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Workshoppin’ with Tracy Osborn.

Have you ever wanted to build something from scratch that other people could use? There are tons of tutorials and instructions for writing your first website using HTML and CSS, but building something that interacts with the user — a full, complete web application — might feel unachievable and out of reach. Not so!

This workshop will walk you through creating a basic web app using Python and Django, from ideation to deployment. Set up your first web product with a database, registration and login forms, and perhaps get on the path to a fun side-project or future startup. Tailored for designers and non-programmers and taught by a designer.

What We’ll Cover

  1. Installation of Python & Django, and deploying your local web app.
  2. Setting up static files and templates to make it look like a real website.
  3. Creating a database schema.
  4. Setting up registration, login, and password recovery pages.
  5. Deployment on Heroku (if time allows).

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for those who are comfortable with HTML & CSS and want to learn how to build a web app with Django.

What You Should Know

No experience required. Experience with HTML and CSS is highly recommended since we start with working on a public-facing website. Very basic knowledge of programming concepts encouraged (variables/loops/etc — easy resources will be given before the workshop).

What to Bring

A laptop with your favorite text editor. If possible, a Mac or Linux system.

What to Expect

A half-day of workshop learning! Coffee, Tea, and Snacks are provided by Refresh Portland! A copy (digital or physical) of Tracy’s new book for each attendee! Other things that warrant an exclamation mark!

The workshop will begin at 1pm and end at 5pm. After the workshop is over, everyone who wants to join us will head to a nearby establishment for drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on Refresh Portland.

About Tracy Osborn

Tracy Osborn is a designer, developer, and entreprenerd living in the Bay Area of California. She’s the author of Hello Web App, teaching beginner web app development. Building websites since she was twelve, she always felt an affinity to computers, the internet, and what it brings us.

Tracy graduated with a BFA in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and worked as a web designer for five years before teaching herself programming and launching her first startup, WeddingLovely. She’s also an avid outdoorswoman and would love to go on a hike with you.

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The Venue, Idealist

Thanks to Idealist for hosting us this month! Idealist is located at 209 SW Oak, Suite 101, Portland, OR, 97204.

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