CEO @polarnotion. CTO @newstorycharity. Coowner @tenrocket & @sharpp. Run fast. Stay strong. Go boldly forward. Godspeed :: morgan@polarnotion.com

Welcome to Code School

Actionable insights to improve your experience.Having struggled independently through much of my career as a software engineer, I love the fast paced, practical experience provided by Code Schools. While being self taught is a path many have taken to mastery, focused attention can produce greater results in much less time. If you’re just starting out and choosing to attend a code school, I’ve compiled a few thoughts I hope you find useful.Adjust Your ExpectationsOwn your own experience.Code school is not a magic bullet. The information doesn’t flow seamlessly from instructor to student. A tremendous amount of effort and mental flexibility is required to maximize the opportunity that these code schools provide. Between your instructor, community manager, and peers.. a wealth of knowledge exists but it’s up to each student to make the most of it. The students who own their own experience and take it seriously often gain the most.Learn…

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CEO @polarnotion. CTO @newstorycharity. Coowner @tenrocket & @sharpp. Run fast. Stay strong. Go boldly forward. Godspeed :: morgan@polarnotion.com

Followup Email to a Code School Student

Throughout the year I speak to students at code schools. From time to time, the most curious students take me up on an invitation to email additional questions and thoughts. After a recent visit with Tech Talent South students, I received an email from one of their aspiring software engineers.The following includes his questions and my responses.“Is it more important to be well versed in both front end and backend, or do most engineers usually gravitate toward one or the other?”I’d summarize this as going a mile wide or a mile deep. I’ve seen successful versions of both, but often recommend for junior engineers to go broad first, find what they like, then dive deep. I’ve met plenty of people who say they love frontend work but have no backend experience to influence that decision.By exposing yourself to a diverse number of things, you’re able to formulate a more well…

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