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How to Survive and Succeed at a Software Development Boot Camp

  Lots of people have questions about what it takes to succeed at a software development boot camp like Zip Code Wilmington. Below is advice from Zip Code instructors, alumni, and current students (edited for clarity). Words of wisdom from Zip Code Instructor David Ginzberg: Boot camps are not casual affairs. It’s just as important to ensure that you are mentally prepared to attend as it is to make sure those who you care about know what to expect. You will be dedicating almost every waking...

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ZCW – Changing the World…One Developer at a Time

As you’ve probably noticed, software runs the world. From your mobile devices to your TV screen, from your car to your coffee machine, software is all around us, and behind all of it is good, clean, code. Over the past few years the limits to what technology can do for us on an everyday basis has expanded, and with that has come a tremendous need for talented software developers to write the backbone of all of these technologies. Learning a programming language has become just as important, if...

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Programming Languages that are in demand in the Financial Sector

To start my blog post, I would like to state that Programming knowledge and skills do have a say in the bustling world of finance. And with the way the finance industry shifts to becoming more automated and technologically inclined these days, programmers and developers in the finance sector are certainly of high demand. For example, top financial institutions like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have adopted Scala programming language for many of its features including currying, type...

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Why Learn Java?

Beginner Friendliness Generally, Java was designed to be relatively beginner-friendly in that it assumes the programmer is not that smart or careful, so programmers will be less likely to shoot themselves in the foot when coding Java apps. Relatively Simple to Use Java is a high level language, which means Java abstracts away (i.e. handles for you) most of the complex details of the machine (computer) such as memory management, etc. Thus, you can focus on programming instead of worrying about...

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The Most in Demand Programming Languages on Wall Street

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein raised some eyebrows last year when he said that banks are, in essence, technology companies. But the fact is, roughly 25% of Goldman’s staff work in technology – more than in any other sector. With analytics, mobile and web security poised to be major priorities for banks in 2015, tech departments on Wall Street should only continue to grow. But where will all the hiring occur? The key is to look at the programming languages that banks are, and aren’t, using....

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Which freaking big data programming language should I use?

Interested in reading the original article? Check it out over on InfoWorld. You have a big data project. You understand the problem domain, you know what infrastructure to use, and maybe you've even decided on the framework you will use to process all that data, but one decision looms large: What language should I choose? (Or perhaps more pointed: What language should I force all my developers and data scientists to suffer?) It's a question that can be put off for only so long. Sure, there's...

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10 Steps to Learn a New Coding Language Fast

Learning a new language can seem like a daunting task. However, as it is with all types of learning, there are certain techniques and practices that will help you learn the language faster and more efficiently. Here are 10 of the best practices that aspiring programmers can use to quickly start programming in a new language. 1. Make a Time Commitment for Learning So often we think that we can learn a new language spending half an hour a day over the course of a week. While this approach will...

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The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

Interested in reading the original? Check it out over at General Assembly. In 2012, Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared, “Software is eating the world.” By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But a study by Gartner projects that universities are not likely to produce enough qualified graduates to fill even about 30% of these jobs. This means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a...

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Gov. Markell highlights efforts to adapt Delaware's workforce to new technologies

In his latest message, Gov. Jack Markell highlighted recent efforts to train Delaware’s workforce to keep up with changing technologies. He used coding bootcamp Zip Code Wilmington as an example. Zip Code Wilmington recently achieved a hundred percent job placement for its first round of graduates. The 16 participants now have full-time IT positions in places including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Capital One. In their new jobs, their salaries average $55,000. Markell noted one...

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Zip Code Wilmington achieves full job placement for its first graduating class

This article is courtesy of Delaware Public Media. Zip Code Wilmington, a bootcamp to train coders, has achieved a hundred percent job placement for its first round of graduates. The 16 graduates learned how to code in Java and Javascript over the course of 12 weeks, which was completed last Friday. Tuition costs $2,000, but is paid back through apprenticeships with local companies. Tech Impact, a nonprofit that manages the program, offered full tuition scholarships to seven students who earned...

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