Intro to Programming / Web Architecture (Free class)

  • January 25, 2012 · 7:00 PM

Not sure how the Internet works?  

Want to build a cool website, but can’t decide what language to use?  

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

In this complimentary session, Matt Torbin, Senior Web Developer for Poptent.net will walk through the fundamentals from what exactly is the World Wide Web to what you need to know before getting started with your own web site.

 This free class is being graciously hosted by Azavea, a geospatial software development firm at 12th and Callowhill Street in Suite 402. Bring a notebook and reserve your spot as only 40, 50, 60 are available!

About Matt Torbin: Matt has worked as a technologist in the web development community for over ten years and has been developing since the age of 15.  He has worked for some of most well-known companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area, including Philly.com, Anthropologie, PEI-Genesis and currently Poptent.net.  Matt chose this career path because he truly loves technology and also loves helping people learn to use it wisely.

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  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Hi ladies, we're working on it. Stay tuned for an update in the next week!

    March 6, 2012

  • Khandi

    Will there be another class??

    March 6, 2012

  • Karin Fox

    I'm two days too late! :-(

    January 27, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    Ray, I'm very sorry to hear that you were so disappointed by the content of last night's class. My intended goal was definitely not to confuse or mislead anyone, nor was it to disparage the positive efforts put forth by GirlDevelopIt. That being said, I would like to extend to you an opportunity to regain your confidence. Please contact me so that we can schedule a complementary one hour tutoring session. I will do my best to answer any and every question you put forth and those that I cannot answer, I'll research and get back to you. I look forward to hearing from you.

    January 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this meet-up was great! Matt was a great instructor and gave lots of good info - most I've never heard of! He handled the obstructionists in the crowd like a gem. I'm so thankful to Matt and #GDIPhilly for this class. Please have more - and invite Matt back!
    Thanks!

    January 26, 2012

  • Tole Hart

    The class was great, got a lot good introductory knowledge about programming and computing.

    January 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matt Torbin's class was a great overview and introduction to programming. I would have liked to see less words, acronyms, & jargon on the slides and more graphics. Use the visuals to your advantage! I'm glad he got some things down on the whiteboard, though. That really helped. Thank you for volunteering your time, Matt. That being said, I hope future GIRL Develop It Philly meetups will be for girls & women only. I'm sorry one bad apple [almost] derailed the workshop, but I also think guys like Ray are a great example of *WHY* groups like GDI exist. Our society teaches boys & men to speak up and girls & women to sit quietly, so we need to maintain these spaces set aside for women to be encouraged to speak up and have *OUR* needs met.

    January 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think most people left the meeting much more confused than before the meeting started. The speaker, Matt Torbin, repeatedly insisted that creating a (basic, simple) web site was easy, yet he didn't give the slightest hint about how someone would actually go about accomplishing this. His only concrete advice was to learn the basics of HTML5 programming. Yet. he conceded that HTML programming can often be very confusing. This meet very strongly reminded me of free "investment seminars" where the speaker's goal was to thoroughly confuse the audience into seeking his firm's services ... For a fee, of course !

    The seminar material needs to thoroughly de-emphasize the necessary complexity of creating a fancy web site and the gazillion tools, languages and library packages out there to do this and point out actual tools that will allow the novice to construct a simple, yet pleasing and functional web site.

    Overall, I was very disappointed with the meet, but not at all surprised.

    January 26, 2012

  • Faye Anderson

    I want to thank Yasmine Mustafa for taking the initiative in organizing a Philly chapter. Matt Torbin explained programming and web architecture that made a believer out of me -- that I can learn code. I'm already applying some of the lessons learned. As important, I know what questions to ask developers, UX designers, etc.

    January 26, 2012

  • Sarah Henry

    Great class. Essential learning for anyone doing business today.

    January 26, 2012

  • Laura Krasnow

    Yasmine...thanks for a great evening...I look forward to attending more meetups!!

    January 26, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Thanks to everyone who joined us last night. We're serious about getting your feedback to put together future sessions like this. Send me any ideas/comments/questions to [masked].

    Also, someone left their battery charger at Azavea last night. Contact me right away so we can make arrangments to get it back to you. Matt will be posting the slides up shortly and we'll be sharing them on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure to follow/like us to keep updated on future events.

    Thanks!

    January 26, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    I'm so glad to hear so many of you found this class helpful. I've received emails commending Matt, thanking me for putting it together, etc. In all honesty, I'm just happy to see there are others out there like myself who want to understand the tech world a little more & learn how to code. Some of you have also sent feedback on how we can make this session better for future attendees - thank you! Your input is going to help us improve. If you have ideas for other sessions, please don't hesitate to send them as well. Ray: the intention of the meetup was to provide a general overview of programming w/ what it takes to get started. I didn't realize you're a Python developer until now so I can attest this class was definitely too basic for you. We'll make the prerequisites much clearer next time. As you can see from the rest of the reviews, it was helpful for those just getting started. I wish you the best of luck & hope you'll take Matt up on his offer to solidify your questions.

    January 26, 2012

  • Rose

    I thought the class was great. I definitely left with a better understanding. I think it would be great to provide a simple glossary/definition of some of the terms. I also agree with the comment at the end of class to provide a visual layout of the architecture... it would be helpful. Will the presentation be available to download?

    January 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long is the class expected to be? And if we know any programming language (i.e. python) are we not the intended audience? Thanks!!

    January 25, 2012

  • noelle mchugh

    @Matt
    Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to relinquish my seat for this one. Have a great class, everyone!
    N

    January 25, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @Noelle - sorry for the late response. This is class does not cover a specific language per se. If you already know HTML/CSS this might be a bit basic for you.

    January 25, 2012

  • noelle mchugh

    Hi Matt: Quick Question: How basic is basic? I'm trying to figure out if this class is a good fit for me. I'm proficient in HTML/CSS and can manage not to make php any uglier than it already is and can buger my way through some js. Am I the target audience?
    Thanks in advance.
    Noelle

    January 25, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @Laura - I will be posting the deck in PDF form for everyone to download. I tried to build the deck in such a way That it could be used to study from later on.

    @Abby - No, a laptop isn't necessary unless that's how you feel most cofortable taking notes. Like I mentioned, the deck will be available for download so if don't want to take notes, you don't have to.

    1 · January 25, 2012

  • Abby Sullivan

    Probably a dumb question, but do we need to bring laptop? It says to bring a notebook, but I'm assuming it would help to have a laptop too.

    1 · January 25, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Hi Laura, we don't have the equipment to record it. That said, we'll be offering it again in the future. Once I have a date/place confirmed, I'll post it to the Meetup.

    January 25, 2012

  • Laura Krasnow

    Will you be recording this class? It would be a great idea for those who are unable to attend..

    January 25, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @Catherine - Sorry for the late response. I've designed this course for students who are completely new to fundamentals of how the Internet works, specifically geared around web sites. This is not an introduction to any specific language but more of an introduction to how all the parts work together. This could be considered a optional pre-req for taking an intro to HTML/CSS/JS course.

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Yasmine and Matt ? given the overwhelming popularity and the conversation so far, would it be possible for you to give us a rough outline of how the talk is shaping up? Might help us confirm it's the right "level" for us.

    January 18, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Hi Maureen, we're working on getting everyone into the session. Stay tuned for more details. Ksenia - we're aiming to wrap up around 9:15pm.

    January 18, 2012

  • maureen

    Any chance of adding another session, as this one is full?

    1 · January 18, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Hey Poliana, That's a good idea. It may be too short notice but I'll see if I can find someone to record it for us. Nevertheless, we'll have the session again in the future!

    January 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe we can video this course and host it somewhere available to GDI members. Seriously so stoked on this -- thanks to all involved!

    January 5, 2012

  • Yasmine Mustafa

    Hi everyone, I'm so happy to see all the interest in this class! I'm talking to the host about opening up more spots so make sure to signup for the waiting list. I'll reach out a week beforehand with an update.

    January 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you schedule a second class, please!

    1 · January 4, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @Lisa - Also great point. I'll add a slide on jobs/education/requirements etc.

    January 3, 2012

  • Lisa Burgess

    Poliana's and Ashley's points sound good to me. I am brand new so keeping it as introductory as possible sounds great. Also, education and cert sources would be good to know.

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @sondra If you email me your specific questions, I'll be glad to get you some answers.

    January 3, 2012

  • Sarah Henry

    Thrilled to take another GDI class! Thanks Yasmine for organizing.

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • sondra

    @matt okay, thanks for letting me know. since this is clearly a popular class and more on the intro level i'm going to go ahead and relinquish my spot for someone else, but thanks for teaching it!

    January 3, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @sondra - yes, unfortunately because this is an introductory class, some of that would be beyond the scope. However, if I can work in any of the security concepts on a macro level, I will definitely do my best.

    January 3, 2012

  • Rita K

    Hey guys, I'm new to the group but I'm pretty excited to learn more about programming. Thanks Matt

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • sondra

    This might be too specific, but I'd love to see an overview of execution sequence on the architecture side. In building a toy php app my most frustrating errors were along the lines of "headers already sent" and "session already started". Also, pointers on security (best practices against sql injection etc) would be nice, but I realize that deserves its own class (maybe a future class?). Thanks, and look forward to it.

    January 3, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    @Ksenia - I'm hoping to chat with Yasmine about that soon.
    @Poliana - I will absolutely cover this. Thanks for bringing it up.
    @Ashley - Great question. I'll make sure to cover this in detail.

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matt, my primary concern is deciding what to learn first: Ruby, Python, Drupal, or Wordpress. Will knowing one help me learn others? Is one language/code better than another, or is it more about different tools to accomplish different jobs? I hope this workshop will give my education some much-needed direction. Thanks again!

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • Matt Torbin

    I'm really excited and happy to be teaching this class. If there is a specific subject or question you would like to cover, please let me know. I will definitely do my best to incorporate it if it's not out of scope.

    1 · January 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    THANK YOU. I've been at a loss with where to start learning programming codes, so this sounds perfect.

    2 · January 3, 2012

  • Katsia

    What a great idea!

    1 · January 3, 2012

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