Dev Intro Workshops

Wednesday, September 308:30am–12:00pm

Whether you're new to programming or wanting to sharpen your skills, the Dev Intro Workshops are perfect for you. Workshops will be focused around today's most used languages and programs.

Select ONE focused workshop and spend over three hours in class with an expert, learning the basics in these hands-on workshops.

Hot breakfast provided!

Please make sure to come with your laptop fully charged.


  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:00 a.m. - Workshops Begin
  • 10:30 a.m. - BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m. - Workshops Resume
  • 12:00 p.m. - Workshops end

Tentative Workshop Topics

  • Intro to JavaScript
  • Intro to Node.js
  • Intro to Sass

Workshop Descriptions

Check out what you'll be learning with these in-depth workshop class descriptions.

Intro to JavaScript

Taught by Dave Hurka, Founder of HowMuchComputer

If you are familiar with HTML and CSS the next step on your journey to building dynamic websites and web applications is learning JavaScript. Also referred to as ECMAScript, JavaScript is essential to bringing your website to life and handling interactions between your application and the user. Through a series of discussions, examples, and hands-on-learning you will begin to build a foundation that will help you master JavaScript and leverage one of the most powerful and popular libraries ever built for web developers, jQuery.

By the completion of the course you should have an understand of:

  • Setting up a productive development environment
  • A brief history of JavaScript and ES6
  • Fundamental components of the JavaScript language
  • The DOM
  • Using JavaScript to create responsive and dynamic applications
  • jQuery, browser events, and AJAX
  • Other JavaScript libraries and frameworks
  • The next step on your journey

Prerequisites: Experience with HTML and CSS and a desire to take their potential as a developer to an entirely new level. If you have experience in other programming languages that will be useful but is not a requirement. Please install the latest version of Chrome on your laptop (or whatever device you will be using in class)

Intro to Node.js Workshop

Taught by Jason Rhodes, Software Engineer - Applications, Message Systems

In this Intro to Node.js workshop, we'll be working together to complete the open-source nodeschool lesson called "Learn You the Node.js For Much Win!". After a short introductory overview, we'll break into pairs to work through the hands-on command line workshop, starting with a basic "HELLO WORLD" and moving on to more advanced exercises covering synchronous & asynchronous I/O, filesystem operations, TCP and HTTP networking, events and streams.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have a good grasp of JavaScript basics (knowing what a for loop is, how to write functions) or some other programming language and at least a very basic understanding of how to use their command line/prompt. Before arriving, attendees should make sure they have the following installed:

  • node, version 0.10.*
  • npm (usually packaged with node but not always), version 1.4+
  • the "learnyounode" workshop GitHub link, installable via "npm install -g learnyounode"
  • be sure you can run $ learnyounode on your command line (check permissions, etc) and get the welcome screen similar to this screenshot.

Intro to Sass

Taught by Angelique Weger, Senior Front-End Developer at Detroit Trading and Organizer of the Girl Develop It Baltimore chapter

Sass is a CSS preprocessor that adds power and elegance to the basic language. Sass helps keep large projects efficient and well-organized and get small projects up and running quickly.

Angelique will introduce you to the basics of Sass, including variables, partials, nesting, color functions and mix-ins, as well as using programming concepts like if/else statements, for loops, and lists.

Prerequisites: This workshop assumes that you have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS and requires a laptop (Mac, PC, Linux) with a trial download of Prepros for compiling our Sass. If you don't want to download Prepros, you can also follow along using Sassmeister or CodePen.

This event is a part of Baltimore Innovation Week's Dev Day Conference. Check out the full list of Dev Conference events.

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  • Jason Rhodes

    Jason Rhodes

    Jason Rhodes is a JavaScript engineer at SparkPost, the most extra-supertastic API-driven cloud

  • Angelique Weger

    Angelique Weger

    Angelique Weger is a senior front-end developer at Detroit Trading and leader of the Baltimore

  • Dave Hurka

    Dave Hurka

    Founder of HowMuchComputer, Web developer by day, hacker by night, entrepreneur, electronics