Silicon Prairie News

6619_ccbd996639_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Four weeks. It's crazy to think we are already a third of the way through Omaha Code School. We've come a long way since my last update. Let me get you up to speed with what we are doing. Up until this point, our programs didn't have any persistence. That means when we shut down the program, any information we had entered was destroyed and we had to re-enter it the next time we started up again... read more

6563_b2a27ff034_small March 11, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Long time no blog! Coding is a lot like exercise, in that I’ve done neither for about two weeks. And I suppose it’s difficult to gain progress in both coding and fitness without consistent effort—even just 15 minutes a day. So that’s what I’ve been doing during the week, slowly but surely (with programming, not exercising). I’m done with my HTML/CSS refresher and set to delve deeper into Python… read more

6562_c3a4d6c295_small March 10, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) We've come a long way in the first two weeks. We started out small, only coding in Ruby on the command line. Our first assignment was to write a small program to keep track of pets for a humane society... read more

6546_53dff63b0f_small March 4, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Tej Dhawan) I just wrapped up a very full day meeting in Washington with several senators and their staff on the issues surrounding patent reform. This day was coordinated by the Application Developers Alliance, an advocacy group I connected with in December around the time of the House vote on the Innovation Act (House Bill 3309). Before I go further, political correctness stalwarts as well as trolls themselves are calling for the name trolls be dropped and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) be used instead ... read more

6520_b8c24b3d59_small February 25, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Ryan Weber) A few weeks ago, it was my privilege to represent Kansas City’s tech industry at the TechVoice DC Fly-In. TechVoice is a policy advocacy organization powered by CompTIA and TECNA (Tech Councils of North America). KCnext is a member of TECNA, and I serve on the executive committee. Our membership has been a great resource for KCnext while we continue to grow the organization ... read more

6495_89e848fd58_small February 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Omaha Code School is the first course of its kind in Omaha. There are lots of similar courses in larger cities across the nation, such as New York and San Francisco, where our instructor, Sumeet Jain, lived and taught a similar course. After he moved to Omaha, he and his cousin saw an opportunity to do something similar here. They founded Omaha Code School last fall and began accepting applications. There were more than 70 applicants from the U.S. and across the world. Eventually the applicant pool was whittled down to 14—the inaugural class ... read more

6494_d16cbfd9bd_small February 19, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Over winter break, I made a decision: In the coming months, I would learn everything I needed to know about being a web developer. The biggest obstacle? My own ignorance. During high school I took a few programming courses (Perl, Java and Robotics). My crowning achievement was making a LEGO-bot spin in a circle while playing John Williams’ “Imperial March." But I was easily discouraged. My coding frustration generally amounted to giving up on projects all together ... read more

6205_74624bc0d4_small November 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As we prepare to host three of our fall Startup Job Crawls in the coming weeks, we wanted to remind students and startups how important an event like this is to our community. Not only does it provide an environment to discover a world of startups perhaps unknown to students, but it opens the door to future career opportunities, great hires, mentors and much, much more between the entrepreneurs and startups involved ... read more

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