With a new year approaching, there could be a new opportunity for growth, with new skills and new ambitions. As we discussed on Technical.ly this month, it can also lead to a new tech job.
Computer systems and design ranked in the top ten industries earning more than 200k in both Baltimore and DC, according to Technical.ly data. So it goes without saying that the switch to the technical field can be lucrative. Often it’s not about what you want to do, but how you acquire the skills to get there. This summary is a brief overview of resources you can refer to for breaking into encryption.
Here’s to jump-starting self-improvement. Note that these are not actual universities, but rather the sites one can use to find and learn resources.
For those who excel at self-direction and motivation, many of the answers are searchable on Google. It’s just a matter of looking in the right places. Here are a few hints:
A place to learn to build web and mobile apps. It has a pro course paid model, but also has free classes.
Engineer Eric Solender told us he used this resource to learn the basics of Python when it was mostly free. Now it has a paid model, but there are still plenty of free resources on the site.
Libraries to quickly get started with resources in Application Programming Interface or (API) development include:
- Fast API, which helps build the web framework with python for beginners.
- flask, a quick way to learn and get started with web development.
Take computer science classes and courses from the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology for free.
Another paid course, which is equivalent to the course as technology and coding, is becoming more mainstream as a career path. The hook with this training site is that it is owned by Black and the content is created by Black developers.
If you need more interaction with the teacher or a substitute for the mentor/mentee relationship, then following a few streamers on the platform Twitch and showing up for the weekly classes might be for you.
This is Baltimore’s Twitch channel Aaron Brooks and his company mastermnd.io, which also offers free programming courses from Google University. Brooks is currently streaming the entire 22-week Betamore software engineering training program on the Twitch channel. The course currently runs for two weeks and six lessons in class, but you can catch up by watching the on-demand videos.
There’s also a Twitch software developer niche that consists of streaming while you work, which is a great opportunity to see some of the skills you learn at Google University in action, as well as pick live techniques from sources from more experienced developers.
Along with browsing the Software and game development category, there is TheOnlyDevs team. It features many developers and software engineers of similar quality to Brooks. Some focus on game development, while others focus on machine learning or even creating bots. They run the whole range. Here are a few to check out:
This Twitch channel follows the “streaming while working” model of software development Joshua Lynch, featured in one of our previous “So You Want to be a Software Developer pieces on UX design for web.
For the visual learners of the world who need to see the code in action. Here are a few channels to follow:
It’s all about frontend development, so if you like HTML and CSS, this is the place to go.
Here’s a great place for tips and advice on how to maximize your Github and freelance in tech. If you’re into full stack development, i.e. developing both frontend (client side) and backend (server side) parts of web applications, this is a great place to start.
In addition to videos about startups and the entrepreneur’s journey, our own channel has tutorials on Kubernetes and pycharm.
Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This view is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-