After four weeks of pair programming full-time together, we are inseparable and finishing each others’ sentences.
By Annie Chang & Louise Fox (Students, Hackbright Academy)
We shared our passion for dogs and technology by building a website for dogwalkers, inspired by our obsession with our dogs and ensuring proper care while we are away coding. Our site is called “DogLog” and users can log their dogwalks, dogs, and ‘logs’. Obviously, we love crappy puns.
The founders of coding school Hackbright Academy explain why they went with an all-female format and how it’s working out for graduates.
By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
Startup fever may be raging like never before, but the number of women graduating from computer science programs is actually falling. Christian Fernandez, co-founder of Hackbright Academy, has his suspicions as to what’s to blame from this paradox.
“It’s purely anecdotal but there are a lot of women who
16 of us filed into an office in San Francisco’s Mission District today – among our ranks were physicists, teachers, mech and electrical engineers, sys admins, women fresh out of college, mothers, MIG welders, professors, biologists.
By Margaret Morris (Student, Hackbright Academy)
We’re the newest batch of Bene Gesserit Hackbright women, here to learn the entire Python-based dev stack, one layer at a time. We all hail from vastly different backgrounds and found this path through multiple routes, each with our own
Pairing is finding fans at technology companies…
By Joseph Walker (Writer, Wall Street Journal)
Virginia Woolf argued that a woman writer needs a room of her own. In Silicon Valley, some companies are questioning whether software programmers even need their own cubicles.
Their method is “pair programming” — where two people share one desk and one computer.
Programming is by no means an individual pilgrimage; seeing what others are working on and helping/getting help from others can make learning much more fun and rewarding.
By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)
There has been ups and downs, some days (and nights) of pure nightmares, literally (quoting one of my classmates, “I dreamed that a python ate me last night”!), and some days of awesome state of “flow”, when hours seem to fly by and lots get done.
I begin to realize I am approaching this 10-week course less as a syntax crash course, more of a training of the mind. Many hackers eventually build in other languages, but mastering
By Anna Billstrom (Developer, Momentus Media)
I really want to find this picture of my great-grandfather standing in front of his car, that has a license plate with a big circle cut out of the center. He’s showing off his invention. A way of keeping your car from being stolen. You take the center of the license out with you when you leave the car. Ta-da.
Inventing things is so much fun! OK blog post is done.
Alright, more background: She’s Geeky is an “unconference” that is, a loosely self-organized conference based on
By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
In 4 days, it will be the 1 year anniversary of launching BizeeBee my second startup. When I started BizeeBee, I was determined to put in place engineering principles that I hadn’t been able to at previous companies. I also wanted to avoid a lot of bad practices that I had experienced throughout my career such as splitting the responsibilities of development and testing, and product bloat.
I know most startups like to take the quick and dirty approach to product development, and then go back and refactor or rebuild their product. That’s great and we’ve certainly refactored a lot of our code base too. But I started charging customers from
By Samantha John (Engineer, Pivotal Labs)
A few months ago, I attended the TechCrunch hackathon in NYC. I expected an intense all-night session where programmers would crank out crazy amounts of code at top speed. As it turned out, my assumptions were far off from reality. Walking around the room there was conspicuously more Redditing than programming on my fellow hackers’ screens.
As it turns out, developers goof around. A lot. It’s understandable. Everyone procrastinates and it’s even more difficult to focus when your job is the internet. The result is that programmers