You may have never programmed before. Now you will.

What is code?

In general, code is something that stands for something else.

In computers, code is a series of instructions that tell a computer what to do.

What is coding?

What is coding NOT?

"The only perfect program is an empty file." - Alex

What is coding?

A Program Is Like A Recipe

Grandma's Cookie Recipe

When you are writing code, you are not baking cookies, you are writing a recipe for how to make cookies.

(recipe from


Errors Are Awesome

If your code is a two-year-old child, then an error is a temper tantrum.

(It can take effort to figure out the underlying reason why they're upset and fix it.)

See also: What went wrong? from MDN

What will we learn?

In this class, you will learn about:

Follow along online! Put a browser pointed at this site on one side of your screen, and Terminal on the other.

What if I know some of this already?

The best way to learn is to teach.
- Latin proverb

Technical requirements

See the Installfest project for more instructions.