Intro to Programming Concepts (for True Beginners!)


Note: This will truly be an introductory class. If you’ve taken GDI’s Intro to Javascript, Ruby, Python or any equivalent classes and successfully completed the exercises, this workshop is not for you. If you’re a programmer by profession, this workshop is not for you.

Have you ever taken a programming class and given up because the concepts were too hard to grasp or all the examples used math formulas and your walls went up? Have you then decided to try again with a different language– only to discover the same thing? Or have you stayed away from programming altogether, because you’re worried that’s what will happen? If you answered “Yes!” to even one of those questions, this class is for you!

In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the most basic and universal programming concepts. We’ll use everyday activities and real-life examples to demonstrate common structure such as If/Then/Else statements and different kinds of loops. We’ll also try to take the mystery out of variables and why computers are so picky.

Food and drinks provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters!

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

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]

COST: $5 donation


Ronda Bergman ( went back to college unsure of what she wanted to do, took an introductory programming class as an elective and found her calling! She got her degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and has been working as a .Net developer since. As one of the Co-Founders / Chapter Leaders of Girl Develop It – Ann Arbor Ronda gets to spend her free time helping other women achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives. Ronda has worked as a software developer since 1999 and is currently a Software Artisan at Pillar Technology.

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