Coding for professionals

Introducing Coding for Professionals

Head of Curriculum, Sara Dodd, introduces our three-day course that demystifies digital for anyone in business today.

Every company is a tech company. That’s something I’ve come to realise as I’ve spoken to CEOs, HR managers, comms/marketing teams and others in businesses around Scotland – they each have systems, databases and websites that help them complete their daily tasks.

While not every member of staff needs to be an expert in APIs or cloud computing, having a grasp of the terminology used by their development team (whether in-house or outsourced) and basic coding knowledge can save confusion and lead to more efficient processes.

“Practical experience rather than theoretical knowledge”

It was in late 2016 that a team of 12 lawyers from DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office joined us for a coding course designed to help them better understand the rapidly evolving digital world.

As legal adviser to CodeClan, John McKinlay, head of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice in Scotland, was acutely aware that he and his team needed to better understand what his clients actually do.

As John noted on his LinkedIn profile ahead of the course, “We want to have practical experience rather than just theoretical knowledge of the fundamental building blocks [of technology] businesses.”

He also wanted to validate his belief that there’s common ground between the ways in which lawyers and coders think. “The basic logical concept of ‘If x, then y’ underpins what both lawyers and coders do in resolving problems,” he wrote, feeling that nuances would emerge and that doing the course would allow his team to see beyond the “language divide” and find out how much was shared.

Meeting the needs of professionals

With John and his team keen to learn the basics of programming in a more timely manner, we worked together to create a three-day course tailored to their needs based on programming fundamentals and best practice in software development.

The result was that the 12 lawyers learned the tools, techniques and terminology used by software development and digital tech companies, creating a working web application from end-to-end using a variety of software and languages.

Again, all in just three days.

“Something every professional should complete”

Following the course, we asked the DLA Piper team for their feedback, with Alexander Hendry stating, “I really can’t commend it highly enough. I think the course was fantastic and the quality of the instruction was absolutely first-rate … I think we could all see how the concepts we were discussing, and the skills we were learning, are relevant, not just to our clients, but to us as lawyers.

“It was also great to gain more exposure to the tech start-up scene, and to meet and to get to know the people involved. The buzz at CodeClan, and the genuine passion and enthusiasm that everyone exhibited is very inspiring!”

Other comments ranged from “Brilliant introduction, with real depth and really well delivered,” to “Something every professional should complete,” and “Enjoyable, informative introduction to coding for professionals who work with the tech sector but have no technical background.”

Because the fundamentals of the course apply to all sectors, we’ve since run it for Scottish Water staff, IFAs and lawyers from other firms, each of them gaining a better understanding of the rapidly evolving digital world.

Find out more

We’ll be running the course throughout 2018 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, so please visit our Coding for Professionals section to find out the next dates, or contact our team to arrange a bespoke course for your team.