New Updates Added to Our Code Wiki

Hello all,

I updated Our Code Wiki with some goodies for you learning pleasure.  It’s been a while since I updated, so I added plenty to keep you all busy.  Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

Open2Study’s course UX for Web

CS258 Software Testing Methodology course

CS253 Web Dev: How to Build a Blog course

CS262 Programming Languages: Building a Web Browser course

CS255 HTML5 Game Development course

CS271 Intro to Artificial Intelligence course

CS215 Into to Algorithms course

Reference Guide on Linux Command Line

Reference Guide on Unix

Google’s Guide for Technical Development

Checklist for Responsive Web Design Projects

Stanford’s Practical Unix course

Links to Code School and Google Developers University

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New Updates Added to Our Code Wiki

Hello all,

New goodies were added to Our Code Wiki for your learning pleasure:

“Diversifying Competitiveness Technology” video

Udemy course: Make a Splash Page in HTML

52 Question Checklist & Guide for Responsive Web Design Projects

Stanford U course: Practical Unix

Google Developers University links

Code School links

I update the Wiki several times a month, so be sure to check Our Updates page.  If you would like to join as a member of the wiki or contribute, subscribe to Our Code Blog, or check out instructions here.

New Updates on Our Code Wiki

Just added the following updates to Our Code Wiki which are available now:

Browser Compatibility guide

The Silver Lining APEX and Salesforce web tutorials

Learn to Code: Advanced HTML5 CSS3 web tutorial

MIT course: Introduction to Algorithms

Github’s Programming Free Ebook List

Github’s JavaScript Frameworks Free Ebook List

Pycrumb’s Free Python Ebook List

Google’s Python course

Google’s C++ course

UC Berkeley course: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

MIT course: Introduction to Programming with Java

Udemy course: Learn HTML5 from Scratch

AppCoda link

The Odin Project link

I update the Wiki several times a month, so be sure to check Our Updates page.  If you would like to join as a member of the wiki, subscribe to Our Code Blog, or check out instructions here.

Great Deal! LifeHacker Offering 75% off Udemy Courses

Amazing news arrived in my RSS feed this morning.  Lifehacker.com will be offering 75% off Udemy courses for a limited time.  Udemy is a MOOC site that has many courses on web development and programming.  I personally have not used the site because many of the courses offered go for the same price as the college classes I’m already taking.  However, with this deal, I encourage anyone to take advantage.

Just use the code: LIFEHACKER75

For more information about the deal, read up on Lifehacker.

She++ Documentary, Computer Science, and Impostor Syndrome

While watching video lectures online, I came across a short but sweet documentary based on the organization she++ made last summer.  The founders of she++, Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni, met during a computer science course at Stanford when they came up with the concept for creating an interactive conference for women.  The first annual she++ conference highlighted current tech trends and women leaders in the industry, and the organization has grown to become an online community since then.  She++ encourages more women to study computer science, the main priority that I champion with Our Code.  For that, I support them.

Let’s just look at the bigger picture, which Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering at Facebook, affectionately calls a Rosie the Riveter moment of clarity:

“Women are the great untapped bench. Lets say women are 60% of undergraduates, and they’re 20% of computer science majors. Imagine a hypothetical Computer Science program with 100 students each year, at 20% where women are 20 of those, men are 80 of those. If we simply took women to their appropriate portion of undergraduates which is 60%, for every 40 men there will be 60 women, for those 80 men, there would be 120 women, that would be 200 students, not 100. So if women were just represented proportionately, we would double the number of software engineers this nation is making every year, and that would be timely because the number of [these] jobs is tripling”

The documentary also spends a short segment on Impostor Syndrome, which is something I see a lot of women of color deal with as they begin to rise in their professions.  Impostor syndrome, or the fraud phenomenon, is a phycho-social setback in which people are unable to internalize and become comfortable with their accomplishments.  It is most common among high-achieving women who feel their work to be over-evaluated.

“I was terrified to take the Introduction to Computer Science course. The expectation was that if you studied computer science you must have used this before.  I spent a lot of time thinking that I just wasn’t qualified for this. I hadn’t been coding since I was 12, and my classmates, some of them had” ~Kimber Lockhart, Director of Engineering for Box

“There are some very good statistics shown here at Stanford that when women don’t succeed at first, they blame themselves. A woman who gets a B+ thinks she’s doing horribly and a man who gets a B+ thinks he’s doing fine.”~ Eric Roberts, Professor of Computer Science, Standford

The internal fear of being “found out”– that you may not be as good as think you are– feeds this phenomenon.  It manifests feelings of deep insecurity which can discourage many women who may shy away from STEM fields or drop out as a result.  The popularity of certain industry fields dominated by women, deemed as pink-collar jobs, assures them in terms of confidence.  Therefore women feel more comfortable going into pink-collar fields (education, social work, nursing, retail, etc) after seeing other women succeed, a problem that the tech industry has not overcome as of yet.  In essence, building confidence in girls at an early age is key to addressing this problem.

“Fake it until you make it. If you project self-confidence, the people around you will believe in you, then suddenly you’ll realize you’re not faking it anymore.”~ Jocelyn

The documentary is a great source of encouragement to start your day.  Watch below and enjoy!

Video: A Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

I found this video while catching up on my Intro to Computer Science course I’m taking online through HarvardX.  It’s part of Harvard’s Master Class series which function as introductions to curriculum that the college offers.  In the video, David Malan, a senior lecturer in Applied Sciences at Harvard and computer science expert, leads the audience in a series of exercises that introduces them to algorithms, information theory, and coding.  If you like this video, I encourage you to consider the CS50x course based on the C programming language that I link above that’s also taught by Malan.  It’s free, including the video lectures, text, exercises, and extra help.  It’s difficult, but I love it!