Kal Academy: Seattle Coding Bootcamp Alternative

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This post has been a long time coming. Continue reading “Kal Academy: Seattle Coding Bootcamp Alternative”


“Simple” != “Easy”

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Early in my journey into learning software development, I made the mistake of looking at a few lines of code and thinking “Oh, it’s so short! I’m sure I can figure that out in no time.”

I was wrong. Continue reading ““Simple” != “Easy””

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”

I Can Has Websiting Job? Learning to Talk Tech


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In my experience learning and teaching languages, I’ve noticed that there’s often a wide gap between being able to put together a coherent sentence and being able to explain why and how that sentence works.

Even a simple sentence like “I’m eating a cheeseburger” can be difficult to break down and explain in grammatical terms (especially when you’re trying to explain or understand across a language barrier). Continue reading “I Can Has Websiting Job? Learning to Talk Tech”

Full Stack JavaScript: What is a Full Stack? And Why is it MEAN?

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Is this a full stack? Does it come with Java? Sorry, I know, puns are the worst… Especially breakfast puns.

For aspiring web developers, it’s not enough to be a JavaScript or Ruby or Java ninja–you have to know how your JavaScript or Ruby or Java interacts with the whole project you are working on.

That’s why developers talk about Full Stack Development. In very general terms, a Full Stack, like a stack of pancakes has three parts: the front, back, and middle (more professionally referred to as the Front End, Back End, and Web Framework). Continue reading “Full Stack JavaScript: What is a Full Stack? And Why is it MEAN?”

Coding Dojo: Algorithm Platform

(Previous: jQuery and JavaScript: Treehouse)

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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”