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Tutor Spotlight: Eric An - Web Development

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Jan 16, 2017 4:49:13 PM

One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentors and tutors. The team includes passionate and inspiring experts in UX design, UI design, web development, and iOS development from all over the globe.

CareerFoundry tutors help you with your day-to-day coursework, approve your tasks, and give you feedback. Some of our top graduates have gone on to become tutors themselves - they know the course well, and having been there, they know what it takes to complete an online course. Together with your expert mentor, they ensure you have both the core competencies - and the industry know-how - to succeed in the field.

In this post you’ll meet one of our awesome web development tutors, Eric An, an Economics graduate who developed a passion for coding and now uses his diverse skills in multiple roles - read on to learn how!

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7 Benefits You'll Notice When You Start Learning to Code

Posted by Eric An on Jan 2, 2017 2:07:50 PM

There has always been a perception about programming as something that is reserved for the smartest of minds - those who can type 100 words per minute while looking at a screen of text that is endlessly scrolling.

However, that is no longer true. Learning to code has made it into the mainstream, meaning that anyone can learn - you just need concentration, patience, and diligence. I did it, and so can you.

In this article, I'll look at 7 ways that learning to code can positively impact other parts of your life, in ways you wouldn't necessarily expect! 

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8 Web Development Trends To Look Out For In 2017

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Nov 21, 2016 6:00:54 PM

In recent years, the web has been getting more and more ingrained in our daily lives. We use it for everything, from shopping, to banking, to reading our news. The demand for web development talent is as high as ever, and the scope of what developers can do is huge!

As 2016 draws to an end, I can't help but wonder what 2017 will have in store for us. Will the web weave its way into even more areas of our life? 

Here's my list of the main players that I think will reshape the tech landscape in 2017! 

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A Beginner’s Guide to the 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

Posted by Eric An on Oct 27, 2016 10:31:10 AM

You’re sitting in a Starbucks, trying to get through the countless emails and reports that your boss needed by yesterday, when you hear some interesting chatter from the next table over.

They’re throwing around terms like "Ruby", "Java", "Python", and "Swift". You wonder what kind of conversation involves gems, coffee, snakes, and a controversial musical artist?

Hopefully, a quick Google search has led you to this article and you can now join in the enlightening debate and tell them interesting facts about “PHP”, all the while ignoring that urgent text message from your boss asking why you're researching illegal drugs on your work computer.

Read on to learn about the major languages that are available in today’s programming world!

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7 Tips For Success When Learning To Program Online

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Oct 14, 2016 12:05:00 PM

With tech skills in high demand and tons of resources to learn online - now is a great time to start learning to code! However, with so many websites to choose from, not to mention other distractions online, we don't blame you for getting lost and losing your focus.

What are the main pitfalls and how can you avoid them? CareerFoundry web development student Alex shares his top tips for success.

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What is Bootstrap? A Beginner's Guide

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Oct 10, 2016 10:32:50 AM

It’s not just the content on the web, or the headcount of people online that is growing - the number of ways we can actually get online is also on the rise. Nowadays, we can find ourselves interacting with websites on our laptops, TVs, phones, tablets, and even on our watches.

Building web applications that work properly and look great on all these different devices is one of the most common challenges that web developers and designers currently face. With more and more web traffic coming from mobile, it's not enough to say, "At least it works on desktop."

A variety of tools have been developed that make screensize responsiveness easier, and today we’re going to look at Bootstrap - arguably one of the best web development tools there is!

So what is Bootstrap? Will it really make your life easier? Read on to find out!

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5 reasons why you should learn Web Development instead of Native Development

Posted by Eric An on Aug 15, 2016 10:38:51 AM

These days there are many options out there to promote your business and share your ideas – from websites to native applications in marketplaces. Instead of combing through countless articles figuring out the differences between your options, I will present the information for you in 5 key areas that ultimately show why web development is still the superior and more effective solution for most people’s foray into the digital space.

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6 Questions I Asked Myself Before I Changed My Career To Web Development

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Jul 25, 2016 12:38:29 PM

Change, in any aspect of life, is one of the most difficult things we have to deal with. It can scare us into inaction or drive us forward. When faced with change, we often fear the unknown and begin to question whether we should even put in the effort. Taking the first step can become a daunting task. It is easy to get comfortable in a routine, especially when we know that change requires a lot of effort on our part.

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The Importance of GitHub for Web Developers

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Jul 7, 2016 8:58:56 PM

When starting out as a web developer, it can be easy to get lost in the multitude of languages, tools and platforms that are available in today’s market. However many would argue that GitHub is an essential platform for every web developer at every level.

GitHub was launched in April 2008 by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett. At its base, it is a web platform, written in Ruby on Rails and Erlang, which hosts code repositories. But it also provides developers with an amazing toolset that makes it easy to follow certain coding best practices, all the while allowing you to get your name out there and show what you are capable of doing.

In this article, I will explain why GitHub is such an important tool for today’s web developer and how you can go about using it to get your name out there and advance your career in web development.

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Ruby on Rails 5 - It’s Here! Find Out What’s New and How to Upgrade

Posted by Samuel Boguslawski on Jul 4, 2016 3:59:02 PM

So it’s finally here! After three beta releases and several weeks of discussion, Ruby on Rails 5 was officially released on Friday. It’s the biggest release from the Ruby on Rails community since June 2013 and comes with an impressive range of features and changes.

Here at CareerFoundry, we’re pretty excited for two reasons: Firstly, we’re busy implementing these features into our own platform. Secondly, we’re very proud to announce that our Web Development Course materials have already been updated to include the latest features and changes. What’s more, its developer community has ensured that Ruby on Rails 5 is not only loaded with new features to keep it up to date and interesting, but also that the framework is ready to evolve and embrace the future of technology.

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