JavaScript for Beginners

This 4 part JavaScript for Beginners  course runs on Tuesday evenings: August 26th, September 2nd, September 9th, and September 16th. Classes run from 7:00- 9:00pm. It is a introductory class for beginners.

JavaScript is the world's most popular programming language for a reason -- it's the primary way to build interaction on the web. Learning JavaScript is a logical next step once you've learned HTML/CSS.

Many programming courses end up glossing over some of the tricky words -- 'variable', 'object', 'method' -- this course is especially designed for beginners new to programming concepts, so you'll learn to program with JavaScript. If those words are confusing to you now, no worries! You're exactly who we want to teach.

In this class, we will be covering: basic development concepts, JavaScript, dynamic HTML, and animations and events. Students will exit this class with a good grasp of basic programming principles and the knowledge of how to manipulate HTML elements. 

Prerequisites: We suggest having a working knowledge of HTML as a prerequisite for this course. This course is specifically for beginners and we advise experienced developers to not take this class.

We will have two scholarships available for this class. Applications are now closed.

Your Teacher: Sylvia Richardson, Web Developer

Sylvia Richardson is a researcher and web developer based in Durham, NC. Her background is in special libraries. She is interested in emerging web technologies, accessibility, and usability. Sylvia loves to help introduce people to new technologies, and is excited about the chance to help more women join the Triangle's vibrant tech community.

Tech Requirements:

Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute. If you do not have a laptop, we may be able to provide one for the class.

A modern browser, either Chrome or Firefox with the Firebug extension installed.

A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 2 (It's free and available for both Mac and PC.)

Refund Policy: Your payment of $80 guarantees your seat in the entire course. Please note that we cannot issue refunds because there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.

Other Disclaimers: Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact me at [masked]

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  • Sylvia

    Hi everyone! There is an event at DPAC tonight, so the East deck is paid parking (sorry!) Tell them you are going to an event at Smashing Boxes and they may let you through.

    September 16


      My uncle died last wk n his funeral is this wk sad to miss the class :(

      September 16

  • Sylvia

    Want some help with the homework? Still don't know what a loop does? I'll be hanging around Cocoa Cinnamon today until 1, if you have questions.

    September 6

  • Sylvia

    Directional note: Our class will be held at Smashing Boxes 359 Blackwell St. Suite 240, Durham, NC. It is right next to the Durham Bulls Stadium. Please park in the East Deck at 250 South Mangum Street. Leave the deck and walk toward the construction, passing the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe on your left. You'll need to go in the back door of the building. If you try to enter from Blackwell Street, the door will be locked.

    August 25

  • Niyshia

    I'm all in for veggie!

    August 19

  • Mike P.

    Veggie is fine with me!

    August 19

  • Basia C.

    Meat-free please, if possible. Thanks!

    August 19

  • Sylvia

    We'll have pizza on our first day. Any special requests/food allergies? Mellow Mushroom does gluten- and dairy-free things for those who need it.

    August 18

  • SheilaB

    Do you have to be a member of GDI to attend the workshop?

    August 12

    • Sylvia

      You need to join the Meetup group to sign up for the event and get the relevant emails. That's also the only requirement for membership, so I suppose you join by default.

      August 12


    Man I'd love to attend but I'm not proficient in html :(

    August 12

    • Sylvia

      You don't need a lot of HTML knowledge at all; we'll mostly be talking programming. Running through the intro stuff on Code Academy will be enough.

      1 · August 12

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