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Intro to Programming

Curious about programming? Ready to "write" your first lines of code? If so, this is the class for you!

Programming is a fun and creative act that opens up many career opportunities. Programming jobs are exciting and always evolving. Anyone can learn to program and it's easier to get started than you think. This class is designed for those with little to no programming background (technical background not required).

In this course, you will learn the basics of the programming by using Alice (alice.org). It's a drag & drop programming environment that is similar to Java and will ease the transition to Java syntax. We will cover the fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and you will walk away with a foundation that will allow you to learn any type of programming language, including Android development.

Bring your laptop and get ready to learn all about development!

About Corey Latislaw: Corey created the Philadelphia Android Alliance, a rebel army whose mission is to conquer Apple’s market share, and co-founded a start-up that builds apps for the greater good. She leads local workshops through the Android Alliance, SkillShare, and Girl Develop It and is passionate about spreading the love for Android and fragments.

Corey is on sabbatical to tackle the big questions in life and explore her interests. She is passionate about encouraging broader participation in the computing sciences, local food, the outdoors, photography, and living in downtown Philly.

In a past life, she worked at Chariot Solutions and helped many businesses navigate the world of Android. She also helped build the XfinityTV Android & iOS applications at Comcast Interactive Media as well as various security projects at Cisco Systems. You can find her online at coreylatislaw.com.

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  • ladynebt

    Hi! Does anyone have the info about the programming event announced in the class?

    February 6, 2013

  • Maria

    Thanks Corey and everybody who helped, this was a helpful introduction to programming. I loved all the support from the TAs and the general spirit of GDI generosity!

    February 4, 2013

  • Kati D.

    Intro to Programming was great. It was a fast paced course, but there was a ton of support from the TA's and other students to help keep everyone on the same level.

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Class materials have been posted here: http://coreylatislaw.com/intro-to-programming/

    February 4, 2013

  • Celia (Sucheski) A.

    This was a fantastic class for beginners - Corey did a great job of explaining the basics... excited to try more!

    February 3, 2013

  • Josette R.

    First time been there and I really enjoyed it, looking forward for the next class. Thank you Cory and Dana, also thank you Bri for all your help. :D I'm already practicing creating another story using alice.

    February 2, 2013

  • Kati D.

    Google maps app took me on a nice tour of Philly (I'm from Delaware) and I ran out of gas. Since the class is already 30 minutes in, consider this a donation to GDI. Hopefully there will be another class in the near future. Blugh.

    February 2, 2013

    • Yasmine M.

      Sorry to hear Kati, we didn't start until 1pm and we're going through terminology if you still want to come by.

      1 · February 2, 2013

    • Kati D.

      Really?! Yessssss. I just didn't want to interrupt the class. Hopefully I will be there in 15. I have Alice installed already so at least that is in my favor

      February 2, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I am still trying to give away my "Head First Java" book. So if anyone who is taking this class wants it - it is all yours (I will drop it off if anyone wants it). Take it from me (Professional Java Developer...add old-timer ...) it is a fun and decent book. Another good book is Beginning Java Objects, from Concept to Code. I did research on changing curriculum from C++ to Java for NJ college and went through more books that I care to list. The best resource (once you get the basics) is the online Java Tutorials and JavaDoc (once you get the hang of how to decipher them) and of course the best way to learn is looking at code. Enjoy the course everyone!

    January 25, 2013

    • Lorraine

      It is yours. I will drop it off early the day of the event with your name in it. Enjoy!

      January 26, 2013

    • Yasmine M.

      Books are here at Indyhall. Come on by to pick them up.

      February 2, 2013

  • Leslie W.

    Hey everyone! This is last min notice, but I won't be able to make today :( So if anyone is waiting there's an open spot!

    February 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hi,
    I think this is great. I always wanted to teach SAS programming. Can we add meetups? I would be willing to do that for this group.

    I learned by the sink or swim method - but it is not necessary.

    - Sharon
    Yeah Android!

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sharon, I will defer to Yasmine, she schedules future meetups. -Corey

      January 28, 2013

    • Yasmine M.

      I'm not sure I understand what you're looking for. You can email me at [masked].

      January 28, 2013

  • Jazmin O.

    If we've taken Intro to HTML/CSS and Intro to JavaScript do you recommend still taking this course as well?

    January 24, 2013

    • Yasmine M.

      Good question. I think it really depends on what your technical goals are. If you want to get into back-end development, then definitely. It could also help if you want to solidify some of the concepts you learned in JS. I'll leave it up to Corey to answer more fully.

      1 · January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agreed, it's about your goals. This class will use Alice (alice.org) to introduce programming concepts, computer science theory, and object oriented programming. Using Alice is fun and allows you to transition to the Java class later this spring / early summer. After the Java class, we plan to have an Android app class based on this class and the Java class.

      1 · January 25, 2013

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