Intro to Databases (4-Part Workshop)


Session #1: Monday, February 13 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Session #2: Wednesday, February 15 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Session #1: Monday, February 20 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Session #2: Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This 4-part Intro to SQL Databases course runs on Mondays and Wednesdays: February 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. It is a introductory class for beginners. 

Ever think there must be a better way than a hefty Excel document to keep track of client records, inventory, or contact information? Want to get your hands dirty in the data that gets served up to a website by Django, Rails, or Drupal? Join us for a friendly introduction to the wonders of relational databases and SQL! 

Some topics we’ll cover include:

• What is a relational database? What is SQL? 

• What can you store in a database? 

• Data in, data out: INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE 


• Data in, data out: CREATE, ALTER, DROP

• Intermediate Queries: GROUP BY, aggregate functions, and JOIN

This class will be taught in four blocks of two hours each, with food being provided by Pillar Technology.

JOIN US ON SLACK: Girl Develop It Ann Arbor Slack

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your laptop and charger. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided. 


Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet will NOT work as a substitute.

A modern browser, either Chrome or Firefox (with the Firebug extension installed).

A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 3 (it’s free for unlimited trial and available for both Mac and PC.)

We will be using PostgreSQL 9.5 for this class. Please download and install PostgreSQL prior to class:

Mac OSX 10.7+ 
Windows 7, 8, 10 

Instructions for other installation options are available on the PostgreSQL wiki below:

QUESTIONS? We’re here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at [masked] or reach out to us on Slack.

COST: $125

SCHOLARSHIPS: We are offering scholarships on a limited basis for students with financial need. Please complete our scholarship application if you are interested. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email at least 1 week before class.


Sara Gibbons, one of our own GDI chapter leaders, has been working as a software developer and with databases for over twenty years. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Information Systems. Currently Sara is a Senior Technical Lead for Quikly, based in Detroit. 


Pillar is a business and technology consulting company. We’re passionate about creating cutting edge technology and innovation. We develop software that solves problems and creates business value in a timely manner. Pillar uses Agile techniques to focus on quality assurance rather than quality control. We select the brightest minds in technology and business to teach companies how to quickly see real returns on their technology investment. Pillar believes that EXECUTION IS EVERYTHING.

We couldn’t do this without our PARTNERS:

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

Refund Policy: Your payment guarantees your seat in the entire course. Please note that we can no longer issue refunds because of an overhead to issuing refunds via We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use to fund more low cost workshops, free events, and scholarships.

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