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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 Bookmark these pages and revisit them often or you can end up being one really out-of-date dev.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

Learn to code at DevMountain coding bootcamp

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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Why You Should Make 2017 the Year You Learn to Code

posted by DevMtn Team on December 30th, 2016

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Every year we make new year’s resolutions with the best intentions, and every year we break those resolutions by February. If you’re anything like us, you want to make a change for the better this year, but you may not be sure how.

Make 2017 the year you learn to code and improve your career and quality of life with this versatile and valuable life skill. Employees with coding experience are quickly becoming a necessity in every industry, and it’s only going to get more important through 2017.

So whether your goal is to become an entrepreneur, to bolster your existing career or to start a new one, DevMountain can help you achieve it with our highly accessible, highly effective coding bootcamp. With a team of professionals guiding your progress and other like-minded people encouraging your success, this year’s resolution will be the easiest, most impactful one yet. Here are some of the resolutions that you can check off your list by learning to code, and some reasons why you should do it with DevMountain.

Why Code?

Work for Yourself

If your ultimate goal this year is to become your own boss, there’s no better way to get started than to learn to code. Whether your product is a new app or a new kitchen tool, learning to code will help reduce the start-up costs of hiring someone to do your code work for you and propel you into a more successful endeavor.

Work From Home

If you’re after the comfort and convenience of working from home, or want to spend more time with your family and friends, knowing your way around a computer can qualify you for more remote working possibilities.

Become More Competitive

Every year computers become even more essential to our everyday lives. This makes computer skills an essential part of any industry. Beef up your resume and become an asset to any company by adding computer coding skills to your skill set.

Increase Your Salary

Computer programmers make a median salary of about $60,000 a year in Utah. If you’re looking to make more money this year, learning to code can help boost your bottom line!

Why DevMountain?

Structure and Support

You know how hard it is to keep resolutions when you go it alone. Let us guide you through the steps to your ultimate goal with our proven program. We’ll give you the opportunity to work with real-world programming professionals and hone your craft with hands-on learning.

Ease and Accessibility

At DevMountain, we pride ourselves in making coding bootcamp as accessible as possible. People of any skill level can quickly get started in our program, and we have both full-time and part-time options. We’ll even cover your housing if you’re coming in from out of state!

Impressive Credentials

When you self-teach, it can be much more difficult for an employer to know for sure if you are qualified. DevMountain helps take the doubt away with a rock solid reputation, a team of professional staff that make excellent references, and a keystone project that you can show off to future employers.

What are you waiting for? Your goals for 2017 are within reach. Learn more about our program on our homepage, and request a syllabus today to see more about what you can learn.

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How to Succeed in a Tech Job Interview

posted by DevMtn Team on December 19th, 2016

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Tech job interviews aren’t quite like interviews in many other industries. Due to the fact that tech jobs are very technical and require specific skill sets, and because starting salaries are fairly competitive, employers will want to be very confident in your qualifications before signing off on you. So how do you convince interviewers that you are right for the job? Here are a few tips on how to succeed in a tech job interview.

1. Come in With a Strong Resume

Most of the legwork for this part will be done before you even get the interview. Make sure that your experiences, education, and references are in line with what you want to be doing with your career.

It’s difficult to impress an employer as a self-trained coder because you only have yourself to back you up. Getting an education and a degree will give you credibility from the get-go, and makes it easier for you to get an interview in the first place.

DevMountain’s coding bootcamp is the ideal solution, giving you a quick way to gain valuable experience and qualifications from an incredibly reputable organization. You’ll pick up great references in the form of your professors, who are themselves coding professionals who have worked in the fields you’ll be applying for. You’ll also have an impressive keystone project that you can show to potential employers so they can see the skills you’ve gained firsthand.

Having an impressive resume will help you get more interviews, and will paint your interviewer’s impressions of you from the get-go.

2. Understand the Company and Position Thoroughly

Prepare for the interview by making sure you thoroughly understand the company and position you are applying for and the expectations the company has for a prospective employee. You should be able to confidently explain why you are an excellent fit for the position, and why you are excited about it. Likewise, knowing what the company’s goals and challenges are can help you focus your responses to things that you know the company will find most useful.

3. Be Ready to Demonstrate Your Abilities

A big way that tech interviews are different from many other types of job interviews is that you may be asked to demonstrate your abilities to your interviewer. This may come in the form of a test, or they may ask you to show them a portfolio or previous work. Before heading to an interview, prepare a flash drive with impressive and relevant work that you have already completed.

4. Leave a Good Impression

No matter how unique tech job interviews are, there is one way in which all interviews are the same. You want to present yourself as professional, likeable, and a team player. You’ve probably heard many of these tips before, but they are important and worth repeating.

Make sure you arrive to your interview early. This ensures that you won’t be late because you couldn’t find the building or office you were supposed to arrive to. It will also help you calm your nerves before the interview.

Arrive well dressed and well groomed, and treat everyone you meet with respect. Our appearance and manners have a larger impact than we sometimes think.

Ask thoughtful questions during the interview. This could include questions about specific needs the company has or if there are any concerns the interviewer has about your resume.

Before you leave make sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration at the end of the interview, and then again in an email or letter after you leave.

While jobs in the tech industry are plentiful, competition for the positions you want may still be fierce. Arm yourself with the experiences and qualifications that will make you stand out as a valuable candidate by getting your education from DevMountain’s coding bootcamp. Our expert team of coding professionals has worked in your industry before, and they know what it takes to be a successful and competitive tech industry employee. You can learn more about our program and meet our team on our website.

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DevMountain Podcast Roundup

posted by DevMtn Team on November 22nd, 2016

DevMountain Coding Bootcamp Podcast

Over the last six months we've been busy talking to people all over the country about coding, entrepreneurship and our plans for the future. We've spoken at universities, meetups and we've even made some guest appearances on a few podcasts.

In case you're looking for some listening material for your commute or morning workout, we've compiled a list of these podcasts below.

These DevMountain-featured podcasts provide a great summary of the industry as well as some specifics on DevMountain. Check them out and press play to hear a news roundup of happenings from the coding bootcamp world, some background on DevMountain's recent acquisition, new bootcamp classes and plans, collaborations with universities, and various stats, reports and studies.

Here's the list:

1. Mixergy Podcast - An interview with DevMountain CEO, Cahlan Sharp.

Mixergy Podcast - An interview with DevMountain CEO, Cahlan Sharp

2. Outlier Podcast - Tyler Richards, Interview with DevMountain's co-founder

Outlier Podcast - Tyler Richards, Interview with DevMountain's co-founder

3. Small Business Success Stories Podcast - Featuring DevMountain

Small Business Success Stories Podcast - Featuring DevMountain

4. Go & Grow Podcast - Tyler Richards, Co-Founder of DevMountain

Go & Grow Podcast - Tyler Richards, Co-Founder of DevMountain

5. Entrepreneur Stories Podcast - Cahlan Sharp, Co Founder and CEO of DevMountain

Entrepreneur Stories Podcast - Cahlan Sharp, Co Founder and CEO of DevMountain

6. Below The Fold Podcast - DevMountain CMO, Tyler Richards

Below The Fold Podcast - DevMountain CMO, Tyler Richards

7. Hack App Podcast - Interview with founder Cahlan Sharp

Hack App Podcast - Interview with founder Cahlan Sharp

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