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Twitter buys tech boot camp firm to whip engineers into shape

With the buy of Marakana, the social network's engineers will get crash courses in open-source technologies like Python and Android.

Twitter has purchased open-source technology training company Marakana to lead a just-established effort called "Twitter University," the companies' jointly announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Over the past 10 years, Marakana has developed courses on Android, Java, HTML5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, and jQuery and has instructed more than 100,000 engineers, founders Marko and Sasa Gargenta said in a blog post.

Twitter University will be an internal educational arm that teaches employees how to use the latest open-source technologies. Initial classes will include a Python boot camp and an Android internals course, according to the Twitter University Twitter handle @twu.

"Twitter University will be a vital foundation for our engineering organization," said Chris Fry, Twitter's senior vice president of engineering. "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."

In keeping with the open-source spirit, Fry said that Twitter will make available a selection of Twitter University materials to those outside the organization who would like to participate in the learning process.