Interview With Shane

Interview With Shane

Student-Turned-Teaching Fellow Shane Tells Us All About His LaunchCode Experience Tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to LaunchCode. I received a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in 2012 but was unable to find anything that really used my degree. I worked as an Electronics Bench Technician…

Introduction to User Experience

Introduction to User Experience

Pulling Back The Curtain On Our UX Process We’re living in the Technology Revolution, and as we experience the change in the job market, every other industry is trying to find their place. As demand for tech jobs increases, there is an increase in the need for related jobs in design and User Experience (UX).…

How To Have A Successful Project

How To Have A Successful Project

Tips For Completing Your First Project To land a technical job, you should first complete a decent sized programming project to serve as tangible proof that you have the required skills. Unfortunately, this can be difficult and where great candidates often get stuck. Even after studying alone online or in a classroom environment, building your…

5 Personal PR Tips For A Career In Tech

5 Personal PR Tips For A Career In Tech

Be Your Own PR Rep Congratulations, you’ve been placed into a tech apprenticeship with LaunchCode! Now what? Learning doesn’t stop when class ends and you land that apprenticeship — it’s only just begun. Welcome to your new career in tech. Here are some ways to make your professional journey a little easier. Think Of Yourself…

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.…

LC101: Q & A With Jesse

LC101: Q & A With Jesse

The LaunchCode Ed Team on LC101 Where did LC101 come from? LC101 is the product of about a year’s worth of work to create the best coding class we can — one that provides a solid foundation in programming, and is also accessible and enjoyable to a broad audience. This year, we’ve run 9 classes…

How To Be A Rockstar Candidate: Part 1

How To Be A Rockstar Candidate: Part 1

Part one of two on how to be a standout LaunchCode apprenticeship candidate.  What We’re Looking For Getting your first job in tech can be a very tough prospect if you don’t have a computer science degree from a top university. The process can overwhelming, and it’s very difficult to know where you stand. LaunchCode helps you…

Student Q & A: Channon

Student Q & A: Channon

Meet a Student Can you tell us a bit about your background? I recently graduated from high school. I’ve had four years of classical music training with piano, but 11 years of practice. Music led me to be good at math, and I believe math led me to be good at art. I have also…

Mentor Interview: CoderGirl Helena

Mentor Interview: CoderGirl Helena

Meet a Mentor We couldn’t carry out our mission to educate and employ eager, driven tech talent without the help of our amazing mentors. Helena has been a CoderGirl mentor for two years, where she imparts her wisdom and pro tips from years of experience as a professional developer. How did you come to LaunchCode? While studying Pre-Med, I…

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…

The Agile Process

The Agile Process

The Agile Process at LaunchCode Building a successful project takes work and some serious perseverance. However, many people don’t realize that their success or failure in building a project depends on more than pure grit. The most successful individuals and teams create their projects systematically. They keep things simple and only work on what is…

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,…

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jeff & Jane

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jeff & Jane

Jane, from Kansas City, and Jeff, from St. Louis, met in the middle of their two hometowns during college at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A few years and many adventures later, Jeff saw an online posting for LaunchCode Kansas City’s free CS50x course in the Spring of 2016. The course was free and only six…

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…

Padmini’s Story

Padmini’s Story

LaunchCode is like GPS for career seekers For Padmini, coding is like creating her own logic. “When you write your own code, it feels like you are discovering something new – it’s so pretty, and easy for my mind to settle into it,” she says. Although coding came easy for Padmini, finding a job in…

Felipe’s Story

Felipe’s Story

Meet a LaunchCode Apprentice Years ago Felipe saw an ad in which Bill Gates and Chris Bosh, amongst others, explained the importance of learning how to code. Inspired, but with zero experience or education in coding, Felipe had no idea he could actually achieve a career as a programmer. Felipe is originally from Ecuador. He…