Category Archives: Coding

Getting Started With Front-End Web Development

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So, you want to learn to code? Awesome! Knowing how to code can help you level up in your current role, open new career opportunities, and empower you to make your app or website ideas come to life. But where should you start?

Although hotly contested among developers, most novice coders begin their education by learning the basics of front-end web development, or the client-facing side of web development. The front end involves what the end user sees, like the design/appearance of the web page.

In order to become a front-end developer, there are three “languages” you need to master: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, or as I like to call them, “The Holy Trinity.”

Below, I explain the difference between these three languages, and how they work in concert to get a simple website up and running.

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Busted: The 5 Worst Excuses for Not Learning JavaScript

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Learning something new is hard. Acquiring new skills requires focus, drive, and a certain bit of unfettered optimism—the belief that you actually can remember everything you’re studying. That’s especially true when it comes to programming in JavaScript, a complex language full of often-abstract new concepts.

Unfortunately, for as difficult as it is to commit to learning, it’s equally easy to make up excuses for why you can’t or haven’t even started. Here are 5 too-common excuses that people make to put off learning JavaScript: Continue reading

Learning to Code? 4 Reasons You Should Learn JavaScript First

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Browse any number of job postings for web developersfront-end, back-end, full-stack; it doesn’t matter — and every single job will require different expertise. From Adobe Creative Suite to Zero Day Exploits, you could spend an entire career attempting to become the ideal developer to meet any one of these job’s multiple requirements.

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Meet Lady Mafia: Two Female Makers on a Mission to Change the World

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For Gaby Ruiz-Funes and Sarah Bump, learning web development was not just a pathway to a new career, but a creative spark that would lead them to start a movement. Since graduating, the pair has led the charge of creating a network of individuals comprising the Lady Mafia project. Together, they highlight women and men who are agents of change and who make the world a better place through their hard work and innovation.

Sarah came from a marketing background and Gaby was working as an industrial engineer before enrolling in General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive course in Chicago. “I was a little lost,” Sarah said. “I knew I didn’t want to stay in that field, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do instead.” Gaby was already intrigued by web development but realized she needed a structured environment to learn brand-new skills. “As an engineer I was trained to be able to create the things that were in my imagination,” Gaby said. “It felt frustrating to be limited on the web and I wanted the tools that would help me create the apps and websites that I imagined, especially those I hoped would help make a positive impact on the world.”

When the two met during their course, they started a friendship that would become the basis for their project — Lady Mafia, a website that aims to catalog humans who are “moving the earth.” We caught up with Gaby and Sarah to learn more about their experience as the super-cool founders of the Lady Mafia movement.

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An Artist’s Journey with Code

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Matthew Epler is a creative technologist based in Brooklyn, NY.

Matthew Epler is a creative technologist specializing in creating one-of-a-kind interactive projects with an emphasis on the Internet of Things. 

His work, which blends digital and physical design practices with computer programming, has been featured in museums and a variety of media outlets around the world including The Milan Triennale Museum of Design, mudac Lausanne, and on Wired, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Reuters, Vice, and Creative Applications.

Some of his most well-known pieces include the Netflix Switch, Levi’s Station to Station, Grand Old Party, and Big Bats

Matthew describes himself as a designer who can code, and a coder who can work with his hands. Read on to see how learning to code transformed his passion for art and film into a thriving career in creative technology. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Behind The Scenes of GA’s New JavaScript Development Course

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Earlier today, we announced JavaScript Development as the latest addition to our catalogue of part-time courses in data, design, and technology. As one of the most prominent and versatile programming languages in use today, there is tremendous demand from employers for JavaScript knowledge. In fact, JavaScript skills are in the highest demand for web development, mobile development, UI/UX and design jobs, according to a 2015 study from Burning Glass and GA on the demand for business and technology skills.

This course is the result of months of research, planning, and hard work executed by our Product team and coordinated by Mehan Jayasuriya, the Product Manager of Engineering courses here at GA.

Mehan and his team have spent the past few months working closely with employers, engineers, and students to develop and perfect the JavaScript Development course curriculum. We sat down with Mehan to discuss his development process and what makes this course relevant in today’s job economy. Continue reading

Alumni App Reimagines Clinical Forms for Speech Pathology Students

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Alumni App helps speech pathology students fill out clinical forms online.

The Reimagine Education conference, hosted in partnership with QS Quacquarelli Symonds and The Wharton School, has shortlisted two General Assembly alumni for its global education award. The conference takes place from December 7-9 in Philadelphia.

Sonya Corcoran and Terry So, graduates from WDI at General Assembly’s Sydney campus, partnered over the past year to bring together their experiences from programming and education to create a new app for university students called CAPTain—which stands for Comprehensive Auditory Perceptual Training.

The conference and the Reimagine Education Awards will recognize their collaborations by other higher education professionals from around the world.

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4 Common Coding Interview Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them!)

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Interviewing for a software engineering position isn’t like interviewing for most other jobs. Companies usually ask you to write code at a whiteboard, on the spot, while your interviewer watches. It’s hard. Even excellent engineers often struggle to perform.

But you can learn how to beat the coding interview. How? Well, you could spend hours and hours practicing, making lots of mistakes, and slowly learning strategies for fixing those mistakes . . . or someone could just tell you the mistakes you’re going to make and how to fix them.

Let’s do that. Here are the four most common coding interview mistakes, and how to fix them.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Biggest Meeting of Android Enthusiasts in the U.S.

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We recently announced the launch of our Android Development Immersive course in partnership with Google Developers at the Big Android BBQ conference down in Hurst, Texas. The excitement and dedication of the Android community is nothing short of inspiring, and we were thrilled to speak to developers, founders, and creators from across the world who are using Android to bulid something extraordinary.

Check out video above to see behind-the-scenes footage and see exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the Android community.

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