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Introduction to JavaScript (Saturday and Sunday, JavaScript Weekend!)

  • February 18 · 12:00 PM

Join us for a weekend of JavaScript for beginners! This class is held in two sessions on Saturday Feb 18th and Sunday Feb 19th. Both sessions are included in the $90 class fee, so please only sign up if you can attend both days.

JavaScript is one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. It can be thought of as an extension to HTML which allows developers to incorporate more functionality into their web pages (such as an expandable menu or animated slideshow). 

Many programming courses end up glossing over some of the tricky words -- 'variable', 'object', 'method' -- this course is especially designed for beginners new to programming concepts, so you'll learn to program with JavaScript. If those words are confusing to you now, no worries! You're exactly who we want to teach.

In this class, we will be covering basic development elements, Javascript, and dynamic HTML. Students will exit this class with a good grasp of basic programming principles and the knowledge of how to manipulate HTML elements. 


Schedule

•  We meet BOTH days, Saturday, Feb 18th and Sunday, Feb 19th, from 12pm to 5pm:

12:00pm - 2:30pm: First section of class time for the day.

2:30pm- 3:00pm: Break time! (you can buy a snack right across the street or take a nice walk around Little Tokyo)

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Second half of class time. We'll stay a bit late for extra questions too.


Class slides: https://gdila.github.io/intro-javascript/


Prerequisites

You must have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS.


Java or JavaScript?

It's super confusing, but there are two separate programming languages called Java and JavaScript. Even more confusing? They really have nothing to do with one another. How do you figure out which one you want to learn? Here's a quick and simple overview:

Java Is a back-end programming language most often used to create large, enterprise-level applications. It can be used to create websites, but can also be used to create stand-alone software.

JavaScript is a front-end programming language that's most often used to create interactivity in websites: drop-down menus, slide shows, tabs, accordions, ajax, games, etc.

Sure, it's a lot more complicated than that, but at a high level that should help you figure out which one you're looking for. 

Any questions? Hit us up at losangeles [at] girldevelopit.com and we'll gladly help you get it all sorted out.


What to bring

• Please bring a laptop and charger to class. (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!)

• You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

• We'll be using a modern web browser and a text editor in class. If you don't already have these installed, please install them before you come to class. For web browsers, we recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. For a text editor, we recommend Sublime Text 2. Note that you do not have to purchase Sublime Text 2. If you download the free evaluation version that will be good enough for class.


Scholarships

If you are unable to pay for this class please fill out our Scholarship Form or email losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com

Did you know you can earn free classes by participating as a Teaching Assistant? Every hour you spend volunteering as a TA earns you a free hour of class time! Get more details and sign up to be a TA at our Get Involved page


No Refunds

If you cannot attend a class that you've signed up and paid for, your class fee will be donated to our chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! We cannot issue refunds because of the overhead of processing refunds and we already offer our classes at workshops at such a low cost.


Other Disclaimers

Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. We want to make sure everyone can participate! 



About the Teacher: Liz Krane

Liz Krane is a freelance web developer and founder of Learn Teach Code, another meetup group for anyone who wants to learn about computer science and programming. Previously a community manager for Hackaday and research assistant at USC Annenberg, Liz is a professional dabbler who dreams of learning something about everything.


Parking:

There's metered street parking nearby and a parking garage on 2nd St right next to Opodz. See this parking map for street parking info: http://bit.ly/1iu6i8p

Big thanks to our sponsor Opodz coworking space for hosting us!


Questions?

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

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

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  • LD D.

    Hello Awesome person about to add new knowledge to my life. Hope your day is going well..::: I would.like to attend, can I pay on Saturday morning before the class ?

    1 · February 16

    • LD D.

      When is the next class?

      February 18

    • Natalie M.

      Hi LD! We're planning to host another JS class in April.

      1 · February 20

  • Justin C.

    Hi Liz, I was thinking about taking this class but was wondering what topics you would go over in this class. Is there a brief outline on the topics you'll be covering?

    Thanks!

    February 13

    • Liz K.

      We'll focus a good amount on functions and an intro to manipulating HTML elements using JavaScript. Also the basics like if statements, variables, simple loops. It's a beginner class so many of our students are totally new to programming, not just new to JS.

      February 14

  • Hedie Assadi J.

    hello! I was wondering what the times are? it says Saturday from 12 till Sunday 5pm... I'm sure its not overnight? thank you.

    February 3

    • Liz K.

      It's both days 12pm to 5pm, not overnight. I'll update the times and description to be more clear, thanks for catching that!

      February 3

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