Get your website going – Code School is coming to Elkhart

learntocode_libraryflyer_v3Have you ever wanted to learn how to build your own website? If you answered yes, you’re in luck.

The South Bend Code School is coming to Elkhart Public Library at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Code School: Create Your Own Website invites people to come and learn more about coding, the language of computers.

Looking to expand in Elkhart County, Code School is hosting free events to drum up interest. The group will bring 30 laptops for participants to use, while coding experts from the school walk around the room to give information, answers and support.

All ages are welcome at the event, though it is geared more toward teens and adults.

No experience is needed to attend this event, but some general knowledge might be good to have beforehand. Here are some basics.

In order to code a website, you use HTML (hypertext markup language) to create your text and basic site functions, and CSS (cascading style sheets) to design the layout and look of a site. Essentially, you build your website from scratch by writing instructions, using the straightforward rules of coding.

Of course, programs and sites exist to automatically put together HTML and CSS for you, but it’s best to understand how it works even if you’re not always writing code. Plus, if a program malfunctions and you need to step in to write some of the code, it’s always best to be prepared.

“The hope is that they get exposed to coding and want to pursue it,” says Marianne Kruppa, head of the circulation department. “Coding with HTML and CSS is a skill that most will need in the future.”

So if you’re interested in learning about coding, HTML and CSS, even if you’ve never done any coding before, come for an evening of learning.

“Come with an open mind,” Kruppa says. “Coding is not as hard as you think.”

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