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The Quest of Corona: How Developing an Old-School RPG Game Helped Melanie Ponce, Abigail Limpioso, and Robert Torres Find a Little Levity During a Difficult Time

Melanie Ponce , Abigail Limpioso, and Robert Torres didn’t know each other prior to enrolling in UCF Coding Boot Camp, but they became fast friends when they were assigned to the same group project team. The trio were taking class remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were looking for a way to channel their lockdown-inspired frustration.  They knew they…

After Breaking Into the Tech Industry, Lee Warrick Launched a Programming Podcast to Help Others Do the Same

As a child, Lee Warrick loved logic games. Come college, he found himself gravitating towards coding. “Software development is very similar to a puzzle,” he explained. “You’re given a problem and chip away until you reach a solution.” But an uninspiring computer science department caused Lee to abandon the field entirely — and put his programming dreams…

10 Effective Job Search Strategies

Charles Gedeon

After selling the tech start-up he co-founded, Charles Gedeon wondered what to tackle next. While handling operations at his company, he’d always been fascinated by the work done by the coders on his team, so that seemed like a good place to start.  “That whole process pulled me in,” Charles said. “So I started dabbling…

Overcoming High Hurdles and Testing Limits: Sarah Niemann’s Pursuit of Web Development

Sarah Niemann has always enjoyed the challenge of jumping conceptual hurdles. “It takes a specific kind of person to want to continually shoulder problems and think in a solution-oriented way,” she said.   As a recent college graduate with a business entrepreneurship degree, Sarah sprinted into a role with Employment Technologies, a technology-focused simulation company. She ended up…

Why Being Self-Taught Wasn’t Enough for One Coder

Austin Sharman was in high school when he first started learning programming. He enjoyed using Visual Basic to create video games during the first semester, but it was the second semester of coding in Java that truly sparked his interest. “The video game aspect of it didn’t appeal to me as much,” Austin said. “The second…