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hackersofseattle: “Ada Developers Academy has the mission of bringing more women into software development. It’s a very male dominated field and we found that women are not served well by a traditional educational pathway into tech so in thinking of creative options, Ada came out of the woodwork. The program is a softer transition into a career in development and we want to be around to support our students as they start these careers.” – Elise “We’re an industry driven…

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Liz’s Internship Experience at Substantial

One of the most unique things about Ada Developers Academy is that each student completes a 6 month internship at one of the sponsoring companies before graduating the program. We work hard matching the students with the sponsoring companies so we can help ensure that both the students and the companies will have a great internship experience.  Liz Rush, one of our first cohort students, did an awesome write up about her internship experience at Substantial, which is being shared…

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Ada Developers Academy featured on Pipeline Deals

Have you ever wondered how we recruit such amazing sponsors? Well, it’s not small feat! Our staff and steering committee have put a lot of hard work into the process, but we also have some tools to help us along the way. About 6 months ago, we started using a free bootstrap account from Pipeline Deals to help us coordinate our outreach effort and it’s been a huge help. Today, the Pipeline Deals blog is featuring a Q and A…

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August Release – LiquidPlanner

August Release – LiquidPlanner The Adies are already entering the fifth month of their internships and are doing some amazing work. We’re excited to share that Audrey has had her work on timesheets featured in the August Release over at LiquidPlanner! Stop by to learn more about the latest release and watch the video to see some of Audrey’s work!

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Congratulations, Scott!

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Ada’s very own Co-Founder and Steering Committee member, Scott Case, has been selected as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40! The Puget Sound region’s prestigious awards program spotlights the top innovators and business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. In addition to his work with Ada Developers Academy, Scott is the COO at EngergySavvy and holds an MBA in Business from…

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Regional Coding Programs

Starting your coding career in Seattle and wondering what resources are available? Self-teaching is a great way to begin programming, but that methodology doesn’t work for all of us. Sometimes we don’t know where to start or what tools we need – not to mention, it can be hard to motivate yourself to spend your free time working on code all by yourself.The structure of a class or workshop can be a great way to dive into programming without getting…

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Cohort One Capstone Projects

Phew! It’s unbelievable that our first cohort of students is already a third of the way through their internships. It’s been two months since the students have been in class, but we’ve been so heads down that the time has flown.  Better late than never, we’d like to publicly recognize the students’ capstone projects. These projects were the culmination of their classroom work and lasted a month. Students chose their own projects, many of which had external stakeholders, created feature sets,…

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Ada is Hiring!

Love writing code? Want to help others? Join Ada Developers Academy to help women prepare for software development careers. Ada Developers Academy is seeking instructors to teach our 24-week intensive programming training course. We’re looking for part-time, contract, and guest instructors, so if you’ve got another gig, we’re flexible. We’re looking for folks with experience in front-end development (HTML/CSS), JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, and Computer Science fundamentals (though, not all required in the same person). Job Duties Maintain and contribute to…

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Ada Apps at Code for Seattle

Last night, four Ada students presented their capstone projects (which featured civic data) to Code for Seattle: http://wherecanipark.in/seattle Our app, Seattle Street Parking, is a resource for anyone who has ever stood in front of 6 different parking signs trying to decipher where they can park. It takes City of Seattle data on the parking categories and displays them on a street map. We have just finished v1, and plan on making some major feature overhauls for v2, including the release…

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H is for Hstore

Using Postgres, like, for Real writting by Hsing-Hui, Ada student. Read the original post on her blog. The vast majority of Rails apps we build are hosted on Heroku, which uses PostgreSQL to store database tables. Since starting a new project by running rails new defaults to using SQLite3, the way kind of hacked around this problem was by simply using SQLite in development and testing, and postgreSQL in production, like so: (in Gemfile) group :development, :test do  gem “sqlite3″end group :production do  gem…

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