Do you need a degree to get a job as a computer programmer?

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Two candidates apply for a software development position: One has a degree in computer science from a prestigious school. The other is self-taught with several years’ experience under his belt.  Which one one gets the job?

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5 Learning Tech Trends to Watch

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Here’s the list of five trends learning professionals should be considering when mapping out strategies for the next five of years. It’s important to note that trends are not isolated developments within the L&D community but are often the culmination, confluence, and convergence of technological innovation, discoveries or rediscoveries of learning science and a reaction to changes within the larger culture in which society operates.

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Estonian startup helps people get tech jobs around the world

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Estonian startup, Jobbatical, helps travel enthusiasts get technology jobs around the world. Over $2 million has been raised in a funding round which involved LocalGlobe and Union Square Venture.

NOTE:  For those looking to enter the programming world and get tech jobs around the world through Jobbatical, check out the code school courses at DaVinci Coders.

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Ex-Google coder makes twice as much freelancing

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James Knight, a 27-year-old coder, recently made an unorthodox career move: quitting a well-paid job writing software for Google to go freelance. No more gold-plated benefits, catered lunches or million-dollar views from the search giant’s Manhattan office. But why?

NOTE:  If you’re interested in entering the freelance coding world, check out the exciting new courses DaVinci Coders has to offer.

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How to recruit a great software developer

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It’s a seller’s market for programmers. Demand for programmers and software engineers is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next seven years, according to research conducted by IT staffing firm, Modis. The average salary for a software developer is around $96,000 and top earners approach $150,000 per year, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

NOTE: For those wanting to enter the programming profession, DaVinci Coders is currently accepting applications for the 2016 courses. Small class sizes so seating is limited.

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Leading a digital transformation by learning to code

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Leaders reach their positions by mastering yesterday’s and today’s business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst lead to serious strategic missteps.

NOTE: For those wanting to enter the programming profession, DaVinci Coders is currently accepting applications for Jan-Feb courses. Small class sizes so seating is limited.

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Will Coworking Replace Colleges?

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Futurist Tom Frey:  When I first brought up the idea of coworking taking over colleges, it seemed like an absurd notion. But there is a secret reason that very few people are grasping.

At first glance, the highly structured ivory towers of academia seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the unstructured anything-goes world of coworking. But the more I thought about it, it seems inevitable that the two are on a collision course.

In fact, it’s already happening, but not in the ways you may imagine.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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Leonardo da Vinci would be a programmer today

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Modern da Vincni – I sat quiet and still in a clean, worn armchair; a good balance between luxurious and cheap. The near absolute silence was a pleasant break from campus outside. Were it not for the electrodes taped to my head, I might have been comfortable. The television before me, much like the one in my apartment at the time, would have been welcome if it weren’t for the oversized words flickering in black font on a white screen.

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The 12 most influential programmers today

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Someone, somewhere, actually wrote the code for the apps and games you use every day.  Even the underlying platforms and hardware that those apps run on. And the web. And the entire Internet itself.  And the programming languages that people use to build this stuff first had to be written by somebody else.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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Most popular programming languages

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RedMonk has released their bi-annual programming language rankings.  Very little has changed in the process since Drew Conway and John Myles White’s original analysis late in 2010.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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The age of developer-defined infrastructure: The geek shall inherit the earth

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There have been articles about the primacy of software engineers over the past several years.  The fact that technical majors are making more money coming out of college than their classmates and the average salary for a developer has risen dramatically over the past few years supports this reality.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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