The Flatiron School in Manhattan is trying to close the learning gap between a beginner and a skilled app developer. Designer Pages founder Avi Flombaum joined with Adam Enbar from Charles River Ventures to rev up the school. It will offer three months of full-time classes in app development for about $5,500. Flombaum told BetaBeat in an email that, “By the end of the semester, students will have built and contributed to Ruby-based web and iPhone applications. We’re excited about creating a talent pipeline not just of coders, but rather, professionals in general.” The school has a priority of finding students a job.
Flombaum compared the workshop to a class in creative writing. Flombaum said, “Programming is really about managing complexity, about breaking things down into small parts and then recombining those individual pieces to make new things. That abstract talent can be flexed in a variety of skills, whether it’s seeing the individual phrases and beats of a track and how they can be overlaid and mixed into others when DJ’ing or about understanding the various tension points and loops in a knot.”