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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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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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