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Design Trends 2017 Infographic

posted by DevMtn Team on February 17th, 2017

For the third year in a row, Coastal Creative released their newest version of their Popular Design Trends Infographic for 2017. They have once again captured amazing upcoming and current trends within the 2017 Design landscape. Each of the attributes mentioned on this trending list is undoubtedly taking hold and becoming part of popular UX and Graphic Design this year. DevMountain definitely expects to see the following trends on super current and successful sites throughout the web in 2017. Take a look at what Coastal Creative saw in 2016 that they expect to continue to be popular, and what we can expect for 2017.

UX and Graphic Design Trends for 2017

DevMountain offers Design courses that give you the design skills specific to the high demand creative career path employers are looking to fill. Check out DevMountain’s highly ranked UX Design classes to aid you in making your desired path a reality. With a team of real world professionals, a reputation for being one of the most accessible and impactful Design programs in the country, and a program that allows you to take a hands-on approach to learning, DevMountain can help you achieve the career of your dreams.

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Freelance vs. Full-Time Developer: The Pros and Cons

posted by DevMtn Team on February 13th, 2017

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Tech needs of a typical corporation are greater today than they have ever been before. To stay ahead of the competition, companies require developers for everything from websites to mobile apps. Developers are always in demand, and because of this they often enjoy very generous pay.

When you embark on a career in software development, you'll have a very important decision that can affect your career path for the next several years: Should you seek the security of a full-time development position, or should you embrace your entrepreneurial side and become a freelance developer? Both choices have significant benefits and drawbacks. We hope that this overview will make your decision an easier one.

Freedom vs. Security

Freelance

As a freelancer, you have the freedom to choose the jobs that you wish to accept. If a job's pay rate is unattractive -- or you don't believe that taking the job would further your career goals -- you can turn it down. As a freelancer, you may also find that you have a much greater variety of jobs from which to choose. Many companies lack the funds to hire developers, so they use freelancers as necessary to complete small projects.

Full-Time

On the other hand, working as an employee offers security that freelancing doesn't; salary, benefits, and other perks. As an employee, you don't have to worry that you'll suddenly have no reliable source of income because your client list has dried up. Firing an employee isn't a decision that companies take lightly. If a company hires you -- and you perform well -- you can generally expect to keep your position indefinitely.

Ongoing Training

Freelance

To be successful as a freelancer, you'll need to remain abreast of the latest trends in coding and understand how to use the most popular languages and development environments. It will be your responsibility to devote the time and funds necessary to train yourself and make sure that you always have the skills clients demand the most. We all know the “head-against-the-wall” path of teaching yourself.

Full-Time

It is often necessary for companies to make sweeping changes in the technologies that they use due to customer demands and trend. If you're an employee of a company that makes a significant technological change, normally your are learning in a collaborative and team environment. Typically the company should provide any necessary training, information, or even courses to get their employee based skilled up to perform the task at hand.

Work-Life Balance

Freelance

As a freelancer, you'll have the ability to work at home and potentially spend more time with your family than you would in a full-time development position. Keeping due dates in mind, Freelancers sometimes struggle with work-life balance issues as well. If you are always available to your family, they may sometimes forget that you're sometimes "at work" even if you're at home. The luxury of deciding when to work and when not to work is up to you as you are your own boss. Working as a freelancer, though, you'll spend much of your time alone. If you crave social interaction during work, freelancing is not the best way to get it.

Full-Time

Development is a stressful job. When a company has set a firm release date for a software project, developers often spend several weeks or months working longer hours than normal as the date approaches -- and spending far too little time with their families.

Many companies have become more mindful of their employees' stress levels in recent years. If you're fortunate, you may find an employer that works hard to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Nevertheless, crunch time is a reality for most software developers.

Working as an employee means that you'll have the camaraderie and healthy competition that comes with having peers.

Motivation

Freelance

As a freelancer, you won't have the same level of external motivation. You'll need to generate the internal motivation necessary to complete your projects quickly, get paid and move on to prospecting for new gigs. If you allow yourself to become complacent, you'll eventually suffer.

Full-Time

Being an employee means that you have to deal with performance reports, management, and rules. You'll have a boss who periodically tells you to speed up or get back to work. This can be a double edged sword. The constant push from superiors can either succeed in motivation or demotivate you entirely.

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Freelancers Can Earn More -- Eventually

Any freelancer is also a part-time salesperson. For many jobs, you'll compete with overseas developers willing to do the work for much less than you. You'll need to sell yourself every time you put in a bid. You'll need to explain every time why it is worthwhile for the client to pay more for your services. Eventually, you'll build up a base of regular clients.

Working as a freelancer may mean that you'll eventually earn more than a full-time developer would. However, getting to that point may require you to spend thousands of hours prospecting for new clients and completing assignments for little pay.

The good news is that the Internet has made finding work much easier for freelancers than it once was. Websites for posting and completing freelance work -- such as Upwork -- have become very popular. Websites for freelancers often have plenty of work available. Much like an employer would, they'll pay you on a consistent schedule.

You can also find work as a freelancer by creating your own website and looking for work on websites for classified ads such as Craigslist. You may even find potential clients in your own area looking for freelancers. By finding work independently and negotiating your own pay, you may earn more than you would through a website such as Upwork. However, you'll also be responsible for writing your own contracts and collecting your fees. You could lose a great deal of money if a client refuses to pay after you've spent hours completing the requested work.

When you finally do begin to receive higher-paying assignments, you'll need to set aside a significant portion of your earnings to pay your taxes. Self-employed individuals pay the highest tax rates in the United States. Some freelancers set up S corporations and take their wages as salaries and dividends. However, creating an S corporation will only reduce your taxes slightly. As a self-employed individual, you'll also have to pay for your own healthcare coverage and retirement savings.

Employees Earn Less -- but They Get More

Working full time usually means that you'll receive a guaranteed paycheck. Although you may have to learn to work within your company's political system if you'd like to earn a promotion eventually, you won't have to spend nearly as much time selling yourself as you would when freelancing. You also won't have to spend any time prospecting for new work unless you're looking for a job with another company.

An employee of a company often earns less than a freelancer. However, you'll get to keep more of what you earn as an employee because your employer will pay half of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. If your employer provides health insurance and contributes to your retirement fund, those contributions will add substantially to your effective income.

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Bootcamp Vs College : Cost, Time, Experience

posted by DevMtn Team on January 30th, 2017

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If you’re thinking about a career in tech, you have more options for pursuing your education than ever before. Between self-taught online classes, a traditional college education, and professional coding bootcamps, you can shape a path that best suits your goals. But not all options are created equal, so we wanted to provide you with some information to help you with making this important decision. Here, we’ll focus on the differences between a traditional college education and a coding bootcamp.

1. Cost

Any time we talk about college, the cost is usually the first thing that comes up. The cost of going to college is rising, and without comparable improvements in likelihood of getting a job or rate of pay, college is becoming more and more difficult to justify. Top Universities reports that the average cost for a four-year undergraduate degree from a public university for the 2016-2017 school year as $20,090 per year. And that’s assuming you’re a resident of the state where the university is located! Goldman Sachs predicts that students graduating now won’t even break even on the cost of college until they are nine years into their career, and that number is rising.

For those seeking a career as a computer coder or developer, there are more affordable options. A coding bootcamp costs significantly less, yet still provides the qualifications, references, and experience necessary to create an impressive resume. Here, at DevMountain, our program costs just $10,900, a mere fraction of what a comparable program would run you at a university.

2. Time

Time should be factored in with the cost of a program because after all, time is money right? Four years is a long time to go with little to no income, especially while you’re forking over expensive tuition every year. Luckily, with DevMountain, you can complete your education and be ready for your first job in as little as 12 weeks!

We know that many of you don’t have as much time as you’d like to dedicate to your education every day. With work, family, and other responsibilities, you can’t always make a traditional education work for you. At DevMountain, we’re determined to make our bootcamp as accessible as possible, so we have a part-time option that you can complete in just 16 weeks.

3. Experience

Although it’s not a measurable quality, an overall experience is also an important part of any life pursuit. Many people see college as a rite of passage these days, and while the idealized “college experience” rarely measures up to expectations, it’s still an enjoyable and life-enriching pursuit.

However, many of the things people enjoy about college can also be experienced in bootcamp. DevMountain maintains a scholarly environment that encourages teamwork and immersive learning. Beyond what college can provide, DevMountain’s bootcamp is a more intense experience that puts you under the instruction of experienced real-world professionals. Our approach pairs you with full-time professors, part-time in-the-field industry professionals, and personally assigned mentors, giving you more access to quality instruction. You’ll be able to experience learning hands-on with a keystone project that you will complete by the end of the program.

Ready to learn more about what our program can do for you? Our website has all of the information you’ll need to make an informed decision about whether or not our bootcamp is the best option for you. Meet our professional staff, a team of helpful and experienced individuals that we put together to help you get the most out of your education and come away with some pretty amazing references. Or check out our schedule of programs to find the one that is best suited to your needs. You can request a syllabus today on our website.

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The 10 Best Developer and Tech News Resources

posted by DevMtn Team on January 17th, 2017

The 10 Best Developer and Tech News Resources

The tech industry is growing and changing rapidly, so it’s important that anyone involved in it stay up to date on the latest tech news and advancements. As the industry expands and impacts even more of our day to day lives, it’s becoming important for people in every industry to know what’s going on in the tech field. While this may seem like a daunting task on the face of it, tech news can be really interesting.

It can be difficult to know where to start, and not all news sources are reliable or provide the best information. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite resources to help you stay informed! Bookmark these pages and revisit them often or you can end up being one really out-of-date dev.

1. Twitter

If you don’t know what Twitter is by now, well you should. Twitter is a great resource for following your technology and language of choice. So many thought leaders, brands, and experts take to Twitter to shout out their newest findings, trends, and tips.

For example, a great general account to follow is @thepracticaldev. If you like react and redux news follow @danabramov or @vjeux. Are you familiar with npm, then follow @izs and @seldo. Another great account is @b0rk who is good to follow if you're into (trying to get into) unix/linux.

There is a whole world of dev to explore on Twitter and a great place to easily stay informed about the latest in tech news by following the people and organizations who regularly post what’s new. You can also try this list by Robert Scoble for a large variety of great tech news channels or this list for additional developers to follow.

2. JavaScript Weekly

Here is a fun fact. JavaScript Weekly is a weekly newsletter that gives you the best information on what’s new in JavaScript. They email you once every Friday and won’t sell your information or spam your mailbox, and it’s simple to unsubscribe at any time. You can view their current newsletter on their homepage to get an idea of what they’ll be sending you.

3. Node Weekly

Node Weekly is exactly like JavaScript Weekly, but it sends newsletters focused on Node.js news and articles instead of news about the broader topic of JavaScipt.

Signup for their newsletter to get the top node.js news and modules delivered to your inbox every week or follow this Twitter account!

4. TechCrunch

With articles, videos, and even funding data, TechCrunch provides a wealth of information to anyone interested in the latest tech advancements. It covers information in many different industries, so it’s a great place to go when you have more time to browse. They also have several newsletters that you can subscribe to based on what you’re interested in hearing about.

5. CNET

CNET is a highly accessible tech news source that also does reviews, how-to’s, and more. You’ll find a lot of information on new and up-and-coming tech products. Although the website publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on mainly consumer electronics globally, the CNET audience frequently discusses up and coming trends and stuff all developers should pay attention to.

6. Scotch.io

Scotch.io is a web development blog discussing all things programming, development, web, and life. With insightful web design/development articles scotch.io is a great resource for tips and news. They also have courses and tutorials that you need to check out.

7. Hacker News

Hacker News is a great place to go to keep your finger on the pulse of the tech community. It’s a social media site for those interested in everything tech, and functions much the same way that Reddit does. Users can upvote quality content, and downvote all the bad stuff.

You can sign up for their newsletter and get a Hacker News digest in your email every so often with the cream of the crop content, which is pretty cool.

8. MacRumors

Some of the best places to get your news will depend on what you’re interested in. More specific websites like MacRumors will give you the latest on the programs, languages, and products that mean the most to you. MacRumors is the best place to go for updates regarding Apple’s products.

9. W3Techs

If you are fact checker and need data to back anything up, then W3Techs is for you. W3Techs stands for “World Wide Web Technology Surveys.”

W3Techs provides information about the usage of various types of technologies on the web. They have a collection of surveys to keep you informed on all the latest trends. We have found the surveys to be super extensive and awesomely reliable.

10. Company Blogs

Industry giants like Google and Windows report much of their own tech news, and are worth checking in on from time to time. Another great one to follow is the GoDaddy blog. They frequently cover tips on how to rev up your website. If you turnover all the self-promotion in company blogs you can find awesome reads that are truly diamonds in the rough.

All this being said, there is no one comprehensive tech news site because there’s just too much to cover. The best way to stay informed is to accumulate a good library of resources, like the ones listed here!

When you’re pursuing a career in such a fast-paced industry, it’s important to have the best resources available. This includes a fast-paced, hardworking education like the kind you can get from DevMountain’s coding bootcamp. In just 12-16 weeks we can put you on the path to the career of your dreams. Our professional team has been out in the field and knows what it takes for you to succeed. Learn more about our program on our website, and request a syllabus today.

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How to Learn to Code When You Have No Idea Where to Start

posted by DevMtn Team on January 4th, 2017

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There are a lot of reasons to want to learn to code. Career options are plentiful and often very lucrative, you have more opportunities than most fields to work from home and set your own hours, and it can be a very fulfilling line of work. Even if you don’t plan on pursuing it as a career, knowing how to code can make you an impressive asset in other industries or help you become more independent if you’re starting out as an entrepreneur. Coding can be a valuable life skill no matter how you plan on applying it.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn to code, it’s also true that a technical pursuit such as coding can be very intimidating. Last week we invited everyone to make 2017 the year everyone should learn to code, but many people don’t know where to begin or how to succeed, and this can discourage them from ever getting started in the first place. Don’t let this be you- coding doesn’t need to be intimidating! The world of technology has never been more accessible. Here are some easy ways to get started.

When You’re Testing the Waters

If you’re not quite sure that you want to code yet, or what you want to do with coding, there are a few free resources that you can start with to test the waters. Since you’re not ready to invest too much time or money into coding, these online learning tools will help you see if coding is the right fit for you without setting you back.

While a casual Google search can turn up many quality resources that will help you get started, it can be hard to tell the winners from the duds. Luckily, there’s an online resource that will guide you to the best free tools that teach you the languages and skills that you’re most interested in. It’s called Bento. Start exploring your options on their website.

Codecademy is where most people who are new to coding get their start. If you haven’t been to the site yet, you need to. The platform revolves around interactive learning; that is, you read a little, type your code right into the browser, and see results immediately. They teach HTML & CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Angularjs, The Command Line, and more.

This is a great resource to see if code is something you enjoy doing and want to pursue as a career path. That being said, you need to actually push through all of the content. Don't just stop at the basic HTML course and once you hit something hard throw up your hands and give up. Push through. Play around with Javascript. Commit to actually finishing an online course that pushes you and tests you. That way you can really get a taste of coding.

When You’re Ready to Commit

Self-teaching is hard. We know. For most, it will only get you so far. We know because 90% of DevMountain students have tried to teach themselves. What typically happens is they hit a wall, stop learning, and then 2 months go by without them doing anything. We understand that most people don't learn this way.

Once you’ve decided that coding is really for you, it’s time to invest in a resource that will give you the tools, teachers, and qualifications you need to excel in your chosen field. DevMountain is a coding bootcamp engineered to help people of all skill levels learn to code. With full time 12-week programs and part-time 16-week programs available, we’ll help you maximize your time and achieve coding success no matter your circumstances. We strive to make our coding bootcamp as accessible as possible, and it’s paid off for our students in a big way.

Our team of real world professionals knows what it takes to be successful in tech careers, and they provide our students with impressive references after they graduate. Our curriculum walks you through what you need to know to accomplish your goals, and provides you with valuable learning tools that help you learn the material quickly. You’ll come out of our program with a keystone project that you can show prospective employees to further prove your new coding prowess.

If you really want the best possible start to your career, consider DevMountain’s world class coding bootcamp. You can learn more and request a syllabus on our website.

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