Technology Blog

Coding As a Trade

This may be my weirdest piece of Photoshopped blog accompaniment yet.

One of my coworkers recently left an interesting Wall Street Journal article on my desk - it was a short piece by Christopher Mims about how programming should be thought of as a trade, more akin to welding or woodworking than, say, structural engineering (Side note: the article is behind the WSJ's paywall. Sorry!). Mainly, he thinks that a computer science degree shouldn't be the only thing that can get you into the field.

La Tienda Garcia and How Computer Classes en Español Helped a Small Business Grow

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This is Juan Carlos Garcia. He owns a delightful little bodega just east of Franklin St. and Bruce Randolph called La Tienda Garcia. Walk into his store and the first thing you’ll notice is the divine smell of the fruits and vegetables on display in stacks — fresh plump apricots, bristling pineapples, fragrant melons, sweet yellow mangoes and of course, enough chile peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions to make salsa for a small army.

ideaLAB: adult swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Learn how to market a business, event, or community group at the Community Technology Center!

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If you’re a small business owner who wants to increase exposure, if you work for someone who wants you to help promote their business, or even if you’re an activist organizing a rally, the Community Technology Center has some great classes coming up for you!

Learn to Code Meetup in the ideaLAB

Want to learn or improve your HTML and CSS? JavaScript? Ruby? So do we!

Beginning this Monday (August 4), ideaLAB will offer its first ever adult event: a weekly Learn to Code Meetup! We encourage anyone, at any level, with an interest in programming to come hang out and work on projects. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, but our hope is that everyone will participate in problem solving challenges and group projects.

Here are the details:

Teens learning web development at the library: DevCamp wraps up!

Last Friday, we wrapped up DevCamp, a two-week crash course in web development for teens. Over six days, 24 teens learned the basics of HTML and CSS - with a bit of JavaScript sprinkled on top - and worked in teams to develop websites on topics they selected.

I know where your cat lives

Privacy on the Internet!

It's hard sometimes to imagine who might be doing what with the information you share online, or how much you should worry about it.

"I Know Where Your Cat Lives" is a new website that clearly illustrates the kinds of things that might be done with your—or your cat's—personal information.

From the site's about page:

Teens - Make your own electronic instrument in the ideaLAB!

UPDATE: Registration for the workshop is now FULL. You are welcome to still fill out the registration form, but you will be placed on a waitlist.

You can Excel!

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Have you been wanting to learn Excel?  The Central Library offers Excel Basics every month, followed by several modules at the same time the following weeks.

Start with the basics if you’ve never used Excel before, or if it’s been a while and you’re looking for a refresher. Then dive into modules to learn specific skills. You decide what’s right for you. The next series starts tomorrow!

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