Past Meetup

Introduction to Programming Concepts

Hosted by Girl Develop It Los Angeles

Public group

This Meetup is past

19 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person
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Have you ever taken a programming class and given up because the concepts were too hard to grasp or all the examples used math formulas? Have you then decided to try again with a different language -- only to discover the same thing? Or have you stayed away from programming altogether because you're worried that's what will happen? Or are you interested in learning to code, but have absolutely not experience with it? If you answered "YES!" to even one of those questions, this class is for you!

In this workshop, we'll explore some of the most basic and universal programming concepts. We'll use everyday activities and real-life examples to demonstate common structures such as conditional statements (if this, then that) and different kinds of loops (for each thing in this collection, do this...). We'll also try to take the mystery out of variables and why computers are so darn picky.


This class is for absolute beginners with no experience in programming languages. If you haven't ever coded before, or if you've only got experience with HTML and CSS, then this is a great class for you!

What to bring

Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

* No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form ( to let us know you need to borrow one!

Refund Policy

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! If the class is cancelled or rescheduled, we'll offer refunds to anyone who registered and paid.


We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything you'd like to discuss before signing up for the class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.


Big thanks to 8th Light ( for letting us use their office to host this workshop!

About the teacher

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions ( She's been coding and building websites since 1996. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She's also the co-founder and chapter leader for the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. She makes her online home at .

As always, anyone is welcome to attend our classes and events - we are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. All attendees are expected to abide by our Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (