Pre-Programming: Everything you need to know before you code
What you'll learn
- Better understand the fundamentals of how programming works
- Understand the fundamentals of how computers work and how that relates to modern web technology
- Choose what programming language and path they want to pursue in their career
- Understand and apply the 8 basic concepts of programming
- Evaluate, install, and modify any content management system
- Understand world technology trends like responsive design, pair programming, PaaS systems, and the growth of APIs
- Make a decision about what technology and ecosystem interests you
- Correctly understand and apply the concept of a programming framework
- Call out your friends for not knowing the difference between a framework, library, and IDE (they'll love you)
- Communicate with others about technology in a way that doesn't immediately give away your inexperience
- Impress your friends during drinks with random factoids about Bill Gates & Steve Jobs
- Finally understand the reason Comcast keeps billing you $29.99
- Access to the internet
- A sense of humor
60%+ of people who try to learn how to program end up quitting.
Is it because "programming just isn't for everyone"?
Or is it because only those with experience in hard sciences can learn it?
No, neither of those are true. It's simply due to the fact that the vast majority of people who try don't have a basic understanding of the technology they're going to use.
How exactly can you tackle responsive design if you don't know how a browser works?
How are you going to create a desktop application if you don't know what makes your computer freeze constantly (besides porn, obviously)?
If you've ever taken your computer to a technician and said "Make it work" or "It don't work good. Me cry" then you're exactly who needs this course.
Over the next 10 years the United States is expected to add over 2 million programming jobs. Jobs that pay well over $100,000 a year. And that's just the United States (Merica').
So if you're trying to jump on the coding gravy train, put down your bronze statuette of Elon Musk standing on Mars, and start filling in the gaps in your "tech literacy". Even if you yourself do not become a "coding ninja" yourself all the future coding ninjas you work with with thank you (and tell you to stop calling them coding ninjas).
About your instructor:
Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. I too struggled to learn the basics of programming. If failing to program were a sport, I'd be on the Dream Team.
Today, I run a web and mobile development agency called Sprintkick and over the last 4 years we've built and managed over 100+ web & mobile applications.
How does one so technologically challenged manage to pull this off? Well, first off I would disagree with "technologically challenged" (come on) and second it was actually straight forward. I just had to spend a concerted amount of time learning what I needed to know about basic computer, web, and programming technology as well as modern technology trends and advanced concepts.
This course is an accelerated path designed to get you to "I get it" and finally start communicating correctly & effectively about technology.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in learning how to program that is already struggling or intimidated by the process
- Anyone who wants to better communicate with development teams they work with
- Anyone who wants to hire, vet, & manage developers more effectively
- Anyone who is simply interested in getting an in depth understanding of modern web & mobile technology trends
Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course.
**My courses have been featured in Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessInsider, BuzzFeed, Mashable, TheNextWeb, The Daily Beast, & Techcrunch**
Currently, I'm the Founder and Director of Sprintkick, a full-service, referral-only digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past four years I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from two-man bootstrapping startups to multibillion dollar Fortune 100s like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, and GNC.
Prior to Sprintkick I worked as a VC for a new firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firm's expansion into Silicon Valley and into the Consumer Web tech category.
In the long long ago, I was a co-founder for an educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through five tech incubators (yes, five): Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.
Hope you enjoy my courses!