Perfecting The Pitch: Group Projects Using Metro Nashville's Open Data
May 29, 2018
There was a lot of excitement in the air last Thursday as our Front-end Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp students presented their group projects using Nashville’s Open Data to an esteemed panel of judges. They had a week to build an app and perfect their pitch. See what they created! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning, Community

Oh, The Things You'll Learn | Matthew McCord - Cohort 16
Mar 1, 2018
It has been almost a year since Matthew McCord graduated from NSS as a part of Cohort 16. Ten months into his first tech job at Bernard Health as a full stack developer, Matthew hasn’t stopped learning. Through support on the job and exploring his own interests in game development, he has grown a lot as a developer. Read More

Topics: Alumni, Learning

Seven Questions Junior Developers Should Ask in Any Interview
Feb 21, 2018
New junior developers are often a bit buffaloed by the interview process associated with hiring software developers. Things like whiteboard challenges and code tests are not the kinds of things most of our grads have ever seen before in whatever jobs they had prior to NSS. And, new grads can get so focused on their need to sell themselves that they forget that interviews are two-way conversations where both parties - employer and interviewee - are trying to decide if working together makes sense. Read More

Topics: Learning, Student Stories

The Journey Though Coding Bootcamp | Reflections from Dr. Teresa Vasquez
Dec 5, 2017
We ask all of our students to blog weekly about what they’ve learned. This practice serves two purposes. First, it’s an easy way for students to start applying what they’ve learned week one. Second, when the learning gets tough, students can pause and reflect on how far they’ve come. We asked Cohort 21 student, Dr. Teresa Vasquez if we could share her blog and she graciously agreed. Throughout her blog Teresa shares the challenges she’s faced in an open, honest, and encouraging way. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning

Merging Front-End Development And Product Design
Oct 31, 2017
In an article published on TechCrunch last year, Carson Miller discusses why The Future Of Front-End Development Is Design. Building new digital products is easier and more affordable than ever, but you still have to build a product that users love...and therein lies the challenge. In today’s job market, code literacy is an essential skill for designers and managers, not just developers. It's also beneficial for front-end developers to understand user experience design. The demand for this hybrid role is growing quickly in Nashville, which is why we created our Front-End Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp. Read More

Topics: Learning, Student Stories, UI/UX

How CodePen Education Enabled Us To Focus On The Fundamentals In Our Jumpstart Class
Oct 19, 2017
NSS recently launched a 3-week, part-time Jumpstart program that introduces students to the world of web development and teaches them the basics of the core web languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In order to overcome some of the major hurdles in setting up a development environment, and simply focus on the fundamentals, we used a CodePen Education. Take a peek at how we integrated the features into our program. Read More

Topics: Technology Insights, Learning

Concrete Vs. Abstract Thinking In The World Of Development
Oct 9, 2017
One of the things that has helped us both as students and now as junior instructors is understanding how we think, and thus learn. Having a better understanding of how we think has helped us learn new languages and frameworks quickly and teach them to others. Read More

Topics: Learning

Learning C# And ASP.NET
Sep 28, 2017
Steve Brownlee shares about teaching C# and ASP.NET to students fresh out of their JavaScript education and walks us through running ASP.NET on Linux. Read More

Topics: Technology Insights, Learning

The Emerging Role Of The Front-End Designer/Developer
Sep 19, 2017
One well known practitioner that has been talking and writing about the emergence of a “hybrid” UI/UX designer/front-end developer for several years is Brad Frost. Frost uses the term “Frontend Design” to refer to these hybrids who both handle UI/UX design as well as implement the design in front-end code. In a recent blog post, Frost speaks to the trend and the reasons for the trend. Read More

Topics: UI/UX, Learning, News

Why A Six Month Curriculum? | 500 In 5
Jul 20, 2017
Why, from the very beginning, in 2012 did NSS make a contrarian decision to have a six-month full-time bootcamp? When all the schools in all the cool, tech hot spot cities were launching with 9, and 10 and 12 week programs, were we just out of the loop down here in Nashville, or did we know/believe something they didn't? And why today do we continue, along with a handful of other programs across the country, to feature a significantly longer full-time residential program than the majority of bootcamps? Read More

Topics: 500 In 5, Hiring?, Learning

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