It’s been a while when we first announced our summer school program – two months of full-time study in the field of IT, which prepares you for a junior backend developer position.
Since that, we registered our company under the Pixel Code House name, and a lot of the preparation is already done.
In the latest post we wrote about the motivation behind it. Now, let’s unfold some of the questions you might be interested in.
The magic word you want to know is JAVA ♥.
But more than that: we will teach you how a computer is built, why an operating system is needed, what a program actually is, and how programmers think when it comes to problem solving. You will get to know the basic programming concepts and paradigms, the differences between programming languages, while picking JAVA from all of them. We will also talk about how the internet works and explain what happens behind the scenes when you use a web application (like Facebook or Gmail). You will learn about software backend components and how to develop them using the Spring framework.
There are other “magic” topics that we will also cover, as we put all these together in a way which makes more sense and help you understand what programming is really about. At the end of the summer school program, each of you will be able to write a Twitter like web application. So far, we call it Brkr. (BarkR) 🙂
As we already informed you, the program will require two months of full-time dedication, meaning 6-7 hours a day. We will start at the beginning of August, and finish at the end of September. During this time we plan to cover some theory topics, and have a lot of practical exercises. Each day, you will have some homework to do as well – which will help you in realising what did you understand, and what are your weakest points so far. This means an 8-10 hours work per day. It might sound a lot, but you will still have time to relax every day, in addition: we plan to leave your weekends untouched. 🙂
Even though our competitors offer after-job IT programs (in Cluj), we opted for a full-time one. This is mainly because we believe that a fresh and dedicated mind – which we hope you will have 🙂 – can lead to better results. We don’t want you to be exhausted and stressful, but instead we want to have fun together and enjoy the moments of discovery. Even so, you must be prepared that getting into an unknown field will have its challenges, so you must be dedicated – and persistent. But don’t panic: we will be around to give you a hand, when you are that close to giving it up. 😉
The mentors who will make sure you spend your time in the code house in a useful, yet enjoyable manner:
Endre (Sükösd): works as a Software Developer for the retail giant and technology company Amazon, in Madrid. He is involved in developing product pricing related backend systems (using Java8, Spring). He has previously worked at GE developing medical softwares, after studying at University of Technology and Economics in Budapest. He is a fun (and a bit crazy:) person to spend time with, with a high interest in sharing all the knowledge he has gained during the years. It is someone who has a lot to offer, while keeping a good and fun atmosphere.
Berni (Varga): works as a Software Developer at iQuest in Cluj-Napoca, developing the backend for the Financial Times UK. She is currently using cutting-edge technologies in her daily work (Docker, Microservices, Fleet, Golang, Java8), however her previous experience was with Natural Language Processing, Semantics and a bit of Machine Learning. She is passionate about anything that has to do with teaching and knowledge sharing. She has always been doing mentoring beside her work, like lecturing at the Technical University, internship programs at the companies she worked at, or personal study hours. You will love the interest and dedication she demonstrates while spending time with you. 🙂
More teachers to come: There will be other mentors too, who will help you deepen your understanding of the subjects we’ve already prepared. In this way, you will get to know more programming perspectives, you will see different kinds of joy and motivation, as they teach and work with you together. We believe that all these experiences will help you to step confidently and prepared on the land of programming. You will hear more about our mentors soon.
Hope we aroused your interest, and you are about to apply soon.
- You don’t need to have any IT specific knowledge in order to enroll in our course, however, you will have to pass some logical tests and interviews. Don’t be scared, we just want to know where do we start from.
- The program will be in English. Don’t panic if you are not proficient at it – we all started somewhere, but keep in mind that you need basic understanding and communication skills to be able to follow the course.
- We want to give special attention to all our students, so we plan to have a smaller group: between 6-10 people. Hence: apply as quickly, as possible! 🙂
We will make our application forms publicly accessible on the 15th of June. The application form will contain proper pricing information.