Create robust backend services, and work with complex build systems and testing frameworks.

Kotlin, Gradle build system, Unit testing, Databases, REST architecture

3 days, 4hrs/day.
Scheduled based on registration.

Python or equivalent skills.

Premium Member Pricing:
One-time enrollment fee of $599.


Learn how to build concise and maintainable systems that run on the Java runtime.

You'll build complex and scalable server-side software that can interact with a variety of other technology, and learn the techniques to safely test and maintain it.

The member-instructor ratio is 5:1 to provide a personalized learning experience.


  • Object Oriented Programming & Kotlin
    Take advantage of object-oriented code and Kotlin syntax to write intuitive software.
  • Maintainable Code
    Use unit testing and dependency injection to advance and improve your workflow.
  • Server Frameworks
    Build a scalable API to interface with other applications using the Ktor framework.
  • SQL Databases
    Create a secure and persistent database with PostgreSQL.

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Upstream Coding PGH
3700 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Enrollment Process

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  2. Enroll in this Orbit through the Member Portal.

Most members spend (4 months) in this Class.

Most members spend (4 months) in this Class.

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How many members are in a class?

This varies based on in-person and remote attendees, but generally doesn't exceed 15 members.

What specific technologies will I learn?

  • Kotlin
  • Gradle build system
  • Unit testing
  • Databases
  • REST architecture

Do I need to have previous experience?

Python or demonstration of equivalent skills.

Who is teaching this series?

Learn how to code from seasoned software engineers with decades of combined experience currently working for tech companies from Pittsburgh to Silicon Valley.

Enrollment Process

See section above.

What software will I need?

Any software downloads will be free and recommended by instructors.

Do I need any equipment?

Yes. A laptop computer with the following is required:

  • Windows 7 or greater, OR Mac OS X 10.7.5 or greater
  • 2.0 GHz processor or greater
  • 2 GB RAM minimum
  • 250 GB HDD
  • wi-fi enabled

Not sure if your laptop meets these requirements?
Email us at hello@upstreamcoding.com.

What certification do I get upon completion?

Upstream Coding PGH offers no certification and makes no promise of future employment.

Date last updated: May 24, 2019

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Facilitator of Information. Members and workshop participants understand Upstream Coding is a facilitator of information and does not guarantee that your abilities will improve. No employment or other opportunities are represented or warranted, either with Upstream Coding or anyone else.

Attendance. Attendance is voluntary. Missing more than one session can result in you being asked to stop attending. No refund will be issued, but you will have the opportunity to attend a future series at no additional cost.

Memberships: You may cancel your membership at anytime prior to your account billing date.

Coding Series Deposit Refunds. A partial deposit refund will be issued, less any credit card processing fees, only if during the interview, at the sole discretion of Upstream Coding, it is determined you will be unable to successfully complete the workshop.

Coding Series Changes. Titles and content are subject to change to keep series curriculum inline with best practices, employment trends and ensure training remains relevant.

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