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6 Do's and Don'ts for Aspiring Coders

Starting to learn to code can be a difficult process. Every time you sit down to practice your skills, you’ll likely encounter a problem that you struggle to figure out or an error that you do not understand. In many situations, it can feel easier to give up rather than to keep going. When you’re first starting out, there is a lot that can overwhelm you, from the technical terminology to the number of resources out there with different approaches to learning how to code. However, if you are willing to invest the time and effort in learning how to code, the rewards are plentiful. Not only does learning how to code open up a number of career options for you—you could become a consultant or transition to a career in tech—it also helps you refine your problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. These are the exact skills that are growing in demand among employers. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of six “dos and don’ts” for aspiring coders. These tips will help you...

Feb 21, 2020

How to Choose a Coding Bootcamp in 2020

Coding bootcamps are short, intensive education programs designed to help people learn to code and prepare for a specific career in technology. Over the last decade, coding bootcamps have become a popular way to break into a career in tech. More than 20,000 people were expected to graduate from a bootcamp in 2019 alone. Bootcamps teach subjects ranging from full-stack web development to digital marketing and equip people with the practical knowledge they need to thrive in the modern labor market. Toward the end of a bootcamp, students receive career guidance covering everything from writing resumes to searching for a job. This improves job prospects after graduating. But how do you choose a coding bootcamp when there are hundreds of options, each with their own learning style and offerings? Let’s break down the top factors you should consider when deciding which coding bootcamp you’ll attend in 2020. 1. Read the Student Outcomes After deciding what type of bootcamp you want to...

Feb 7, 2020

Top Cities to Attend Coding Bootcamp in 2020

While Silicon Valley may be known as the foremost tech hub in the U.S., there are a number of other emerging hubs across the country. Many people interested in pursuing a career in tech are now considering cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. Before you move to a new city to start your tech career, consider which cities have high-quality training programs that will help you learn the skills you need to thrive in the industry. Luckily for you, there are a number of excellent coding bootcamps all around the country — even in cities with nascent tech industries. We’ve compiled a list of the top cities with high-quality coding bootcamps. This list will give you a sense of where you could break into one of the best tech jobs and provide you with information about some of the top coding bootcamps in those cities. Let’s break down the top ten cities to attend coding bootcamp and explore some of the best training programs those cities have to offer. 1. San Diego, California Silicon Beach...

Feb 3, 2020

Visually Impaired Children are Learning to Code with This New Tool From Microsoft

Microsoft wants to help blind and visually impaired students break down barriers to coding with its physical programming language. Code Jumper was developed out of Project Torina, a system that helps visually impaired and blind kids ages 7 to 11 develop coding skills. The physical programming language consists of large, bright colored blocks that allow students to create music, tell stories and more. Microsoft is partnering with American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a nonprofit based in Louisville, Kentucky. APH creates and distributes products and services for people who are blind or with low vision. According to Microsoft,  APH will provide the Code Jumper technology to students across the world over the next several years. “It became really clear that, for a 7- or 8-year-old, it was going to be really hard to use assistive technology to code,” Cecily Morrison, a Microsoft researcher and computer scientist, said in a blog post . “We realized we really need something...

Jan 23, 2019

How a College and Coding Bootcamp Are Teaming Up to Boost Enrollment

Dominican University of California and Make School , a coding boot camp based in San Francisco, are teaming up to give students a more well-rounded education. In an effort to increase enrollment, liberal arts school Dominican University is offering computer science courses taught by Make School professors and Make School is offering general education courses taught by Dominican Univerisity professors. The partnership is working to stifle enrollment declines in coding programs, as well. Low enrollment in coding bootcamps has caused some companies to close or target corporations as training programs. Dominican University plans to offer a computer science minor within five years; however, creating curricula and finding professors will be expensive and time-consuming. The partnership with Make School gives students the chance to learn coding skills, while providing Dominican University the framework for creating a computer science minor. Make School currently offers a two-year...

Oct 1, 2018