New School Learning

Coding Schools Aren’t Helping Anyone, So HappyFunCorp Is Starting Its Own

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You may not recognize the name, but HappyFunCorp is one of the top product engineering firms in New York, and has laid down code for a corporate A-list that includes AOL, Bloomberg, AmEx and LinkedIn. With his competition consolidating and a booming economy for new apps, HappyFunCorp cofounder Ben Schippers is in a position to place plenty of young engineers in lucrative tech jobs.

The trouble is, he can’t hire anyone. You’d think the glut of NYC coding schools like General Assembly, Flatiron and App Academy would be cranking out capable product engineers, but Mr. Schippers says those school don’t prepare students to survive in the startup world. Read More

teens these days

Flatiron School Launches ‘Coding Conservatory’ For High Schoolers

Make way for teens. (Facebook)

Calling all teens who aren’t already tech geniuses: the Flatiron School today announced it’s launching a coding conservatory for high school students. Sounds #fancy.

Called Flatiron After School, the new program will teach students 14 to 18 years old about modern programming languages like JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, a press release stated. It’ll encompass 48 hours of lessons spread out over 12 weeks, and take place at the school’s Wall Street campus at 11 Broadway. Read More

Kids These Days

High School Kids Earning $4K a Month Through Gaming Site ROBLOX

A screengrab from Mr. Correira's game, Paintball!. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.

Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash. Read More

Programs for Programmers

Take The Flatiron School’s New Course And Become an iOS Expert

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A year and ten days ago, to be exact, Manhattan’s Flatiron School was founded—its mission to turn programming noobs into poachable techies by the end of one intensive, semester-long Ruby course.

Now, the school is expanding its offerings with the launch of a new ten-week iOS program that promises to make you a master of mobile development (in other words: apps. Lots of apps.) Read More

This Happened

Unsuspecting 5-Year-Old Girl Being Stealth Prepared for a Grueling Life of Coding

You're too you for the internet, kids! (Photo: Ben Northrop)

Garry Welding is a programmer with a blog who works as a contractor for an ecommerce company in the U.K. Garry Welding’s daughter is an unsuspecting, angelic five year old who would probably like to play legos but is instead being forced to learn how to code by her programmer father because “Hacker News will love it, honey!”

Mr. Welding published a post to his blog about how his daughter had shown a passing interest in his work. He decided to seize on this opportunity and set up a simple program so he could begin to teach her how to code. Before she could touch the computer he filled up her juicy cup with Mountain Dew and told her that if she didn’t ship something today she’d have to go back to being a test engineer (not really). Read More

Code or Be Coded

‘Do Not Learn to Code,’ Declares Professional Coder

Mr. Atwood, probably yelling at you for wanting to learn a new hobby. (flickr.com/pepez)

The “learn to code” meme probably reached its pinnacle around the time Mayor Bloomberg announced his dedication to the initiative, but it has now begun the inevitable slide into backlash territory. Who would have thought that a fluffy gesture of commitment to a burgeoning New York industry would tip over into controversy? This is why we can’t have nice things, Internet.

In a post published today on his popular blog Coding Horror, Stack Exchange founder Jeff Atwood publicly decried programming newbies’ hilarious attempts to learn the art of code. As if you pathetic wannabes could ever know as much as he does about coding. Read More

New Education for the New Economy

Codecademy Launches Labs To Help Students Explore Their New Skills

Codecademy broke onto the scene with some impressive growth and a $2.5 million round of funding from an all star cast that included Union Square Ventures and SV Angel. Now they are rolling out their first big product, Codecademy Labs, which lets users program in Ruby, Python and Javascript without having to download a desktop based editor, better known as an integrated development environment (IDE), which can require a whole lesson in itself.

The new product is based on work done by Codecademy’s first new hire, Amjad Masad, a Jordanian who’s open source work was already powering a big part of Codecademy. The aim is to get people writing and sharing programs without the hurdles of downloading software and learning to work in an IDE. Read More