Code 101: Intro to Software Development & Careers in Tech

Code 101: Intro to Software Development & Careers in Tech

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Overview

Thinking about a new career in software development? Start here! In this one-day workshop, you'll get a taste of a day in the life of a software developer.

Get a sneak peek of the Code Fellows learning experience, find out how websites are built, and code a webpage yourself using industry-standard tools and professional coding practices.

Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the basics of what it means to be a professional software developer.
  • Understand how HTML and CSS work together to create the modern web.
  • Create a complete website.
  • Know how to deploy your website and be able to share your accomplishments with friends and family.
  • Be able to identify whether a career in coding and the Code Fellows program is right for you.

Prerequisites

Set up Visual Studio Code, Terminal, and Git. Follow the guide for your operating system below.

Having trouble following these guides? An hour before the start of the workshop will be dedicated to helping students get their computers set up with these tools.

Topics

Computer Setup

  • Slack
  • A text editor
  • Git

The Modern Web

  • How the pieces work together

HTML

  • Building your website

CSS

  • Integrating style sheets
  • Modifying CSS styles

Collaboration

  • Sharing code
  • Git and version control
  • Terminal and the command line

The Tech Industry

  • A typical day for a software developer
  • Common job titles
  • The path to becoming a web or mobile developer

Material Requirements

You are required to supply your own laptop that meets the below requirements. Chromebooks are not suitable for this course, since you can’t directly control installed software. You are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your computer throughout the course. The course pre-work will have specific instructions for configuring your computer to be ready for the first day of class.

  • 64-bit Operating System, like macOS or Windows 10.
  • Fully up to date, with the latest version of the operating system and all security updates installed.
  • At least 50GB of free space on the hard drive.
  • At least 8GB of RAM. 16GB RAM strongly preferred.
  • Free of viruses, and in general working order.

By the first day of class, you will need:

Professionalism

Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required, in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the workshop. Passing requires attendance to the full workshop.

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