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Event Review: Programming for Non-Programmers at GA — September 14, 2012

Event Review: Programming for Non-Programmers at GA

When: Saturday 1 September 2012
Where: General Assembly, 
9 Back Hill, 
4th Floor, London EC1R 5EN

Amanda Foley, London Community Ambassador, recently attended ‘Programming for Non-Programmers’, an intensive day-long workshop at General Assembly London, designed to teach you the basics in web development.

The course was a full-day intensive workshop at GA London led by Devin Hunt, YC 2007 alum and founder of Lyst, and was assisted by Rik Lomas. It was designed to give total beginners a crash-course in web development basics, including HTML, CSS and javascript.

Long before class was due to begin, the room was completely filled with eager mac-wielding students keen to learn and get their hands dirty with a bit of code. The crowd had varying levels of experience, from complete and total newbies, to folks who had a bit more experience, like myself, who just wanted to brush up on their skills.

We were warned that it was going to be seriously jam-packed day of information, so if you’re a total web development newbie, I’d recommend a full night of sleep and a strong coffee before you attend this course. Staying up late unpacking boxes is definitely not recommended. You may or may not nod off halfway through*.

You may think that six hours isn’t enough time to teach a complete newbie how to code a website, but you’d be wrong. Lucky for us, Canadian-born Devin can teach as fast as he talks, and after a mere six hours, we walked away having coded an entirely functional “business card” site. Courtney Boyd Myers, GA London’s Director of Audience Development took part in the day-long workshop as well, and even uploaded her website to dropbox to share.

Personally, I learnt a few amazing new tips and techniques to help my basic coding skills, which is invaluable for my career. It made me hungry to learn much more…and I’m already browsing the GA course lineup for more advanced courses!

If you’re interested in learning the basics in development yourself, they’re hosting another ‘Programming for Non-Programmers‘ in October. If you’re hungry to dive even deeper into learning front-end code, they’ve got an 8 week intensive crash-course on front-end development which looks seriously awesome and should turn into anyone into a front-end wizard in no time.

And lastly, you’re interested in any of their other courses, do check out the full GA London course lineup as listed in The Fetch each fortnight. They’ve got more design, development, social media, business and UX courses than you can shake a stick at!

*I may or may not have stayed up until 3am moving house the night before. Oopsie!

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops — July 13, 2012

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops

You may have left school and formal education years ago, but this week London curator, Chloe Nicholls, has put together a list of places that regularly hold short courses, adult training and workshops to ensure you never stop learning. She’s also listed some popular online education and learning websites, so you can learn new skills and, who knows, perhaps you may even become a teacher yourself one day?


General Assembly London

Recently launched in London last month, General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design. You can learn anything from Management Reporting for Entrepreneurs, to Mobile Marketing and Front-End Web Development.


The School of Life

The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering intelligent instruction on how to lead a fulfilled life. They offer classes, workshops and books on topics such as how to find a job you love, a mindfullness one-day workshop and an overnight talk with a Magnum photographer, Martin Parr. 

Got an awesome startup idea but don’t know how to code? Then join one of the tailored classes at Decoded, which is offers a one day workshop teaching anyone to code.  Code from scratch a multi-platform app in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, the languages behind all modern web apps and sites.

Ideas Store

Ideas Store may look just like a library but it’s more than just books! With several locations based around East London, Ideas Store offers free courses, business help and learning opportunities.


InnerSpace is a meditation and personal development centre based in Covent Garden. As Ferris Buller once said, ‘life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Head to InnerSpace and take in some relaxation. Join one of their meditation courses, or even explore some of their talks such as S.T.O.P. the Stress and Anxiety & Fear.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there are also some great sites revolutionising online education and creating a community of students and teachers who are eager to learn new skills and be inspired by new ideas! Check out Chloe’s recommendations below:

Skillshare – Learn anything from anyone, anywhere.

Udemy – Amazing Instructors. Teaching the World.

Khanacademy – Trying to make a world-class education available to anyone, anywhere.

Gidsy – A place where anyone can explore, organize and book unique things to do.

Any we have missed? Tell us in the comments below!

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