Donors, volunteers, and the future of Code Corps

Hey, it’s Josh from Code Corps and it’s been awhile. A lot’s happened in America since my last update to you. We had an election. We had an inauguration. And we’ve had a stunningly poor 38 days of our new President. A flurry of new organizations have popped up in reaction. Tons of new projects … Continued

Lower your startup risk with this template

You know the numbers: 90% of startups fail. And that’s within their first three years. Startups fail often and they fail fast. But we know why they fail. And often it’s because we’ve overlooked the same basic set of risks. Pause for a moment and ask yourself: have I taken the time to really identify … Continued

Building a low-cost Slack welcome bot with Zapier

When someone joins the Code Corps Slack, I really want to be there to give them a warm hello. I also want to help direct them to the right place. But it’s hard to be a greeter and a traffic cop once you get to a certain size. We’re at 103 members in our Slack … Continued

Moving to Elixir and Phoenix

If you’ve been following the conversation in our Slack, you’ve probably seen that we’re shifting our API away from the Ruby on Rails stack. We’ve made the decision to migrate to Elixir and Phoenix, and to make this our top development priority. This obviously sets back the timeline we laid out in our 90 days … Continued

Soft launching into the next 90 days

We soft launched with a 5-minute talk at Wicked Good Ember almost 10 days ago. Since then, we’ve been hard at work launching this blog, making our WordPress development work with Vagrant and making our API development work with Docker. We’ve been paving the way to let people get started with documentation and refactoring, and … Continued

hello, world

Every blog needs a “Hello, world!” post. I decided it’d be nice to know where “hello, world” style programs started. Turns out the first “hello, world” program published for the wider world was for Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie’s book The C Programming Language. This book apparently took its program from an internal memorandum written by Brian … Continued