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Intro to Programming Concepts

Arcweb 234 Market St., 5th Fl , Philadelphia, PA (map)

Are you interested learning in the basics of how computers operate and how code works? 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? Or have you stayed away from programming all together, 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 structures such as If/Then/Else statements and different kinds of loops. We’ll also try to take the mystery out of variables, and we'll talk about why computers are so picky.

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

Tech Requirements:

• Your laptop. All you'll need installed is a web browser of your choice (e.g., Chrome)


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

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NOTE: Refunds are offered only if the class is rescheduled/cancelled or in extreme circumstances. If the class is full, please keep an eye on the comments to see if another student is interested in selling their ticket to you. If you are no longer able to attend, please post your interest in selling your ticket in the comments. If you find a buyer, let us know who is coming in your place but do not change your RSVP in the Meetup.


About the Teacher:

Tracy Russell has been a software developer for nine years at athenahealth (, where she works on their web-based electronic medical record system. In a former life, Tracy was a grad student with a penchant for theoretical computer science and for being an awesome TA. As a strong proponent of sustaining work-life balance, Tracy stops working at a reasonable hour, leaving time for her to cook, work on crafts, play video games, and watch lots of HGTV. Tracy is also an avid practitioner of chado, the way of tea, so you might spot her in a kimono at the Japanese house in Fairmont Park.


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