The Future is Bright for Veterans in Tech

There’s an increasing need for technical talent in computer programming, and a definite gap in need versus talented candidates. Just in Colorado alone, it has been reported that there are about 16,000 open computing positions. Glassdoor reports the average salary for programmers in the United States is $65K. According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 495,000 United States veterans are considered unemployed. These individuals could be taking advantage of these open positions that yield a substantial salary. We see a tremendous opportunity for veterans to use their...

9 Reasons Coding is for Everyone

From Fisher Price’s new Code-A-Pillar toy, to coding bootcamps springing up all over the country, to “Hour of Code,” the initiative to get all kids coding, it seems like coding and learning to code are everywhere. You might be asking - Can I be a programmer? How can I learn to code? Maybe you’re intrigued - you think coding sounds fun or cool but you’re not a “computer nerd,” or you’re not mathematical enough or you don’t have a Computer Science degree or or or…STOP! Coding as a career is absolutely an option for you, and I’ll...

Welcome to the Bleeding Edge: Web Development in Swift

While in Module Four, I set out to write an app using Vapor, a web framework exponentially growing in popularity. With the help of the amazing Vapor community, and a number of educational videos, I was able to learn the foundations of Swift and Vapor. That said, I also learned the cost of developing with something so new. This post will serve as an introduction to creating a Vapor project and a retrospective into the cost of developing with bleeding edge software. I’ll be discussing it from the viewpoint of a Ruby on Rails developer, but most of the takeaways should remain agnostic...

Hack the News: Our First Hackathon

From Chelsea Skovgaard A mad rush of two hours of writing code, merging CSS and Ruby on Rails, munching pizza, and drinking beer was our experience at our first hackathon. On September 16, a team of Turing students competed at the Hackthe.News event that was hosted by Name.com . The goal of the hackathon was to bring developers and journalists together to create ways that reporters can share important stories while maintaining their business’s sustainability. I, Chelsea Skovgaard, and Jasmin Hudacsek were lucky enough to be two of the students who participated. Often, it is challenging...

The Accidental Developer

Ryan’s an athlete. He played basketball in college and majored in sports administration. He enjoyed college but didn’t really think about the end game. After college, Ryan fell in love. He got married and had two beautiful children. He wanted to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy but life got in the way. He knew taking 3-4 years to complete a doctorate program would be hard on everyone. Instead, Ryan did everything to support his family. He drove Uber and worked as a personal trainer. One day, Ryan picked up a rider that started talking about how he was attending a 7-month...

Learning About Machine Learning: An Introduction

“Machine learning” is the kind of tech buzzword that is both alluring and vague. From tech giants like Google and Facebook to just-off-the-ground startups, machine learning seems to be everywhere. But what does it actually entail? And what is the best way to get some practical experience with this powerful technology? This post summarizes my introduction to the basics ( very basics ) of machine learning. It also represents my minimum viable product of learning, so to speak, and will hopefully serve as an encouragement to others with little experience that the subject can in fact...

Where to Begin: Solve a Problem that You Know Well

In this post, Kerry Sheldon describes her personal project from module 3 of our Back-End program. With this project, Kerry was one of the winners in our first Demo Competition Finals. Our next Demo Competition Finals will be held on Thursday, October 6th. Stay tuned for a meet-up announcement! I enrolled at the Turing School of Software and Design because my “ideas" notebook in Evernote had become a virtual graveyard. I couldn’t bear to open it; the gulf between my skills and ambitions was too large. In the five months I’ve been at Turing, I flexed a lot of muscles that...

Kanban's Fo' Everyone!

At Turing, the pace moves so quickly that I wish I had the luxury of more time or could even be granted a do-over. That is unfortunately not the case for many aspects of life, let alone a fast-paced code school. So what are the options for dealing with a fast-paced environment? I have found myself thinking about this topic more and more as time goes on, and I believe I have found an answer. The solution is not as easy as pausing time in the way that so many books and movies have made it seem. Instead, the solution deals with managing all of the assignments, errands, and tasks that life...

Teaching High School Students to Code

Turing recently hosted 34 high school students participating in the Civic Tech Internship Accelerator (CTIA), a partnership between the Colorado Technology Association and Denver Public School’s CareerConnect. The CTIA matches rising juniors and seniors from Denver’s tech-focused high schools with tech organizations in the Denver area for exposure and experience in tech-related fields. The CTIA students were on-site at Turing for a 2-hour workshop. We kicked off the morning asking students to journal on experiences that made them feel a sense of “flow”: the feeling of...

Rocky Mountain Reboot

One of my first visits to the Boulder/Denver area was speaking at Rocky Mountain Ruby in 2011. It was my favorite kind of technical conference: one room, one track, and a community of great people. About two weeks ago we heard that this year’s RMR was in jeopardy. The organizers were dealing with (exciting) life things and weren’t going to be able to put enough focus and attention into the event. Could we take it over? Today we’re excited to share what we’ve done: Rocky Mountain Ruby 2016 . We’ve reimagined the event: It’s still single track and up to 250...
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