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Back to School: Silicon Alley Edition

back2school Back to School: Silicon Alley Edition

Little kid's backpacks are out of control

Dust off those protractors and get some fresh batteries for that TI-83 kids, because summer’s almost over and it’s time for some tech tutorials that will put you on the right track to those mobile millions.

As usual, General Assembly has a slate of classes lined up for the aspiring app maker. News You Can Use goes down tonight, an introduction to the New York Time‘s API. Charlie O’Donnell describes the Grey Lady’s interface, “Vast! Powerful! A little confusing! All of these describe the New York Times data services, the amazing collection of more than a dozen API’s granting direct, real-time access to a huge assortment of information.”

Farther afield is Baruch College’s course on Mobile Application Development. According to Time Out, “You’ll design an icon, write action-scripting code, create scrolling pages and register your program with the Apple App Store or Android Market. Some prior knowledge of Flash is required.” Wonder if the App Store’s inscrutable gate keepers have a soft spot for student software …

From the Don’t Waste Your Money Department, Media Bistro is offering a $350 course in blogging. If you’re a retiree looking for a new creative outlet with plenty of cash to spare, this might be a decent option. But anyone honestly looking to make a name for themselves as a blogger should realize the entire medium is built around crafting a fresh, intimate voice, not the kind of thing you learn in a classroom.

Last but not least, Betabeat will be hosting a Skillshare class this Wednesday at our offices in Midtown. Skillshare co-founder Malcolm Ong will reprise his sold out Programming Concepts for Non-Programmers from 7-8:30pm. The class  is not officially open for registration yet, and sold out in just twenty minutes the last time Mr. Ong offered it, so watch our tweet stream today for first chance to sign up.

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