Tech101: Intro to Web Concepts w/ Girl Develop It San Diego

Isn't my new sticker so pretty? (the Girl Develop It one)

I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this group and I am so glad I didn't pass up their scholarship opportunity when I saw it! Side note, whenever you see opportunities just GO FOR IT! Last night was the first of many classes to their Front End Development course and I loved it for several reasons. Even though the scholarship is now closed, these are affordable classes learning the same quality content that others are paying way too much for! You can register at! And I must admit that while online learning is great because it's obviously convenient, being in a physical space/traditional classroom was like a breath of fresh air. I guess I'm "old school" after all. 

I could tell that the teacher, Sunny Datko, loves to teach and she's good at it too! She mentioned several times how she is used to teaching 12 year olds, so she has the patience of a saint! She warmly accepted any and all questions, and even said she would follow up with an individual after further research, if she didn't know the immediate answer. She taught a three hour class, hosted at Qualcomm, to a room full of a DIVERSE group of WOMEN (+ 1 man)! It was a great turnout and there was diversity in age, backgrounds, ethnicities, and who knows what else! All this holds true to what this group is and why they exist:

"Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their every day lives."

Next time I will definitely bring snacks, but my overall experience is a positive one and I know that this is the group that I'd like to volunteer my time to as a mentor (in the future).

As the title suggests, she covered a lot of the basic concepts of the web, such as:  
• What is the World Wide Web? 
• Where are web site files generally stored? 
• What is the difference between a client and a server? 
• Which programming languages are compiled on a server and which are compiled in a web browser? 
• What do you need to know before building a web site? 
• What language should you use and what are the differences? 
• What tools do you need to develop a web site? 
• Who does what on a typical web development team? 

In case you missed it, her slides are available but you would need her to fill in a lot of the blanks. If you are new and interested in Front End Development, a good place to start is free with Code Academy. That's how I got my start and you will never regret learning how to code even if you don't want to do it professionally; it's the language of our future. This Front End Development series will continue until June/July, each covering various subjects including building websites, JavaScript, JQuery, Git&Github, and more!

Although we didn't code this time, and only some bits of this information was new to me, I appreciated going over this material again in a different way, and I always love listening to others' questions & answers. Bravo GDI and thank you for all of your teachers/volunteers!