Do Software Developers Have Any Social Interaction on the Job?

When people picture technologists, such as software engineers and the like, their mind conjures up images of a twenty-year-old pimply guy wearing earbuds and a hoodie, with the hood pulled all the way up to his eyes. He is typing frenetically at his keyboard, and is in a very dark room, like a basement or a garage. He doesn’t stop typing, only taking his hands away from the keyboard to chug ...

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I Want to Break Into a Career In Tech. Where do I Start?

You’ve decided that you’d like to break into a career in technology. Technology is taking over the world. Robots are eating people’s jobs in every industry. You don’t want to be left behind, so you decide to jump on the bandwagon.

But you’re not 19 anymore. In fact, you have a career in something other than tech. You’re an accountant, a welder, a mechanic, or a lawyer -...

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Coding Bootcamps Vs. Computer Science Degrees

I recently received the following question via email:

"Hello! I'm a junior in high school and I've been looking into computer science programs for college and I was just wondering if a coding bootcamp is a substitute for a computer science degree. Would you recommend joining a coding bootcamp post-college or beforehand?"

These are fantastic questions, and I thought that m...

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How Much Do Coders Make?

The salaries of software engineers depend primarily on two factors: Experience and location. Let’s explore experience first.

Let’s look at how experience determines salary in the city of Chicago. The following is typical, but your mileage may vary:

0 - 1 years experience: $50,000 - $65,000

1 - 2 years experience: $65,000 - $90,000...

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Where Do Coders Work?

Coders work for companies of all sizes and in every industry. While it’s easy to understand why a developer might work at Microsoft - a company that develops software - it’s perhaps less intuitive why a developer might work for Home Depot.

The explanation, though, is simple. Every company relies on technology in some way. A hardware store may have a website and tens of software too...

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Q&A With Hiring Partner Leapfrog Online

SwitchUp conducted an interview with Leapfrog Online, a Chicago-based tech company who has hired five Actualize grads over the course of a few years. A special thanks to Kevin from Leapfrog Online and Mary from SwitchUp for doing this wonderful interview!

The interview covers many topics, including:

  • Why do you think Actualize grads are a good fit for your team? Read More

Actualize Students in Rwanda Share Their Experiences

Three of my students taking the Actualize Bootcamp share their experiences and discuss the education differences between traditional education in Rwanda versus Actualize's educational model.

Left to Right: Obed Bigirimana, Salomon Beza, and Karoli Kolokonyi

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What Skills Does it Take to Code?

There have been interesting discussions about what skills coding actually entails. Is learning a programming language like learning a new language - or is it more similar to learning math? There have even been studies that measure which parts of the brain are activated when coding.

The truth of the matt...

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Why Software Development is the #1 Job in America

Once upon a time, the hunt for a dream job may have required first passing a difficult bar exam, or putting in intense residency hours. In recent years, however, careers in law or medicine have been pushed aside in favor of technologically advanced careers; namely, software development. Technology is on the rise, and software developers are rising with it.


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What Do Coders Actually Do?

Coders go by many names. Software Engineers, Software Developers, and Computer Programmers are three of the most common terms used to describe professional coders, and all titles basically refer to the same position, as there’s no substantive difference between the three. The term programmer is slightly dated, so you’ll see more mention of software engineers and ...

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Is Coding a Blue-Collar Job?

An article was posted in the online version of Wired Magazine recently that generated a lot of buzz. Entitled "The Next Big Blue-Collar Job is Coding", I didn't find the article interesting nor did I feel that it had a cogent point. However, numerous people emailed ...

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Course Report Apprentice Spotlight: ACLTC Alumnus Luke Evans

What's it like to apprentice for Anyone Can Learn To Code's web agency The Difference Engine? Find out firsthand in a Q&A from Course Report with ACLTC alumnus Luke Evans, who graduated in January from our San Francisco bootcamp. Luke talks about his transition from chemical engineering to a career in web development, what the learning experience was like at ACLTC, and the projects he's work...

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Alumni Feature: Khoa Le

Our alumni are pretty amazing individuals. While still working daytime jobs, they attended our 12-week part-time coding bootcamp on weeknights from M-Th and all day Sunday. Some were looking to make a career change, while others were looking to learn a new skill. We loved getting to know each and everyone of them, and feel like our readers should get to know them too.

This morning, we sat...

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Planning for Success: Learning to Code in 2016

While losing weight, getting organized, and traveling to new places are all worthy New Year’s resolutions, gaining code literacy should be at the top of your list for 2016. Here’s why.

The world is rapidly becoming more tech oriented each and every day. We are now surrounded and dependent on internet and mobile technology like never before. Understanding how these technologies work...

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