How to Solve Communication Gaps Between Developers & Customer Support

In a prior life, before entering the world of software development, I worked for WeddingWire.com on the Customer Success Team. I had many responsibilities related to WeddingWire’s paying advertisers, one of which was reporting site bugs and/or client product feedback to the development team. From that experience, I know that there can be significant gaps in the communication between a development team and a service team at tech companies. Though easier said than done, I believe development teams and developers themselves should make a greater effort to proactively minimize those gaps,...

Tips for Improving Web Accessibility

Since Turing is such an intensive program, we often don't have the time to scrutinize every design choice for the applications we build. HTML and CSS are mostly self-taught ( but not for long ), so it’s no surprise that most of us do not consider web accessibility when frantically trying to get a fully functional application running in three days. Making sure your website is accessible means making it available and usable by everyone, including people of all different abilities. Would a person who can only use the keyboard be able to navigate your website? Is content available in...

Financing 101 Checklist

You've got a passion for programming and made an important stride towards altering your professional future with your acceptance to Turing. As a Skills Fund’s high-quality partner, Turing was vetted for quality of curriculum and successful student outcomes, and has a proven track record of enabling real professional opportunity for students. Only one question remains: what’s the best way to pay for the program? Like most programs, Turing requires payment before your starting date (with a $1,000 deposit to hold your seat), so let’s explore your payment options: Cash Like...

Student Project Spotlight: Building an Interactive jVectorMap in Rails

For my first large personal project at Turing, I wanted to build an interactive choropleth world map for travelers, but I had no idea how to go about that. After looking up various tools, I settled on jVectorMap , a JavaScript library available for download and use as a local API. Data is passed to the maps as a hash, where the key is the country or region code, and the value is the data for that area. Setting the color-scale values and range is also as simple as passing values. Once I figured out how to use the basic features, the challenge for me was to prepare the data and fine tune the...

The Bottom Five Percent

My name is DJ Greenfield, and I graduated from the Turing School of Software and Design in June of 2015. I only recently found employment working remote at a startup in Washington D.C. Recently, I had my baby shower at my coding school. Say that out loud: Baby shower at a coding school . Two months before, I had received an email allowing me to defer my tuition until I am in a better place financially. To top it off, I've been handed plenty of leads towards employment through the Turing network in the last five months. All of this help comes after nearly ruining my cohort's mountain...

Going Through Coding School As A Hispanic

This blog post first appeared on Julian's personal blog on January 27th, 2016, which you can find here . Roughly eight months ago I made the decision to make software development my career. This decision came fairly easy. Since I can remember I’ve had a veryclose relationship with computers growing up. Born and raised in the inner-city of Chicago, my parents were always weary about having me play on the streets without supervision. So as a substitute, they purchased a computer to occupy my time when they were not able to watch me. Tech opened up the world to me when I couldn’t...

Announcing the Front-End Development Program

In 2014, Turing launched our first program, Web Application Development where we focus primarily on the backend: object-oriented programming, Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript for the front end. While the backend program continues to grow, we’re excited to announce the launch of our second program this May. Front-End Development—the developer who takes comps or high-fidelity wireframes from a designer/UX expert and turns them into working prototypes. That person needs an understanding of UI and UX, but the core of their skillset is HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Our program will teach...

Lessons Learned from Module One

This post originally appeared on Beth's personal blog on November 23, 2015, which you can find here . Last week I finished Module 1 at Turing. It was challenging and stressful, but overall a lot of fun. I learned so much in six weeks; I did not think it was possible to learn that much in such a short amount of time. I love my cohort, everyone is so excited to learn and help each other out. On Saturday, I met one of the new members of the next cohort. She asked for any advice I had for her to prepare. I told her to cram as much studying in this week as possible, because the more you know...

Motivation and Overcoming Challenges

After spending 10 to 12 hours a day, almost every day of the first module, in the “dungeon” as some call Turing’s basement HQ, you start to form habits around motivation. Maintaining the motivation to keep moving forward seems to be the only way to get through a program as challenging as this. Below are a some thoughts on how I enter a flow state, what derails my momentum, and how I’ve stayed motivated through these first few weeks. When do you hit your most unconscious flow, where your actions happen almost automatically? I hit my most unconscious flow after I’...

Tuition Guarantee Notice

The Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) is the state body that is in charge of regulating all schools that do not fit into the university or general higher education category. It has the authority to establish educational standards, ethical business practices and financial responsibility, and it is in charge of determining whether applicants (prospective schools) are qualified to operate a private occupational school. When Turing originally applied with DPOS to have the program approved, it was done with the Tuition Reimbursement Guarantee in place. While schools are...
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