I am dentist from India and trying to start career as data scientist in bay area. I love working with numbers. Is bootcamp the right way to go or what are your suggestions to get into the field?
If you want to become a data scientist, and are coming from little to no technical background, before signing up for a bootcamp, I would suggest working on the fundamentals and foundations of programming first. That is not something you will necessarily get at a bootcamp, but something you will need to be a good data scientist.
There are also some programs that will give you the foundations if you need more structure. Here in SF, there is a program, Holberton, that focuses on the foundations before students specialize.March 26, 2017
I'm a middle-aged VB.NET developer stuck in a quandary. I love .NET development and currently work as a Senior Programmer/Analyst. I am highly paid but not really using my .NET skills and/or improving them because I am constantly asked to do SQL reporting (which I hate). I am under 2 years from relocating and worried that I don't really have the skills of a Senior Programmer. I cannot start at the bottom again monetarily and I don't want to have to settle for writing SQL reports the rest of my career.
I'm considering attending a bootcamp in an effort to boost my skill set and find the job I want. Most of the marketing around the bootcamps seems geared toward those who have no programming skills.
Are any of the bootcamps geared toward those of us in mid-career looking to beef up our ...
Attending a bootcamp is an excellent idea to boost your skills. Bootcamps are super challenging for those who come in knowing little to no programming. Those who end up being super successful tend to be those who have some base level of skill. I know Hack Reactor, for example, tends to be a better experience if you have a programming background. Deciding which bootcamp is right for you is an entirely different question.
You also have to decide how deep down you want to go with your skills. I attended a programming school that had a strong focus on low-level programming and the foundations of computer science. Holberton was perfect for that, but you may not be looking for foundations, it seems like you may already have those.
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Before considering a bootcamp, spend some time playing around with creating your own websites. You can start off with using frameworks like bootstrap, but don't let frameworks like that become a crutch for you. Make sure to ween yourself off of them. Frameworks come and go, and if all you know is a framework or two, you will find yourlsef drowing the moment that framework fades away.
I thought about signing up for a bootcamp to learn iOS app development. I ...March 18, 2017
Web development is not going away anytime soon. If you are passionate about it and are willing to work hard it is most cerinly worth investment. There are a lot of types of invetment to talk about though. Time, money, possible relocaation. The upfront investment is going to be a bit dependant on if you are interested in getting your foot in the door and just landing a job in web development, or if you want to work on your fundments to better set yourself up for a career in web devleopment.
If you have some experince already, maybe have tinkered around for a while, built things on your own, or followed tutorials online and just want to get your foot in the door, then a bootcamp is a good investment. It's quite a lot of money up front usually, but they pack so much ...March 15, 2017
Becoming a software engineer via the self-taught method is totally valid. In fact, a lot of software engineers have some degree of self-taught education because a lot of software engineers are in their very nature, tinkerers. You certainly can make it in this industry being self-taught; you just need to make sure you are staying clear of a few major pitfalls.
Make sure to find time to network. You may have some mad tech skills, but if you haven't done the work of reaching out to other engineers, then when it comes time to look for a job, you might find it quite difficult.
Make sure you are building your stuff from scratch, and not just following tutorials. If you plan to make it as a software engineer, you will need to exercise your critical thinking muscles. Tutorials are good ...
Both Hackbright Academy and Grace Hopper Academy are great schools. But to answer this question well, I think I need a bit more information. Choosing a programming school is a big step in becoming a software engineer, and I recommend you don't take this decision lightly.
There are a few things you might want to think about to help you make your big decision.
1) Cost. Education is not cheap these days, but you will find a variety of price ranges out there. Don't take the price at face value. Some of the more expensive schools are worth the money, and some of the more affordable options may not offer the quality education for which you are looking.
2) Location. You want to go to a school in the area in which you want to work. Hopefully, if the school ...
In my program we had weekly 1 hour classes with the "Outcomes" coach together as a group. We created our LinkedIn profiles, took field trips to see agencies (companies). At the end there was a fair where we could show our final project app (like a science fair) to some folks from companies that were hiring. Ultimately though, it was totally on me to do my job search with a few meetings with the coach for guidance! My opinion: If you are gonna quit your job and try to get a new one asap after bootcamp, don't do bootcamp as a code newbie. Put in 5-10+ hours a week learning on your own with online resources and books (at least do 1-2 textbooks in the bootcamp's focus languages (JS, Ruby, or whatever) and basic HTML and CSS. for a year or so so you will A. Not ...December 01, 2016
I want to attend an in person bootcamp, and was hoping for insight on the best ones and why. Thanks!
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November 17, 2016
Great question. There are several online programs.
Have you checked out bloc.io
They are the best online program with 1-1 mentors.
Become a Designer : Designer Track
November 08, 2016
If you are new to the coding world, I would suggest starting with an online course like codeacademy.com or Udemy.com
BrockNovember 08, 2016
I don't forsee anything *replacing* ...October 25, 2016
In any skill, it is good to learn basics first. Not just for better understanding, but also to tell which of the more advanced topics interest you most. Computing, and even the web, is so broad that it is not just about one thing.
I started down the path to become a software ...October 25, 2016
This a tricky question.
I don't think there's THE best language. Choosing a language should serve a purpose. Depending on your goals, different languages would be THE best.
Prior to creating Skylab Coders Academy in Barcelona, I visited a few coding bootcamps. I even traveled to the United States to understand the key aspects of a coding bootcamp. Spent a coupe of weeks at Wyncode in Miami. Great guys and model.
Great question. I can't comment on QA training programs, but I can tell you that any experience with QA / testing is going to put you in better position than having no experience.
One way to get experience is to seek out part-time contract work on sites like https://www.upwork.com
You could also try https://www.utest.com
Without experience, your best bet is to look for simpler projects first that just need someone to run "manual testing."
The two main steps in manual testing are:
1) Write a set of test cases. These are very detailed specs that describe:
a) What actions are you taking in the application? E.g. "Click the sign up button"
b) What is the expected state of the application afterwards? E.g. "The registration ...
In Brussels, the most affordable bootcamp can be found at Elium Academy. The early-bird price for the 3-months bootcamp is €3000. Two different tracks are proposed: "full stack web developer" and "growth hacker". The academy also offers to work on entrepreneurial soft skills. Weekly presentations are given on different topics and a mentor supports students who have a personal entrepreneurial project.
More info on:October 24, 2016
One of the best full stack software engineering schools I know of is in France. 42 is funded by a French billionaire, so it's completely free to anyone who makes it through the piscine (meaning swimming pool). The first month is designed as a sort of sink or swim approach to software engineering. If you manage to stay afloat, you are assessed and either accepted or denied into the program at that time. Once you are in, the program is super flexible, it should take anywhere from 3-5 years to graduate, and you can go at your own pace. It’s super cool and unique opportunity if you can make it through that first month. I am currently going to a school in San Francisco (Holberton School) that is founded by someone who is good friends at 42, and so I hear about it all ...October 24, 2016
If by affordable you don't mean free with extremely hard selection processes like ecole 42; or focused on unemployed or exclusively under 26 audiences like Simplon, I only know 2: www.codingbootcamp.cz and www.elium.academy
The last one is a 12 week bootcamp in Prague with the cost of approximately 2500 euros in ...October 24, 2016
Affordability is a tough question. There are lots of options, at a range of prices, but more important is the outcome you desire...
Are you looking to get a job afterwards? Will you have to pay rent soon? An option to consider would be Makers Academy Remote. It's a Remote version of Makers Academy, Europe's #1 Bootcamp, and is half the price of the face to face course.
If employability is a key factor in your decision, then Makers Academy are streets ahead of the pack in that regard. We have designed our business model with the sole intention of aligning our interests with our students interests, and we're the only bootcamp in Europe (and one of the few in the world) still getting paid a fee by companies hiring our students.
For more info, visit ...October 24, 2016
Web Dev Camp is very reasonably priced ( http://webdev.camp/ ) , especially as it includes food and accommodation.
Also it is a unique experience in the finnish nature, and a very focus learning experience due to thte lack of distraction.
If you qualify you can apply for a scholorship of 25 or even 50%. The basic price of 8400€ is very affordable compared to many other schools, especially as it includes accommodation & food.October 24, 2016