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Gregg Pollack Visits NYC, Free Pass from Code School, Startup Engineering with Ruby on Rails and More!

From: Jamal
Sent on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 3:34 PM
Ahoy Swabbies!

We're back at it again with another newsletter full of awesome events and resources to help you get better as you continue to learn how to code. First off I want to congratulate the group on hitting a new milestone. Two weeks ago we grew to over 2,000 Swabbies and are still growing! Thank you to everyone that has been supporting the group. Keep hacking, keep growing and keep planting seeds!

There are a lot of interesting events going on in NYC over the next couple of weeks. Our friends at NodeLingo are launching their Product Driven Learning course this weekend and there is still time to purchase tickets. Suits to Silicon Alley is having a very interesting panel discussion with several big name VC's including Charlie O'Donnell, Arie Abecassis and others. Also, our friends at General Assembly have a pretty awesome Test Driven Development talk at their Ruby on Rails meet up this week; so, be sure to check that out. Also, I recently joined a couple of buddies that are launching a startup engineering with Ruby on Rails weekend course. The idea is to teach you just enough Rails to build out an MVP for a startup idea. It should be a lot of fun. More details appear below.

Before we get into our featured announcements I want to say congratulations to everyone that completed General Assembly's Back-end Web Development course last night. For those that don't know, that was the course I took almost a year ago that got me started. I was a TA for the course that just finished and I had an awesome time working with everyone. Congrats again guys. You all worked really hard and had some very impressive demos. I hope you continue to hack on Rails and I look forward to seeing you guys stop by Code Crew to say hello!

Now back to business…

Featured Announcements

12 Steps to be a Better Developer with Code School's Gregg Pollack

We're happy to announce that we are bringing Code School's Gregg Pollack to NYC to speak to Swabbies about 12 steps we all can take to  become a better programmers. This is a talk about the lessons they don't teach in programming class. You will learn about setting expectations, getting outside of your comfort zone, moving from independence to interdependence and understanding software development as a craft. There will be refreshments and swag on deck as well!

Gregg is the founder and CEO of Code School (a site we all know too well) and also runs a web and mobile development shop called Envy Labs. He's also very active on the Orland tech and meetup scenes and runs his own highly success meet up and newsletter. We are very grateful to have Gregg fly all the way up from Florida to speak to our group and are looking forward to seeing you guys there!

Free 2 Day Hall Pass to Code School for Swabbies!

Not only is Gregg paying us a special visit, he's also giving away free access to Code School for two days! The Hall Pass provides full access to all of Code School's interactive courses and screencasts. That means you can do all the Rails for Zombies, HTML, CSS and JavaScript courses you can handle.

Claim your free hall pass here: 

RailsSTARS - Startup Engineering with Ruby on Rails

RailsSTARS is a 5 week course that teaches the basics of web development using Ruby on Rails. This course is perfect for people that are learning how to code to launch their startup idea or for those that want an introduction to web development to prepare for more intensive study. We will teach you the basics of how to design, build and deploy and simple web application using the Ruby on Rails web development framework. In addition, we will be covering the basics of lean startup methodology and agile web development practices.

We want to keep the class size small and have a limited amount of spots available. Apply early to reserve your spot. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

StartUp Institute

Startup Institute New York is gearing up for its Fall 2013 class. We are a career accelerator for college grads, young professionals and career changers looking to learn new skills and build a network. We focus on four program areas: web development, product & design, sales/business development and technical marketing. 

Applications are currently being accepted! Our full-time, eight week program will start on October 21st. If you interested in programming but need more instruction while expanding your network, join Startup Institute New York. 

Applications are due on October 6th.

Have questions? Contact Ijeoma at [address removed]

Mobile Payments Hackathon Powered by CardFlight and Stripe 

Date: Saturday, October 19th at 8:30am to 8:00pm

Location: Alley NYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY
Cost: Free

Sign up:

The goal of the Mobile Payments Hackathon is to encourage the development of mobile payments technology and provide developers with the tools and inspiration they need to build awesome products that improve the paymentsindustry.

The CardFlight SDK and Stripe API will be provided during the Hackathon to help you build product. Attendees will spend a full day coding, completing their ideas and networking, and then will present their demo apps to a panel ofmobile payment experts, including VCs, executives and entrepreneurs. There will be food and drink provided throughout.

The Mobile Payments Hackathon is free to attend but pre-registration at is required

Non-hackers are welcome to attend the demos from 6-7pm.

Global Mobile Hackathon

Hi all,

Register for our Hackathon Oct 5th-6th. The fee is $25, however it's free if you can complete the hacker test It's super easy, but will give hints for a space grey iphone (only because I'm not sure what color 'space grey' is)

This is a great opportunity to apply some of things that we are learning in a fun environment. And you could win some really cool prizes. This is ideal if this is your first hackathon.

All level are encourage to come. Our goal is to have 25% of the attendees be black women (all genders and races welcomed though)

We have some really great API sponsors like Google and Pearson.

check here for more info:


SwitchPitch is a role-reversal event where established companies pitch funded innovation projects to qualified startups looking for great partners.

An amazing group of big companies will be presenting specific needs to an audience of startups on Oct. 1 at NYU. HBO, Tivo, NY Daily News, Time Inc, Motley Fool, Meredith Corp will be participating. 

Update: Havas Worldwide, Pitney Bowes and Accuweather just added to SwitchPitch NYC!

Kevin Ryan, founder of Gilt, Business Insider and DoubleClick is the keynote. Networking follows presentations to connect big companies with startups. 

Registration information.

Hope you can make it-

The New York City MySQL Group

Free beer, swag, soda & desserts! (Database Month events are totally free)

What: Making MySQL Flexible with ParElastic Database Scalability
Who: Amrith Kumar, Founder & CTO, ParElastic
When: Thursday Oct. 3, 6:30pm

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 1

Wednesday, October 2

Thursday, October 3

Friday, October 4

Saturday, October 5

Sunday, October 6

Tuesday, October 8

Wednesday, October 9

Thursday, October 10

Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

Sunday, October 13

Code Crew Community
Collaborative Coding - each and every Sunday we meet at Alley NYC to crank out some code. Come join some of the coolest people that are learning how to code in NYC.

How to Learn JavaScript Properly Roadmap Study Group - JavaScript is sexy and we know that that's why we put together a study group based on Richard Bovell's study guide.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial Study Group - learn Ruby on Rails by going through Michael Hartl's famed book. Meets every Sunday at Alley at 3:30pm.

Programming Languages Study Group - Coursera’s Programming Languages course starts soon and a bunch of Swabbies have decided to organize a study group to go through the course together.  Shoutout to Alex Oviedo for taking the lead on this!

Test to Learn Ruby - This workshop will present automated testing as a way to better understand the problem being solved and how to solve it. The examples will be in Ruby, though the concepts are transferable to other languages and frameworks.

Resources - this site will teach you high quality web development, for free. Our aim is to take you from Novice To Employable.

Suggested Reading

Code Challenge
This week’s code challenge comes from Project Euler and is presented as follows:

Project Euler Problem #2:

Each new term in the Fibonacci sequence is generated by adding the previous two terms. By starting with 1 and 2, the first 10 terms will be:

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, ...

By considering the terms in the Fibonacci sequence whose values do not exceed four million, find the sum of the even-valued terms. 


Special thanks goes to Noble Desktop for donating space for our iOS7 Workshop and to Code Coalition for teaching the session. As always, a special thank you goes out to Alley NYC for providing us with space for our coding sessions, study groups and workshops.

Until next time.



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