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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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Hemiola of the week – PGP GPG

written by Sue, current Ada student. Read the original post on her blog. As a private communications enthusiast, I hosted my very own PGP keysigning party. Beforehand, I shared with my fellow Adies how to generate their keypairs. The conference room surged with entropy as we all made our random movements to generate our keys. It was intense. If you’d like to generate your own keypair and join the web of trust, follow these simple steps. Download GPGtools. It integrates with…

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Semantic UI is awesome – part 3

this is part of a series from Ellen, a current Ada student. Read the whole series on her blog.  My love affair with Semantic-UI continues. It offers you so much control! A few weeks ago, we used Semantic-UI heavily in our project about responsive, mobile-first design. The results of the project, which I worked on with my brilliant classmate Christina Thompson, can be found here: Ada Pea Patch. I also used Semantic-UI on my upgraded blog. In the context of this…

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Displaying Popups on Mouse Hover with jQuery

by Galina Yermicheva, cohort 1 student. Read the original on her blog. A part of Ada is attending networking events to get to know the Seattle tech community better. I thought it would be great if my classmates could add events like this to a common calendar and the users would be notified via email and have the option to RSVP to events. I decided to work on this project over winter break, and this is how Ada Calendar came to life.…

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I’m Here to Resque You

by Audrey Carlsen, cohort 1 student. Read the full post on her blog. I spent last Friday trying to push my most recent web app to production. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to implement a gem called Resque, which allows you to run background jobs (such as mailing all users when a new blog post is created) without having the hold up the rest of your app. In this post, I’m going to assume that you already have Resque working locally…

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How to get RuboCop to ignore String Literals

by Shadae Holmes, cohort 1 student. Read the full post on her blog. The RuboCop gem is a ruby community approved, code style analyzer. We have used it in a few projects to keep in line with recommended ruby style. I usually start by using RuboCop from the beginning of the project. Upon doing this, right away there are errors stating “Prefer single-quoted strings when you don’t need string interpolation or special symbols”. That’s correct, Rails when initialized breaks more than a…

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New Year, New Apps

During the holiday break, Ada Developers Academy students were given the task of creating fully-functional web applications. The catch: because so many students were traveling, with family, or otherwise busy, the students were tasked with creating the applications completely independently. The Exploratory Application project was completely open-ended – students chose the application, determined a reasonable scope given their vacation time commitments, and even the picked language and framework to work with. The primary requirement was that the project had to…

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Diverse Software Developer Talent—A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Susannah Malarkey is the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance, our parent organization – and she’s also a writer for Xconomy. During the holiday break, she wrote a great article about Ada Developers Academy. We thought we’d share! Why are companies, agencies, and individuals investing in our program? Because they believe we need to address the workforce shortage and gender imbalance in software development. They realize that Ada can make an immediate difference, defining an alternative pathway for women to enter…

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