The Turing Bar

I had always heard about work culture, but never experienced much of it. Even when I was working in a job I loved, like managing a LAN center or working for a residential solar company, I always felt weighed down from 'working'. The thought that we, as employees, were forming our own "culture" seemed laughable. No matter how fun the environment or how loose the bosses, putting in hard work always came with an emotional price. Now, having spent seven intense months surrounded by Turing people, working day in and day out to become the best developers we can be, I've come...

Lightning Talks: June 24, 2015

Check out a sampling of lightning talks from the last week: Exploring the MEAN Stack by Tom Leskin (1502 cohort) At Turing, students are taught to become diverse developers who are able to think logically and can use any programming language as a tool to solve a problem. In my Module 3 Lightning Talk, I chose to explore the MEAN Stack. The MEAN Stack is made up of four frameworks: MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and Node.js. It uses a single language across the entire stack and has been said to increase productivity. I realize that I may not be programming in Ruby and Rails after Turing, so I...

Learning How to Learn: The Novice Developer's Tool Belt

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, even maybe one million ways to attempt to learn how to code. And they aren’t all great. Most beginners’ track tutorials entail hand-holdy instructions, nifty in-browser interpreters and a swift sense of accomplishment, but rarely do they breed a developer’s mindset. On the other hand, intermediate-level walkthroughs and Stackoverflow threads often assume too much contextual knowledge for a beginner to follow. A giant chasm of confusion exists between finishing your first Ruby tutorial and deploying your first app to production. I know this...

Lori Culberson: Redefining What It Means to Win

One thing that can come as a shock to our incoming students is the expectation that they’ll work on developing their public speaking and presentation skills while they’re here. We want people to graduate from Turing with a level of comfort pitching and presenting ideas - whether it’s at a conference, with a client, or in a staff meeting. To practice this, students prepare and present five-minute lightning talks on Fridays, and sometimes to a larger audience on Community Nights. The topics students choose range from DDoS to Computer-Aided Dispatch Systems to Strategies for...

Whole-Self Fridays

Earlier this week I wrote some thoughts on software quality and the evolution of the industry based on Justin Searls' "Sometimes a Controller is Just a Controller" at Self.Conference . Today, I'd like to continue with thoughts based off Nancy Lyons ' "There's No Such Thing as Work/Life Balance" session. I found a version of her deck as a PDF here . I took three pages of notes during the session, but one idea really stuck with me. I thought a lot about what Nancy called "bringing your whole self to work." She explained that at Clockwork , they want...

Self.Conference: Searls & Controllers

Last week I was in Detroit for Self.Conference . I've been working on taking diligent notes when I attend talks and was writing like mad the whole conference. I'd like to share some of what I heard and the ideas or questions it generated for me. The opening keynote was by my friend Justin Searls from Test Double . The session was titled "Sometimes a Controller is Just a Controller" and the core of the content was about writing high-quality, boring, highly-maintainable software. Justin got things going with an interesting question: we've been building software for some 50...

Women of 1507 Scholarship for July, 2015

Why Women and Why July? Turing School of Software & Design is on a mission to open the world of programming to more great people. We do this by intentionally welcoming people from all backgrounds into the Turing program for an unsurpassed education in software development. We then focus 100% on student success and prepare all of our graduates to launch remarkable careers as software developers. We believe our differences matter and that building diverse teams who can work well together creates better technology for all. The Women of 1507 Scholarship is launching now because we want to see...

Hiring, Mental Health, and Notes on Culture

Last month, Turing School hosted a “speed dating” style community hiring event to connect our students with executives, developers, and hiring managers representing a bunch of great companies from Denver and beyond. Two of them even sent Turing alumni to recruit on their behalf, and it was the best feeling in the world to see those familiar faces sitting on the other side of the table. It’s incredible to realize we’ve reached a stage in our journey where Turing alumni are established enough to help bring on new developers for the companies where they work! The day of...

NESTA Launches in Support of the White House & TechHire

Turing School of Software & Design is excited to announce a new collaboration with the White House on President Obama's TechHire Initiative , announced Monday. In conjunction with the launch of the TechHire Initiative, Turing has also partnered with other developer training programs to found the New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA). We are thrilled to participate in both the TechHire Initiative and NESTA, because we believe that both efforts will have significant, positive impact for Turing’s mission, our students, the technology field in which we operate, and our...

How to make a screen-capture (animated gif)

Atom 's discuss page uses animated gifs to illustrate what the user is trying to write in words. It seems to work well, and I've become a fan. So, how do you, reader, make your own. The primary tool you need is called LICEcap, and you can get it at http://www.cockos.com/licecap/ . Once you have it, to make a recording: Run it Easy way is to do open /Applications/LICEcap.app from the terminal, but you can also use an application launcher like spotlight or Alfred. Start it Position it over the thing you want to show. Click "record". Choose a filename and location. Click "...
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