Programming for Non-Programmers (English)

Programming for Non-Programmers (English)
Event on 2013-02-02 14:30:00

Programming for Non-Programmers (English)

Saturday, February 2nd from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Are you hungry to get started programming on your own but don't know where to start? Are you itching to talk the talk? Are you building a website and want guidelines for working with developers? This workshop is for you.

The instructor will provide an overview of the core concepts necessary to transform your ideas into concrete web designs. We'll look at questions like "What is the difference between Front-end vs. Back-end?", "What is HTML5 and how is it used?", "Are those web frameworks necessary for my project, and how to choose between them?" We will be both reading and writing code.


Student Take-aways:

  • Working knowledge of how a web application works, from client-side to server-side
  • How to plan a web project by drawing actions flow and wireframes
  • Determining what coding languages should be used for a project
  • Basic knowledge of HTML (including HTML5), CSS and JavaScript
  • How data is stored in a database
  • How to write SQL query to select, insert and update records in a database


Level Pre-Requisites:

None.  No coding experience is required. 



Students should bring computers with modern browser installed as we will be doing live coding in browser during the class.  For a modern web browser, Google Chrome is recommended, but Firefox and IE10 will work.


Target Audience:

  • Project managers without coding experience and want to communicate better with their developers
  • Designers who want to learn to bring their static designs to life
  • Entrepreneurs who have an idea and want to build a prototype
  • Anyone interested in learning what programming is all about


Thomas Mak, also known as Makzan, is a developer with a specialty on web development and game design. He has over ten years of experience building digital products, including real-time multiplayer interaction games and iOS applications. He wrote two books and one screencast series for building Flash virtual world and making games with HTML5 and related web standard.  He is currently a founder of a games development company, 42games, as well as a trainer for an international web design competition. 


About The Hive: The Hive is a premier members’ coworking space and creative community based in the dynamic Wan Chai area of Hong Kong. General Assembly has partnered with The Hive to bring you classes/workshops in early 2013.  More information about the space here.


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