DevLeague (http://devleague.com) is an immersive accelerated learning program where we teach in-class modern software development skills to adults. As Hawaii's first and only software development boot camp, we design curriculum and conduct 12-week courses for motivated individuals. Our target outcome is that our graduates gain the necessary skills, confidence and project work to earn their career start as a web software developer--an industry that is high-growth, high-salary and in-demand by modern employers.
|Start Date||June 12, 2017|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||800 hours in class/wk|
|Start Date||May 1, 2017|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||12 hours in class/wk|
|Start Date||May 13, 2017|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||19 hours in class/wk|
If I could, I would go through DevLeague all over again. It was honestly one of the best and most challenging experiences of my life! I left my job in California and moved out to Hawaii for 3 months to learn something I had no experience in. So yeah… that was kinda nuts, but it was so worth it! I got to learn from instructors who were enthusiastic about programming and who were genuinely interested in helping us learn the material. At the same time, I had amazing classmates who busted their butts day in and day out, which kept me going throughout the course. Yes, programming is tough and there are plenty of rough times, but I was always able to get through it with the amazing support group I had at DevLeague.
DevLeague was definitely not a walk in the park. I was sweating bullets be...Read more
I was your traditional college student pursuing a computer science degree when in my third year I realized school just wasn't teaching what I wanted to learn CODING. I became bored at school and started to just teach myself how to code. I soon found out this was not easy and was not getting very far on my own. Main reason being, CODING IS HARD and its a vast ocean of information, I didn't even know where to start. I knew I wanted a career in the tech world and that traditional schooling wasn't giving me what I needed. Thats when I decided to make a change.
I randomly met a guy at the beach that went through a programming bootcamp and talked very highly of how they teach and his experiecne. This peeked my interest right away he told me there is one right here in Hawaii. I instantly...Read more
DevLeague was undoubtedly the best decision of my life and this isn't an overstatement.
In college, I originally majored in Computer Science. I enjoyed creating programs and the satisfaction I felt from making a working product. However, towards the end of the first year, I was beginning to doubt myself because the material was getting more challenging and all my classmates seemed to have been coding long before college started. I ended up changing my major and graduating with a degree in Health Science. I didn't believe in myself, and that was the biggest regret in my life.
I began working at a hospital in Boston performing administrative work. I knew right away that this wasn't the career path for me. I desired a technical challenge and I wanted to gain ski...Read more
All aspects of Dev League are positives! All instructors and TA's were very patient with assisting us. With them assisting us, you could definitely feel the passion that they have for web development. Everyday had its challenges and doubts but being in a room with likeminded individuals helped push me through the entire 12 week course. I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime!
Reconfiguring the classroom back to original state. OH THE FEELS! The classroom was my home for the past 3 months, i never wanted to leave!
Everything about Dev League is a pro. The instructors were so patient with every single one of us and did not hesitate when help was needed. From the start, you could tell how passionate each one of the instructors were about what they were teaching. Their enthusiasm was so infectious that it made everyone excited to come to class everyday ready to learn. There is no such thing as a dumb question, and asking questions was encouraged. The curriculum was so relevant to what employers were looking for, and thats what I valued the most.
Cons: That it ended.. I didn't want it to stop.
If you're on the fence about joining Dev League, I would recommend jumping into it. You will enjoy your time in class and dont give up on yourself.
The instructors were amazing, they were super supportive and knowledgeable in all topics that we covered. The classroom environment was amazing as well, I had a ton of fun over 12 weeks and would definitely do it again. In 12 weeks we covered a ton of content, created a bunch of projects, and we also learned how to build a full application from the ground up. Along with all the technical knowledge, you also create life long bonds with your classmates. I enjoyed the challenges that I faced and conquered and look forward to a career in web development.
None, the hours are long. But when you and your classmates are ...
The instructors are amazing and they are very knowledge on the subject matter. The teacher student ratio is awesome at DevLeague and there are always there to listen. Not to be taken the wrong way however they really encourage you figure out problems on your own. Their main goal is teach you how to solve problems and think for yourself. Commitment is an key factor in this program you have to go in with both feet. The teaching goes beyond just technical skills the program also encourages group work and soft skills. At the end of the day no one wants to hire a jerk am I right?
I was expecting to grow technically and I did but I grew personally as well. Hands down this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Programming as a weird way of humbling you and the ego. Thi...Read more
The driving force behind my decision to join a coding boot-camp was waking up everyday and not enjoying the career I had. The lucrative salary was the only reason for me getting up in the morning and going to work. I spent many years in the IT field however, having held various Consultant and Analyst roles, these positions never really allowed me to execute anything myself. I was always promised training and mentor-ship but there was never enough time. I kept taking on more and more work that didn't allow me any room to learn the development side of IT. I wanted to be more creative, I wanted to build things, I wanted to make something that people used but I needed to learn how and college wasn't an option for me.
Decisioning- Before selecting Dev League, I spent many hours research...Read more
I'm as "fresh off the boat" as they come when first learning of DevLeague and programming in general. I'm not a gamer, my phone's a S3, prior to DevLeague the closest thing to a laptop was my ASUS tablet, and I had some exposure to html, meaning - I've heard the term and seen it in Dream Weaver at work lol. Fortunately, DevLeague took a chance with me, my instructors and classmates were not only patient but super supportive, and now I've recently accepted a job offer and am switching career paths. Hopefully this reassures any other F.O.B. aspiring coders out there, that "if I can do it, you can definitely do it."
You graduate the program with a solid foundation as a full-stack developer, allowing you to navigate this huge and constantly changing world of tech, which can be intimida...Read more
I was enrolled in cohort 3. Starting Devleague reminded me of watching one of those war movies where a rookie is dropped into the middle of a war zone, is saved countless times by other experienced soldiers from getting his head blown off and at the end emerges as formidable force. This feeling is what made Devleague such a great experience for me. It felt more like an adventure than a class. Every second of instruction was consumed with something important and valuable. No filler time. The pace is blistering (seemed that way to me but I had no prior coding experience) but that's because it has to be. Not to finish the curriculum but to always keep us uncomfortable and guard against complacency (the death of skill building). It felt rushed but ultimately I learned much more than I reali...Read more
I had zero coding knowledge when I first started DevLeague. I was probably one of the worst students before I even offically became a student to be honest. I had no idea what I was doing and I would send in tons of emails trying to get help on problems I was having. That's how badly I wanted my acceptance into DevLeague. What really amazed me was the amount of help and feedback I received even before being offically enrolled. Then I said to myself, "If I'm getting this much help as someone not in DevLeague, it'll only get better once I'm actually a student there!". It's funny, I think I was so bad that I'm one of the reasons why they had to start DevLeague Prep courses. DevLeague isn't for everyone. If you think you have what it takes, then definitely apply and give it your all because ...Read more
I left the San Francisco Bay Area to learn to code at Dev League and it far exceed any expectation I had of what a coding bootcamp could be.
At times it was incredibly arduous and you will feel like you wont be able to make it through, but the instructors are always helpful and the amazing community surrounding it immerses you into a world of programming .
I had very little coding experience before doing the challenge they provide, but I knew I made the right choice from the first day. Three months later and my choice has brought out a myriad of skills in me that I didn’t even realize I had!
I live in Melbourne, and General Assembly is 5 minutes walk from my house. Yet I chose DevLeague. Here's why:
1. Instructor to Student Ratio
DevLeague has 2 full time teachers and 3 teaching assistants every day. My class had 8 students, so that's nearly a 1 : 2 teacher:student ratio.
2. Coverage of topics
DevLeague covers A LOT. It is a 6 day/week, 12 hours/day course. Topics included:
- Front end: HTML, CSS, Sass, ReactJS, AngularJS
- JQuery and Bootstrap were deliberately not covered to teach us how stronger fundamentals, i.e. how to do things the "hard way". The idea is that you should only use outside frameworks where necessary and to understand their limitations.
- XMLHttpRequests (using APIs)
- Server side: net, http and Express
- Templat...Read more
Thanks for the detailed review and program breakdown. It has greatly helped in my decision. Cheers! Read more
Disclaimer: I completed the pre-coursework, attended pre-course web meetings, and two weeks of the fulltime program. Unfortunately I had to leave due to a family emergency. Despite not completing the program, I want to share my thoughts.
Attending a coding bootcamp is a major investment of both time and money. I'd been doing self-study and some community college web design/dev courses for about a year when I decided to make the jump to an immersive program. If you're reading this, I'm sure you're in the middle of doing lots of due diligence like I did. If you're local to Hawaii, DevLeague is the only game in town which rightfully could make you nervous. There also aren't a ton of reviews out there. That's why I'm taking the time to write this post, to help with your decision to see i...Read more
Came from a lucrative career but wasn’t happy. Dev League gave me the skills and support to make a successful career change and couldn’t be happier that I did the program.
tl;dr - In short, Dev League was a great experience, the curriculum was very relevant to what I wanted to do (web development), and although they don’t guarantee job placement like some other programs, a week out of Dev League and I’ve had two firm job offers at awesome places. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk more details and I’d be more than happy to discuss whatever questions you may have.
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General Overview: There are many bootcamps out there that run a pump and dump operation, and as the only bootcamp in Hawaii (at the time of this post), I was wary at first thi...Read more
Initially, I had serious doubts about joining Dev League. I thought "Web Development? Hell no. I want to program games." This was coming from a weak background in Unity C# programming - if you could call it programming - and I was extremely nervous about wasting time and money. I explored other options including art or returning to traditional schooling (University), but I decided to dive in, considering the bootcamp being in my native state. Best decision I've made in a long time.
When first entering the room I'd spend the next 3 months of my life, there was a mix of excitement and nervousness that all of my classmates were exuding. Tables lined the room, paired with smart-looking monitors and comfy chairs. I took my seat and pretended to look busy checking my email. My busy-making...Read more
Coming into Dev League, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I knew that the hours would be long, the work would be difficult, and hopefully, I would learn enough to land myself a job after graduation. The program did not disappoint. Classes are taught by amazing instructors who are incredibly passionate about the software industry and the work that they do. They make every student's success a priority and you could tell that they genuinely wanted us to become great developers.
In the beginning, the amount of content that we had to digest was staggering, almost to the point of being overwhelming. The Dev League learning environment allowed me to take it all in though and apply the knowledge in meaningful ways. I am astounded by my skill level now. Given that most students had min...Read more
From the beginning, you could tell how much the instructors cared about the student's education. If someone needed help, they made sure that there was someone available to help get us through the hurdles.
I was in the part-time cohort but even that was pretty intense. What I liked about the part-time was that it gave us a longer period of time to soak in the material that was taught to us.
I came in with an mechanical engineering background. My only experience with coding before this was an introductory class in C and some MATLAB scripting for my lab classes at engineering school. I had no idea how the web worked and how everything connected together. Now, I'm walking out with knowledge of the programming technologies all across the web stack and the confidence to learn more going...Read more
$10k is a steal for the lifetime of knowledge you gain from DevLeague.
An intense curriculum that will filter out the weak-minded. That's my experience with DevLeague. The instructors are passionate, insightful, no bs individuals. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up and at times, I couldn't believe I'd ever feel the satisfaction of calling myself a software engineer.
DevLeague will teach you things you can't learn on your own and anyone that believes this did not and has not produced quality work. We covered over 20 different languages, frameworks and design patterns. This was as hard as it sounds.
My post-graduation takeaway is a network of amazing tech-savvy minds, lifetime friendships and the courage to take on any and every project no matter the fear of the unfam...Read more
In the intensive, long hours of the course, we were thrown into coding challenges and projects that forced us to develop research habits to find solutions. Some parts seemed like a bit of study especially when we were unfamiliar with many things, b...Read more
I just graduated from the Full-Time cohort and I am SO glad that I made the decision to go to Dev League. I've wanted to learn programming for the longest time but after a couple failed attempts to learn on my own and people saying that I wasn't the "programmer type" I wasn't sure if I could make the cut. I can honestly say that I'm a Dev now. I've never met a group of instructors, founders, and TA's that were so passionate and pushed so hard for their students to succeed. There was a lot of material packed into just 12 weeks, there was never a day that was easy. It was intense but we used humor to keep things positive and make our long days together enjoyable. The instructors and even the founders have always made themselves available to the students. They actually give a shit. They ...Read more
I highly suggest going to a reputable bootcamp if you really want the bootcamp experience over this one. The people are well intentioned, but you will basically be subject to regurgitating free online study materials and awful teenage sexual jokes from mature instructors. It weirds me out how much they push for female students given the maturity level. Once the program matures and grows I'd be able to recommend it, however in its current state it is unorganized and not a good value.
Dev League has helped to introduce opportunities that would have normally been out of reach for me. I had no prior coding experience, and before Dev League, there was nowhere in the state that could give me the necessary experience and knowledge, in a relatively short time, that would allow me to enter the tech industry. The great thing is that it did not matter where I came from, who I was, what I knew or who I knew. All that mattered was that I wanted to learn.
I participated in the part-time course, and although class was three times a week, I would go to class mostly everyday to work on projects, and also worked on it in the evenings at home. So if you really wanted to, you would be able to turn it into a full-time gig. It was fast-paced, and we covered numerous topics. A...
I was a member of the second cohort. We were a part-time program. Our cohort lasted 26 weeks. This format has many positive qualities and man not so wonderful qualities. If you are considering DevLeague my suggestion is to go for the full-time program. What you sacrifice in intermediate opportunity cost you will make up with experience and income on the back end. Maintaining a working schedule in addition to DevLeague's rigorous class and project schedule was a continual challenge. I would also add that this format does not allow participants to approach the number of classroom hours that the full-time program does so you end of getting less for your money in terms of hours of class time. But like anything you get what you put into it. The teachers were always available so you could eas...Read more
I had a lot of fun doing the Dev League Full Course. It was a lot of work but I learned a lot. Prior to coming to Dev League, I had some coding experience (a minor in ICS at UH) and was looking for something that would allow me to get more projects to showcase. I learned a lot about web technologies that I never knew about and never had a chance to learn on my own. The first couple days might be slow as you just recover the same material if you've coded before but it will soon pick up and have tons of fun meeting the technology community in Hawaii and coding even more. After Dev League ended, they worked tirelessly to help promote me and get a career started in Hawaii doing what I can now do best. Coding. It may feel overwhelming but you'll come out of it a better programmer.
Dev League was an action packed adventure with closures, recursion, and Big-O. With that being said, the level of difficulty for me was set at "extremely difficult" because I had no prior programming experience, although the program was very challenging it was not impossible and I'm proud to say that I've learned more in three months than I could ever imagine. Jon, Jason, Russel, and Kelli are brilliant mentors who are always open to sharing their wealth of knowledge and experiences (especially some really cool tricks of the trade you won't find on Stack Overflow). Everyday was a new challenge to learn, conquer, and master. There were points of exhaustion, but never the feeling of being burnt out because everyday was a new discovery and some fun to be had. On week one we were tackling a...Read more
Devleague's content was good, and it seems to have become more focused and organized to where it is a more solid curriculum. Devleague was my introduction to programming, and because of this, I sometimes felt overwhelmed as to how different frameworks, libraries, and other tools abstracted computer science concepts. I did end up with a fairly solid foundation in programming, but at times I felt lost just due to the ontology of different systems that we used. I have recently seen how the curriculum is constructed through google groups and other mediums, and it seems that the program has become much more streamlined. This will benefit future cohorts in not only learning computer science and programming concepts, but also in their ability to grok new materials.
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