Teach yourself to code

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Becca Aaronson of The Texas Tribune
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 2:10pm
  • Location: M102
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When you don't know anything about learning to code, it can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, the Internet is stock-full of examples and answers to help you.

In this class, we'll share tips on how to teach yourself to code by working with others' code, reverse-engineering example code to make it do what you want, and adapting open source libraries. In the process, we'll demo browser dev tools to show you how to inspect work by other outlets and see how websites function the behind the scenes. We'll also demonstrate how those same tools can help you inspect webpages you've built to fix problems and test how the website will look on various devices. The class will focus on sharing tips on reading and reverse-engineering others' code; finding answers to tricky questions and code examples on StackOverflow, CSSTricks, CodePen etc.; and pulling down and using GitHub repos from other news outlets.

Requirements: Code curiosity and a stubborn devotion to figuring out how things work. It's recommended that you set up a (free) Github account ahead of time and complete Code School's free courses on HTML/CSS, Javascript and Git.

Speaker Bios

  • Becca Aaronson is the first-ever product manager at The Texas Tribune. She manages the Tribune’s website redesign, coordinates cross-departmental projects and conducts user research to improve reader experience. She previously worked on the Tribune’s Data Visuals team as a developer and project manager, contributing to several award-winning investigative projects. @becca_aa

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