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Ep. 142 - Codeland - Mental Health talks from Michelle Morales and Greg Baugues

This episode features two talks on mental health that explore two very differ... more

Ep. 141 - Codeland - Interview with NYC's first CTO

When Minerva Tantoco was first offered the CTO position for New York City, sh... more

Ep. 140 - Codeland - Gaming and City Talks from Chris Algoo, Kate Rabinowitz, Eric Brelsford

Chris Algoo shares how he co-created “Breakup Squad,” the game where you have... more

Ep. 139 - Codeland - Gaming Talks from Jessica Rudder and Opher Vishnia

In our second episode of our Codeland miniseries, we dig into our talks on ga... more

Ep. 138 - Codeland - Art and Code Talks from Stephanie Nemeth and Dan Shiffman

In episode 1 of our Codeland miniseries, you get to hear two amazing talks on... more

Ep. 137 - Intro to Data Science

If you've heard of open data, big data, and data science and never quite knew... more

Ep. 136 - Welcome to WordPress

WordPress powers 27% of the web, with sites big and small leveraging the popu... more

Ep. 135 - The Michael Jordan of Tech Talks

In just over a year, Kim’s spoken at eight meetups, ten conferences, had talk... more

Ep. 134 - Getting Into Hardware

This week, we followed up our conversation about embedded systems with a focu... more

Ep. 133 - Building Robot Vacuum Cleaners: An Intro to Embedded Systems

Chris’s job sounds impressive. After over a decade working in tech, he’s desi... more

Ep. 132 - The Business of Open Source

When we talk about open source, we focus mostly on the code and contributions... more

Ep. 131 - Take My Money

If you plan on getting a job as a developer, chances are, you’ll deal with th... more

Ep. 130 - 30 Million Downloads

Jo Overline’s created 30 apps, totally 30 million downloads over the past ten... more

Ep. 129 - Getting My First Developer Job

The dream is to learn to code for a few months and get a job right away. But ... more

Ep. 128 - Progressive Coders Network

Rapi wasn’t very politically engaged until his husband told him about Bernie ... more

Ep. 127 - Creating a Game for Vets

When Evan read an article about the rate of suicide among veterans returning ... more

Ep. 126 - The Mechanic

Ray Acevedo was a mechanic, a full-time job he held while he learned to code ... more

Ep. 125 - Learning to Code in the 1960s

Mary became a programmer in the late 1960s, back when coding was “barbaric,” ... more

Ep. 124 - Open Source Newbie

Shubheksha shares her experience contributing to open source, why it took her... more

Ep. 123 - Rails Girls Summer of Code

Before becoming a developer, Laura had a number of job titles, including musi... more

Ep. 122 - The Ethics of Coding

Bill Sourour was twenty-one when he was asked to build a website for a pharma... more

100 Days of Code: CodeNewbie Edition


For our last podcast episode of 2016, we interviewed Alex Kallaway, the creator of the #100DaysofCode challenge. He told us about the ups and downs of finishing the challenge, and the value ... more

Ep. 121 - TechHire

If you’re hoping to get your first tech job and you haven’t heard of TechHire... more

100 Days of Code


We talked to Alex Kallaway about his #100DaysofCode challenge, and we wanted to hear your thoughts on coding for one hour every day. Join us for our weekly #CodeNewbie Twitter chat on Wednesdays 9PM EST.

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Ep. 120 - 100 Days of Code

Alex Kallaway was working as a full-time developer, but it wasn’t enough. He ... more

Being an Indie Developer


We talked to Ish Shabazz on the CodeNewbie Podcast about being an indie developer, and all the ups and downs that come with it, so we wanted to hear your thoughts on the independent developer life. See you next Wed at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie Twitter chat!

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Ep. 119 - Indie iOS Developer

Ish Shabazz recently released Stamp Pack, the iOS app that gave him his bigge... more

Patience and Perservance


We talked to George Moore, who spent years driving trucks before buckling down to start his coding journey. Now, he's a master software engineer. So we wanted to talk to you about patience and perseverance. Join us every Wed at 9PM EST for our #CodeNewbie Twitter chat!

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Ep. 118 - Truck Driver

George Moore drove trucks for years. But he knew he wanted to do more with hi... more

Harassment in Tech


In part two of our conversation with Ashe Dryden, we talked about how working in diversity has affected her life, for better and for worse. So we wanted to talk to you about harassment in tech. Join us every Wed for our #CodeNewbie twitter chat at 9PM EST.

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Ep. 117 - Diversity in Tech - Part II

In part II of our interview, Ashe Dryden talks about how the harassment she’s... more

Diversity in Tech


In Episode 116 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, we talked to Ashe Dryden about diversity in tech, and we wanted to know your thoughts on the topic. Join us every Wed at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 116 - Diversity in Tech - Part I

Diversity in tech is a big topic. In our conversation with Ashe Dryden, progr... more

What are you thankful for?


In the Thanksgiving holiday spirit, we asked you what code-related things you're thankful! We got back wonderful answers, new resources to look into, and tons of good feels. Join us next Wed at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 115 - Getting a Computer Science Degree

Terri Burns didn’t start off as a computer science major, but she ended up no... more

Your Best Learning


We talked to Nick DePrey about building NPR One, and in that conversation, he talked about the best way he learns. So we wanted to hear about your best way to learn. Join us every Wed at 9PM EST for our #CodeNewbie twitter chat!

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Ep. 114 - What's an Innovation Accountant?

Nick is an Innovation Accountant, a mash-up of data, analytics, coding, runni... more

Hackathons


We talked to Leslie Hitchcock from TechCrunch about organizing hackathons, and we wanted to hear about your hackathon experience. Join us next Wed at 9PM EDT for another #CodeNewbie Twitter chat!

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Ep. 113 - Hackathons

Leslie Hitchcock started her career writing white papers on information secur... more

Politics and Code


We talked with Baratunde Thurston about coding and politics and we wanted to hear your thoughts on it! Join us every Wed at 9PM EDT for our #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 112 - Comedy and Code - Part II

In part two of our interview with comedian Baratunde Thurston, we talk about ... more

Comedy and Code


We talked with Baratunde Thurston about comedy and code in Episode #111 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, and we wanted to hear what you thought about it. Don't forget to join us next Wed at 9PM EDT for another #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 111 - Comedy and Code - Part I

Baratunde Thurston’s made a career of combining tech, comedy, and politics. F... more

Ep. 110 - Coding in Uganda

Emily Karungi went to university for software engineering, but when she walke... more

Your Coding Blog


We talked about coding blogs with John Sonmez in Ep. 109 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, and we wanted to talk to you about how you felt about coding blogs! Join us every Wed at 9PM EDT for the #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 109 - Simple Programmer

Years after John Sonmez had been programming, he learned something very impor... more

Tech Internships


We talked to Dara Oke in Ep. 108 about tech internships (she's done 4 in three years while in college!), and we wanted to hear your thoughts on tech internships. Join our #CodeNewbie Twitter chat, every Wed at 9PM EDT!

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Ep. 108 - Tech Internships

Dara Oke graduated with four tech internships under her belt. She’s worked at... more

Helping Each Other Out


In Ep. 107, Lorraine and Bobby Hutter talk about their coding journey as mother and son, and so we wanted to talk to you about giving and asking for help. See you next Wed at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 107 - Mom and Son Learn To Code

Lorraine Hutter watched her son Bobby go to a bootcamp and learn to code. She... more

Tech Conferences


We talk about our upcoming Codeland conference and get your ideas, thoughts, and feedback on how to make it the best conference for our #CodeNewbie community! See you next Wed at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 106 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part II

We continue our conversation with developer Julia Nguyen on her mental health... more

Mental Health and Tech


We talked to Julia Nguyen about mental health in tech and her own journey dealing with mental health issues, and we wanted to hear your thoughts. Join us every Wed at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie twitter chat!

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Ep. 105 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part I

Julia Nguyen was diagnosed with OCD when she was in high school. It took a lo... more

Managing Your Projects


We talked to Anjuan Simmons on Ep. 104 about being a scrum master and different ways to tackle project management. So we wanted to hear how you managed your own coding projects. Join us every Wednesday at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie Twitter chat!

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Ep. 104 - Scrum Master

Have you ever heard of a scrum master and wondered what that was? Anjuan Simm... more

Algorithms


In Ep 102 of the #CodeNewbie Twitter chat, we talked to Carina C. Zona about algorithms, so we wanted to hear your thoughts on them. Don't forget to join us every Wed at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie Twitter chat!

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Ep. 103 - Algorithms

Carina C. Zona helps us understand algorithms, both what they are and how the... more

My Very First App


In Ep. 102 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, we talk to biology teacher Aurelian Sennett about building his very first app, which he turned into his current company helping schools with scheduling. So we wanted to hear about your first app experiences. Join us next Wed at 9PM EST on the #Co... more

Ep. 102 - My Very First App

A lot can happen in a year. For high school biology teacher Aurelian Sennett,... more

A Real Programmer


This week, we talked to Jacob Kaplan-Moss, core contributor to Django, about what it means to be a "real programmer" and we wanted to hear your thoughts on the topic. Don't forget to join the #CodeNewbie Twitter chat every Wed at 9PM EST!

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Ep. 101 - Open Sourcerer of Django

Jacob Kaplan-Moss is often credited for co-creating Django, one of the most p... more

100th Episode


This week, we interviewed Saron Yitbarek on creating CodeNewbie for our 100th episode, and we wanted to hear your thoughts on the podcast and our future show. Don't forget to join the chat every Wed at 9PM EST!

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Submit to the CodeNewbie Newsletter


We've redesigned our CodeNewbie newsletter to help you in your coding journey. And if you haven't signed up for the newsletter, you can sign up h... more

Ep. 100 - Creating CodeNewbie

For our special 100th episode, CodeNewbie founder gets interviewed by her hus... more

Logo Contest Winner Announced!


We got over 150 submissions for our CodeNewbie logo contest, and we're so excited to finally announce the winner. Huge congrats to Jon Samp for his awesome logo (checkout the use of that has... more

Making Progress on Your Coding Goals


In part II of our interview with Gina Trapani, we talked about how being a coder is about constantly learning and being uncomfortable. So we wanted to hear about how you plan your learning and make sure you're progressing in your journey.

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Ep. 99 - Creating Lifehacker - Part II

Last episode we talked to Gina Trapani about her Lifehacker days. In this epi... more

Working with APIs


In Ep. 98, we talked to Gina Trapani about building Lifehacker and ThinkUp, and the ups and downs of working with APIs. So we wanted to hear your thoughts on APIs! Join the chat every Wed at 9PM EST :)

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Celebrating 100 Podcast Episodes


We're a few episodes away from our 100th podcast episode! I'm so excited and humbled by all the awesome people who've been on the show, from well-known programmers like John... more

Ep. 98 - Creating Lifehacker - Part I

Once upon a time, Gina Trapani started Lifehacker. It got big, really big, wi... more

Introspection


On Ep. 97 of the podcast, we talked to Ashley Lewis about going from theater technician to programmer and she said that introspection was a big part of her journey. So we wanted to chat with you about how introspection has affected your coding journey. Join us Wed at 9PM for the #Cod... more

Ep. 97 - From Theater Technician to Programmer

Ashley Lewis used to light stages. She worked as a theater technician working... more

Your Non-Coding Hobbies


In Ep. 96, Nickolas Means talks about how he uses his passion learning about airplanes to build fascinating technical talks. So we wanted to hear about all your awesome non-coding passions and interests. Join us every Wednesday at 9PM EST for our weekly #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 96 - Developing Your Tech Talk Idea

Nickolas Means talked about airplanes, and in doing so, he connected them wit... more

Site Availability


In Ep. 95 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, we talk to Stella Cotton about site availability, and how she and her team at Indiegogo handled their site going down. So we wanted to talk about your thoughts on site availability, and how you'd handle a similar situation. Hope you enjoy the conv... more

Ep. 95 - Is The Website Down?

When one man decided to crowdfund a bailout for Greece on Indiegogo (a feat t... more

Ep. 94 - UX Design and Gaming

Lil Chen has been in gaming for years. She started by playing video games, th... more

Storytelling and Code


In Ep.93, we interview theater director Michael Rau on how he uses code to create powerful, emotional experiences, and a big part of that was based on storytelling. So we wanted to talk to you about storytelling and code! Hope to see you at next week's #CodeNewbie twitter chat.

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CodeNewbie Logo Contest


We love our green hashtag, but we need a new logo. So we’re turning to our CodeNewbie family for help! Submit your logo design to the CodeNewbie Logo Contest!

The winner will get $200 worth of services from more

Ep. 93 - Storytelling with Code

Michael Rau didn’t want to build an app, he wanted to create an experience. S... more

Code and Culture


In EP. 92 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, we talked with Fereshteh Forough, CEO of Code to Inspire, about Afghan women learning to code, and the way culture ties into that. So we wanted to talk to you about coding and culture. Check it out!

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Ep. 92 - Afghan Women Coding

Fereshteh Forough wanted to help women in Afghanistan. She knew that attainin... more

What's a beginner?


In part two of our two-part interview with Yehuda Katz (co-creator of EmberJS), we talk about tons of awesome stuff, including what it means to be a beginner. So we wanted to talk to you about it!

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Calling Yourself a Coder


In part one of a two-part interview, we talked to Yehuda Katz (co-creator of EmberJS) on the CodeNewbie Podcast about his coding journey, including how long it took for him to think of himself as a coder though he'd been coding for years. And we wanted to hear your thoughts on the "c... more

Ep. 91 - Creating EmberJS - Part II

In part two of our interview with Yehuda Katz, we talk about how he created E... more

Ep. 90 - Creating EmberJS - Part I

Yehuda Katz has done many, many code things. He co-created Ember.js, co-found... more

Luck vs. Hard work


For our 115th Twitter Chat, we wanted to talk to you about the role of luck vs hard work in your success.

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Ep. 89 - Mobile Developer

Kaya Thomas has done a lot in a short period of time. She’s met first lady Mi... more

Coding Apprenticeships


This week on the podcast, we talked to @acodeinprogress about her experience as our #CodeNewbie apprentice. So we wanted to talk to you about apprenticeships.

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Ep. 88 - CodeNewbie Apprentice

In December, CodeNewbie put out applications for the CodeNewbie Apprenticeshi... more

Vets Who Code


We interviewed Jerome Hardaway from Vets Who Code for Ep. 87 of the CodeNewbie Podcast so we wanted to talk to you about bootcamps serving specific communities.

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Ep. 87 - Vets Who Code

Plenty of organizations work to help vets. But what vet Jerome Hardaway notic... more

Your Database Stories


On this weeks CodeNewbie podcast, we talked to Mark Nadal about databases. So we wanted to hear your database stories. Enjoy the Storify and don’t forget to meet up next Wednesday at 9PM ET for another #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 86 - Intro to Databases

Mark Nadal was a front end developer looking for a better database. So he bui... more

Writing about Code


This week on the CodeNewbie podcast we talked to Chris David Mills about technical writing so we wanted to hear your thoughts on technical writing and how it can help you as a coder. Enjoy the chat!

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Ep. 85 - Technical Writing

Chris loves writing tutorials for beginners, and he gets to do it for Mozilla... more

Research and Code


This week on the #CodeNewbie podcast, we talked to Anne Lee about going from researcher to coder and so we wanted to hear your thoughts! Enjoy the Storify and join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 84 - From Research To Code

Anna Lee spent years as a researcher. Going from a world of pharmaceutical sc... more

Ep. 83 - How To Get A Coding Job

As a podcaster of several very popular tech shows, Chuck gets questions from ... more

What is code


This week on the #CodeNewbie podcast, we talked to Paul Ford about his awesome article "What is Code". It's a great, newbie-friendly intro to all things code and we wanted to talk to you about some of the big topics in the article. We talked about your favorite research resource... more

Ep. 82 - What Is Code?

Paul Ford didn’t expect his article on coding to go big. But almost a year la... more

Your Social Justice Battles


This week on the CodeNewbie Podcast, we talked to Coraline Ada Ehmke about being a social justice warrior. So we wanted to talk to you about your social justice battle in tech.

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Ep. 81 - Social Justice Warrior

Coraline wears the Social Justice Warrior title proudly. She fights the battl... more

Designing your Makerspace


On this weeks #CodeNewbie podcast, the amazing @KScrilla talked to us about designing makerspaces so we wanted to know what your ideal makerspace (and maybe coderspace?) would look like! Enjoy the chat and see you next week. 

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Ep. 80 - Designing Makerspaces

Kristen Smith has spent a lot of time creating just the right spaces for maki... more

Sphero Dance Party


My favorite toys allow me to take them apart and put them back together again. Looking at the individual components and how they fit together helps me to learn how they work. It also lets me tinker with the pieces and try to turn them into something new; something... more

Tackling Tough Technical Concepts


This week's podcast guest, Mike Senese, executive editor of Make: Magazine, talked about how he tackles big technical concepts in order to write about them. In this chat, we talk to you about how you do the same as a #CodeNewbie!

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Ep. 79 - Make Magazine

Mike Senese has always loved tech. He grew up around it, and his fascination ... more

March is for Makers


This month, we’re launching #MarchIsForMakers with @shanselman, a celebration of everything making. So today, we want to hear about your thoughts on coding, hardware, and making. Learn more on http://marchisformakers.com and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for anoth... more

Ep. 78 - Hardware Newbie

Emily Xie spends most of her time coding in PHP. But recently, she got a chan... more

Password Checker


Good passwords are an important part of life on the internet today. They can keep our computers secure and help us maintain our peace of mind knowing that our data is safe.

There are many guidelines available that help us make passwords that are difficul... more

Humble Self Promoting


In Ep. 77 we talked to Chiu-Ki Chan about speaking and promoting your work, something that can help your tech career. So we wanted to talk to you about "Humble Self-Promoting". Enjoy the Storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat.

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Ep. 77 - Technically Speaking

Chiu-Ki Chan believes in speaking. Best case scenario, speaking gives her a w... more

Combining your Passion with Code


This week we talked to Matthew Mitchell about data journalism and coding your passion. So, we wanted to hear about what you're passionate about and how coding fits in to this. Enjoy the Storify and don't forget to join us every Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat. ... more

Ep. 76 - Data Journalist

When Matt Mitchell saw the news anchor mention his home country of Grenada, h... more

Your 2016 Coding Goals


It's been awhile since we've done a coding check-in and so we wanted to know how your 2016 coding goals are going. Enjoy the chat and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie Twitter chat.

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Ep. 75 - Coding In Colombia

Juan loves his home country, Colombia. But he was frustrated by the pervasive... more

Calculations


Math can get complicated quickly. To help with this complexity, we have created tools to help us solve math problems. Abacuses are devices used to keep track of numbers and complex calculations. Historians have fo... more

Transforming Local Communities Through Code


This week on Ep. 74, Majora Carter, founder of Startup Box talked to us about transforming her local community through opportunities in tech. So we wanted to chat with you about how coding might affect your local community. Enjoy!

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Ep. 74 - Startup Box

Majora Carter grew up in the South Bronx, and has spent her life building up ... more

Your Coding Community


This week @adriennefriend joined the show to talk about cooking, coding and community. Community's a big deal for Adrienne and we wanted to hear more about your coding community. Enjoy the chat and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM for another #CodeNewbie chat.

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Ep. 73 - Coding Chef

She spent over 12 years as a chef. But when Adrienne Lowe decided to invest i... more

Hello CodeNewbies!


Welcome back to the CodeNewbie Challenge! It is January and perhaps you have made a coding resolution, or you are just looking to improve your skills.

Whatever your ... more

Our 100th #CodeNewbie Twitter Chat


Today, we're celebrating our 100th #CodeNewbie Twitter Chat! And we wanted to hear your thoughts on all the chats we've had over the past two years! Enjoy the chat and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM for another one.

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Ep. 72 - Security Newbie

Chris Palmer spends his time thinking about how to make a browser more secure... more

Internet For All


We reflected on our conversation with Danilo Campos about increasing internet access for all. We talked about how we can think about accessibility when designing and building our applications, and how internet access to all would affect all of us.

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Ep. 71 - Internet For All

Danilo lived in public housing until he was two. Now a self-taught iOS develo... more

Coding and Security


This week we talked to Christina @divinetechygirl about security and coding, and we wanted to hear your thoughts on coding and security. Enjoy the Storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat.

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Ep. 70 - From Servers to Security

Christina started as a server administrator. But over the years, she found he... more

From Coder to Manager


This week we talked to Selena Deckelmann (@Selenamarie) about going from coder to manager. And we wanted to hear your thoughts on the manager transition that might happen to you one day. Enjoy the chat.

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Ep. 69 - Manager Newbie

Selena’s been in tech for twenty years. She got her first taste of open sourc... more

Coding Resolutions


For our last episode of 2015, we talked to Chanelle Henry (@Chanelle777) about her post "Is it to late to be awesome" and now we wanted to talk to you about your awesome year of coding and your goals for 2016.

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Ep. 68 - Too Late To Be Awesome

Chanelle Henry wanted to be awesome. She saw people selling companies and bui... more

Talking Tech


This week we talked to Annyce Davis (@brwngrldev) about being an Android Developer BUT in the holiday spirit, tonight we're talked about talking tech with your non-techie friends and fam. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Ep. 67 - Android Developer

Annyce Davis became an Android developer by building an Android app. She took... more

Just One More


This CodeNewbie Challenge is about incrementing numbers. Incrementing is the process of adding one to a number, making the number one larger. Consider the following example:

x = 0         &... more

Support System


In Ep. 66 we talked to Mariana Costa about teaching low-income women in Peru how to code and how crucial it is to have a support system. So we wanted to hear about your support system. Enjoy the Storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie cha... more

Ep. 66 - Laboratoria

Mariana Costa started Laboratoria to help young women in Lima, Peru get codin... more

Art and Code


This week we talked to Dan Shiffman about art and code and his work on #processing. So we wanted to hear your thoughts on the combination of these two mediums, art + code. Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat :)

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Ep. 65 - Art and Code

Dan Shiffman doesn’t like titles. As an open source contributor, author, and ... more

Secret Santa Challenge


Before starting the next CodeNewbie challenge, I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the challenge thus far. You have created a wonderful variety of solutions and made this project lots of fun.

Thank you for playing. :)


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Writing Speaking Coding


In Ep. 64 we talked to Rebecca Miller Webster about the importance of writing, speaking and working on open source. So we wanted to hear your thoughts on writing, speaking and working on open source projects. Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wed at 9PM for another #... more

Ep. 64 - Write Speak Code

Rebecca Miller Webster created Write Speak Code for herself. She wanted a spa... more

Ruby Roundup 5


Ruby Monk is a fun, interactive overview of the Ruby language. Each topic has a short explanation followed by a code example and a quick exercise. I find that it is especially helpful as a quick review for le... more

Education Should Be Free


Quincy Larson, creator of Free Code Camp, talks to us on the CodeNewbie Podcast Ep. 63 about education, and we wanted to hear your thoughts on free education. Great conversation!

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Ep. 63 - Free Code Camp

He’s only been coding for four years. But thirteen months ago, Quincy Larson ... more

Your Children's Book on Coding


We talked to Linda Liukas about "Hello Ruby", her children's book on coding in this week's CodeNewbie Podcast (Episode 62). So we wanted to hear about your hypothetical children's book. From the looks of it, we've got some great storytellers in our community!

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Ep. 62 - Hello Ruby

Linda Liukas identifies more with being a children’s author than a developer.... more

Code Breaker


The Message

From the time of Alan Turing and the codebreakers of Bletchley Park to today, computers have been closely tied to secret codes and cryptography.  In this Code Newbie Challenge, we will be using our computers to decode the following secret ... more

Getting your kid to code


This week we wanted to talk to YOU about getting your kid into code. And if you're not a parent, we wanted you to talk about your niece/nephew/pretend child. Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 61 - Brianna and Brianna's Mother

When she goes to events, she no longer writes her own name on her name tag. I... more

Impostor Syndrome


This week we talked to Alicia Liu about Impostor Syndrome on the CodeNewbie podcast so tonight, we wanted to talk to YOU about Imposter Syndrome and how you feel about it. Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 60 - Impostor Syndrome

Software Engineer Alicia Liu has thought a lot about Impostor Syndrome. In fa... more

Zombie Alert! A CodeNewbie Challenge


Warning!

Increased undead activity has been detected.

The Human Protection League is on high alert and is preparing to defend against a zombie attack. Recent reports give them reason to believe that the restless dead may become an im... more

Your Nomad Life


This week we talked to John Britton about his life as a nomad working for GitHub. So tonight, we're going to imagine what "your" life would be like as a nomad. Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ep. 59 - The GitHub Nomad

For now, home is Lisbon, Portugal. But as a full-time nomad, who knows where ... more

Ruby Roundup 4


Try Ruby: If you’ve never touched Ruby before, this is a great place to start. Try Ruby is a simple... more

Mobile Roundup 6


One of the most important aspects of developing an application is usability. When you come up with your app concept, you have to think about wh... more

Your Transition to Tech


This week we talked to Amy Simmons about her transition from journalism to tech and we wanted to hear your thoughts on making your transition to tech. Enjoy and don’t forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie Chat!

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Ep. 58 - From Journalist to Developer

Amy Simmons spent six years working as a journalist at the Australian Broadca... more

Ante Up


You have been contacted by CNB Tech Security who is in dire need of technical assistance. CNB Tech Security provides security services for the World Poker Federation, a prestigious Poker Tournament.

CNB Tech Security has received reports that someone in the ... more

The CodeNewbie Podcast


This week, we talked to Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo about podcasting and their show the Changelog, so we wanted to hear your thoughts on podcasts and our very own show, the CodeNewbie Podcast! Enjoy the storify and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM Easte... more

Ep. 57 - Podcasting with Changelog

Developer Adam Stacoviak started Changelog seven years ago, and in that time ... more

YOUR Beginning


This week, we talked to Julie Ann Horvath (@nrrrdcore) about her beginning and how she became a designer who codes, and we wanted to hear about YOUR beginning.

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Ep. 56 - From Temp to Head of Design

She got into tech by doing temporary data entry at the then little-known star... more

Iron Coder #3: Iron Cloud Project


Congratulations!!  Your work on the wacky Word Madness project was a success! In fact, it was so successful that you have received a... more

Contributing to Open Source


This week we talked to Steve Klabnik about his experience getting started and working in Open Source. So we wanted to talk to you about contributing to open source projects. Enjoy and don't forget to join us next Wednesday at 9PM EST for another #CodeNewbie chat!

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Ruby Roundup 3


Understanding Ruby Blocks, Procs & Lambdas - The author begins his article with the statement that “Blocks, Procs and Lambdas are o... more

Ep. 55 - Open Source Contributor

The first open source project Steve Klabnik got involved with was a pretty bi... more

Mobile Roundup 5


JTCalendar - JTCalendar is an iOS open source calendar control library. If you need your users to pick a date within your app, this library allows you to customize the l... more

Tacking Computer Science


In Ep 54, we spoke with Jonathan Barronville about how he tackled advanced computer science topics as a self taught developer. So we wanted to talk to you about tacking some of those computer science-y topics.

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Ep. 54 - The Hacker

Jonathan hacks away on his search engine at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, fine tu... more

Coding Remotely


In Ep 53 "Peruvian Developer" we discovered that a big part of Andrea's journey involved coding remotely. So we wanted to talk to you about it. Have you ever worked remotely, coding or otherwise?

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Ep. 53 - Peruvian Developer

Andrea Del Rio talks about her role as a Mozilla Open Web fellow, how she’s u... more

Building the Hangman Game


The first time that I gotta hear about the Code Newbie community was through an episode on the Giant Robots podcast with Saron as the guest. Being someone who has used Rails(for backend development) for a while along with very little javascript exposure, I thought... more

First Iron Coder Project: FizzBuzz


Synopsis

The first Iron Coder challenge is Fizz Buzz, which outputs a list of numbers after performing some substitutions on it.  Sometimes a number will be replaced by “Fizz” and other times it will be replaced by “Buzz” and sometimes bot... more

Front-End Roundup 3


SlideRuler's UX Design School- Is a course composed of 116+ hours of videos, articles and blog posts, all free and accessible after a quick ... more

Leading the Hangman Project


The hangman game got off to a slow start. We initially tried to organize our user stories and tasks with Github issues. I’ll be blunt: it was a mess. In theory we could use labels to identify high-priority items. Without the ability to sort our user stories at wil... more

Navigating Your Tech Career


This week, we talked with Ayori Selassie about how she's navigated her tech career and about her being in different positions in tech that weren't always coding. And we wanted to talk to you about it.

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Ep. 52 - International Dev

Ayori Selassie talks to us about how she navigated her career at Salesforce, ... more

Agile


In Ep. 51 of the podcast, we talked with Dave Thomas about his thoughts on the word "agile" and so we wanted to talk to you about it. Check out the storify and don't forget to join us next Wed.

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Ep. 51 - The Pragmatic Programmer - Part II

In part two of our interview with Dave Thomas, we dive into some of his other... more

Mobile Roundup 4


Core Image

Ever wonder how websites or apps like Facebook and Instagram recogni... more

Breadth vs. Dept


This week we released our 50th #CodeNewbie Podcast episode with Dave Thomas. We talked to Dave about how to learn, and the breadth vs. depth decisions we make when learning and so we wanted to talk to you about how you make those decisions. Check out the storify and don't forget... more

Ep. 50 - The Pragmatic Programmer Part I

Dave Thomas has done a lot for the programming community. He coined the phras... more

My First Project


Anyone who has walked the path of a developer knows, in the beginning, a big fear is working as a team. Even if you are learning how to code formally, through a college or university, you undoubtedly get nervous when the words, teamwork, or group project, come up ... more

Three Lessons (of Many!) Learned


Two months, 216 commits, and 28 pull requests later, we’ve built a text adventure game in Python. And along the way, I’ve learned a few things both as a contributor and as a facilitator for the project. Below are three of the many lessons learned throughout the co... more

Python Thursday Group Adventure


One of great things great things about coding is that is it fun to do alone and it is even more fun to do as a team. Being a productive team in a larger, friendly community is a great experience.

As developers we have created tools to foster this expe... more

Negotiating


This week we had Suzan Bond on the #CodeNewbie podcast to talk about getting that dev job. One part of that is negotiating and we wanted to chat with you about it. 

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Ep. 49 - Getting The Job

Suzan Bond calls herself a band manager, the title that captures the wide ran... more

Freelancing


This week we had Nicole Dominguez on the #CodeNewbie podcast and we talked about freelancing. We know many of you have thought about, or are, freelancing, and we wanted to hear about it.

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The Lessons They Never Teach You


So I am sitting here thinking about my first blog post for Ruby Monday. Should I talk about code? Should I talk about testing? Should I talk about using has_many through relationships? You can learn that from documentation or a book. I dec... more

Advice for Code Newbies


(aka A Thinly Veiled Plug for Ruby Monday) Come to think of it, I couldn't tell you how I heard about Ruby Monday in the first place. My best guess is the Code Newbie website via the podcast. Regardless of route (routes.rb?), I'm so glad I found it. It's taug... more

Postgres Encoding Issues


One of our community members had some trouble setting up our team project on his dev environment (cloud 9). He received some help but that wasn't enough. He brought the issue up ... more

Ep. 48 - Freelance to Full-Time

Nicole Dominguez taught herself to code at a pretty young age, and by the tim... more

Testing Views in Multiple Browsers


I was recently tasked with writing the views for our tags on the Ruby Monday group’s blog. The code is standard HTML with ERB for the portions that need to b... more

Mobile Roundup 3


Android Arsenal - As a mobile developer, sometimes it’s hard to find libraries for a feature you need in your application without tons of Googling. Android Arsenal simplifies that pr... more

Front-End Roundup 2


Mockflow - You finally have a project in mind, you open up your web browser and start coding. Before you know it, you’ve spent more hours playing around with button positioning, moving aroun... more

Ep. 47 - Design and Dev

Una Kravets found her love of design at a young age, publishing homemade maga... more

Ruby Roundup 2


Jekyll Blog - If you’re looking for a first Ruby project, I highly recommend making a blog with Jekyll. Jekyll is a Ruby gem that gives you all the ingredients you need to build a blog or static... more

Saturday Discussion


We're starting a new Code Newbie project: The Saturday Discussion. We're hoping to provide the community with guided talks on different coding concepts. These talks are not always language specific and we ... more

Being Self Taught


This week we spoke with Courteney Ervin about how she taught herself to code, using weeknights and weekends to grow her skills. We know many of you are learning to code, so we wanted to chat with you about it.

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Ep. 46 - Self Taught Programmer

Courteney Ervin taught herself to code. She did it in her spare time, finding... more

Mobile Roundup 2


Sinch - If you’re building an app that requires instant messaging between users or even voice calls, the Sinch API will allow you to integrate IM, SMS, and Voice calls between users wit... more

Making Yourself Findable


This week we had Kristy Tillman on the podcast to talk about design, hiring and more. We talked about being "findable" when it comes to finding your next tech job or opportunity, and we wanted to talk to you about it.

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An Intro to APIs


What’s an API?

'Application Programming Interface' is a pretty scary title for something that’s actually pretty straight-forward -- applications need to talk to one another. When you use an app like Instagram and you press a button that allows you to... more

Ep. 45 - Design Director

When you ask Kristy Tillman about design, she doesn’t just talk about designi... more

Ruby Roundup 1


Our bi-weekly roundup of all things ruby! Well, just five things. Whether you're a ruby newbie or a more experienced rubyist, there's a great resource here for you. And if you've got a suggestion to include in a future roundup, post them more


Inspired by our interview with Chris Coyier, we wanted to chat with you about design vs. development.

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Ep. 44 - CSS Tricks

It took years for CSS Tricks to become the popular front-end and design resou... more

Front-End Roundup 1


What is Front-End Development? Is it really just coding the designs handed to us, or can we, as coders, also submerge ourselves in the world of UX/UI and Design? In this bi-weekly Front-End Roundup, we’ll share 5 newbie-friendly resources. If you come across a val... more

Code and Music


Inspired by episode 43 of the podcast, we wanted to talk to you about music and code and what your ideal playlist is/would be.

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The Story of PHP


PHP is a very popular server-side scripting language (a language that is not compiled, but interpreted), used by millions of developers all around the world. Like all programming languages, it has a history. It’s been through many different transitions, and was cr... more

Ep. 43 - Code and Hip Hop

Programmer Earl Bey has always been a hip hop fan. He’s been rapping since he... more

Programming Books


This week, we talked to Sandi Metz about pros & cons of book writing and reading! And we wanted to hear your thoughts and experience with Programming books.

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Mobile Roundup 1


NSHipsterEver come across a tutorial that breezes through the explanation of a very obscure class or library? Not this one! On NSHipster,... more

Ep. 42 - POODR And Beyond - Part II

Sandi Metz describes herself as an "accidental author." Accident or not, her ... more

Resource Roundup 6


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

Love and Tech


On #CodeNewbie Discourse, someone asked about love and coding and whether the people you love are also into tech. So we wanted to chat with you about it.

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Ep. 41 - POODR And Beyond - Part I

Sandi Metz describes herself as an "accidental author." Accident or not, her ... more

Resource Roundup 5


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

Dealing with Rejection


In Ep 40 of the podcast Angel spoke about dealing with rejection in his job search. We wondered how you deal with rejection.

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Getting Started with iOS: Objective-C vs. Swift


If you are interested in learning iOS programming and making iPhone/iPad applications, your first step is deciding which language to learn, Objective-C or Swift. In June 2014, Apple announced their new programming language, Swift, at their annual Worldwide Develo... more

Ep. 40 - From Cars To Code

Angel Jose went from selling cars to a working as a developer in under eight ... more

Resource Roundup 4


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

How would you use your tech skills?


Inspired by our interview with Andrew Chen on episode 39 of the CodeNewbie Podcast, we wondered how you’d use your code skills in other ways.

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Why You Should Test Your Code


You may have heard people talk about testing their code. Another way to put it is writing specs. But what's that all about? To understand why we test, let's start with a simpler question. Take a look at the code snippet below. 

Is there something wrong ... more

Ep. 39 - From Coding To Venture Capital

He knew how to code, but when he graduated school, Andrew Chen decided to go ... more

Online or Offline?


This week we talked with Aidan Feldman about online vs in-person learning and collaboration. And we wanted to hear your thoughts on it.

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What Is Source Control?


You have probably come across tutorials, tweets or blog posts that talk about something called git. If you are like me, your eyes begin to glaze over as you think to yourself “Great! Another short-worded technical term that I have no clue about!” Well, fear not... more

Ep. 38 - Hacker Hours

When developer Aidan Feldman had a line of people waiting for their turn to g... more

Resource Roundup 3


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

Your Dream Code School


Inspired by Ep. 37 of the podcast, we wanted to chat with you about "Your Dream Code School" and what that would be like.

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Ep. 37 - From Skates To Code

She used to be a professional figure skater. And a few years ago, she decided... more

Resource Roundup 2


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

Coding Everyday


We had a great conversation about your longest coding everyday streak, burnout & coding everyday goals, inspired by our podcast episode with John Resig. 

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Speaking At RailsConf


A couple weeks ago, I gave my talk Coding: Art or Craft? at RailsConf, the largest conference for Ruby on Rails, a popular web development framework. I'd ... more

Ep. 36 - Creating jQuery

John Resig, creator of jQuery, talks about what it was like to build the most... more

Resource Roundup - No.1


Every week, we’ll share 5 of the most valuable, newbie-friendly posts and resources. If you come across something valuable that you think should be included be sure to let us know and I may include that in a future week’s post! You can post your resource ideas on ... more

Python Thursday


If you're learning Python and you're looking for a a real project to work on with a group of friendly code newbies, join us for #PythonThursday. Our first project is a text-based adventure game. more

Object Oriented Programming vs. Functional Programming


If you’ve spent much time in online tech forums or following technical folks on Twitter, you’ve probably heard an ongoing debate about the relative merits of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and Functional Programming (FP). What are they and how do they differ? I... more

Ep. 35 - Stellar

David Mazières, Chief Scientist at Stellar, talks to us about his work at the... more

Past Lives


In EP 34 of the #CodeNewbie podcast we spoke with LaToya Allen, Jr. Software Engineer at Avant, who told us how she bartended before becoming an engineer. We wondered what you used to do pre-coding and wanted to talk to you about your "past life".

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JavaScript Tuesday


If you're learning JavaScript and you're looking for a a real project to work on with a group of friendly code newbies, join us for #JavascriptTuesday. Our first project is building hangman. Take a look ... more

How To Solve FizzBuzz


FizzBuzz is a simple game, often used in interview questions. The idea is to list a range of numbers, and if the number is divisible by 3 output "Fizz", or if the number is divisible by 5 output "Buzz". Finally if the number is divisible by both 3 and 5, output "F... more

Ep. 34 - Newbie Story: LaToya Allen

For our first Newbie Story, we talk to LaToya Allen, junior software engineer... more

My Rails Conference Experience


My trip started off like any other cross country trip I’ve taken: I packed my bags and headed for the airport. I was super excited for the upcoming conference and my very first RailsConf. I’ve been to many software engineering conferences, but none with a ruby an... more

Your Civic Hacking


We had Tiffani Bell, founder and executive director of the Detroit Water Project, on the CodeNewbie Podcast to talk about building her civic hacking project. So we wanted to hear about YOUR project, real or hypothetical :) 

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Ruby Monday


If you're learning ruby, come meet with some awesome CodeNewbies who are learning too. We're doing a team project with code reviews and pull requests, using the collaborative tools you'd need on the job. So sign up for our more

Ep. 33 - Detroit Water Project

When developer Tiffani Bell first heard about the water crisis in Detroit fro... more

Showing Up To Code


This week we had @rockbot on the podcast to talk about robots and coding. In the interview, Raquel reminded us that 90% of success is just showing up. So we wanted to see how you've been Showing Up.

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Our Code of Conduct


This policy was adopted from the FrontendLondon Slack community.This policy is a "living" document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. This policy applies to every CodeN... more

Ep. 32 - Rockbot

You probably know her as rockbot, the username that captures her passion for ... more

My Bootcamp Experience


I get a lot of questions about my bootcamp experience. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions I get. Hope you find it helpful.

Why did you pick ruby?

I did a lot of research, and found that ruby and python... more

The Diversity Bandwagon


This week we had Corinne Warnshuis Executive Director of Girl Develop It on the #CodeNewbie podcast to talk about diversity and getting more women in tech. We chatted a lot about how diversity in tech has become a hot topic, and wanted to get your thoughts on this.

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Do You Need That Computer Science Degree?


Inspired by this weeks #CodeNewbie podcast episode with David Mazières, we wanted to hear your thoughts on whether we can still make a big impact in tech even without a computer science degree.

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Ep. 31 - Girl Develop It

Corinne Warnshuis sat in a Girl Develop It workshop to learn to code. Her lov... more

The Bootcamp Business


This week, we had Jeff Casimir on the #CodeNewbie Podcast to talk about bootcamps & dev programs. We talked a lot about the business of these programs & bootcamps, and wanted to talk to you about how you felt about bootcamps being for-profit vs. non-profit.

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Ep. 30 - The Not-Bootcamp

At a time when people are lining up to get accepted by a programming bootcamp... more

Saturday Coding


Coding is more fun when we do it together. Even if you’re working on your own thing, it’s nice to know other people are learning to code alongside you. That’s why we’re starting “Saturday Coding.”

Sign up for our more

Your Mobile Coding Space


This week we spoke to Gokul Krishnan about Project Mach, The Mobile Maker Space he started at a Children’s Hospital. The Mobile Maker Space is a cart with gadgets like a 3D printer, computer, @littlebits and lots of other goodies. It got us thinking, what would a Mobile "Co... more

Ep. 29 - A Children's Makerspace

Gokul Krishnan started the first makerspace in a children's hospital. Working... more

Hardware? Not So Hard


I was terrified of hardware. I'd written software for decades, but had been spooked by a coder friend with an engineering degree who said "I like software better. When you do something wrong, you get an error message instead of a tiny puff of smoke."

I wonde... more

Learning New Coding Languages


On Ep. 28 of the CodeNewbie podcast, Kate Donahue discussed the languages she uses at work. We wanted to hear all about learning different coding languages with the #CodeNewbie community. Take a look at the storified chat for more on this conversation.

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Ep. 28 - Coding Printers

She was trained to be a web developer. But months after graduating from bootc... more

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Arduino and Raspberry Pi


Technology is making its way into everyday items at a dizzying pace. A great example is the NEST learning thermostat and how it changed the way we interact with our home heating and cooling. This c... more

Software In The Maker Movement


We talked to Matt Richardson of the Raspberry Pi Foundation about the future of hardware and the Maker Movement. And we wanted to chat with you about how software fits the hardware movement. We talked about how software and hardware work together, how interested people in the #CodeNe... more

Ep. 27 - Intro to Raspberry Pi

Matt Richardson, evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, talks to us abou... more

Getting Starting With Making


So you've heard about the "Maker Movement" and you'd like to try building a few projects of your own, but aren't sure where to start? Here's a bunch of resources that will help you begin your own Maker adventure.

First, you need to get inspiredmore

Self Promotion


This week, we got to chat with Julia Grace about the importance of promoting our work so we wanted to hear your thoughts on it. We talked about why it's important to promote our skills, how this benefits us and others, and what actionable steps we can take towards self-prom... more

Ep. 26 - The Hardware Marketplace

Julia Grace talks to us about Tindie, the hardware marketplace where creators... more

Getting Started With Hardware


This week, we launched our #MarchIsForMakers celebration of making and hardware. We got to hear from the incredible Sara Chipps on how she transitioned from software developer to hardware CEO, and wanted to hear your thoughts on getting started with hardware.

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Ep. 25 - From Software To Hardware

It started at a conference. When Sara Chipps sat in the audience and watched ... more

Art and Code


We had Sarah Frisk on the CodeNewbie Podcast to talk about her comic project "Monster Markup Manual." And it got us thinking about the connection between coding and art. Is code art? How similar and how different are those two fields? We brought these questions to the community, and ... more

Ep. 24 - Monsters And Code

Developer Sarah Frisk uses her incredible drawing skills to teach coding tool... more

Teaching Kids To Code


We had a great podcast episode with Rebecca Garcia on teaching kids to code, and we wanted to hear your thoughts on the topic. Most of you talked about the need for some level of exposure to te... more

​When an old-timer becomes a newbie


My first programming language was COBOL.* That was back in the day, when mainframes were all the rage. I was hooked by the buzz I got from seeing the computer do what I told it to do, even if that was “please spit out pharmaceutical sales reports on green bar pape... more

Ep. 23 - Ask CodeNewbie

In our first live broadcast of the podcast, we brought on developers Scott Ha... more

Intro To UX


We had an awesome episode with Catt Small on the topic of UX, and we wanted to chat about it with all of you. So we talked about some of our favorite UX experiences, some of our worst encounters, and wha... more

Ep. 22 - Intro to UX

Catt Small gives us a great intro to UX (user experience) design, including i... more

One Year Anniversary


This was a really special twitter chat. It's our first birthday, and we're so excited that we got to spend it with all of you. We've done a full year of #CodeNewbie Twitter Chats, and we took the time to reflect on some of the content, the podcasts, the blog posts and that ... more

Our One-Year Anniversary


A year ago, we had our very first #CodeNewbie twitter chat. I held my breath when I sent that first tweet. I was nervous, and I prayed that someone would tweet back.

They did. And soon, a small group c... more

Ep. 21 - Teaching Kids To Code

Developer Rebecca Garcia had always loved computers. At a young age, she went... more

Web Accessibility


We had a great podcast episode on accessibility, and we wanted to have a larger conversation about this really important topic. We talked to you about different tools we can use to learn more about the topic, what issues in accessibility were surprising to some of us, and how we as c... more

Ep. 20 - Accessibility

Joseph McLarty, developer and accessibility advocate, talks to us about issue... more

How to Make a Pull Request


Making your first pull request can be both an exciting and stressful endeavor. Your mind begins to flood with questions like “How can a newbie contribute to a project?”, “Where do I even begin?” and “What the heck is a pull request anyway?!?!” Fear not codenewbie!... more

Bootcamps


We had Zed A. Shaw on episode 19 of the CodeNewbie Podcast on, and he talked about his concerns with bootcamps. We talked about qualifications, transparency, and accountability. After hearing his thoughts on the topic, we wanted to hear yours. It was a lively conversation, filled wit... more

Ep. 19 - The Hard Way

Zed A. Shaw, developer and author of the Learn the Hard Way series, talks to ... more

Your First Dev Job


We had a great podcast episode with Vanessa Hurst, co-founder of GirlDevelopIt and CEO of Code Montage. We talked about a lot of stuff - making tech a more welcoming place... more

What is "Open Source"?


If you’re in the tech industry, even as a code newbie, you’ve probably heard the term “open source.” And more than likely, you’ve used open source tools to code and learn to code. But open source isn’t a new concept. It started some forty years ago, back in the 19... more

Ep. 18 - Autotune, Inclusivity, and Getting A Job

Vanessa Hurst, founder of CodeMontage, has spent a lot of her career making t... more

From Zero to Yahoo!


My first open-source contribution was in 2009, about a year after switching from Java to Ruby. At that time the Java community didn’t put a premium on contributing to open-source, but Ruby clearly did. I felt some serious social pressure to “get something out ther... more

2015 Coding Resolutions


Our first chat in 2015 was incredible. So many great ideas and resolutions for the new year. It seems like the biggest coding problem for 2014 was focus. A lot of us felt overwhelmed by all of the stuff to learn, and wish we'd focused our efforts long enough to feel more accompl... more

Ep. 17 - Getting Involved

You may have heard of Scott Hanselman from his own podcasts and his very popu... more

Ep. 16 - Code Ghost

Engineer and artist Jenn Schiffer talks to us about the Vart Institute, the s... more

Working on a Tech Team


A big part of our podcast episode on DevOps was about working on a tech team. So we wanted to talk more about it.

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Ep. 15 - Intro to DevOps

There's more to coding than just your code. In this episode, we talk to devel... more

I am Christina


For many years, I didn’t understand code or its impact on every aspect of life. And so I rejected it.

This changed a few years ago when I was hired to complete the development of a new Identity Management application. It wasn’t a development position exactly... more

Testing


In our episode on testing with Noel Rappin, we talk about what it means to test code and how to approach the process. But we wanted to hear your thoughts on testing and if you thought it was worth the tim... more

Ep. 14 - On Testing

You've probably heard of this idea of testing. Or maybe you've just heard of ... more

Saying Yes


I decided in high school that I wanted to help people through science and technology somehow . I came across programming in college and saw all the amazing things people created . After attending a hackathon as an observer to see how people solved educational a... more

Amateur Programmer


When we had Lauren Orsini on the podcast, she referred to herself as an "amateur programmer." And we didn't let that go. We talked about what it meant to be an amateur vs.... more

Scraped Knees


Sunshine, helmets, scraped knees. The joy you both feel when a bike finally takes off and doesn't crash again within 15 seconds. They’re all part of the iconic experience of teaching a child to ride a bike. There are dozens of these moments found in fishing trips ... more

Ep. 13 - The Not-So-Amateur Programmer

If you're looking for solid, newbie-friendly guides to tech, Lauren Orsini's ... more

CodeNewbie Mentoring


People always ask us how to find a code mentor. So in this chat, we talk to you about what you look for in a mentorship and how to make the most out of code mentoring. One of the last questions we asked was whether people wanted to be a mentor or a mentee. Given that the name of... more

Ep. 12 - Mother Coders

When it was time for lunch, the other students ate and got to know each other... more

Contributing to Open Source


We interviewed Andrew Nesbitt of 24PullRequests to hear more about how to get started with open source contributions. In this chat, we explored how new programmers can make their first open source p... more

Ep. 11 - 24 Pull Requests

It was just a static webpage, telling you to get in the holiday spirit by mak... more

Code Reviews


Code reviews are a really important part of a developer's professional world. And that can be pretty nerve wrecking, especially if you haven't done it before. And depending on who's reviewing your code, it can either be a great moment of valuable feedback  or a painful crit... more

Ep. 10 - Nitpicks and Devils

She calls them nitpicks, her term for the code reviews people get on exercism... more

How to build a product


We talked to Poornima Vijayashanker, founding engineer at Mint and founder of Femgineer, about building a product. Afterall, that's a big part of coding -- build a real thing. But th... more

Ep. 9 - How To Build A Product

Building a web product was a lot harder in 2006 than it is now. Poornima Vija... more

Civic Hacking


We talked about an awesome civic hacking project by code newbie, William Jeffries. He built Heat Seek to help people stay warm in the winter. Learning to code is like having super powers, and getting to use those super powers for social good is a great feeling. In this chat, we ... more

Ep. 8 - From Student Project to Big App

When William Jeffries had to think of a project to work on as a bootcamp stud... more

Ep. 7 - Meteor

When Ciara Burkett saw the movie 'Hackers' at age five, she told her mother s... more

Ep. 6 - Comics and Code

Rachel Nabors started as a cartoonist. But when she needed jaw surgery and di... more

Ep. 5 - Speaking of Speaking

Marty Haught, director of Ruby Central, the non-profit that organizes Rails C... more

Making Tech Inclusive


We try really hard to make CodeNewbie a safe and inclusive space, and in this chat, we talk about making all of tech a more inclusive space. What was surprising was the different people saw in being welcoming and being inclusive. Welcoming seemed to address how others treated yo... more

Ep. 4 - Wearing All The Hats

Self-taught developer Kinsey Ann Durham didn't stop at learning to code. In t... more

Code Study Groups


I was surprised by the number of people who’d never participated in a code study group. Of the people who answered the first question, “Q1: How many of you have learned to code in study groups?”, 67% stated that they hadn’t, and a few others said you’d paired, but nothing much beyond th... more

Ep. 3 - Code Couple

After just two months of teaching themselves to code, Felicia and Jamal O'Gar... more

Ep. 2 - Coding Like A Boss

Brian Douglas, rails developer at Izea and graduate of the Bloc program, shar... more

Ep. 1 - Bootcamps, Water Coolers, and Hiring Devs

Carlos Lazo, software developer at Time Inc. and graduate of the programming ... more

Asking For Help


Sigh. I really hate this place. I’ve decided to build a feature, and I’m trying to decide how to approach it. The options seem endless. And by endless, I mean confusing. I have a short list of criteria I’d like my final solution to meet: - something I can control and customize ... more

The Non-Techie


Now that we're learning to code, let's not forget about the non-techies in our lives. And how to talk to them. more

Summer Check-In


I forgot to go to the beach again. I heard lots of beach stories, seen my share of #imonaboat pics, but for some reason, it didn’t occur to me to put down my own laptop and get some sun. I... more

Summer Check-In


I forgot to go to the beach again.I heard lots of beach stories, seen my share of #imonaboat pics, but for some reason, it didn’t occur t... more

Learn-to-Code Metrics


I was pretty obsessed with understanding how I learn. Not how a person learns, but how I learn. I had to. Finding out what worked, what didn’t work, and measuring how much I learned was a matter of survival. The cost of not maximizing my learning was just too high. This was before c... more

When I'm not coding ...


Coding's great. We love it, learn it, breathe it, all that stuff. But we're a lot more than just our code -- we're moms, dads, salsa dancers, advocates, linguists, teachers, recovering chemists, you name it. So we wanted to focus on all that other stuff, the stuff that goes beyond our c... more

Code Impostor


One of the hardest parts of learning to code is feeling like an impostor, or being “unable to internalize your accomplishments.” In this chat, we talk about those moments when we feel most like code impostors, and how to cope with that.

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