⚡️FROM BUSINESS TO PROGRAMMING ⚡️Say hi to Emma Sjöström! 👋 She joined a programming boot camp in London and went from a business career to become a software developer — impressive. Currently she works at @futurice building web.
We had a chat with Emma to know more about her journey.
WHY DID YOU TAKE THE STEP TO BECOME A PROGRAMMER?
It’s something I’ve been very interested in for many years. Having taught myself how to build simple websites, as well as learnt some Java and basics within CS, I felt a desire to explore what it would mean to actually work professionally as a developer. Joining a bootcamp is the perfect experience in this regard!
It is important that the bootcamp heavily emphasizes pair programming and agile methodologies in order for its participants to learn the skills necessary to work in a team with other developers. These skills, combined with an understanding of good code craftsmanship and how to write test driven code, constitutes a great foundation for anyone to start a career in software development. A big part of the fun about being a developer comes down to the pleasure of working with and learning from other devs. So this was also an aspect that made me want to go for this career.
HOW DID YOU FIND IT TO IMMERSE INTO A NEW SUBJECT FOR 12 WEEKS?
It’s extremely intense and lots of fun! I really miss it, it was pure luxury to just being able to focus on learning for such an extended period of time.
Many of my friends who already worked as developers at the time were also quite astonished by how many aspects had been covered and how much knowledge and understanding we had all gained in ‘only 12 weeks’ of coding. Sure, that included weekends and at least 10 hours of hard work per day, but I would still gladly attend another bootcamp in the future if someone were to offer bootcamps for slightly more experienced developers 😀 You should really just go for it!
Read the full story on technigo.io 👉 Stories. Want to do a similar journey? Applications open August 21.
When leaders penalize extreme opinions, are they really encouraging conversations, or are they adding fuel to behaviors that actually generate extremism and divide?
A Google employee was fired last week after circulating a memo which claimed that women are less suitable for tech roles. The document argued that while there are cultural biases, there are also genetic differences between male and female populations. Is penalizing a diverse point of view a solution to make a point for diversity?
Although this is a huge debate today and has been for years, it should be noted that any research only considers, analyses or surveys a sample population in a social setting, and not the entire population. And as such this cannot be generalized. However, for women in tech, particularly the individuals in question, life just got a bit harder after this memo went viral.
During People Matters TechHR Conference in Gurgaon this August, we hosted a group of women leaders in the “Women in Digital Track” – where we had women tech leaders from companies like IBM, Airtel and many startups who agreed to the fact that the environment is hostile for women leaders; and the solution is not penalizing diverse points of views BUT converging such views to create dialogues and conversations that bring people together.
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Terahertz Waves Used to Send Wireless Data at 50Gb Per Second
Researchers at the Brown University School of Engineering have utilized terahertz waves instead of microwaves to send data wirelessly at blistering speeds up to 50Gbps. The research team tested their terahertz network by streaming a pair of high-def videos. Clips were transmitted simultaneously over two different frequencies to simulate a real-world wireless networking scenario. Error-free transmission was doable up to 10Gbps. Even when they cranked the connections up to five times the speed, standard error-correcting tech was able to sort things out nicely. Brown University researchers could be paving the way for the next big thing in WiFi. Brown professor Daniel Mittleman notes that his team’s “approach could be viable in future terahertz wireless networks.”