Congratulations on taking the leap toward becoming a professional software developer by applying to Ada Developers Academy. Writing code is a fun and ever-changing career, and you'll enjoy the benefits of being in one of the most sought-after fields (job flexibility, choice of employers, better pay - the list goes on).
This program is only for the deeply committed: you'll be learning a lot of new material quickly and will have to continually demonstrate your knowledge through code reviews, quizzes, and product demonstrations. Students describe Ada as 'a lifestyle' and find they start dreaming in code. The intensity is required to sufficiently educate and prepare you in one short year. Once you graduate, you'll be well on your way to a full-fledged career in software development.
As we do not expect you to have previous coding experience, we have designed the application process to help us determine that you have the technical aptitude to succeed, and to help you determine if you would enjoy software development as a career. As you read through the application, you may never have heard of some of the items. Do not fear - the links below will take you to pages that will get you started on figuring out how to complete the tasks.
Applications must be completed and submitted by October 26th, 2015 at 5pm PST to be considered.
Please complete the Ada applicant demographic survey. Responses do NOT factor into Ada's admissions decisions.
Help us get to know you! Answer the 4 questions below to introduce yourself and give us some background on why you're interested in Ada.Your answers should be written in Markdown and submitted as a GitHub Gist. Please limit each answer to no more than 200 words total (Total limit of 800 words for all 4 questions). Answers should reflect your personality, creativity, and passion!
Note: You're not expected to have previous experience with Markdown or Git. Part of the application process is demonstrating your ability to learn and apply new technologies.
You have been hired by the eccentric leaders of the National Organization of Farmers Market Enthusiasts (NOFME)* to analyze publicly available data on farmers markets throughout the United States for their annual report.
They have provided to you a CSV data file from Data.gov containing information about farmers markets in the United States. Data for each market includes name, full address (including latitude and longitude), product types sold, seasonal availability, and more (see file's column headers). For all of the questions, exclude all markets that are located in a city that has the same name as the county it's located in. Use the data in the file to answer the below questions, giving an explanation of the techniques you used to arrive at each answer.
*Not a real organization.
All applications must be accompanied by two online recommendations from colleagues (preferably, at least one should be from a current or former manager). The online recommendations MUST be submitted by the application deadline, October 26th at 5pm PT.