Web experts offer a free insight into online development

A NEW CAREER could be on the horizon for people with an interest in the methods employed in producing online web content.

Two locally based web developers, Gordon Naldrett from Winking Frog Studios and freelance developer Rob MacKay, are behind a course being held in Elgin during the first ever Moray event for National Coding Week which begins on September 21.

National Coding Week aims to introduce people to the skills required in creating the code that runs online digital content. Following on from the success of the event in 2014, organisers are aiming to introduce even more adults to who have been “left behind by the digital revolution”.

A spokesman for the nation-wide event said: “We want to create taster sessions for parents, teachers, business leaders, school leavers, the unemployed, people with autism or those who have retired. It’s open to everyone!

“We are not expecting people to become coders after one session! For many people it takes years of practice and experience but these taster sessions can be the first step on a journey into a digital business or digital career.”

Gordon and Rob are determined that Moray is not left out of the process, Gordon explaining: “We aim to hold a free introduction to coding session on Thursday, September 24 as part of National Coding Week.

“This is aimed at the absolute beginner and will be an introduction to some of the coding languages and technologies that are used to develop and produce websites.

“Following on from a talk on the basics, we will help those attending to get to grips with and introduce some basic code. Although it is not essential, in order to take part in the practical part of the session participants should bring along a laptop.

“The session is designed as a very basic introduction to the topic and where possible we will advise those who are interested in learning more.

“We are grateful for CM Design who have provided us with a venue for the course.”

The session has only a limited number of places available and those wishing to take part should visit Gordon and Rob on the Facebook Page set up for the session, while there is also a Facebook Group created at which they will be happy to answer questions anyone might have on the project.

It is hoped that with sufficient interest there will be further and more advanced sessions set up.