Programming Club kicks off the school year

A jam-packed month of activities in store for Programming Club

By Aarya Gupta

Programming members focus intently on completing their projects.
Programming members focus intently on completing their projects.

To start the school year, Programming Club had a myriad number of events in October.

The club has hosted four workshops revolving around extensive programming concepts,  where members were able to learn about five important aspects of web design: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery and PHP, according to its website.  

“Our workshops are formatted to be very beginner friendly. Some of our programmers are more advanced so they prefer to have challenge problems or things that cater to the fact that they already knew some programming,” secretary and treasurer senior Soham Pardeshi said.  

Each meeting has varying concepts and prompts that members can tackle through coding and collaborating with fellow peers.

“We are trying to teach them things that they wouldn’t actually learn in their AP class,” competitions director Vignesh Suresh said. “It’s like cool things that extend their programming knowledge rather than conventional things.”

Other workshops Programming Club hosted revolved around chrome extensions, which were applied using a program.

“The goal of the workshop is to make the best chrome extension to prank your friends whether that means changing all the colors on a website, or making all the fonts invisible,” Pardeshi said.  

Aside from workshops, Programming Club visited the Facebook campus in Menlo Park on Oct. 17, where members got to experience the environment of an engineer.

“We got to see what it was like working at a tech company and we got to talk to a lot of engineers and designers at Facebook,” events director junior Varun Tandon said.

The officer team hopes to schedule business tours and create more workshops.

“We are planning to do a Yelp tour and hopefully an Apple tour,” Tandon said.

Programming Club has benefited numerous students including sophomore Zhi-Ying Chua.

“For people that don’t take Java or a programming class at school, it can be cool to get a hold of [programming] material,” Chua said. “The club has helped me make that connection.”