Step One: What is Code and How Do I Run It?

  • May 4, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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Have you started to learn to code through the numerous free sites and are wondering “what’s next”, or “how do I really start becoming a coder?”. If so, then this class is for you.

In this course, you will learn how to actually become a coder.  What does that mean? Being a coder means feeling inspired and knowing how to make cool things happen using computer code.

In this interactive 4 hour session, we'll learn how to discover, download and run an open source web app. This includes:

  • Setting up a development environment (WebStorm)
  • Downloading open source code (GitHub)
  • Gathering necessary code libraries
  • Run code to see actual results
  • Doing a fun project

By the end of this session you will have the skills and knowhow to set up a project to start coding with any language.

Why is this important? Coding is not just about learning the syntax and language, like javascript or HTML. Learning to code is about discovering good code, inspecting the inner workings of that code, and copying and/or reusing that code for your own creations.

Borrowing and sharing code is one of the best ways to become a better programmer. If you want to learn how to do it, then join me in this workshop. Let's start by taking part in the open source community. Then in the coming courses, we'll adapt what we discover and write our own code.

What you’ll need:

  1. Your own computer + power cord
  2. A sense of adventure

Is prior coding knowledge necessary?

While we encourage you to have some knowledge or have played around with code (perhaps on sites like codeacademy.com or codeschool.com) it’s not necessary. As long as you have a passion for starting to make stuff, and your own laptop, you’re ready to go!

The class will go from 10:30am to 2:30pm. We’ll have lots of snacks and coffee to keep you powered up!

Sign up now as space is limited!

 

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  • Christopher B.

    Brian, interesting first day yesterday. Will you be posting screen prints of the git commands, the process for searching of GitHub and other links/topics that you mentioned? That would be a big help.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Alana

    Great people. Very knowledgable. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Ashwin C.

    Great first start. Brian was pretty great. Some kinks but expected since it was the first meetup. Can only get better.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    A bit disorganized, but interesting. I think this series will get better and better.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great for first time!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Goretti

    I will be there. Still need to bring our laptop?

    May 1, 2013

    • Brian P J.

      I recommend using the free trial at this stage, as you may decide to work in another language. I am going to start you guys off with Node.js and Javascript, CSS, and HTML5. It's a lot easier than it sounds, but you may decide you like PHP, or Java, or Ruby on Rails. There are so many choices that it's best to get started for free for now.

      May 3, 2013

    • Cesar V.

      Cool!

      May 3, 2013

  • Phil

    This sounds like what I need to progress with my coding adventure.

    May 1, 2013

    • Brian P J.

      I hope so. If you learn anything here it should be that coding is not hard, and not complicated, but that you just need to find fun and interesting things to do, and good tools and information. I'm going to try to show you the best tools I am using and instill in you the knowledge that you don't have to solve all the problems alone.

      May 3, 2013

  • Brian P J.

    What you’ll need:

    Your own computer (laptop) + power cord
    A sense of adventure

    May 2, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    Is this correct we are meeting at Soma StrEat food park on a yellow bus? Can you please provide more details on the location?

    May 1, 2013

    • Christopher B.

      Thank you! Also what time are we starting? 10:30 or 10:45. Can't wait to get started! Thank you for doing this!

      May 2, 2013

    • Brian P J.

      We'll get started at 11:00am, but you may want to arrive a little early to meet and greet and get your stuff unpacked.

      May 2, 2013

  • Julia P.

    exploring an new dimension

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Goretti

    Let me know when you will have your next class. I'd love to attend.

    May 1, 2013

    • Brian P J.

      I just opened up more spots, thanks to a larger venue.

      May 1, 2013

  • Serge

    This looks really cool. I am unfortunately unavailable on May 4, is this something that you will be repeating? Would really like to get a chance to attend if so.

    April 29, 2013

    • Brian P J.

      I'll be teaching lessons each weekend. So, stay tuned.

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Claire S.

    Already have obligations on May 4, sorry.

    April 29, 2013

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