TechTalk: The Frontend Landscape Explained and 4 Advanced Frameworks

Here at Bloc, we’ve hosted a free, online Tech Talks on everything from how to get started developing for Android to building complex websites. In this 45 minute crash course on frontend frameworks we will cover the history of frontend web development, the recent emergence of these new Javascript frameworks, and go over some of the pros and cons for learning them.

About the Hosts:

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Developer at Bloc. Christian comes to Bloc from Pinchit and TAG where he was a developer. Prior to that, Christian was also a graphic designer.


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Joe Lipper-
Joe is Bloc’s Frontend Course Director with not only 4 years of development experience, but was also a Bloc Alum. Previously, Joe was a freelance developer and the co-founder and lead developer for Lapel.co, an angel-backed startup.

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Three Reviews of Bloc from Recent Alumni

The best way to ascertain the quality of a program is to look at outcomes. That’s why we’ve pulled together a number of reviews of Bloc in one place.

  • What are students saying on camera? In the panel we hosted last week, you can hear straight from recent alumni
  • Read their full alumni stories and see what they are up to today
  • Don’t just look at what we publish. Take a look at what students are saying on review sites and on Quora

three recent Bloc alumni to come over and chat. Here’s what they had to say.

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The Ultimate Guide to Developer Bootcamp Scholarships

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The Importance of Diversity

As well all know, software development needs more diversity. At Bloc, we offer scholarships for women, minorities who are underepresented in tech, and veterans. That being said, we know a lot of students who consider Bloc are also looking at a number of physical bootcamps, so we got our intern Prianna to do some research so you don’t have to! Below, you’ll find her list of every available developer bootcamp scholarship.

Bloc Diversity Scholarship and Women Who Code Scholarship

Bloc offers two scholarships to promote diversity. First, we offer the New Relic Diversity Scholarship – a program sponsored by New Relic where we select 9 students per month to receive a $500 scholarship toward their Bloc tuition. We also recently launched a new Women Who Code scholarship, where each month we select three women to receive a $1000 scholarship toward Bloc. So far, the New Relic Scholarship program has helped over 60 students learn web development, mobile development, and UX Design.

 Developer Bootcamp Scholarships

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Do You Get Git? A Free Tutorial on Using Git and GitHub

Done with Codecademy? Ready to build something real? Although Git started out as a way to track versions and collaborate on code with other developers, it has now become much more than that. GitHub is an online repository of code that is committed using Git, and has become a platform for developers all over the world to collaborate on open source projects. Hiring managers look at GitHub profiles to check out a prospective hire’s past projects. As a result, GitHub has become a de facto portfolio in the world of software.

Tutorial on Using Git and GitHub

In this TechTalk, we’ll give you a crash course in Git:

  • What is version control and why should you care?
  • Why Git is the industry standard, and why you should be using it
  • What’s the difference between Git and GitHub?
  • The basics of Git: branches, merging, and collaboration
  • Publishing to Heroku
  • Advanced features of Git

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TechTalk: How to Set Up an Android Development Environment

Here at Bloc, we’ve hosted a free, online Tech Talks on everything from how to get started developing for Android to building complex websites. Do you have an idea for a mobile app?  By 2015, Gartner expects that over 50% of all devices worldwide will run Android. Android can already be found in phones, TVs, refrigerators, and satellites. And yet there are few resources available to help beginners get started with Android. In this Tech Talk, we sat down with Stan Idesis, the Director of Android, to teach you to set up your Android developer environment and answer questions you may have along the way.

About the Host- Stan Idesis

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Stan has been developing for Android since 2009. Prior to Bloc, Stan was the founder of Playerful, a platform for cross-device and cross-platform app gamification. He was also the founder of MindGap, a development firm that worked with Kwarter, Budweiser, and NFL Fan Zone. Before that, Stan was a mobile developer at Zynga. (more…)

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Why Students Still Aren’t Programming

Why are students still ignoring careers in programming

This is a guest post by Prianna Pathak, Bloc’s marketing intern and recent Bryn Mawr College alum.

Refresher: There’s a Skills Gap and It’s Getting Bigger

We all know  the economy stinks. And we know how tough it is to find a job. But did you know that even for college grads, the underemployment rate is now 44%, and the unemployment rate for young grads is almost double that of average college-educated person? Meaning that 44% of recent college grads who want to work full-time and actually get paid, can’t.

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Recap: How Coding Bootcamps Are Doing What Higher Ed and Recruiting Can’t

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In a recent blogpost published by SkilledUp, editor Robert McGuire covered the rise of the developer bootcamp and its effects on everything from higher education to hiring. McGuire found that, “counting only full-time U.S. bootcamps, the tally has grown from 33 in 2013 to 43 so far this year, spreading out from the best-known tech hubs to smaller cities, and by a broader definition there are more than 60.”

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Build Your First Website

BlocBook: A Crash Course in HTML, CSS, Animations, and the Skeleton Framework

At Bloc, we think we’ve learned a lot about learning. Which is why we’re launching our very first BlocBook – a free guide to building your first landing page. This book is a great resource for beginners to get started with frontend web development.

Build Your First Website: A Crash Course in HTML and CSS

In this BlocBook, we’ll cover:

  • Getting Started with HTML, CSS
  • How to Setup Your Dev Environment with Sublime, Command Line, and Git
  • Introduction to Skeleton, An Elegantly-Simple Framework
  • Great Styling with Custom-CSS
  • Using Animation to Set Your Site Apart
  • Deploying Your Website online with Github Pages

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How to Switch Into a Technical Career

As someone who successfully switched from product marketing to a Rails Support Engineer brittany-martin circleat Ninefold, Women Who Code  asked Brittany  to give a lightning talk so others could learn from her. In this talk, titled “How to Switch Into a Technical Career,” Brittany talked about taking charge of her career aspirations, moving out to San Francisco, having to take a step backward andbecome a Product Marketing Manager, then learning to code with Ruby on Rails and Bloc, joining the Women Who Code community, and eventually finding a developer role at Ninefold.

In her role, she troubleshoots networking, load balancing, firewall and online storage issues, and configuring deployment toolsets with advanced developers for an awesome Rails hosting solution. Of course, she is also competing in hackathons on the weekends.

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Guide to Building a Landing Page with HTML, CSS, and the Skeleton Framework

Turn your idea into a real website

At Bloc, we think we’ve learned a lot about learning. The steepest part of any learning curve is the very beginning. And while browser-based exercises like Codecademy are a fantastic way to bring new people into the fold, they frustrate many, who want to build a real website.

With our first BlocBook, we’ve endeavored to simplify the experience so that any beginner can quickly get started and ship a real website online. Getting to that a-ha moment with programming is criticial to the learning journey.

What’s in this Guide? Learn HTML, CSS, and Animations

  • Getting Started with HTML, CSS
  • How to Setup Your Dev Environment with Sublime, Command Line, and Git
  • Introduction to Skeleton, An Elegantly-Simple Boilerplate
  • Great Styling with Custom-CSS
  • Using Animation to Set Your Site Apart

To learn more about our first BlocBook, click here. We’d love to know what you think.

 

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