Note: This will truly be an introductory class. If you’re a programmer by profession, or if you have completed GDI’s Introduction to Javascript, you are already familiar with this material.

Do you want to learn the basics of how computers operate or how code works? Are you interested in programming but don’t know where to start? Does an introductory programming class seem too technical or intimidating? If you answered “Yes!” to even one of those questions, this class is for you!

In this workshop, we’ll explore some fundamental and universal programming concepts. We’ll use real-life activities and examples to demonstrate common structures such as If statements, variables, and loops. We’ll talk about some of the words and tools software developers use and answer questions is a low-pressure environment. You won’t even need to bring a computer to participate.

This workshop by itself may not make you into a programmer, but it will give you an understanding of what programming entails and provide a stepping stone to future learning.


Todd C. Harris

Todd began programming in a high school course in Turbo Pascal where he learned that writing code was not nearly so intimidating and arduous as he imagined. He earned a degree in Computer Science as well as in Classics (that’s Homer and Virgil, not Beethoven and Mozart) at Case Western Reserve University in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. Todd picked up an interest in teaching as a Latin 101 instructor at Ohio State and went on to teach Java and intro programming as a corporate trainer. These days he earns a living as a software developer working mostly in Java and MySQL and spends much of his free time with cats and old books. He always includes his middle initial to disambiguate himself from other instances of Todd Harris which include the sportscaster, and the Republican strategist.

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

Questions about the class? Get in touch!