Bootcamps are a great way to get into a programming career if you are motivated but lack the skills. Reputable programs boast a 95% success rate if you follow their career services guidelines; once you land a job as a junior developer, you will always be able to continue to grow as a software developer throughout your career. But bootcamps aren’t right for everyone. To understand who should join a bootcamp and how they should approach the task of finding the right one, I sat down with Flatiron School’s Head of Online Instruction Peter Bell, who shared advice from years spent helping people make these very decisions. Here are the questions Bell recommends asking yourself before taking the leap.
Originally posted 7/7/17 by Lily Chen on Medium.
Lessons from “The Effective Engineer” by Edmond Lau that I apply to my job daily
One of the opening lines of The Effective Engineer is
80% of the impact comes from 20% of the work.
One of the most important skills an engineer can learn is thus identifying high leverage activities
Originally posted by Vui Nguyen on her website.
In order words, I needed to search through my object collection using a unique key value. Key-Value collections are similar to dictionaries in Python, or hashmaps / hashtables in Java.
I love me a well-run meetup: when you show up to a room-full (or huge event space-full) of friendly people chatting away and making connections, sit down for 30-60 minutes of interesting, inspiring, and (hopefully!) educational content, and head home after more chatting, ready to apply what you’ve learned.
Original posting 8/23/16 by Zohar Strinka on her blog.
A friend asked me for ideas of a good analogy for classification problems in machine learning. In a classification problem, we have a collection of objects, and we somehow want to separate them into groups. Ideally, when designing this analogy there are a few things we want to convey:
Original posting 7/9/2017 by Kasey Colleen on Medium.
Brewpedia is a Wikipedia inspired Ruby on Rails SaaS app where users can create and collaborate on Markdown-based wikis.
Original posting 2/17/2017 by Kim Schlesinger on Medium.
Attending a conference talk can expose you to new ideas or technologies, but you are passive during the presentation. In order to gain insight into new concepts, or be able to apply new skills, after the talk you will have to do the work of transforming your notes into an active learning experience. In this post, I explain how.
Originally posting 7/7/2017 by Lindsay Hohn on the Radial Development Group blog.
Radial hosts the majority of our client applications on Heroku. When recently meeting with a client to discuss their upcoming project, I was flooded with infrastructure questions — How were we going to scale? How will our database be backed up? What happens if our servers go down? My typical answer is to not worry and that Heroku takes care of everything. I realized I needed to share more about Heroku to quiet their infrastructure fears.
This post was originally published on 11/12/2016 by Sarah E. Brown on her blog.
According to a study reported in the New York Times, “One of the most important dimensions of job satisfaction is how you feel about your employer’s mission” (Source). Robert H. Frank, an economics professor at Cornell University, reports that equal incomes may produce significantly higher life satisfaction if the person aligns with the mission and values of his or her workplace. “When most people leave work each evening, they feel better if they have made the world better in some way, or at least haven’t made it worse.” (Source)
Where we work and the nature of our work greatly impacts our life satisfaction. We owe it to ourselves to find a startup that aligns with our values and will enable us to produce our best work.
After being a software engineer for 6+ years at Google and 1.5 years at startups, Chiu-Ki Chan now runs her own mobile development company while organizing 360|AnDev in Colorado! In her spare time she enjoys travel, languages, board games, puzzle hunts and scuba diving.
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