Source Lite - Intro to Software Dev Course
Learn the basics of how to code and create some small apps.
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1) Course Overview
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2) Projects You'll Make
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3) Extra Perks
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4) All the Details
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Course Overview
Develop basic coding skills for front-end development
In Source Lite, you'll learn the fundamentals of JavaScript by writing functional programs and developing simple web applications. As the course progresses, you'll learn how the ReactJS framework can increase the capabilities of your software through creative projects. This course is designed for students with 0 coding experience — check out Source if you already have some background (even CS 1110 level).

Source Lite is based on experiential learning. Through coding challenges, simple web applications, and dynamic web pages, you'll learn how to use your newly developed programming skills to launch your ideas on screen. You'll even finish the course with a personal website to show off your work.
I learned a lot from taking Source lite. I learned different languages like JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and how to work with them together. I would recommend this intro course to my friends.
Kristina Chong
Source Lite taught me valuable information that could be helpful to someone who wants to be a CS major, or anybody who just wants to have those skills.
Ishika Khemani
Explore what's behind everyday technology
Learning the fundamentals of programming is a necessity in all fields today. Web development in particular helps us to connect, store and share information, complete tasks more efficiently, be creative, and have fun. Whether or not you'd like to work in web development professionally, you'll leave Source Lite with a new, fun way to express yourself, and you'll have laid the foundation of a highly valued programming background.
Skill's You'll Learn
Projects You'll Complete
Project 1: Wikipedia Pages
Create or recreate a Wikipedia page in HTML and CSS.

Project 2: Social Impact
Build a social impact landing page on a topic of your choosing with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Project 3: React App
Use an API that generates fake user data and text to create a mock social media feed.

Project 4: Personal Website in React
Combine all your web development skills in React to create a personal website you can use to showcase your portfolio and add to your résumé.

Meet Your Instructor
David Dimmett
David joined Forge in 2019 through the Advanced Software Launch track. He taught Source Lite last fall and is looking forward to teaching it again this semester.

Our student teaching model means our courses are constantly changing and improving, enabling you to learn skills that are more up-to-date than what you might learn in a typical classroom.

It also means we can be better mentors and guides for you. We know where you might get stuck and how to guide you through those challenges because we've been in your shoes before. And we know what makes a lesson fun (or extremely boring), so we always design programs that we'd want to participate in ourselves.
Joining the Forge Community
At Forge, we give our people the skills they need to realize their big ideas and a community they can call home. Our courses are a great place to get to know our community, make new friends, and prepare for your future. All of our students get access to exclusive perks and opportunities beyond whatever course they're taking:
Free access to all of our Crash Courses
Exclusive community events and jobs
Opportunities for (sometimes paid!) projects to practice your new skills
Priority applications for Launch summer internship program
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Dates, Deadlines, and Tuition
Workshop Schedule
Source Lite has one section that meets online Sundays from 11am-1pm.

This course starts the week of February 14 and continue for 10 weeks.
Time Commitment
Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly for labs (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.
Application Process and Deadlines
Applications for Spring 2021 are currently closed. Applications for Fall 2021 will reopen sometime in August.
$200 Course Fee
$125 for college students
Only $95 for UVA students
For UVA students, each of our courses is just $200 $95 — that's less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We're proud to partner with these two UVA schools to make this reduced cost possible.
Do you offer financial aid?
We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the Forge community. This is made possible by $20,000 in generous donations from our alumni network each year.

15% of students receive financial aid from Forge. 54% of aid goes to first-generation college students, and 80% of aid goes to people of color.
What's your refund policy?
We think you'll love Forge, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course's first workshop meeting time. You'll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.
What are your online courses like?
We know how to do online teaching right. Our Skills Courses will be all-online for the foreseeable future to protect the health of our students and instructors. Teaching online is not new for us - we know how to make online courses fun, engaging, and interactive. We know you can't just film a traditional lecture and hope for the best!

Since we've moved our courses online, our student satisfaction ratings haven't changed -- 95% of students would still recommend their course to a friend.
Do I need to have any background experience to apply?
No, you don't! This course is designed for people with little-to-no background experience.
What's your climate impact?
We donate 1% of all course tuition to carbon removal initiatives around the world. We also power our clubhouse with 100% clean wind and solar power. Learn more.
I have a question that wasn't answered here.
No problem! Reach out to, and/or come to our online Open House to talk to our team and learn more.
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There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner."

- Rachel, Forge alumna
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