Web Development Firehose Learning Weekend

Start with nothing, learn what you need, leave with a fully functional application.

One Intense Weekend:

Friday Night (6:30PM-10PM): Software Install Night. We help you get the tools you'll use for the rest of the weekend up and running on your machine.

Saturday (9AM-9PM): Get the Web Development low-down. Create your initial project. Write code all day long together with instructors leading the class.

Sunday (9AM-5PM): Write more code, finalize features, wrap up changes. Get application live. Show it to the world.

Sunday (5PM): Afterparty. Drink Beer and celebrate with us.


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  • Philippe H.

    Ken and Marco are great, dedicated teachers and made sure to share lots of insightful and valuable information on a whole range of software.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Tod L.

    First day complete of Firehose Weekend. Fantastic course by two tremendous intructors. The course is well-named. Today we learned and used Git, GitHub, Ruby, Sublime, Heroku, and Twitter-Bootstrap to build a functional application in one day. Wow. Tomorrow, Amazon Web Services, and more Ruby gems. Fast paced, exciting, and loads of fun.

    3 · October 6, 2013

  • Charles A.

    Hi everyone,

    In case you get this in time, I was wondering about the parking options again. I remember some people mentioned an MIT parking lot to be free but I forgot which one it was and where it was. Also orher options would be much appreciated! Finally I apologize if this was in the documents/emails but I could not find it.

    Thanks and see you all in a bit!

    Charles

    October 5, 2013

    • William J.

      hey Charles, parking off-street on Broadway (with parking meters expired on weekends) available beside 1 broadway (our building). It's got around 4 empty spots now.

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Charles A.

      Great, thanks Will for the superspeedy response! You mean in front of 1 Broadway there are currently 4 spots? (maybe fewer now :) )

      October 5, 2013

  • Phil

    I want to sign up but I can't make installation night. I've already got rails and some gems I got with the Rails Installer Project. Will that be enough to come in Saturday morning?

    October 3, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Phil,

      Since it sounds like you already have Rails installed I could meet you early Saturday morning (8AM) at Au Bon Pain (Kendall Square) to double check your system and install everything else you need.

      That said your system might be set-up slightly different from the way we're going to have other students' machines prepared. Just to be safe and make sure it works, please download the Ubuntu Image (32-bit) here: http://www.ubuntu.com...­. Here's a screenshot from our guide. http://i.imgur.com/jY...­

      The Ubuntu image takes some time to download, but if you have that file on your machine we'll be able to get your machine up and running in case there are any unforeseen problems.

      Also, please sign-up for a Github, Heroku.com and AWS.amazon.com account.

      Does that sound managable?

      Aloha,
      Marco

      October 4, 2013

    • Phil

      Yes, that works. Thanks Marco. I will see you at Au Bon Pain at 8.

      October 4, 2013

  • William J.

    This is kinda last minute i know, but can i still sign up for this weekend? Also, how does parking work? Do you provide a parking permit or? Thanks!

    October 4, 2013

    • Ken M.

      Hey Will -

      You still have some time to sign up for the weekend, but we ask that you try to show up on time (6:30PM), unless you talked with us beforehand about it.

      There is a parking garage in Kendall Square, super close to where the event will be, but we don't provide a permit.

      We can't wait to start coding, and hope to see you there.

      Aloha,
      Ken

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Will,

      I'm not 100% but I think there's free parking on the weekend at the MIT parking lot off of Hayward and or Wadsworth street.

      Also, I bet you can find free parking along Memorial Drive.

      Hope that helps.

      Aloha,
      Marco

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Phil

    I'm interested in attending. I am curious, is the application we will be making using a scaffold or will we make something from scratch?

    Thanks,

    Phil

    September 30, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Phil,

      Great question. We won't be using any scaffolding and will write our code from "scratch" in class. We will use some of the best gems for user login/registration and image uploading.

      Does that help you Phil?

      Aloha,
      Marco

      September 30, 2013

    • Phil

      Yes, thank you. How often do these weekends happen?

      October 2, 2013

  • Ben R.

    Are there any other upcoming Firehose Weekends in Boston? I can't make it this particular weekend but I'd like to attend one of these ASAP.

    Thanks,
    Ben

    September 24, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Hey Marco,

      Thanks for writing back, I'll keep an eye out for the next group. Hope it comes along soon!

      Ben

      September 28, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Sounds great Ben! Aloha,
      Marco

      September 28, 2013

  • Tod L.

    I'm there

    September 25, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Awesome! Stoked to have you on board Tod.

      September 25, 2013

  • Don J.

    Hi Marco,

    Not sure if I can make the Oct 4-6 boot camp, but just signed up. Could I learn how to make a simple app with a REST or SOAP element? What to learn local client (Python or C++ App) adds, deletes, modify records running on Windows or Mac and then displays in tabular form on website. Not just human with browser modifying web based database.

    Don

    September 23, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Don,

      Thanks for joining our Learn2Code group. The web application that we're building will have multiple pages and a user will be able to add, delete, update/modify and display text and images. To make this happen in one weekend we're using the same technology that's used by many of the fastest moving startups (e.g. Ruby on Rails, CSS3, HTML5 and a bit of jQuery/Javascript).

      I hope you can make the Oct 4-6 Firehose Learn2Code event, if so you should RSVP soon.

      Aloha,
      Marco

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • Philippe H.

    Thanks Marco,

    What advice would you give us so we can prepare for the weekend of October 5-6? And what sort of applications should we think of building? I want to build something I could use in my portfolio...no pressure! So if I need to prep some I'd like to know in advance. Also, anything mobile? I want it all!

    September 17, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hey Philippe,

      One of the most critical things to prepare for is setting up your web development environment on your computer.

      I can send you an install guide about 1 week before the event, but we also have a install night on Friday night to help every student with their set-up...so really there's not really a need to prepare for the event in advance.

      We'll be building a web application that contains the most important features of many applications (image upload, user input/output, user sign-up, responsiveness for mobile, etc.).

      Since the whole class will build a web application together you don't really have to think about what to build.

      And yes, you definitely will have something to use in your portfolio!

      Aloha,
      Marco

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible to see some of the applications/projects that were created in the previous session?

    September 17, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Stephanie,

      Sure thing. Here's one of our student web application that he built last weekend: http://myapp-alee.her...­

      Also, here's what a few of our students had to say:

      "Amazing experience from a fun, enthusiastic and skilled team. With their expertise in front and back end development, Marco and Ken were able to help every single person in the class ship a fully functional product in one weekend."

      "Overall I was very impressed, especially considering that I attended their first event. Apart from coding, Ken and Marco are also very friendly individuals with good senses of humor."

      Aloha,
      Marco

      September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good event but why is the price double what it is for the September event which looks identical?

    September 7, 2013

    • Marco M.

      Hi Ronn,

      Great question and I'm glad you asked it.

      We care a great deal about the price we charge for our classes and are trying to strike the best balance between what we think is a fair price to our students and what covers our costs of running an entire weekend of non-stop classes.

      For our October session we made the deliberate decision to focus on the best outcome for each student by keeping the class size very small. Unfortunately that meant we had to increase our price per student.

      Aloha,
      Marco

      1 · September 7, 2013

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