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Atlanta is one of the best places to be for tech–and especially great if you are new to web development! I have fallen in love with code and computers and all the fun things it can create, and if you are a newbie coder like me, jump in to these meetups and classes. It’s still the beginning of the year and it is time to try something new.

Every one of these is incredibly comfortable, and you know me–I turn bright red if someone makes eye contact–but my introvert self really feels at home with these techies. photo 1 (3)

Girl Develop It Intro to Ruby Class

5 week long course, every Monday in February from 7pm-9pm. $90 for the course. I am LOVING it so far–it is made for females who are brand new to development, creating a safe and fun place to learn Ruby. Missed it this month? That’s okay–Girl Develop It has classes monthly, so there will be plenty more.

Greater Sum The Whys and Hows of Test Driven Development (using C#)

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30pm. Greater Sum is a software startup that is passionate about software education. They host workshops at least twice a month for newbies to dabble in code in a collaborative setting.

Girl Develop It Code + Coffee

February 20 at 10:00am at Octane Coffee. Great for networking, practicing a little code with like-minded individuals, or simply seeing what GDI is all about.

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The Iron Yard Free Crash Course: Javascript Basics for Web Apps

Tuesday, February 16 at 6:15pm until 7:30pm. What I love about there being so many software and code schools in Atlanta is that they are always hosting free workshops for beginners. The Iron Yard is a cool space in the heart of Atlanta, with a very nice open floorplan and layout. It is a must to get there at least once.

photo 2 (5)The Iron Yard Build Hangman with Ruby

Tuesday, February 16 at 6:15pm. Yes it is at the same time and place as the Javascript crash course, but they do these each month so there will be plenty of opportunities to try it out.

Greater Sum Build an HTML/CSS/JavaScript Game in less than 2 hours

Thursday, February 11, at 6:30pm. Greater Sum is a lot of fun–it is geared toward newbies however, Greater Sum has a great apprenticeship program for software developers so all levels of experience go. It can be a little intimidating if there are experienced developers there, but everyone is there to learn and grow.

Women Who Code Code Jam

Sunday, February 21 from 2pm-4pm at ThoughtWorks. It is in collaboration with Rails Girls Atlanta and PyLadies Atlanta. This group gets together twice a month to meet and code together. It is a great community of support for newbie coders, especially women in a boy’s club profession.

Rails Girls Atlanta

This great group of ladies is all about Ruby on Rails development. They have monthly meetups to get together, talk about projects, and network. The next meetup is Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm at Big Nerd Ranch. I am going and hopefully learning more about Ruby on top of my Intro to Ruby class with GDI.

I am pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to break into the female tech community in Atlanta and how accessible all these meetups and workshops are. Most of the women who come to the workshops go to others so I have seen a few friendly faces at GDI and at Women Who Code, and I know that there will be a handful at Rails Girls. If you have been toying with the idea of learning to code, now is the time to jump right in with this fabulous group of women!

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