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Michael: I just love coding and like to pass on that joy when I can

03 Feb 2020 Miha Fabjan

Michael: I just love coding and like to pass on that joy when I can

Meet Michael Kohlmann, a software developer and our new SmartNinja coding instructor at SmartNinja Milwaukee. Learn more about him in this interview. Hey, please tell us who you are and what do you do :) Hi, my name is Michael Kohlmann. I am a software developer for a company in the “Leisure Travel” industry. We have created a platform that a lot of major airlines and travel companies use for selling vacation packages. We are the largest vacation-supplier in the world... that you’ve never he...

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Joey: Kindness goes a long way, especially in software development

21 Jan 2020 Miha Fabjan

Joey: Kindness goes a long way, especially in software development

Meet Joey Zielinski, a software developer and our new SmartNinja coding instructor at SmartNinja Indiana. Learn more about him in this interview. Hey, please tell us who you are and what you do. My name is Joey Zielinski and I’m a software developer based in Indianapolis. I have mostly been working on a web app for the company I work for, writing a lot of Python code. How does your usual day look like? My time at work is spent working on new features, fixing bugs, mentoring peers (and askin...

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Interview: SmartNinja Instructor who met Tommy Wiseau

20 Jan 2020 Miha Fabjan

Interview: SmartNinja Instructor who met Tommy Wiseau

Jarred thinks coding is a beautiful art that gives ordinary people the power to be magicians. We couldn't agree more! :) He is a full-time Data Engineer and our new SmartNinja coding instructor in Milwaukee, WI. Learn more about Jarred in the interview below. Hey, please tell us who you are and what you do. My name is Jarred Glaser and I am a Data Engineer at a large company in Milwaukee, WI. How does your usual day look like? Most of my days consist of using different data tools and techn...

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Is coding the new literacy?

08 Jan 2020 Smart Ninja

Is coding the new literacy?

These days, basically every grownup can read and write. But it wasn’t always like that. A thousand years ago, most people were farmers, and to be a farmer, you didn’t need to be literate. The few people who could read were usually priests, monks, royalty, and professional writers (usually employed by royalty). Being able to read as an ordinary person a thousand years ago is like being able to code in today’s world. People view it as some sort of magic. In the future, I believe coding will ...

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Mark Dalnodar: Take chances and don't be afraid to fail!

27 Nov 2019 Miha Fabjan

Mark Dalnodar: Take chances and don't be afraid to fail!

Intelligent and seriously funny, Mark Dalnodar is a Brew City co-founder and senior account executive. Alongside Amanda and Dan, we credit Mark for helping elevate Brew City Marketing from a humble outfit servicing a handful of clients to the organization it is today: a trusted name in Milwaukee marketing with over 500 clients and a perfect rating on Google. Mark’s days are spent handling finances, managing account relations and meeting clients in and out of the office. Beyond sales, Mark...

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Is there any alternative to coding bootcamps?

23 Nov 2019 Matej Ramuta

Is there any alternative to coding bootcamps?

If you’re asking yourself this question, then you probably already know what a coding bootcamp is. But let’s quickly sum up the coding bootcamp concept so that we surely are on the same page. What is a coding bootcamp A coding bootcamp is a type of educational program that most often takes place in-person in a classroom (it’s not an online course). And it requires you to commit to it full-time: 8 hours per day and 5 days per week for 3 months straight. The purpose of a coding bootcamp is to t...

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Boston coworking with random candy deliveries

05 Nov 2019 Miha Fabjan

Boston coworking with random candy deliveries

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) Oficio is a Boston coworking in historic Back Bay neighborhood. We decided to ask the Team a couple of questions so that our students and anyone else interested in joining a coworking space can learn more about the place. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach it? We are a boutique coworking and shared office space with two locations, both in Bosto...

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Serendipitous encounters at this Indiana coworking

04 Nov 2019 Smart Ninja

Serendipitous encounters at this Indiana coworking

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) Switchboard is one of the most popular coworking spaces in Indiana. We decided to ask the Switchboard Team a couple of questions so that our students and anyone else interested in joining a coworking space can learn more about the place. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach it? Switchboard is located in the heart of Fountain Square, Indianapolis’ ...

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Meet the Hive - A coworking space that’s perfect for ghost busters! :)

04 Nov 2019 Smart Ninja

Meet the Hive - A coworking space that’s perfect for ghost busters! :)

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) The Hive is a warm and cozy coworking space with two locations in downtown Milwaukee. The coworking space is operated by Mo Crosby, Michael Sampson, and Kelsey Lawson. We decided to ask them a couple of questions so that our students, who will take coding courses at that location, can get to know them better. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach i...

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Why every project manager should learn how to code

16 Oct 2019 Miha Fabjan

Why every project manager should learn how to code

If you are working in a team of programmers you should speak “their language”. Here are the 5 reasons why every project manager should learn how to code. Or at least understand the coding basics. 1. Avoid assigning the wrong people for the job Every project starts with setting up a team of people and assigning roles. It's important to understand who you need to get the job done. Project managers without understanding what programmers do make many wrong decisions in this process due to the lac...

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