Three reasons why learning Ruby on Rails can help you pursue a tech career in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a beautiful place to prepare for a tech career. With an average winter temperature of 70 degrees and a median home price of just $163,000, it’s easy to see why companies like Publix, Jabil and TechData have made the Tampa area home for their headquarters and why one in every 94 U.S. tech workers lives in Tampa Bay. Add to that a new, direct connecting flight to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and Tampa Bay may just be the next big player in the rapidly growing tech scene. Read More

The teacher becomes the student: Erik’s story

“I was trying to teach myself to code to make my life easier.”

Now a full-time web developer with Practice, Erik was first drawn to coding with the hope of gaining the knowledge he needed to build an application for his business. “I was a martial arts instructor full-time for the past 10 years or so of my life,” he said. “There was no web application or anything that did what I needed it to. I was spending two to three hours a day doing paperwork.” Read More

Learn Ruby on Rails and get prepared for a great career

Want to know what it’s really like to learn Ruby on Rails?

Perhaps you’re new to programming and looking to learn a beginner-friendly language. Or maybe you know you’d like to learn Ruby on Rails, but you aren’t sure about the commitment it will take. One of our Ruby on Rails instructors, Jesse Wolgamott, recently gave us a bit of insight into what it’s really like to learn Ruby on Rails, and why it’s a language you should consider. (Update: Read more about our new curriculum changes and language focus here.) Read More

From building apartments to building apps: Luke’s story

Construction isn’t a new skill for 19-year-old Luke Settle. As a Web Developer for Metova, his job is to build things. However, like numerous graduates of The Iron Yard, his journey to building web apps begin much more tangibly–building houses and apartments in his hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky while attending his local community college.

“I had always planned on going to college,” he said. “They had a program where you studied two years at the community college before transferring in to a full university.” A fondness for computers prompted Luke to enroll in two programming classes that were offered at the community college. “What we were learning was very outdated, but I still enjoyed the process of coding and my coding classes…more so than math or science courses.” Read More

Meet Brian Gates, Ruby on Rails instructor

Besides working on software, instructor Brian Gates spends time working on himself through diet – though some of his students find his methods to be a bit out of the ordinary. “Monday through Thursday I may have nothing but egg whites and chicken breasts, and then on Friday I’ll eat 10 bowls of corn flakes and two dozen bagels,” Brian says, laughing.

Equally unconventional are his exercise methods because, although built like a long-distance runner, Brian loves powerlifting. He observes a parallel between powerlifting and software development: “If you find yourself stapled under something that is going to crush you to death, it is worthwhile to ask for help.”

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A look back at the ROI of code bootcamp: Joey’s story

From time to time, we like to share the stories of our graduates to give you a chance to get to know more about them. By hearing from them directly, you can learn more about where they’ve come from, what their experience was like with The Iron Yard and where they are going from here. 

We hope their stories inspire you to think bigger about your own career goals and aspirations.

This is Joey’s story. Joey graduated in July 2015 from our Back-End Engineering course in Houston, with a focus on Ruby on Rails. After graduation, he reflected on his time at The Iron Yard and talked about the results of his experience. Read More

Choosing a programming language: The Iron Yard approach

This post was written by Jesse Wolgamott, our Back-End Instructor (and one of our Lead Instructors) in Houston.

The ability for each local campus to customize its courses and curriculum to fit within the local market is built into The Iron Yard’s DNA.

This allows each of our campus locations to offer the programming languages for our graduates to start a career as a Junior Developer and work successfully locally. Our “local first” approach values experimentation and customization; we work with local companies to find and then refine our curriculum, methods, skills, and projects—all while maintaining the core principles that have made our process successful. Read More

Battle of the code schools: a recap

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta, our own Sarah Lodato represented The Iron Yard in Atlanta’s Battle of the Coding Schools. The event was a huge success, and Sarah is back today to give a quick recap of the evening. 

There’s something pretty special about Atlanta’s tech scene: an active openness to peers and a distinct sense of community. It’s the very quality, in my opinion, that has supported so much of Atlanta’s recent tech-related growth, and it was great to see such support at the first-ever “Battle of the Code Schools” panel, organized by our friends at Hypepotamus on July 22nd. Read More

From Afghanistan to The Iron Yard

Less than a year ago, LeRoy Gardner was working 12-hour shifts seven days a week in Afghanistan as an HR Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Throughout his 10-month deployment with the military, LeRoy’s main job was to advise the General of the Afghan National Police on recruiting, retention, training and strategy. During the handful of hours when he wasn’t donning body armor, magazines, weapons and a helmet, LeRoy was glued to his Macbook, trying to teach himself to code using online tutorials. Read More

Stories from the field

Every week, we share some of the amazing stories that we get to hear from our students as they struggle (and succeed) at becoming software developers. These stories are their own, in their own words, and sometimes raw and uncut.

But they are real and authentic, just as they should be.

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