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Jump start 2020: Coding Club, Girls Who Code, Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp and more

Happy 2020 to all – let’s start it bright!

Here is a few activities to start with:

1. Monthly Coding Clubs in Newburgh are diverse, accessible, entertaining and background agnostic. Come to experience it, bring your curiosity and collaborative spirit, computers are provided )) Save the dates: every first Mondays of the month!

This Monday, January 6th the Coding Club will host the remarkable speaker: Leandra Tejedor, VidCode founder will share her startup story started at the Hackathon, and showcase VidCode programs and opportunities.
Exciting fact is Newburgh Free Library signed up with this platform and can share the access with it’s members.

2. Newburgh Girls Code Club info session for the Spring cohort will be held on Wednesday, January 8, from 6-7 pm at Newburgh Free Library on 124, Grand Street. We are accepting applications until Friday, January 17, 2020.

3. OpenHub and SUNY Ulster are accepting application for the only Web Development Bootcamp in the Hudson Valley. Each course can be taken separately based on your previous experience. Taken altogether these courses will provide a solid foundation in website development and the holistic business perspective one needs to implement a truly effective online business strategy, for your own business or for clients.

We are looking forward to another fruitful and collaborative year in tech – join us, spread the word, volunteer to build the momentum!

#HudsonValleyCanCode !

WordPress Plugins with Tom Morel – November 2019

Helpful Plugin/Development Links

Here are some documents I put together, some of which I used in class:

Links I often use as a Web Developer

Straight Talk about Open Hub’s Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp

This is the only professional Website Development Bootcamp developed by Hudson Valley tech practitioners for adults continuing education while working.

Firstly, this Bootcamp has a schedule of one 3-hr class per week in the evening from 6–9pm. This is specifically so people can take the Bootcamp while they continue to work. Later we learned it works great for high schoolers as well due to their intense day schedule. Each course in the Bootcamp gives, on average, three hours of homework, although students can opt to put more time in at home than that with extra assignments. Bootcamp staff are always available to answer questions outside of class hours. Results vary widely depending primarily on how much time a student decides to allocate for the program outside of class. Additional factors in student achievement have proven to be whether the student has any previous exposure to programming or website building, and how comfortably a student navigates using multiple computer programs at once.

It is designed to help students to build highly efficient mobile responsive websites right there while taking WebDev I and WebDev II courses. This way they can start earning money while gaining more skills and knowledge. Our mentors are here to help you to deliver.

What we cover:

Coding skills:

Semantic website development with HTML5, CSS, responsive design, awareness of accessibility coding standards, backend-development with intro to PHP scripting language, intro to MySQL database, using a local full stack development environment, publishing website files via an FTP-client, technical website features for SEO, a tour of cPanel applications, the fundamentals of JavaScript: several basic skills in JavaScript that are the essential skill ingredients that make up all more complex problem solving tasks in JavaScript.

The courses are all project based. During the Bootcamp students build two websites and a very basic dynamic blog page that will illuminate the basic structure of all open source content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. We will also build the JavaScript functionality for an image gallery, a slideshow, and a select list version of a menu that shows only for mobile.

Marketing Intelligence Skills:

Understanding how to design for optimizing the user experience and building the user experience to converge with business goals for the website, techniques for researching how to optimize for your users and techniques for measuring your success, understanding how to optimize for ranking in Google search results, intro to how to use Google Analytics and Google Ads to measure success.

All Bootcamp instructors are real-world tech professionals, so the information is delivered with relevant professional savvy.

The Bootcamp moves very quickly through a lot of information to give students the advantage of attaining a global view of universal fundamentals. It takes time to build these skills. Students who are able to put more time in between classes, will come much closer to skill mastery than students who just focus on the material during class time. But because there is so much information to consume, we also offer that students can take any Bootcamp course a second time at no charge.

Let us know of your interest to attend it!


We are growing and hiring more mentors — let us know if you are interested to give it a try or want to teach a special course with us!

We are happy to refer tech developers and our students: create your professional profile and get discovered!

Play with PhpMyAdmin and MySQL


phpMyAdmin is a free software tool written in PHP, intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Web. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations on MySQL and MariaDB. Frequently used operations (managing databases, tables, columns, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc) can be performed via the user interface, while you still have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement.

phpMyAdmin comes with a wide range of documentation



Demo Page – https://demo.phpmyadmin.net/master-config/index.php?lang=en

Yulia Ovchinnikova to the web-development, coding & computing mailing list “Hudson Valley Can Code”

Learning schedule for 2019 starts Thursday, January 26th!

Hello fellow Coders!

Thank you for being a part of Hudson Valley coding co-learning & co-working group. We love connecting people in tech, we can learn from each other and build amazing things together. We believe that community development setup and collaborative approach will change the way Hudson Valley use digital technology.

Here is what we prepared for 2019:

Our 3rd Web Development Bootcamp at SUNY Ulster is continuing with JavaScript/jQuerry course (starting 2/14th) and SEO course (starting 3/21st). These courses can be taken as stand alone courses, although JavaScript has a prerequisite with HTML & CSS knowledge.

Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp 4 registration is open for this spring. Information sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, 1/30th and 2/6th at 6:30pm, at SUNY Ulster Kingston campus. Spring semester includes three courses that focused on giving people the edge on the web development:

  • Web Dev I: Website construction principles. 5 Mondays 6-9pm, 2/18 – 3/18
  • Web Dev II: Multipage websites CSS strategies, 5 Mondays 6-9pm, 4/1 – 29
  • Web Dev III: Building blocks of dynamic websites. 5 Mondays 6-9pm, 5/6 – 6/10

We are excited to work with the best local professionals and mentors to bring you the cutting edge technologies and the best practices of using it. Together we are planning the following  specialty courses:

A. general public topics like:

  1. How to build WordPress website for my business – A-B-C series – 3 classes 2 hours each. April.
  2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) 101– What you need to get started – 3 hr class.
  3. How to build your first E-mail marketing campaign – 3 hr class (TBA)
  4. Optimizing your Instagram for business – 3 hr class (TBA)
  5. Video and podcast production – 2 hrs class (TBA)

B. More tech specific topics like:

  1. Digital Ocean as #1 cloud provider: What, Why and How. Learn first hand from local DO developer Sean Swehla. Don’t miss the chance: This Thursday January 24th at Grit Works. Donations of $10 will be appreciated to pay the space.
  2. Intro to Object Oriented Programming / CS – A-B-C series – 3 classes 2 hours each –  tentatively scheduled for March
  3. Intro to Python (specific scripting language, mostly used for back-end or for Data Science projects – A-B-C series – 3 classes 2 hours each. We hope to run it February
  4. Intro to Databases – A-B-C series – 3 classes 2 hours each. Tentatively scheduled for May
  5. Intro to Cyber Security and Certifications – 2 hrs class (TBA)

Coding Clubs will continue at Newburgh Free Library first Mondays of the month starting February 4th.

If you’re interested in presenting, teaching or mentoring, we are open for your suggestions.
If you have a challenge to solve – bring it to the Coding Club, meet other coders through the project hours. Let’s discuss what you want to learn, do, build. Let me know what you would like to get out of this group so I can best guide you to courses, meetups, activities. You can reply here OR e-mail me directly at  yulia@openhubproject.com

I want to take a moment to reflect on the work we’ve done at the Open Hub Project – much of it with your help.
In 2018 we accomplished:
Coding group and community is growing. We are 436 active developers, and more importantly interested to collaborate and co-learn. It is exciting to find how much knowledge we have here in Hudson Valley. It is amazing to see how many group members are willing to help each other. #HudsonValleyCanCode, and it is proven!
Two more cohorts successfully finished Web Development Bootcamp we delivered through SUNY Ulster. So happy to see people successfully using what they’ve learned!
Newburgh Free Library is a great host to run diversified introductory classes in technology. Looking back I am impressed to see how much we did. I am happy that all these courses initiated a great collaboration projects to follow!
⦁ Intro to Web Development – A-B-C series – with Dmitry Pavlov, Mark Tourtellott and Jeff Dederick.
⦁ Intro to App Development – with Tyler Walker
⦁ Intro to Javascript – A-B-C series – with Scott Lydiard
⦁ Intro to PHP / WordPress back-end – A-B-C series – with Tom Morel
⦁ Intro to UI/UX – A-B-C series with Maria Reyf
⦁ Planning your website: what are the metrics of success – with Yulia Ovchinnikova
We started monthly Coding Club. It was a really great experience with so much knowledge to exchange, and so much of co-learning! We met ten times, first Mondays of the month March to December to discuss cutting edge technologies and to brainstorm tech challenges, helping each other to learn and build. new projects.
We started with React / React Native study jam. It turned into weekly Project hours Sunday mornings.
I would love to thank you all for joining the group! Thank you for your support and mentoring, sharing the experience and spreading the word!
Our mission is bringing people together around technology, creating an environment where people learn and work together benefiting from and inspired by technology and collaboration.
We are just at the beginning of HudsonValleyCanCode movement. Let’s share the journey.
Thank you for being a part of it. Welcome to Open Hub Project world.