Gr8Ladies Gr8Workshop 2 -- December 6, 2014

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Jennifer Strater

Nov 24, 2014, 7:11:01 PM11/24/14

The Gr8Ladies is hosting its second free, entry-level workshop designed to bring more people of diverse backgrounds into the Gr8 (Groovy, Grails, Gradle, etc) community.  The Gr8Ladies Gr8Workshop will be December 5th, 6th and 7th at Bloom Health. We will feature two tracks: one for those new to programming and the other for experienced programmers new to Groovy. This event is free and open to anyone of any gender or background looking to learn about Groovy.

Attendees should bring their own laptop and power cord.

Friday evening will be an install fest to get your computer setup for class and then the experienced programmer track will take place only on Saturday, December 6th and the new to programming track will take place on both December 6th and 7th (Saturday and Sunday).

For the absolute beginners, we'll cover an introduction to HTML, Groovy, and Grails. We'll work from absolutely zero knowledge of programming, starting from reasoning about how to read computer code. We'll look at a simple website in HTML (the language of web pages) and work up to developing the same website in Grails, a web framework that uses the Groovy programming language to create HTML web pages in a dynamic way. Grails ends up being easier to use and maintain (once you learn it!) than plain HTML development. For this track, sign up for "New to Coding."


For experienced programmers, Groovy is a dynamic compiled programming language that promotes rapid development with an easy to learn syntax and the ability to leverage existing Java libraries.  Groovy may look familiar because it takes features from other languages such as Ruby, Python, and Smalltalk. We will cover Groovy, Grails, Test-Driven Development (TDD) with Spock, and functional programming.

By the end of the session, attendees should have a better understanding of the Gr8 technologies as well as basic software engineering principles and testing practices that will improve their development no matter their primary language of choice.

Lunch and coffee will be included.

For tickets, please register via eventbrite

We are also looking for volunteers to be TAs as well as an event coordinator. Please register at the same eventbrite and select the 'Teaching Assistant(TA), Speaker, or Volunteer' ticket type. During the order process, please select your availability and your food preferences for the day(s) you are available.

For questions, comments, or concerns, please email


-Jenn Strater

Gr8Ladies Co-Founder

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