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So, when exactly did computer programming become trendy… even sexy?

Well, it was sometime in the last couple years, but I’m not exactly sure when it happened. However, today it’s very much en vogue. The only problem is: there’s such a small supply of developers and such a large supply of app ideas, tech contracts, and engineering jobs. We’re helping fill that gap over at the Dev Shop where I teach coding to the previously coding impaired. In our first class, we have a lawyer, an ex-Goldman Sachs employee, an actress, a recent  grad w/ an anthropology degree, a few entrepreneurs, a couple graphic designers, a social media guru,  a New York Stock Exchange analyst, a college student, a marketing consultant,  and others in between professions.

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We just concluded Week 3 of 12, with 100% of our Day 1 students still enrolled… Kinda rare for programming classes. We’re doing Javascript, JQuery, CSS, HTML, HTML5, iPhone apps, Python scripting, PHP coding, MYSQL, Android apps, cloud computing, agile development, and few other things.

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Lately, the students have been coming up with some fascinating app concepts, including:

  • An app that delivers you food at the click of a button (wherever you are) given your taste preferences, budget, and location.
  • An app that makes your flights seem shorter by curating an entertainment/work regiment for you to keep you pre-occupied based on your engagement behavior (like the Pandora or Netflix for flights)
  • An app that helps you get out of awkward situations
  • An app that helps professional sports teams not pick players the city doesn’t want
  • A website that helps male entrepreneurs make better sites when they’re targeting women
  • A Google Glass app that stops you from losing things… like water bottle caps
  • An platform that solves the current European Monetary System issues by creating price incentives for richer nations to spend with poorer nations to boast their GDP and create a mutually assured destruction that creates a sort of equilibrium to get European nations to work more together, instead of swapping debt

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It’s been a lot of fun and we plan to publish our first classes’ web app next week.

Will keep you posted.

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