Twitter University launched to develop developers' skills

Everyone's favourite micro-blogging website has announced the opening of Twitter University — a programme for engineers to get world-class technical training and teach the skills they've already mastered.

"We want Twitter to be the best place in the world for engineers to work," Chris Fry, senior vice president of engineering, said in a blog post.

The company already offers employees an assortment of training opportunities, from orientation classes to iOS Bootcamp, taught by team members in an effort to develop new skills.

"I've been inspired by those efforts," Fry said. "Being able to continually learn on the job and develop a sense of expertise or mastery is a fundamental factor in success in the technology industry and long term happiness at a company."

Twitter University, he said, will be vital for the company's engineering department.

To help run the programme, Twitter has purchased open-source training company Marakana.

Founders Sasa and Marko Gargenta have been teaching classes at the social network headquarters for several months, and "have been continually impressed by the engineering leadership, the company's commitment to learning, and the cultural fit between our two companies," Marakana said.

In the past decade, Marakana has developed courses on Android, Java, HTML 5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, jQuery, and others, delivering classes to more than 100,000 professional software engineers.

Developers can keep up with classes by following @TwU; the account has already garnered well over 2,000 followers since it launched.

Twitter will eventually release some of the University content online for anyone who'd like to learn.