Web Development Core Concepts

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  1. Understand how websites fundamentally work by briefly exploring the technologies behind them.
  2. Understand the relationship between HTML, CSS, client-side code, and server-side code in a website.
  3. Discover resources for continued learning.

It's no secret that the internet is full of some good (but mostly bad) information, tutorials, and forums exploring nearly every last corner of web development and design. You, however, are not interested in every last corner of web development and design. You simply want to learn a solid, practical, and fundamental basis for building websites. You don't know Java from Javascript. You are that person at dinner who pulls out your phone to check your email yet again because your friends are talking in code… again.

Fear not, young padawan*, for I will teach you the way of the web developer. The internets are more friendly than you think, and soon you'll be speaking HTML with your eyes closed… and you will understand just how bad those jokes that your friends keep telling are. By the end of the course you will have a broad understanding of how websites work. No experience is necessary (in fact, no experience is preferred!).

* Jedi mind tricks not included


Please bring an enthusiasm to learn! Oh, and questions of course!


The class on April 26, 2012 is at the Venture Cafe located at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 4th Floor. Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies.

Devon Williams

Serial Creative

Devon is a designer who graduated from Harvard with a bachelors in Computer Science and is now the CEO for Jampage, an online music social media startup in Boston.

He has done extensive freelance and contract web and graphic design as well as advised businesses on product development and design.

He has previously worked as the CTO at Uniplay Mobile, a Program Manager at Microsoft, an IT technician at Harvard University, and the co-creator of isawyouharvard.

In his not-so-free time, Devon is an alternative hip-hop artist and producer. His album High Time is available for free at devonraymusic.com. He also plays competitive Ultimate Frisbee.

Follow Devon on Twitter @DevonRay

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