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We đź’š CoderGirl & A Community Supporting Women in Tech

We đź’š CoderGirl & A Community Supporting Women in Tech

It’s February, so let’s spread the love for CoderGirl and our community partners!  xoxo, CoderGirl What started out as an informal meetup by women with the intention to ignite conversation, empower and support one another and build and refine computer programming skills in 2014, has since transformed into a robust education and job placement program…

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards 2020

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards 2020

In the spirit of entrepreneur Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards recognize the efforts of St. Louis trailblazers — those working toward new solutions to better our community. Meet the 2020 Moonshot Award Winners and 2020 New Horizons Award Recipient, Dennis Lower The New Horizons Moonshot Award honors unique vision and sustained effort in pushing to the outer…

Approachable Computer Science Education Goes Beyond the Code

Approachable Computer Science Education Goes Beyond the Code

By Carly Langlois, Education Curriculum Developer There are countless reasons why computer science education is important. Too many to fit into one blog post. Technology is everywhere. It infiltrates every industry and heavily impacts our day-to-day lives. Modern living is powered by algorithms and coded bits and bytes. Computer programming is the literacy of our…

Helping St. Louis Startups Launch Successful Tech Teams

Helping St. Louis Startups Launch Successful Tech Teams

Innovator. Scrappy. Grit. Collaborative. Visionary. Believer. Ambitious. Eager. Motivated. The exact words we use to describe the startup culture in St. Louis are the same ones we often attribute to our LaunchCoders. There’s no getting around the parallels that mirror the motivation and enthusiasm LaunchCoders and startups have for emerging technology. Another thing St. Louis…

A Life-changing Experience

A Life-changing Experience

By Guillermo Zerpa, LC101 Graduate and Apprentice As a Venezuelan, leaving my family and country and becoming an immigrant was difficult, especially when trying to land a job in my specialty in a new country. Because the people are different, businesses are different, and hiring systems are different I had to start from zero. Even…

STL Grand Pride Parade: Walking the Walk With LaunchCode

STL Grand Pride Parade: Walking the Walk With LaunchCode

LaunchCode’s diverse community is made up of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. A fundamental value of our organization is a commitment to celebrating our differences and championing all of our fellow techies. A Human Rights Campaign report found that 46% of LGBTQ+ employees in the United States hide their sexuality at their…

Ways to Rock Your LC101 Application Assessment

Ways to Rock Your LC101 Application Assessment

If you’re visiting this blog post, you’re probably about to approach your LC101 application and are curious about the HackerRank assessment portion of the application process. That’s good. It means you’re already thinking ahead and planning out ways to solve the assessment. In fact, planning & problem solving is a big part of computer programming…

What it’s like to be a LaunchCode Company Partner

What it’s like to be a LaunchCode Company Partner

Q&A with LaunchCode Company Partner, QDivision So, let’s say you’re looking to grow your tech team. You’ve searched high and low for candidates with the passion, drive, and aptitude, but you fall short and continue to look for the right people. LaunchCode introduces highly talented local developers who bring these attributes to help your business…

DevOps In the Wild

DevOps In the Wild

Whether you’re a developer early in your career, a student new to the joys and struggles of programming, or a non-technical person that works with programmers, you’ve likely encountered the trendy term “DevOps” (short for “developer operations”). It’s also likely that you have a very vague and incomplete sense of what DevOps actually refers to.…

How To Be A Rockstar Candidate: Part 2

How To Be A Rockstar Candidate: Part 2

Part two of two on how to be a standout LaunchCode apprenticeship candidate. If you missed part one you can read it here.  Technical Testing and Live Coding Every company uses different types of technical assessments. However the assessments used differ, and the tests given fall into two main categories: unproctored online assessments and live coding exercises.…

Empowerment Through Mentorship

Empowerment Through Mentorship

One-On-One Teaching Techniques So you want to help someone learn to be a software developer. What exactly do you do to help them succeed? Many people have built great careers without formal study but even more have washed out. (Check out this talk from Jeff Cohen at RubyConf 2016 about it.) How can you focus your efforts…

LaunchCoder Q & A with Louis

LaunchCoder Q & A with Louis

How did you hear about LaunchCode? I saw a large poster in a window inside a St. Louis mall. After looking into LaunchCode.org, I found out more and went to the intro lecture given by Chris and a recent graduate who was interviewing for a job. Then I filled out the application process and was…

Functional Programming Languages

Functional Programming Languages

In your coding journey, you may have heard rumblings about Functional Languages. St. Louis hosts the annual Strange Loop conference, a prestigious tech conference focused specifically on functional languages. While functional programming is not particularly marketable, and shouldn’t be your first language, it’s still pretty interesting. Understanding the concepts behind functional programming languages can help…

LaunchCoder Q & A with Kevin

LaunchCoder Q & A with Kevin

How did you hear about LaunchCode? I heard about LaunchCode from June Mercer, a Computer Science professor at the St. Louis Community College — Meramec Campus. Tell us about your background. I have 7 years of experience providing customer service in a variety of settings and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science, Database Management,…

Ace Your Tech Interview

Ace Your Tech Interview

Top Tips For Your Tech Interview You’ve landed the interview — great job! Whether you are diving into the job hunt for the first time or returning to the drawing board after years as a developer, tech interviews can still seem incredibly daunting. You have put in all of the hard work, but the uncertainty…

LaunchCoder Q & A: Sean

LaunchCoder Q & A: Sean

Meet A Student Tell us a little bit about your background. Despite having worked in the web for almost 20 years, as a designer, interactive art director and UX designer, I remained largely ignorant of what was happening “under the hood”. This class has really helped me understand the bigger, or more accurately, the smaller,…

LaunchCoder Student Q & A With Luke

LaunchCoder Student Q & A With Luke

Making A Better Life — No Terrifying Debt Required What motivated you to sign up for class with LaunchCode? I have been searching for a way to start making a better life for myself, preferably without driving myself into terrifying debt. I was looking into Centriq, but could not acquire the money to attend. I have…

LaunchCoder Q & A With Kyle

LaunchCoder Q & A With Kyle

Meet a Student What motivated you to sign up? Working in IT networking and troubleshooting has taught me how things work. I signed up for CS50x to find out why things work. I’m always looking to be the very best at what I do, and I’m always looking to improve my skill set for future…

10 Best Resources to Learn Ruby on Rails

10 Best Resources to Learn Ruby on Rails

The Top 10 From Twitter to Airbnb to Kickstarter to Github, many of the websites we use every day run on the language/framework duo of Ruby on Rails. A great tool for building powerful applications quickly, Ruby is a versatile programming language used primarily for web programming, while Rails is a framework for building websites…

Oliver’s Story

Oliver’s Story

LaunchCoder Interview What motivated you to sign up? I was looking for a better way to learn coding. I had done a several online tutorials and courses on my own but wanted something a bit more structured. I went to a meetup and Matt Mawhinney took a few minutes to introduce us to LaunchCode. When…

LaunchCoder Q & A: Greame

LaunchCoder Q & A: Greame

Meet A Student What motivated you to sign up for CS50x? Honestly, I just thought programming could be cool. I remember taking a computer class in high school where we played around with HTML and thought it was fun. My friend told me there was a free class where you learn how to program so…

Kathleen’s Story

Kathleen’s Story

Rhode Island Student Interview What motivated you to sign up for CS50x? A few months before the class started, I had made the decision to change careers and devote myself full time to studying computer programming. I read that Harvard’s CS50 class was available free online and that, according to many, it was the best…

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jamin

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jamin

Meet a Student Tell us a little bit about your background. I originally got my B.S. in Exercise Science to become a physical therapist. However, like many applicants who are denied acceptance year after year, I was tired of my life sitting in limbo while I applied over and over. I began working at an online mortgage…

Brian’s Story

Brian’s Story

A LaunchCode Story How was I going to convince an employer to take a chance on a guy who doesn’t have a CS degree or professional experience? When I started learning how to code, I knew the biggest challenge would be transitioning those skills to the workplace. How was I going to convince an employer…