F.

    Can men attend too? Would you be willing to teach this workshop again offsite? I have a group of people interested. Thanks!

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Lena L.

      Hey Erin, thanks for reaching out! While our focus is on women, we do welcome men at our events. And we can host another workshop at the different location too. Can you please email me more details at [masked]? Cheers!

      January 26, 2014

    • Erin F.

      Thanks, Elena! My colleague, Adina Pera sent you an email yesterday. Can't wait to catch up! -Erin

      January 29, 2014

  • KhalilDaCoder

    I know I'm not a noob, but let me know if can attend and use this as a refresher and an opportunity to brush up and learn some of the fundamentals of the newer technologies!

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Lena L.

      yeah, sure thing! :) Come and join us for the workshop! Bring any questions you may have for post class Q&A session.

      January 29, 2014

  • Jordan H.

    Please schedule another one of these! I'm very interested but will be out of town on /

    January 26, 2014

    • Lena L.

      hey Jardan, we will! No set date yet, but it definitely will be back :) Since it's one of the foundational classes, we are planning to repeat it through out the year

      January 26, 2014

  • Nannie

    Looking forward to it! Thanks for organizing!

    1 · January 24, 2014

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