Build your own WhatsApp during Africa Code Week

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Are you a young person based in Cape Town with knowledge of computer science? Would you be interested in learning how to create your own instant messaging service?

Then sign up to be a part of the Build Your Own WhatsApp workshop, which is taking place this Saturday.

The free workshop will be hosted for youths between the ages of 18 and 24 by local developer’s program, codeX, as part of the inaugural Africa Code Week that will be going on throughout the month of October with activities taking place across the continent.

During Build Your Own WhatsApp, you’ll learn all about the three main coding technologies, HTML, CSS and JavaScript and how to use them with Meteor.js.

More importantly, you’ll learn how to build your very own WhatsApp “clone” which will have the core basics of an instant messaging app including: one-on-one and group messaging, notification and hosting user accounts.

“Learners will then walk through the process of installing the required software on their own computer and writing the application’s code. Around 100 lines of code will be required while an online platform will provide checkpoints to keep the class in sync,” event organiser Steve Barnett said on the Africa Code Week website.

“At the end of the course, participants will install the app on their mobile phones with an outro on how to publish an application to the Google Play Store,” Barnett added.

Build Your Own WhatsApp takes place on the 3rd October from 10:30am to 1pm at codeX’s premises in Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront. You can book your place on Quicket.

[Source – Africa Code Week]

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