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Girl Develop It Austin Message Board › GDI Austin's Tracks and Course Descriptions

GDI Austin's Tracks and Course Descriptions

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In an effort to provide the best experience for our members, we've compiled some information to help you get started with GDI Austin. Below, you’ll find a brief description of our regularly offered classes and suggested tracks for a few of our courses that work well in a series. We periodically offer other classes in addition to the ones listed here. Check us out on twitter (@gdiatx) and Facebook (https://www.facebook....­) for more updates about upcoming classes!



Web Design Track:
For those interested in creating beautiful websites, we suggest starting with our introduction to HTML/CSS class and graduating to our Mockups to Code class. Afterwards, we have intermediate HTML & CSS or you can choose whether you are interested in Responsive Design and/or learning more about styling with SASS. The last three courses can be taken in any order.

Front-end Web Development Track:
For those who are interested in front-end web development, we suggest start with our introduction to HTML/CSS and then explore scripting with our introductory JavaScript course.

Mobile Development Track
For those interested in platform independent mobile development, we suggest completing our Front-end Web Development Track and then proceeding to our PhoneGap course.

Course Descriptions:

Web Design/Development:

Introduction to HTML/CSS - Our most introductory course goes over the building blocks for a simple web page. If you’re completely new to this, start here!
Prerequisite Knowledge: n/a

Mockups to Code - For students with basic knowledge of HTML and CSS this course provides strategies for going from a visual mockup to handcrafted code. Display styles, floats, how to organize your CSS, and tips from experienced designers & web developers are explored more deeply than in our introductory course.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS

Intermediate HTML/CSS - This course covers advanced CSS3 driven tricks such as font-face & transitions/animations and utilizing semantic HTML markup provided by HTML5.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS

Introduction to Responsive Web Design - People access web content on their phones, their e-readers, their TVs, and even their portable gaming consoles. Designing responsively allows for the website content be seen at its best on any device. This class covers best practices, common design patterns, and code for designing a responsive website.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS

Introduction to SASS - SASS is defined as "a meta-language on top of CSS that’s used to describe the style of a document cleanly and structurally, with more power than flat CSS allows...” In this course, we explore the basic features that make SASS a powerful tool for creating organized, manageable stylesheets including variables, nesting and mixins.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS

Introduction to JavaScript and JQuery - JavaScript is the primary way to do client side web development. We will be covering everything from basic JavaScript, the jQuery library, and dynamic HTML to JSON and APIs. Students will exit this class having a good grasp of basic programming principles and the knowledge of how to manipulate HTML elements.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS

Mobile Development

Introduction to PhoneGap - This class is an introduction to developing mobile applications using HTML5/CSS/JavaScript by leveraging the PhoneGap mobile development framework. It will provide an overview of PhoneGap and cover common tools/techniques used for developing, testing and debugging apps.
Prerequisite Knowledge: HTML/CSS/JavaScript

Introduction to Android with Java - This class provides an introduction to creating native mobile apps for android devices. In addition, to learning the basics of creating an android app, the class covers a brief introduction to the Java programming language and tools for testing & debugging your apps.
Prerequisite Knowledge: n/a

General Programming

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java - This course offers a object-oriented programming foundation. It covers language fundamentals of the Java programming language including variables and flow control before moving on to object oriented concepts including inheritance, data encapsulation, abstraction and interfaces.
Prerequisite Knowledge: n/a

Design Focus

Introduction to Typography - Intended for students of all levels. This class will help you understand typography fundamentals for improved readability. We will cover evaluating and choosing typefaces that convey the tone of our content appropriately, typographic planning, and how to work with web fonts.
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