And that’s a wrap! The 2016 ISE Coding Garage ended with presentations and awards last week, but it’s just the beginning for some of these talented students. This year’s 9-week program, saw 21 participants, all creating their own Android apps.
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Like it or not, developing mobile apps is no longer the wild west - domain of startups, dorm dwellers and cowboy coders. It's a professional business with enterprise grade infrastructure and continuous integration and delivery systems. One part of this that has really taken off is automated functional testing, also known as UI testing, and often discussed as part of the practice of Behavior Driven Development. Android and iOS now both have their own bundled frameworks for performing this testing, as well as other alternatives such as Calabash.
One question that has plagued owners and managers is, "Is automated functional testing really worth the investment?"
The 2016 ISE Coding Garage has officially started! The 9-week program, designed for high school students that have taken the AP Computer Science course from West High or Iowa City, allows students to learn from ISE interns, and write and create their own Android app to present to a panel of judges.
Attack of the Phone People
For the longest time, it was only Matt. The rest of the office carried on as if it had never happened, playing their ping pong games, drinking their coffee, even meeting for the occasional happy hour after work on Friday. But not Matt.