Neuroscience of programming: Understanding programmers’ brains

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Programmers use existing language regions of the brain to understand code.

Computer programming is a deeply complex but relatively new human activity. Its young age has lent itself to countless battles and hotly debated topics that despite the many compelling arguments presented, we seemingly have no definitive answers for. All that is about to change: An international team of scientists lead by Dr. Janet Siegmund is using brain imaging with fMRI to understand the programmer’s mind. Understanding the brain offers us the chance to distill these complex issues into fundamental answers.

 

 

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Salaries for engineers in Silicon Valley are starting at $165,000

Silicon Valley salaries for programmers have hit record-levels in 2013.

Talented tech folks in Silicon Valley have always been paid huge salaries, but according to division manager for Jobspring Silicon Valley, recruiter Scott Purcell says 2013 is shaping up to be a record-breaker.

 

 

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‘Superstar programmers’ can get paid as much as a pro athlete

Paying superstar programmers tens of millions of dollars is called the “Kobe Bryant effect.”

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen says that engineers are being paid their “true value” in the technology industry, where some engineers are drawing multi-million dollar paychecks.

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Older and wiser: Software developer’s skills improve over time

“Tech is a young person’s game.” “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” “A child could solve this problem–someone send for a child.”

Prejudice against older programmers is wrong and inaccurate according to new research.  Two computer scientists at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh have discovered a natural experiment to test the technical chops of the old against the young.

 

 

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“Show me the money!” Top programmers can now get agents

If you are a good coder in Silicon Valley, you are among the pampered elite. You get big paychecks, people bring you free gourmet food, drivers shuttle you around town. Coders in Silicon Valley are treated a lot like talented entertainers would be in Hollywood. It’s a thought not lost on Altay Guvench, a coder himself who has become one of the first agents for software developers.

 

 

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DaVinci Coders classes starting April 15th

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What do startups like Groupon, Twitter, Living Social, and Guitar Hero all have in common? They are all fast-growing startups that built their business on Ruby on Rails. Rails is the best way for beginners to learn how to build their own web applications and it comes with all the advantages of power, agility, and robustness of these top websites.

 

 

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Coding is the new literacy of the 21st century

The demand for coding knowledge is massive.

Could you be sitting on the app concept of the century, but you don’t know the programming basics to create it. Now, thanks to coding courses offered by companies such as DaVinci Coders and Codecademy, people are launching new businesses by taking coding matters into their own hands.

 

 

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