Autor: Thomas Strothjohann

ZEIT ONLINE has been relaunched

Allgemein / journalism

ZEIT ONLINE (ZON) has been relaunched a week ago. Over at you will find a beautiful news site – no matter if you are browsing on your phone, tablet or desktop. A responsive news site relying on ad revenue is technically interesting. But there are journalistic innovations as well, that I have been longing for for years. During my internship in ZON’s Research&Development team, I have had the opportunity to help relaunching the page. […]

Time to have Dinnr


I’m in my last of 12 weeks Makers Academy. It’s hard to believe and at the same time I’m okay with it. Maybe I’m spoiled by our smooth and rewarding final project but I feel ready for the market. I want to build apps that are actually used. But before I tell you about my plans (in another post) I will tell you about „Dinnr„. The idea was pitched to us by my friend Patrick Abele. […]

Ready for the finals


Today I’m going to start my final project at Makers Academy. Kate Beavis, Chris Ward and Sean Haughton and I will build a social network for people who like to cook together. My friend Patrick Abele came up with the idea some time ago and responded to my call for pitches two weeks ago. There have been several great ideas pitched to me. Kersten Riechers and Tobias Reitz remembered me of their idea „Corrigo“ – a browser plugin that […]

Pitch uns dein Projekt und gewinne 450 Webentwickler-Stunden gratis


Ich werde mit vier weiteren Makers-Academy-Studenten zwei Wochen lang alles geben, um ein überzeugendes Abschlussprojekt zu programmieren. Aktuelle Technik: Ob Angular, Node, Backbone oder Rails – wir wählen das beste Tool für den Job. Test driven: Wir liefern keinen Code aus, der nicht durch und durch getestet ist. Wir legen Wert auf sauberen, objektorientierten und gut lesbaren Code. Weil wir uns auf die Technik konzentrieren wollen, können wir keine inhaltliche Recherche leisten. Wir können auch keine Garantie dafür […]

Clandestine chat, personal calendar and spotify-magic


I am a senior now. I guess the next six weeks will be the only time within the upcoming years in which I will be considered to be a senior web developer. But it’s true. The „old“ seniors have finished their course, a funny bunch of new juniors has just finished the Marshmallow-Spaghetti-Challenge and my February-cohort has moved over to the project desks. In order to give you an idea what I will be programming […]

Week5: JavaScript and APIs


A bit more than five weeks ago I tried to read a programming book. It was recommended as one of the best books to learn Ruby with. I had a feeling that „The Well Grounded Rubyist“ was a really good book. But I didn’t understand it. The author David A. Black writes about hashes, arrays, variables and things called methods that are called on objects. It wasn’t a very pleasant read. This week I have started to […]

Welcome to Chitter


True. It’s not the most user-friendly web app ever made. And it’s not particularly beautiful either, but I am very happy to present you… the new Twitter: „Chitter“. Chitter was last weekend’s challenge. You can read messages in a public stream, you can sign up to write messages yourself. That’s what we call the Skateboard at Makers. The „Minimal Viable Product“ (MVP). A Twitter-clone should at least offer those features. Right now I am very tempted […]

An entrepreneur enabling startup: The story of Makers Academy


There is more to a startup than a brick-walled office space, bean bags and a ping pong table. A startup needs a product and a story.  Last week Evgeny Shadchev, CEO and co-founder of Makers Academy, told us how much pain it was, to find the beautiful office in which I’ve been learning how to code for three weeks now. Little more than two years ago, on February 18th in 2013 the first cohort started . Evgeny’s […]

The Kindergarten-state-of-mind

Tom keeps focused.

„Don’t worry about feeling stupid.“ They keep telling you this at Makers Academy. „You will get used to not knowing how things work,“ is another piece of advice I have heard several times. But I do worry that I’m too stupid to get my head around this. I thought I knew how to make my objects talk to each other. I thought I had understood that a proc wraps a method to have it executed […]