Category Archives: Coding

From Phone to Mailbox: General Assembly Grads Reinvent the Traditional Postcard with Pennypost

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When General Assembly students graduate from their course — whether it’s user experience design or data science — it’s always exciting (and sometimes surprising) to see the range of products and passions that actualize as a result. In the case of Nathan Maas, a Web Development Immersive alumnus of GA Seattle, the product was an idea called pennypost. The passion? Connecting the world with homemade digital postcards that are easy to send and share.

Nathan — who took a range of night classes in product management, front-end development, and data science at GA before choosing WDI — developed a web (and soon-to-be iPhone) app, pennypost, which was inspired by his travels to nearly fifty countries across the globe. Though he bought postcards everywhere he went with the intention of sending them home, constraints like time, postage, and tracking down mailing addresses, meant he never actually sent them. An idea was born.

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How Learning to Code Helped Me Grow as a Recruiter

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One of the best perks of working at General Assembly is that employees can take any part-time class or workshop for free. Last year, I took General Assembly’s Backend Web Development Course (BEWD) to learn how to code. As someone who works in Talent Acquisition at General Assembly, I thought this would be valuable so I could better understand our product offering. I also figured it would be easier to interview technical candidates if I understood the lingo.

Next week, I’m attending the Greenhouse Open, a three-day gathering of talent acquisition and HR professionals in San Francisco from May 25-27.  I am really looking forward to the “Programming for Recruiters” workshop with Michael Bouffard, VP of Engineering at Greenhouse, on Friday, May 27. I think every recruiter, especially one who speaks with engineers on a regular basis, should understand programming basics. As I prepare to attend Greenhouse Open next week, I’m reflecting on my experience taking BEWD and how it’s been helpful in my day to day role recruiting talent, as well as managing our systems and tools.

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GA Alumnus Reimagines the Ticket-Buying Experience: What’s the Rukkus About?

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Meet Rob Wyant, a General Assembly graduate whose latest work as lead iOS developer for Rukkus has brought virtual reality into the ticket-buying experience. Before Rukkus, Rob founded his own startup, Yapper, while in business school. During that time, he used General Assembly’s workshops to help him build confidence when discussing the technical aspects of his company. In 2014, he moved beyond workshops and graduated from GA’s first iOS Mobile Development course at our Washington, D.C., campus.

Aside from what he learned at GA, Rob is a self-taught programmer and is involved with NYC Swift Guild, a meetup for GA students. He says that none of what he’s accomplished with Yapper and Rukkus would have been possible without taking a GA course. “I tell that to anyone who’ll listen as often as I can!”

We connected with Rob to learn more about his journey with mobile development.

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Build Your First Watson Application in 4 Steps with this API

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For as long as I can remember, technology has had a major influence on my life. Growing up as a child, my parents recall stories of me sitting down at our large clunky PC with floppy disk storage and learning new words on Encyclopedia Encarta. I received my first laptop at in the 4th grade. Since then, my daily life has been “connected.”

My journey learning to code began with my first course on an online education platform. Starting with JavaScript, a scripting language for web-based programming, I traversed through the modules starting first with the basics of defining a variable (e.g. var x = “Hello World”), moving on to primitive data structures such as arrays (e.g. var y = [1,2,3]), and eventually Object Oriented Programming.

Shortly after, I enrolled in my first computer science course at Emory University as part of my mathematics curriculum. Although this course focused heavily on Java, a coding language full of new-to-me syntax and functions, the fundamentals of programming translated seamlessly and I quickly picked up the language. By understanding the fundamental basics of coding, I wielded the power to work to create a cognitive application.

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Measuring What Matters: GA’s Approach to Measuring Student Outcomes

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General Assembly was founded on the principle that first and foremost, education is an investment. Students invest their time, money, and passions with us, and we have a duty to help them earn a return on that investment, both in the short and long run.

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What UX Designers and Web Developers Make in Major U.S. Markets

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You did it! You nailed your interview and you’re feeling great. But then, right when you least expect it, the recruiter finishes up the conversation with the dreaded questions, “So how much are you looking for?”

This question is awkward and even worrisome for a job seeker, particularly if you haven’t done your homework. However, here’s the good news! When you do take the time to do the research and know your worth, it can help you answer this question with ease.

In this article, we’ll take a look at average UX designers’ and web developers’ salaries in major job markets and at varying career levels. Please use this article to further your own research and help you better understand the market but know that this by no means a definitive or all-encompassing list.

The ranges and averages throughout the article were determined based on a compilation of information from Payscale.com, Glassdoor.com, Salary.com, Simplyhired.com and information from current practitioners.

Now, let’s take a comprehensive look at average salaries and the varying salary ranges of UX practitioners and web developers in some of the hottest tech markets in the United States. We’ll take a look at each tech hub and then break down the numbers from there.

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GA + HPE Haven OnDemand Hackathon: An Android Hackathon

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This past weekend marked General Assembly and HPE Haven OnDemand’s first ever Android Hackathon open to current students and alumni of GA. Tasked with creating an Android app with three views and using at least one of Haven OnDemand’s APIs, five teams set out on this journey filled with pizza, tacos, coffee, and even some breakdancing!

The event began Friday night with a casual social mixer followed by a workshop given by the one, and only, Phong. After an interesting, uncontested, breakdancing battle, participants left for the night to get some rack before the long weekend. Hackers arrived early Saturday morning to pitch ideas they wanted to work on and form teams. Once these were set, hackers worked through the weekend overcoming pitfalls, learning a few things here and there about project management and timing, and building some pretty sweet Android apps.

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Introducing Web Development Immersive Remote

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There’s no stopping web developers. More than 100,000 development positions have become available over the past year in just the United States. And with virtually every industry growing their digital efforts, that demand is expected to grow as much as 30% by 2020.

Our future will be written in code, and we’ve been a part of building that future with our industry-leading, on-campus Web Development Immersive career accelerator, which 3,000 alumni have completed around the world. Now we’re going digital. In our new full-time online Web Development Immersive Remote program, you can learn the full-stack skills you need to launch a coding career from anywhere that works for you — all in real-time, in a virtual classroom, led by an expert instructor.

Through 13 weeks of daily live instruction, you’ll work through the same time- and pressure-tested curriculum as our campus students. Collaborate with a cohort of classmates and our expert instructional team to:

  • Master JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, APIs, Git, and more;
  • Build a portfolio of custom websites and data-driven apps to show off in job interviews;
  • Receive real-time, personalized feedback on your work;
  • Access ongoing career coaching, job search support, and exclusive networking opportunities.

We’re bringing our on-campus experience to you, wherever you are. And, as a student at GA, you’ll receive perks like event invites and discounts on classes, workshops — and coveted GA “swag.” More importantly, you’ll become a lifelong member of our global community of alumni, students, instructors, and hiring partners, there to support you wherever you go.

You’re ready for this. Our first program kicks off May 16.

Learn More and Download our Syllabus

*This program is currently not open to enrollments for individuals who plan to take the course from the following US locations: Alabama, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

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In 2012, Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared, “Software is eating the world.”

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But a study by Gartner projects that universities are not likely to produce enough qualified graduates to fill even about 30% of these jobs.

This means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a traditional background in computer science to learn coding. But with so many programming languages out there, where do you start?

Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand languages of 2016 to figure out which tools will best complement your skill set and career goals.

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Quiz: How Much Do you Know About Android?

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Mobile app development is hotter than ever. But along with Apple's iOS platform, there's a huge market for Android apps. How much do you know about this emerging technology and its job opportunities?