Project Shift Blog

4 Essential Behaviors Required to Become a Developer

Over the last several years as we’ve taught and developed new software engineers, we’ve met with dozens of software engineering leaders from across the world. From large international tech corporations in Israel, small tech startups in Austin or Durham, Google, IBM, you name it, we’ve met them and asked them the same question: “What are you looking for when you hire new software engineers?”
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What Programming Language Should I Learn?

You’ve decided you’re ready to take the plunge and start learning to code, but where do you start? There are so many resources and SO many opinions out there, it’s difficult to cut through the noise to understand what’s important in the beginning.
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Alumni Spotlight: Wes

Last week we had the chance to catch up with Project Shift Alumni and Software Engineer, Wes Jourdan. Wes works for Fugitive Labs out of The American Underground in Downtown Durham. Before entering Project Shift, Wes worked in a variety of jobs in logistics and the restaurant industry. He was dead set on teaching himself to code through online platforms before applying and being accepted to Project Shift's January 2018 fellowship.
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Adopt These 4 Essential Behaviors to Become a Software Developer

Over the last several years as we’ve taught and developed new software engineers, we’ve met with dozens of software engineering leaders from across the world. From large international tech corporations in Israel, small tech startups in Austin or Durham, Google, IBM, you name it, we’ve met them and asked them the same question:
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Why We Teach Fullstack Software Engineering

Note: This is Part 1 of a multi-part blog series which outlines the core principles of Project Shift's 12 Week Software Engineering curriculum.
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Cohort Project: Rebuilding Slack from Scratch

Project Shift students build dozens of projects throughout the course, but there’s an extra focus on the two final projects they present upon graduation at Demo Night (the last day of the cohort). One of these projects is an individual project, and the other is their “Cohort Project”.
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5 Important Ways To Evaluate Coding Schools

If you’re considering a career in coding, then you’re probably already well aware of the fact that you don’t need a Computer Science degree to do it. However, weeding through the dozens of code schools you see online is a difficult task. Unlike Computer Science degrees, these schools have very little regulation, making it hard to make a decision on which school to pursue. Therefore, you must adopt a criteria for evaluating code schools. When choosing a code school in Raleigh, NC, these are the things you should look out for:
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Cohort One: First Hackathon

Last week, our students completed their first of 3 hackathons! They began on a Wednesday afternoon where every student pitched a project idea and was then assigned groups based on the most popular ideas. Once the students settled into their groups they began sketching out wireframes and thinking through how they needed to structure their applications. All groups were required to implement React, Redux, and an API of their choice. They were given 48 hours to complete their projects before presenting to one another on Friday afternoon.
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We're Going All In On Our Students

To our knowledge, we’ll be the first coding school in North Carolina (including universities) to ever openly commit to publishing all our hiring statistics and student outcomes. Isn’t that the goal of all this? No one quits their job and invests in a program like ours unless there’s a significant shot that they could transition their careers and change their lives. The same goes for university degrees, but that’s another story.
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The 1000 Hours of Coding Goal

Learning how to code? Let’s face it, this is hard and the odds are stacked against you. If it was easy, everyone would learn to code and get a high paying job, but not everyone was meant to do this and part of this journey for you might be discovering that you’re not meant to do this. But if that’s the case, don’t let it be because you didn’t count the costs, were too afraid to work hard, or worse yet, because you didn’t know what you needed to do to make the career transition. So if you’re going to do this, and make it, you’ve got to face the mountain and not pretend it's just a hill.
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