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Programming for NonProgrammers

4/5/2013 12:00 PM - 4/6/2013 5:00 PM


Are you a creative or entrepreneur that wishes you could speak tech with your web development team? Maybe you wish you could code a bit yourself? Programming for Non-Programmers is workshop series at General Assembly designed to help non-programmers communicate more efficiently with developers. Because leading a development team (without being a developer yourself) can sometimes feels like “talking about dancing”, we’ve created an interactive and friendly environment in which to learn the basics.

If you're running a tech start-up, it's essential that you familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of web development. Ultimately knowing how to "talk to the talk" will help you communicate better with developers, and overall just look really cool.




Friday, 5 April, 12 – 4 pm

Session I [Fundamentals]

Front-end programming vs back-end programming

What coding languages should I use for my next project?

Which CMS is right for the job?

What are the stages of web development?

What deliverables do I need to provide my developer? (FYI - This is important and often neglected or done poorly)

Reading code & basic developing principles to get us started

6 concepts of programming that are the found in every programming language

Understanding Javascript Variables & Functions



Saturday, 6 April, 12 – 4 pm

Session II [Front-end Development]

What is HTML5 really

HTML/CSS best-practices

Basics of divs & IDs

Making a basic portfolio landing page



Sunday, 7 April, 12 – 6 pm

Session III [Backend-end Development, SQL Databases, & APIs]

Setting up FTP, hosting, domains, DNS & sub domains

How to manage a LAMP development stack (ie. Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

How to write an SQL query and manage a MySQL database

How to write some back-end scripts (using PHP) and how it communicates with our front-end code (HTML/CSS)

What is an API?

How can I integrate data from services like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare into my project?

How do I read through and parse some basic XML and JSON?

Work through a live project where we can practice coding some basic HTML/PHP/SQL


It is suggested (but not mandatory) that you take the introductory workshop in this series “Programming for Non-Programmers: Fundamentals”. You must bring a laptop to class (Mac prefered, as the examples on screen will be for the Mac OS).


Chris Castiglione

Digital Product Developer

Christopher Castiglione is a developer with a specialty in UX strategy and Wordpress. He has over ten years of experience developing digital products. In the past, he has designed applications for clients ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Toyota, Bacardi, CLIF Bar, and American Express. Christopher holds an MA in New Media from The University of Amsterdam. He is currently a member of the General Assembly teaching faculty.


Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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