Oklahoma City boot camp program will teach software developer skills

OK Coders, the first program of its kind in Oklahoma City, is a 10-week Web development course designed for software developers of all experience levels.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: May 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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Danny Maloney, founder of the Oklahoma City-based technology startup Tailwind, hopes a new developer boot camp will help cultivate a new pool of talent to help grow his Pinterest analytics company, as well as well as other Oklahoma tech companies.

“A lot of people are looking to hire developers, but they are in short supply,” Maloney said.

The boot camp, called OK Coders, is the first of its kind in Oklahoma City. OK Coders is a 10-week Web development course designed for software developers of all experience levels. The program is a collaboration of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, Tailwind, and the Oklahoma City-based software development company Phase 2 Interactive.

“From our angle at Tailwind, we see a lot of job candidates who are career switchers or early on in their software careers who need a bit of guidance to help them get those next-level skills,” Maloney said. “We are looking at ways to make software development more accessible.”

The curriculum will cover all aspects of Web development, beginning with basics such as HTML and CSS, and progressing into the programming language JavaScript and the software platform node.js. Students will also learn about databases and other tools and principles used in Web development. The program costs about $200.

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by Brianna Bailey
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Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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Participants will be able to come in with limited to no web development experience and leave ready for internships with local tech startups.”

Philip Dow,
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