I like that the Viking Code School program has 24 hour chat, but I haven't heard much about this online program. What else makes it stand out?
Our goal at Viking isn't to be the *largest* online program, it's to be the *best*. In fact, we don't really benchmark ourselves against other online programs because ours is more in line with the depth and focus you typically see at the top in-person bootcamps. If you must make a comparison, though, you'll find us different on three major axes:
1. Depth of curriculum
2. Focus on Outcomes
3. Emphasis on Collaboration
To provide a bit more explanation of each of these:
Job seeking Launch Academy graduates are accepting positions as full stack, backend, and frontend developers. It really depends on what interests the student. Our students have varying, diverse backgrounds and we encourage them to pursue their passions on a daily basis. Regardless of the stack or job type, when students gradudate from Launch Academy, they feel ready to contribute in meaningful ways their first day on the job.
We have a full time Director of Talent whose sole responsibility is to find our graduates their dream jobs. Our students have accepted developer positions with prominent Boston area financial institutions, educational tech startups, and local development consultancies, among many other industries.
Ultimately, when tech companies ...March 12, 2015
In our most recent cohort, which had 10 students who graduated 3 days ago on Friday (2/12), 3 of the 10 received 4 job offers before graduation. One was with Verizon working on their marketing team as a front-end developer. One was with Emory, helping to transition some of their legacy code to more modern solutions. One was a software engineering role with a company in Palo Alto called Live Action. The last one was with a company in Atlanta called Riskalyze, which needed a developer to help with their financial product. Other graduates are pursuing front-end, full-stack, and iOS developer positions. Hope that helps! Max McChesney, DigitalCrafts.comMarch 12, 2015
I'm really nervous about spending so much money on a bootcamp. It would really help me out if anyone can share their mistakes and how I can avoid them.
I'm curious what kinds of mistakes you're worried about. I'd make sure of a couple things:
* Is coding what you want to do?
* Have you tried it enough to know that it's what you want to do? Make sure you really have tried coding - not just copying and pasting someone else's code, and not just in HTML and CSS.
* Are you going to a school with a track record of successful job placement?
Coding schools are a big committment of time and money, but there is a wide range. Where I work, Epicodus, we're only $3,400, and we have a track record of 95% of our graduates finding work within 3 months. We also require applicants to solve a couple basic coding problems to make sure they have done enough coding to know that they really want to do this for a career.
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The points made by epicodus are right on target. Allow me to suggest getting taste for programming through a short seminar or/and an introductory class of 3.5 hours once a week for 5 weeks with a reasonable fee of $399. Can I invite you to visit our website www.penpapercoding.com for more details (our complete program, method, schedules, additional online courses, etc.)? We offer a unique and effective pen and paper only intro to programming class 4 times per year and our spring term sessions starts April 25 (Saturdays) and April 28 (Tuesday evenings). On April 20 you could also attend our Snails & Programming meetup -2 plus hours- organized by JS New York; it promises to be very engaging and inspiring! All the best with your study ...March 12, 2015
Many people immediately write off their own abilities — they don’t consider themselves creative, or able to improve their design skills. We have lots of evidence to the contrary, based on our past students who’ve successfully completed courses and seen themselves in a new light. We’d suggest taking an intro course and giving it a shot. Who knows — you might find a new calling!March 12, 2015
Do your research before you start applying. A lot of applications bootcamps and programming school are intense in their very nature. They want to make sure the students that get through the program are dedicated and hard working. Making students jump through a lot of hoops during the application process is a good indicator how someone will handle challenging projects and
That being said before you go down the rabbit hole of a complicated application process, you need to make sure that you are applying for the right reasons. You need to be passionate about programming, to begin with, but you should also be excited about the program you applying to.
The cost of a program should never be an afterthought. You should be considering that from the day 0. On top of that, it's ...March 12, 2015
Full Disclosure, I work as Houston Campus Director for DigitalCrafts.
In my role as Campus Director, it's my pleasure to meet with all prospective students. If they have any questions before applying, I kick things off with a call. If not, I get to meet them for an interview.
In my experience, the most common mistake I come across is when students apply to only one school.
Even if you have a top-choice, you should still apply and interview with several options. You can only learn so much from reviews and websites. You need to sit down and speak with someone to evaluate if your skills, background, and goals align with what the school can provide you. Get a few options together and get through to the acceptance/approval stage before deciding your best choice.March 12, 2015
I did not have to prepare much for the bootcamp, but I did do some online tutorials. The bootcamp preparation materials were designed for beginners and I struggled at the beginning. I just put in the extra hours needed to get some concepts down. However, if you don't deal well under pressure - it doesn't hurt to study up more.March 12, 2015
In my opinion, Bloc’s “at your own pace” offering is a huge value for its apprentices. They provide mentorship, but in a way that works around the individual’s schedule. Not everyone can afford to surrender 12 weeks of their life to an edu-vacation. Bloc provides a flexible alternative that works in tandem with the student’s personal life.March 12, 2015
Check out my answer on quora to a similar question.
In short, online coding bootcamps are an excellent way to learn coding!March 12, 2015
There sure is. Founded in 2012, we were actually one of first bootcamps out there. As we evolved, we developed our unique apprenticeship approach to learning.
There are four things that make our teaching philosophy unique:
Mentorship - Whereas some in-person programs have 30 students per instructor, and employ recent alumni as instructors, at Bloc you’ll work one-on-one with a mentor who has on average 9 years of industry experience.
Tailored, Project-based Curriculum - Most people have specific goals, and every student comes in with a different experience level and learning style. We can tailor your Mentor, the projects you tackle, and the pace of course to your experience level and goals. If you’re more advanced, you can breeze through the ...March 12, 2015
At Epicodus, we've had several bartenders come through our classes, and many people without college degrees :)
The real question is, do you like to code? You should try out coding and see if you enjoy it. There are lots of great sites for this; at Epicodus, we actually have all of our curriculum online at learnhowtoprogram.com/table-of-contents, starting with lessons aimed at people with no coding background at all.
If you like it, keep working through materials until you can pass the entrance tests (our application is at epicodus.com/apply.html). If you still like it, there's no reason you can't attend and be successful!February 12, 2015
You should consider attending a coding bootcamp if you can confidently say that you're ready and willing to build a career as a developer. In the end, your willingness and ability to constantly learn technical topics is a far stronger indicator of future success and whether or not you should attend a coding bootcamp than your previous career or educational history.
Just trying out a bit of code and seeing that developers get paid well is not sufficient to get you over that line. There's a reason developers are in such demand -- it's a career built on constantly changing technology which requires you to learn aggressively to keep up and to succeed. This means that you'll need a strong underlying passion for the craft and a deep ...February 12, 2015
Hello there! How about getting a taste for programming through a short seminar or/and an introductory class of 3.5 hours once a week for 5 weeks. Can I invite you to visit our website www.penpapercoding.com for more details? We offer a unique and effective pen and paper only intro to programming class 4 times per year and our spring term sessions starts April 25 (Saturdays) and April 28 (Tuesday evenings). On April 20 you could also attend our Snail & Programming meetup -2 plus hours- organized by JS New York; it promises to be very engaging and inspiring! Success with your study plans. Lina - Pen and Paper Coding NYCFebruary 12, 2015
Coding bootcamps are large investments of time and money so I wouldn't take the decision to attend one lightly. I would recommend spending time on sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, Codeschool, Lynda, etc. learning new technologies and building things. See if you like it. Also, once you are familiar with a language, try solving coding challenges on sites like Codewars, Coderbyte, CodingBat, etc. If after all that you're even more enthusiastic about programming, then I say a bootcamp could certainly be a good path for you.February 12, 2015
I've been a part of Zip Code Wilmington for short time and can only speak for our camp. I am a full believer in what a coding bootcamp can do for someone. I would suggest taking a lot of time to research and find the right bootcamp for you. Another poster mentioned that bootcamps can be a large investment of time and money and I 100% agree. Our students spend roughly 100 hours per week coding for 3 months. However most of our students are leaving and getting placed in relatively high paying developer roles and have great success stories.February 12, 2015
I had been working in retail for about 5 years when I asked myself the very same question. I liked my job, but I wanted a career. So I started looking into attending a bootcamp. I had a lot of friends that were programmers, and it looked really interesting to me. I signed up for one in Chicago (that’s where I was living) - it was for iOS app development. As I was prepping for that, I found about this school in San Francisco, Holberton School. I decided to to the application process for Holberton as more prep work for the bootcamp I was already signed up for. As I was doing the application, I started to fall more and more in love with the school. I ended up deciding to attend Holberton instead of the iOS bootcamp.
Why am I telling you my whole life story? Because I had no ...February 12, 2015