After a bit more than a year at the job, I’m still learning new things all the time and I have a sense of a lot of open possibilities that will afford continuous opportunities for learning new things — I still don’t know where this adventure will take me in the next few years, but I feel like the possibilities … will be fun, satisfying ones, and I like the sense that I am still in the midst of an adventure. —David Lewine, software engineer at Jana
This article by Emil Ray first appeared on Github.
It is December 5th, and the first snow of the year is coming softly down over the blue-gray of early morning Boston. I’m sitting on the 16th floor, in the quiet little corner table I’ve occupied most mornings for the last 7 weeks, drinking my coffee and watching the rooftops of the financial district gather their frosting of white. (more…)
When Alex Kahn joined Startup Institute Chicago’s web development course in fall 2014, he’d already been a technologist at heart and was ready to take this passion to the main stage.
With a degree in economics and prior experience in market research, growth-strategy, and IT for a Floridian dental practice, Alex came to Chicago ready to immerse himself in both tech skills and the tech community.
This article first appeared on Next View Ventures’ blog.
There are few things in this world that human beings value more than stability. (more…)
The key to success as a junior developer is seeing mistakes as part of the learning process and not as setbacks. The best way to learn is to dive right in, identify weaknesses, and improve your code and process with each iteration. (more…)
Stereotypes are hard to kill, but Meredith Davies is working to crack the code.
Technical writer-turned-developer at WeSpire, Meredith Davies launched her programming career in our fall 2014 web development course. While in the program, Meredith made it a personal mission to address the gender gap in tech, spearheading an event that celebrated women leaders in the innovation sector. She is an upbeat and spirited woman, an expert communicator, and anything but a tech cliché.
We sat down with summer 2014 web development alumnus and software engineer Patrick Adduci to get the (impressively methodical) play-by-play on his journey from Lehigh math grad to coding course student, and finally to web developer. Read on to learn how Pat managed to leverage his skill for logic to not only ace the technical interview, but design his coding career: (more…)
With hundreds of programming languages out there, it can be hard to know where to begin and what to prioritize in learning computer programming. At Startup Institute, we’re big fans of Ruby on Rails (and teach it in both our part-time and full-time coding courses) because it allows web developers to build quickly, putting it in high demand in the can’t-stop-won’t-stop startup world. Of course, Python is easy to learn and has a strong community with ample resources. Meanwhile, college students get their toes wet in C++ and Java, which develop valuable theoretical understandings of the logic of code but use less intuitive syntax which makes them harder for aspiring web developers to learn.
Sometimes it feels like, if you studied computer science or software engineering in college, you can pretty much be handed a job contract at an awesome company upon graduation. I won’t lie and say that web developers aren’t in high demand, because they absolutely are— you only need to look at some of the salaries that graduates are being offered by tech giants like Snapchat, Facebook and Google to see that. However, one search for startup jobs on AngelList and it’s clear that programming skills are not the only requirement or need for landing a job at a startup.
Without further ado, I present you with the top startup roles that aren’t web development: (more…)
If you want to learn to code, you really have a few options: you can go to a full-time programming school, you can take a part-time coding course (in-person or online), or you can be a self-study. Computer science degrees are hot and in-demand, but the truth is that most universities focus their computer science coursework on theory over practice (and most STEM professors are lacking in day-to-day industry experience). (more…)