Who Goes to Code School?
Traditional elementary and middle school curriculum is devoid of scratch programming and web design. Many parents however want their children exposed to the technology at an early age. Code schools appeal to job seekers as well who realize that there are good career opportunities available and a market for junior level developers. Software Programming teaches logic, higher-level math and reinforces concepts in learning that have applicability outside of the development environment. Corporate managers benefit from learning enough code to be dangerous so that they can more effectively manage software development staff. Code schools like local Interface and The Omaha CodeSchool strive to get software neophytes into technology careers, promising to “turn beginners into hireable web developers in 12 weeks,” focusing as much the mechanics of coding as on the developer mindset and way of thinking and approaching problems. The discussion about the software development approach and coding style is one that comes up here frequently. The challenge is to understand the client need and business process and develop the solution that is right for them and scales. This requires a level of thinking and approach that is critical to the building and maintaining of a system.
The response to code schools has been mostly positive. The World Herald ran an article recently on Omaha Code School’s Sumeet Jain who felt Omaha needed a way to get potential software talent into smaller and mid-sized companies. Some in the software development world are concerned that 12 weeks can’t scratch the surface for teaching coding skills. However, the schools are set up as an intensive introduction and provide the basic framework from which new skills can be acquired and built. Ideally local code schools will help encourage young talent to stay in Omaha as well. This is not an abstract concept. Recently Mindmixer CEO and co-founder Nick Bowden decided to consolidate his offices in Kansas City , in no small part because a greater talent pool of developers resided outside of Omaha. In that context, the discussion about the efficacy of code schools, at least locally changes the question from are they relevant to what other things can we do to attract, develop and retain people that might be passionate about writing software code. Traditional educational institutions are opening up on-line lectures and classes to the general public and the way in which we learn is changing as the technology that has changed the way we do business continues to evolve. Perhaps code schools, as they mature, will provide outlets to students who might not have otherwise realized a hidden passion for code.
November 27, 2023
Volano Software – ESOP Company Volano Software Company based in Omaha, Nebraska announced recently the employees are now co-owners of the software development company. This transition ushers in continued confidence in the team during a challenging time for employee retention for many other software companies. Volano Software, celebrating its 16th year as of 2023, demonstrates […]
June 13, 2023
Data is like a vast set of building blocks, each has different shapes, sizes, and colors. Just like each brick has its unique utility, every piece of data carries a unique piece of information. As a business owner, how can you possibly start understanding what all the pieces of data from those fancy reports mean? […]
June 2, 2023
For small manufacturing companies with less than 100 employees and revenues of around $20–50 million, several key factors contribute to their success. Here are some important considerations: By focusing on these key factors, small manufacturing companies can enhance their competitiveness, achieve sustainable growth, and maintain profitability. It’s important to adapt these factors to the specific […]
June 1, 2023
Several years ago, I was working on a product that required some attention from the software product teams. This happens to all software over time because a user’s needs change, features need to be added, and bugs happen (naturally). The undertaking was large enough, so our team agreed it would be ideal to talk with […]
May 30, 2023
There’s an ongoing debate: custom software versus off-the-shelf Software as a Service (SaaS). A few misconceptions tend to cloud everyone’s judgment and influence decisions in this area. It’s time to put these myths to rest and bring clarity to the conversation. Myth 1: Custom Software is Outdated Custom software is inherently outdated, which couldn’t be […]
March 15, 2023
Why continue to utilize a mess of spreadsheets to run your operations? We think there’s a better way. Here are the top 7 reasons you should switch to custom software.