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Programming for Non-Programmers

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Saturday, 13 April 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (HKT)

Programming for Non-Programmers

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Programming for Non-Programmers

Saturday, April 6th from 10am - 1pm

Are you hungry to get started programming on your own but don't know where to start? Are you itching to talk the talk? Are you building a website and want guidelines for working with developers? This workshop is for you.

The instructor will provide an overview of the core concepts necessary to transform your ideas into concrete web designs. We'll look at questions like "What is the difference between Front-end vs. Back-end?", "What is HTML5 and how is it used?", "Are those web frameworks necessary for my project, and how to choose between them?" We will be both reading and writing code.


Student Take-aways:

  • Working knowledge of how a web application works, from client-side to server-side
  • How to plan a web project by drawing actions flow and wireframes
  • Determining what coding languages should be used for a project
  • Basic knowledge of HTML (including HTML5), CSS and JavaScript
  • How data is stored in a database
  • How to write SQL query to select, insert and update records in a database


Level Pre-Requisites:

None.  No coding experience is required. 



Students should bring computers with modern browser installed as we will be doing live coding in browser during the class.  For a modern web browser, Google Chrome is recommended, but Firefox and IE10 will work.


Target Audience:

  • Project managers without coding experience and want to communicate better with their developers
  • Designers who want to learn to bring their static designs to life
  • Entrepreneurs who have an idea and want to build a prototype
  • Anyone interested in learning what programming is all about


Thomas Mak, also known as Makzan, is a developer with a specialty on web development and game design. He has over ten years of experience building digital products, including real-time multiplayer interaction games and iOS applications. He wrote two books and one screencast series for building Flash virtual world and making games with HTML5 and related web standard.  He is currently a founder of a games development company, 42games, as well as a trainer for an international web design competition. 

Bernard Chan is the Founder and Managing Director of Koi Creations. Previously he was Regional Director of Ad Network and Platform at Yahoo!, where he grew revenue to tens of millions USD in 9 Asian countries, supported by 200+ cross functional staff including sales, operations, and product development. He is also an mentor/adviser for TMI, a start-up incubator in China and Taiwan. After spending years in the digital media industry as a business leader, last year Bernard revisited his root as an engineer. He spent several months in Chicago learning web development, and now doing freelance projects as a hobby. Bernard holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management, plus a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering as well as a B.A. in Economics from University of Waterloo.


About The Hive: The Hive is a premier members’ coworking space and creative community based in the dynamic Wan Chai area of Hong Kong. General Assembly has partnered with The Hive to bring you classes/workshops in early 2013.  More information about the space here.


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Our Refund Policy: Plans change? We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at hk@generalassemb.ly at least 5 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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When & Where

The Hive, 21/F
23 Luard Rd
Wan Chai
Hong Kong SAR China

Saturday, 13 April 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (HKT)

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