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Coder Camps: Vocational Schools for the Digital Age

For those of us who use the Internet or smartphones, we often take for granted the technology behind them that makes them work – well, at least until it doesn’t. For every website and mobile app there was a person – or a team of them – designing the interface and writing lines and lines […]

For those of us who use the Internet or smartphones, we often take for granted the technology behind them that makes them work – well, at least until it doesn't. For every website and mobile app there was a person – or a team of them – designing the interface and writing lines and lines of computer code to make it work. They're called software developers or coders. And it's a growth industry.

In recent years, one method of meeting that demand and training coders are coding boot camps – intense training courses where students spend several week immersed in training. Think of them as condensed vocational schools for the digital age.

One such organization is based in Pearland. To learn more about how the camps work, Michael Hagerty talked with David Graham, founder of Coder Camps. He asked Graham to further explain what exactly a software developers does.

MORE: Computers Are the Future, But Does Everyone Need to Code? (NPR, Jan. 25, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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