Thinkful @PyGotham

The Thinkful team recently attended PyGotham, the annual NYC convention for all things Python!

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Organized and run by the NYC Python meetup group, the event attracted over 300 pythonistas and had 65 speakers including our “Patrón” of Engineering Saúl Díez-Guerra. Saúl’s talk on “Speed Without Drag” highlighted ways to make your Python code run faster.

Best Of: Newsletters for Aspiring Programmers

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When I decided to start learning web development, I took a “total immersion” approach. I listened to programming podcasts at the gym, filled my inbox with web development newsletters, and made HackerNews my homepage. Thinkful’s “Best Of” Series aims to help you do the same, by guiding you to resources that will bring you up to speed with the world of web development and inspire you to keep learning.

Last week, we discussed the best hackers to follow on Twitter. This week we’re focusing on email newsletters. Here’s a round-up of newsletters that cover a variety of topics in web development:

If you’re focusing on front-end, or just looking for a place to start with web development:

If you love design…

Thinkful @FlatironSchool

This past week, the Flatiron School had their #ScienceFAIR for their Ruby, iOS, and Web fellowship cohorts. The 80 students presented some amazing capstone projects to potential employers and we’ve highlighted a few (including a past Thinkful student!).

1. NYC Subway Alerts (nycsubwayalerts.herokuapp.com/)

Have you ever been frustrated with the NYC Subway system? Surprisingly, you aren’t alone! Christina Cannito, Samer Khaleel, Yaritza Rodriguez, and Yonatan Miller used the API for the New York MTA and created an amazing web app that allows you to set automatically text alerts when a specific subway line is having delays or isn’t running.

Users are able to receive the status of their trains via text message. This allows the user to give themselves the appropriate amount of time to get to their destination. nycsubwayalerts.herokuapp.com/

- Sends text messages to the user with the train status using Twilio.
- Scrapes the MTA’s API using NokoGiri to get the train’s status.
- Clean and an aesthetically appealing interface using Bootstrap, HTML and CSS.

We’ve had a few  students meet their mentors IRL but this encounter definitely takes the cake :)

We’ve had a few students meet their mentors IRL but this encounter definitely takes the cake :)

I’d just like to say thanks: I’m really enjoying mentoring students in FEWD and it’s great being part of the community, especially the professional development opportunities (I’m getting lots out of angular, node’s next on the list!)

Ben Boyle, Mentor in Thinkful’s Front-end Web Development course since June, 2013.

Tech Company Websites: Old vs New

Unlike the Space Jam website, most tech company websites are unrecognizable from when they first launched. After Microsoft released a picture of their site from 1994, we wanted to see the websites of other tech giants from back in the day! Using the Wayback Machine you can find older versions of websites as far back as 1996. Jump back into the 90s and see some of the first versions of tech websites on the internet.

1. Apple: 2000 vs Now

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Best Of: Twitter for Aspiring Programmers

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When I decided to start learning web development, I took a “total immersion” approach. I listened to programming podcasts at the gym, filled my inbox with web development newsletters, and made HackerNews my homepage. Thinkful’s “Best Of” Series aims to help you do the same, by guiding you to resources that will bring you up to speed with the world of web development and inspire you to keep learning.

This week we’re focusing on Twitter. Here’s an awesome list of people to follow as a newcomer to web development.

p.s. You can follow them all by subscribing to this list.

Educators

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Bio: CTO of Flatiron School, Founder of Girl Develop It

Tweets about: women in tech, meetups, learning resources, cats

Michael Hartl, @mhartl

Bio: Author of Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Tweets about: Ruby, various programming languages, Tau Day

Zed Shaw, @lzsthw 

Bio: Writer of Learn Code the Hard Way series including LPTHW

Tweets about: coding tips, learning resources, programming books

Derek Fogge – former student now mentor – talks with Bracha

I really believe in the mission of Thinkful. I’m not sure if you know but I took the FEWD course about a year ago and it completely changed my life! I love that I have the opportunity to give back any way I can.

Kind words from Pedro Yapor, a student in our iOS course.

Kind words from Pedro Yapor, a student in our iOS course.

#ThinkPress - July 2014

People keep on talking about us - check out July’s roundup below!

Coding Bootcamp Scholarships for Women

Our very own Tatiana has been working tirelessly to get the word out about her list of coding bootcamp scholarships specifically geared towards women. At Thinkful, we’re all about encouraging more women to get into coding, and we’re not alone.

Hadiza Mohammad from Women Rock Science wrote

Coding bootcamps are eager to have women apply so that more women can get into the tech field. 

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