Problem Solving Strategies: Small Incremental Changes

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For most software developers, being able to learn and adapt on the job is critical for success. Most of the tutorials and documentation I use for learning teach one small thing at a time: how to use .map in JavaScript, or how to create forms in html, or how to get data using AJAX calls, to name a few pretty standard skills. Continue reading “Problem Solving Strategies: Small Incremental Changes”

Whiteboards in Engineeringland

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I recently attended a tech training open house where, in describing the program, one of the engineers got really excited about one aspect in particular: the room where the students do most of their work has WALL TO WALL WHITEBOARDS. Oh yeah.

As a former teacher, I chuckled a little at this statement. Continue reading “Whiteboards in Engineeringland”

Coding Dojo: Algorithm Platform

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After a few rounds of tutorials on Treehouse, Codecademy, or your favorite online learning center of choice, it’s not hard to master the basic building blocks of coding–variables, for-loops, while-loops, functions, arrays, objects, etc. But putting them all together in a real-life situation isn’t always as straightforward as working through the carefully constructed examples in the tutorials.

This is why I think Coding Dojo’s Algorithm Platform is really useful for beginning programmers. Continue reading “Coding Dojo: Algorithm Platform”