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...

No Strangers

Last week one of my closest friends, Jake Brewer , died in a cycling accident. I've spent the last week reflecting with those he left behind. In a remembrance his friend Michael Silberman said "there was no idea too optimistic for Jake. Most of us work to fix an issue, Jake worked to fix democracy." One of Jake's teammates said "nothing felt as powerful as when he believed in you. Sometimes the hardest part was living up to the 'potential you' that he saw." For me, personally, Jake's faith and encouragement propelled me to start Jumpstart Lab, Hungry...

Managing UI Complexity with React, Part 1

This is Part I of a two-part post on using React to manage UI complexity. This article will be more of a case for why React is a good option and some of the guiding principles behind React. Part II will be more of tutorial/technical walkthrough of how a specific application would use React. First, a Brief History of the Web... The Internet is one of the few things we've created that we don't fully understand. It has changed drastically since it's inception, and we're still trying to figure out what it is and how people can use it. The first websites were designed to be...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Errors are your friends. This idea was difficult for me to grasp when I first started programming. A typical block of work time would consist of the following: Write some tests and some code that should theoretically make those tests pass Run the tests Get terminal output similar to the image above Panic I would watch my screen fill up with terrifying error messages and I'd freeze. Yes, I know my code is broken thankyouverymuch. It took me a while to appreciate that what lay before me on the screen was not a pile of computer word vomit but rather a roadmap of sorts, and all I needed to do...

The Difference is Huge

Teaching yourself online vs. actually going to a Coding School: Initially you find yourself wanting to learn how to code. You’re on your way of becoming a code ninja. Your Googlefu is strong and you have a set playlist to jam out to while grinding your way through tutorials. First off, great job at kickstarting a new chapter. A new hope is building inside of you and you are ready to change your life, or at the very least change the way you understand how computers actually work . Your support group? Your family, your closest friends, and possibly some strangers on the internet. You...
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