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Beginner's Dev Workshop (Day 1)

Join us for a two-day development workshop for beginners! Learn basic programming concepts to get you started on your coding journey. Topics covered will include fundamentals of programming, basics of OOP and an intro to TDD, as well as pair programming. If you want to get started with coding but don't know where to begin, or you want to brush up on the basics, this workshop is for you!


We will have at least three language tracks: Ruby, JavaScript, and C#. Although most of the content will be applicable across many languages, there is some language-specific content we will be touching on.

What you should bring: 
A laptop

Lunch will be provided!

Day 1 - April 5, 2014

Session 1 -- Fundamentals I: Variables, Data Types, and Input/Output
Session 2 -- Fundamentals II: Conditions, Loops, and Classes
Session 3 -- Intro to Object-Oriented Programming

Day 2 - April 6, 2014

Session 4 -- Intro to Testing and Test Driven Development
Session 5 -- Source Control and Language Specific Concepts

*** Installation/Prep notes ***

In order to keep things moving quickly, we're posting installation details for the tools you'll need. If you'd like to go ahead and install them, great!

JavaScript/Ruby Editor
You will need a text editor for JavaScript and Ruby. If you already have a favorite, feel free to use it! If you aren't sure, Sublime Text is a great editor and is available for Windows and Mac:

Ruby Language
If you are interested in Ruby, please install Ruby (version 1.9.3 is recommended):

On Windows:
- RubyInstaller offers a Windows executable installer for the Ruby language. Go to and click the 'Ruby 1.9.3-p545' link under 'RubyInstallers'.
- Run the .exe file to install Ruby
- Once installed, 'Ruby' should appear in your list of installed programs

On Mac:
- Open a Terminal window and run the following command:
\curl -sSL | bash -s stable --ruby=1.9.3
- This will install both RVM (a package management tool) and Ruby
- When the installation finishes, run the following command in your terminal:
ruby -version
- This should show you the version of Ruby you have installed

C# / .NET
If you are interested in C#, Microsoft offers an Express version of Visual Studio which is free (and a smaller download than the full version). Go to and select "Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop" and follow the instructions to install.

If you have trouble installing or your PC doesn't meet the system requirements, you can install Visual C# 2010 Express from here: 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Everything was great

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Stephanie B

    AWESOME! Such an empowering experience. I felt comfortable asking questions and just sharing my experiences with the other ladies in my group.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Jannice A.

    A great BIG THANK U to Erica Stanley and everyone that participated in the JavaScript breakout this weekend. Everyone was so willing to share and truly contribute to each other's success. I learned so much...looking forward to the next event.(*_*)

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Tishah A.

    I hate that I had to miss this due to an emergency. I hope that you will have this again in the future.

    April 6, 2014

  • stephanie t.

    Very informative. Great to see so many people there.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Yvonne D.

    Such a comfortable group, I hope to become a part of future meetups with you.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome I can't wait for tomorrow!

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Adrienne H.

    I am so insanely happy that so many people showed up, I can't even wait until tomorrow!

    4 · April 5, 2014

  • Adrienne H.

    3 · April 5, 2014

    • Michaela G.

      Thanks Adrienne! Great workshop!

      1 · April 5, 2014

  • Monique J.

    I'm looking forward to tomorrow! What time does each day end? Thanks!

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      We are scheduled to go until 6 PM both days.

      April 4, 2014

  • Kiandra

    So wish I could go, is there another one in the works?

    March 31, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      If this one goes well, I hope we can do it again!

      March 31, 2014

    • Kiandra

      Cool, hope everything goes well!

      April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a fee for this workshop? If so where do you pay?

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      No, it's free!

      April 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is even more exciting. I'm so happy I stumbled upon this meet up.

      2 · April 3, 2014

  • Ashley

    It was great to meet you guys at Great Wide Open.

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • Erica S.

      It was great meeting you too! Thanks for stopping by!

      April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for this.

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ugh. Can't make it :-( I am so going to the next one!

      March 31, 2014

  • Tishah A.

    I have the same C. Wesley, can I bring a man as a guest?

    March 31, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      Our lovely male allies are totally welcome!

      March 31, 2014

  • Alecs K.

    GPS plots the address way off the mark for me behind some towering parking garages. Here are coordinates for exact location if this helps anyone find it. [masked],[masked]

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Cassandra A.

    Is it ok to attend day 2 but not day 1 or will they build on each other? Thanks!

    March 25, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      They build on each other, but you are welcome to come to day 2 if you want to try and jump in!

      March 26, 2014

  • Brittny

    Do you know what time each of the sessions will be? I might not be able to make it to all of the sessions.

    March 22, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      They're not scheduled for concrete times. I think some will take longer than others, and I definitely want to get to everything, but the pace will likely be set by the group.

      March 22, 2014

    • Adrienne H.

      That said, if you would like to join us and jump in, you are perfectly welcome to!

      March 22, 2014

  • Kristen S.

    Wish i could attend this session but i have school this weekend. will definitely try to catch up with you ladies soon.

    March 20, 2014

  • AtlantaJanet

    Look forward to it,

    March 19, 2014

  • Pamela V.

    Oh bummer that this is the same weekend as But more coding events in more places is always good!

    2 · March 19, 2014

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