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Grind the Java

Want a bit of website magic? Gilles Guegan will show you how to code like a pro.

Gilles Guegan knows how important it is to be current when it comes to the web. "Technologies move fast and you need to be constantly learning. The short courses at City are a good format for web technologies. They're short and intense and give people the basics on which they can then improve."

He also understands the value of inspiration when it comes to teaching others. Gilles' own career was kick-started when a good friend - a web developer - showed him how exciting building websites and web applications could be.

"I still remember my first "training" session with him!" Although he had a degree in Physics, Gilles was so passionate about this new field that he subsequently moved into web development. Since then, over a decade ago, he's worked for various web agencies and for the web-team at City for the past two and a half years.

The leap to teaching at City occurred because he wanted to share his passion for the web with younger developers, or people trying to get into the field.

"Teaching is a great way to look at things from a different angle. In my role, sitting in front of a computer and writing code all day, it's easy to lose track of what we're trying to achieve when building web sites and what's really important to web users. Students will often have a fresh outlook and help put things into perspective. The sessions are fairly intensive, for everyone, but they are motivating for me and I hope for the students!

"The students I work with are mixed. As well as developers, I get a lot of designers, content editors and sales and marketing people who want to know more about websites and be able to understand the developers they work with."

Gilles' classes are geared towards practicality. "I focus on improving the students' technical skills, using theory but also plenty of exercises they need to solve themselves. I want to ensure they actually write code, instead of just listening to a lecturer for two hours. I'm also intent on teaching them something they can use in their daily job, not a technology that was valid five years ago. Above all I want to ensure students enjoy their experience at City and maybe come back for other courses!

"My advice for anyone thinking of studying at City would be to sign up! The courses are a good investment career wise or for personal development."

Gilles Guegan teaches the Introduction to JavaScript short course at City. He is also starting a new advanced JavaScript short course this year.

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