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  • Challenge, Resilience, and Community: 3 Stories of Authenticity

    Here at the CATLab, one of our core values is authenticity. Every job involves challenges, but this summer we’ve taken those challenges head-on, learning how to rise to the occasion, how to recover resiliently, and how to use those experiences to deepen our bonds with each other. We thought we’d share a few stories of what authenticity has looked like for us.
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  • Deeper Thinking, Wider Impact at the CATLab

    The CATLab seeks not only to solve Westmont’s most pressing problems, but to solve them in a way that distinctly embodies Westmont’s values. As a program, the CATLab is a microcosm of the Westmont community, built on the same foundation—Christian, liberal arts, undergraduate, residential, and global.

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  • Rethinking Habit: Intentional Practices as Embodied Humans in a Digital World

    It’s 6:30am on a Monday morning and you’re woken up by the sound of your alarm ringing. You’re tired and groggy, but you reach for your phone to turn off its alarm and notice a text from your friend that was sent to you late last night. You respond, then take a trip over to Instagram and like the posts of your friends, check your email, and respond to the messages your coworkers sent over the weekend. You check the time again and you’ve already spent 20 minutes on your phone since you’ve woken up.

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  • Apex: A Crash Course

    Salesforce, like many major platforms with individual purposes, employs a native programming language uniquely tailored it its needs. Apex—Salesforce’s language—is similar to Java, while also possessing a number of custom features specifically for the Salesforce environment.

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  • 8 Tips for Beginning Programmers

    Many of the fundamental concepts of computer science are used regardless of skill level. For beginning programmers especially, however, building a solid foundation on which to grow is highly important. Here are eight tips to help develop as a beginning programmer.

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  • Ohana: The Salesforce Family

    Back in the 90s before Salesforce’s founding, not-yet-CEO Marc Benioff rented a beach house in Hawaii and immersed himself in the culture there. Ever since, the concept of ‘ohana has been integral to life as part of the Salesforce family.

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