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Staff Spotlight - Megan Lane, Operations & Events Associate

Meg Lane, our operations and events extraordinaire, has her thumbprint on every square inch of Rithm School’s financial district office. You can thank her keeping up our office space (and for our awesome tiki-themed kitchen decor!), running all of our free events, and most recently taking over all of our alumni activities. Here we learn a little bit more about Meg, her role on the team and what sweet treats she may have hidden around the office.

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September 11, 2018

Different Approaches to Using Relational Databases with Express

JavaScript is increasingly popular for developing backend servers, often using the Express library with Node. While many tutorials show using Node/Express with NoSQL databases, like MongoDB, these kind of databases are often not as good for common, relational data requirements. Many projects would benefit from a more scalable, transactional relational database.

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August 28, 2018

The Job Funnel

No matter where you are in your career, looking for a new job is an incredibly stressful time. It's common to experience feelings of inadequacy, rejection, and general imposter syndrome.

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August 20, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Szabo

Daniel came to Rithm School with an impressive background as a university lecturer and researcher. Outside of his interest in coding, his love of cars and driving started at the age of three when he disengaged his family car’s parking brake and caused a traffic accident. Fortunately, his driving record has improved since then! Daniel’s job search is winding down (congratulations!), so he was able to take some time to share more about his experience with us here at Rithm School:

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August 08, 2018

Rithm School Interview FAQs

Welcome to Rithm School, prospective students! This post details Frequently Asked Questions we get about the Rithm School interview process as well as key information about the interview itself. If you are looking to get into Rithm in the near future, hopefully this gives you more insight as to how best to prepare and what exactly to expect on your interview date.

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August 01, 2018

BPPE Approval and Outcomes Numbers

We’re ecstatic to report that Rithm School has been officially approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Since 2010, the BPPE has served a regulatory function in California, ensuring that postsecondary institutions are legitimate organizations that meet certain requirements in order to operate within the state. We’ve been working with the BPPE on our approval since our founding in 2016, and this approval shows that Rithm meets the standards for educational quality, integrity, financial stability, and rigor of curriculum as determined by the California agency.

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July 25, 2018

What’s New in Python 3.7: Data Classes

In June, the Python Software Foundation released the newest version of Python,3.7. In this post, we'll look at one of the nicest new features, "data classes".

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July 11, 2018

Five Tips for Getting Yourself Unstuck

I've worked with hundreds of budding engineers and mathematicians. And while every student is unique, everyone I've worked with has at least one thing in common: at some point, they've all been stuck on a problem.

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June 22, 2018

A Roadmap for Learning How To Code - Part 3

This blog post is next chapter of the "Roadmap for Learning How to Code" series for beginners, check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't yet!

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June 13, 2018

Student Interview: Paula + Miranda on Company Projects

At Rithm, we believe that one of the best ways to prepare students for jobs as web developers is by giving them opportunities to work on real-world projects. Working on personal projects can be fun, but working in a team or on an existing code base gives students insights into the day-to-day challenges of a developer that they might not otherwise learn. Our 6th cohort is nearing the end of working on these projects, so we spoke with our students Miranda Howitt and Paula Goyanes to get their perspective on the experience.

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June 05, 2018

Five Essential Rules when Job Searching

As we begin our outcomes period, we’ve started to have one-on-one conversations with our students about how they can be successful in the job search. This part of the program is always the most stressful, but at the same time anxiety can be a powerful motivator. The job search is never easy, but I wanted to outline a couple of rules and dispel some rumors about the job search.

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May 31, 2018

Outcomes: A Preview

This week is an exciting time in the life of our cohort and Rithm School as a whole. Our students are wrapping up their assigned work as developers for our company partnerships and transitioning into the next stage of the process: the outcomes, job-search portion. For the first time, Rithm School will be doing this work in-house and officially taking over the full cohort experience.

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May 22, 2018

The Benefit of Low-Abstraction Frameworks for Scaffolding Learning

Here at Rithm, we teach both Javascript and Python. Most of our course is taught in Javascript, but two weeks focus on Python, particularly focusing on building web application servers for the backend.

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May 16, 2018

Are Coding Schools Worth the Cost?

We talk to a lot of potential students here at Rithm. Many of them are incredibly passionate about learning how to code, and value Rithm's unique program, including our focus on small class sizes and exposure to real-world projects.

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April 25, 2018

A Roadmap for Learning How To Code - Part 2

This blog post is the sequel to Part 1.

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April 10, 2018

Meet The Instructor: Joel Burton

Joel Burton has recently joined the Rithm Team as part of our instruction team, teaching and supporting students throughout the course as they take the leap into full-stack web development. Here we learn a little bit more about Joel, his role on the team and his advice to all aspiring web developers.

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March 27, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Anna-Brit Schlaepfer

Anna-Brit came to Rithm School (and graduated last month!) after dabbling in self-taught coding for years. Anna-Brit took some time from their current job search to share more about their experience with us at Rithm, advice for students, and their perspective on their company project with Groupmuse:

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March 19, 2018

The Art of Outreach

Recently, we've decided to grow the services we offer to students. One of the most significant changes involves our transition to bring the outcomes component of the curriculum in-house. More on that here if you’re interested.

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February 28, 2018

Intro to VS Code

The most important tool for developers is that which lets us author code: the development environment. At Rithm School, we think it’s essential for all of our students to be on the same page as our instructors in using the same development environment. Thus, we are going to recommend using Visual Studio Code for our current and future students. Here’s why.

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February 20, 2018

Debugging Like a Developer

When you're working closely with students every day, you get really good at debugging. I pretty much see bugs all day everyday. Some are standard issues that I came across when I was learning the material myself, while others are really strange edge cases I may never have discovered on my own.

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February 06, 2018

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