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 o...Read more
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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.
I run Code Career Academy which is in the Atlanta area, and I have a couple of programs geared towards someone in your position.
First is my Part-Time bootcamp which you can take in a modular fashion. This works great for example for someone who is currently a front-end dev who wants to just study back-end plus computer science topics.
I also have continuing ed classes you can take on very specific topics. This week I'm starting my Intro to C# class which will run for 3 weeks.
For you it sounds like sticking with the Microsoft stack is a good idea since you already have .Net knowledge. I'd focus on learning C# and then ASP.NET MVC (preferably Core).
If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them!
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