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New Year, New Career

Make 2018 different with a new set of skills and career in tech. It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season has ended and people are geared up and focused on their resolutions for the New Year. As trite as resolutions may seem to some, many others look to the New Year to wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again. It’s an opportunity to refresh, refocus and renew in your life — career goals are no different. That’s where Zip Code Wilmington comes in. For those that are looking to...

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Zip Code Wilmington’s 2017 Year in Review

We’ve accomplished so much in 365 days… and we’re just getting started. 2017 has been a wild ride for Zip Code Wilmington. As the year closes and we embark on 2018 we decided to reflect on some of the great things that Zip Code has accomplished over the last year. 1. We guess you can call 2017, our year of growth because the organization has expanded in more ways than one – the most obvious being our location. In September, we made the big move to the co-working space, The Mill. We not only...

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Which Language Are You Speaking: JavaScript

Zip Code Wilmington has added JavaScript to its fall teaching schedule as part of the back end programming track. Get ready to arm yourself with a useful, new coding language. Don’t be fooled. Even though JavaScript (JS) has Java in its name, the languages are different. JavaScript is a web-based language used to build interactive websites, while Java is a programming language that most refer to as “the basics.” JavaScript was developed by Brendan Eich of Netscape Communications in 1995....

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Meet Dolio Durant

Zip Code Wilmington is growing in more ways than one – a bigger and better space, more classes and even new instructors. Enter Dolio Durant.  Durant joined the Zip Code crew in August as a technical instructor. He is an expert software engineer with more than 18 years' experience, an avid world traveler, part-time rock star, and automotive enthusiast turned instructor. Let’s have a little Q&A session with Durant, to learn more about him, his interests and what he plans to bring to Zip Code...

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Calling all Innovators!

The third annual Delaware Innovation Week will take place November 3 to November 11. Are you ready? Delaware is small but mighty, which is evident as the state advances its position at the forefront of tech and entrepreneurial activity. A perfect example is Delaware Innovation Week – a culminating week of events showcasing the state’s burgeoning innovation community through workshops, networking and demonstrations.  This year’s DIW17 will include 30 open-calendar events celebrating technology...

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A New Place to Call Home

Creative energy floods the hallways. It’s located in the heart of downtown Wilmington. And it’s Zip Code Wilmington’s new home.  Zip Code Wilmington is now located on the fourth floor of the Nemours Building (1007 N Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801), in of one of the city’s most popular startups, The Mill. Although our physical move was just one city block, in the process we’ve added more than 1,000 square feet of workspace and joined a community of innovators. The Mill is a co-working space...

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The Tech Industry Needs More Latino Developers

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, Zip Code Wilmington is exploring the need for Latino developers in the growing tech industry. No one can deny the last decade’s tech boom. But as the number of tech jobs increases, those who are filling the positions have not been representative of the world we live in. The tech space has primarily been occupied by white males. In 2014, news headlines called out Apple for its 70% male and more than 50% white workforce. This lack of diversity is not exclusive...

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Alumni Spotlight: Albert Collazo

Before Zip Code Wilmington, Albert Collazo’s work experience included being a Non-Destructive Testing Technician in the oil and energy industry and an Intel Analyst for the U.S. Army. Both jobs paid the bills but neither were fulfilling, according to Collazo. Collazo is a creative at heart. In 2004, after high school, he attended Delaware College of Art and Design to study animation. But that didn’t work out as planned. “I didn’t come from a wealthy or even middle-class family,” Collazo...

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Alumni Spotlight: Latasha Watson

MERGING A LOVE OF ART AND DESIGN WITH A PASSION FOR CODING In April, Latasha Watson joined the Bank of America team as an Applications Programmer – a job offer that came in just weeks after completing the 12-week immersive bootcamp, Zip Code Wilmington. She says those three months changed her and her daughter’s life for the better. In her new role, Watson writes code to generate web pages, accesses databases and business logic servers, modifies and debugs software for web sites, just to name a...

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Which Language Are You Speaking: Java

For newbies to the tech industry, it can seem as if coders speak a different language. In fact, they do. There are more than 600 notable coding languages to choose for projects – and more to be added in our fast-paced digital world. Although the list of programming languages continues to grow, there are a few popular coding languages that power nearly every digital device you own and website you visit. Java, Python, C, C++, JavaScript, C#, Ruby, PHP, and Objective-C are among the most popular...

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