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1/4/2013 12:00 PM - 1/6/2013 5:00 PM



Chris Castiglione

Digital Product Developer


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. Come with questions, and a desire to have fun!

The programming for non-programmesr series is normally offered as a four part series during the work week. By popular demand, we are bringing you the entire series as a weekend workshop. If you have already attended PFNP I, join us for sessions II, III and IV.




Friday, 4 January, 12 – 5 pm

Weekend Workshop Day 1: Fundamentals

In this workshop we'll tackle some development principles to get you on the right path. We'll look at questions like, "Front-end vs. Back-end?", "Is UX necessary for my project?", "What is this Javascript function thingy, and why am I passing it strange math equations to it?". We'll spend about half of the class looking at actual code and writing some basic Javascript, HTML & CSS ourselves.

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

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

Understanding Javascript Variables & Functions



Saturday, 5 January, 12 – 4 pm

Weekend Workshop Day 2: Front-end Development

In this workshop we’re diving head first into front-end web development! In my work, I’ve discovered that I could be a better programmer by focusing on the good parts of a language, and avoiding the bad parts. After all, can you really build something with bad parts?

HTML/CSS best-practices

What is HTML5 really?!?

Basics of divs, classes & IDs

Making a basic portfolio landing page



Sunday, 6 January, 11 – 5 pm

Weekend Workshop Day 3: Backend-end Development, SQL Databases, & APIs

In this workshop each student will install a LAMP stack (ie. Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL). We’ll learn how to navigate around a SQL database, and work through a live project where we can practice coding some basic HTML/PHP/SQL.

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

How to manage a LAMP development stack

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?

As a non-developer how do I know which APIs are right for my project? 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?


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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