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
BrainStation is a tech education school with locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Costa Rica, and New York in addition to Online offerings.
We have a variety of courses in Web Development depending on your preferred time commitment. If you aren’t ready to dive into a full or part-time bootcamp, I would recommend taking one of our weekend workshops - a crash course which will give you a basic understanding of web development languages.
Here is a bit about our other course offerings:
Web Development Full Time
10 week full-time web development program where you learn both front and back end languages. This program is available both on campus and online depending on your needs. From a content perspective, BrainStation focuses on all of the material you would need to ...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!
Data Science Dojo offers the Data Science and Data Engineering bootcamp in Toronto 3 times per year.
As of today, over 2500 aspiring data scientists from over 300 companies have attended our bootcamps offered in ten different countries.
In Canada, KPMG, TD Bank, Scotia Bank, BC Transit, Tangerine Bank, CIBC, Microsoft, L'Oreal, Kinross, and Cybera are some of the companies that have attended our training.
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We think we are the best bootcamp around, not just in Canada but globally. We will let you decide if this is the case :)
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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 ...
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
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
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
Or is an in-person course more likely to guarantee a job after completion? What kind of certificate can I expect to get from a school like Thinkful, and will employers recognize it?
Yes... and no. The answers below are totally legit. Pick the right bootcamp or online program or university that works for your learning style, give it your all, make connections. Those are important things to do.
Here is what is really going to get you a job in tech - A head full of questions, and the passion to answer them. (and lets be honest... a friend in the industry, but hopefully you can make one while you are going to school)
A good program will tell you that the specific tech you are learning doesn't matter. That the ability to learn it does. Learn how to find the answers. Learn how to read the documentation. Learn how to ask for help. Learn how to work with other people. Learn how to learn new things... and yes, you also need to learn the basics of programming, and (the ...October 12, 2016
I'm with Nick on this and many of the other responses. It depends on what type of learner you are and how much effort you can put into learning. If you're able to follow the course material remotely, without having an in-person conversation with your instructors or peers, then an online course may work for you.
Another key factor is what type of career path you want. If you want to become a developer, then an online course can still help you get a job, as long as you are putting in the time to master the material. However, if you want to become a Product Manager, we find that on-campus courses are more practical to prepare you for a job. Product Managers manage teams and work directly with designers, developers, marketers, and others. It's important to learn how ...October 12, 2016
I think an online bootcamp is sufficient enough for getting a job but it also depends in how much effort you put into it. I completed an online bootcamp, Makers Academy Remote (Ronin at the time), and was able to land a job in week 10 of the course (12 week course). I'm not going to say it was because I knew so much they would have been dumb not to hire me because that's far from the truth. In fact, I think the main reason was luck and timing but hey, I still got a job.
My bootcamp wasn't self paced, we "met" every day for 12 weeks through video chat. Makers is based in London and I was in the good ole US of A so the time difference was tough but well worth it. There aren't any bootcamps near me so I knew I was going to have to eat the cost of housing and ...October 12, 2016
Different employers pay attention to different schools and experience. If you have prior skills and attend a reputable bootcamp that employers know for providing skilled students, you should be fine. You should check and see which companies have hired people from the school you are attending or plan on attending. At the end of the day, the name of the school cannot get you a job. That's a bad way to hire someone. Show how you think, show your skills, show that you can make a difference with what you got from the bootcamp and the right employers will fight over you.October 12, 2016
NOTE: I am Founder of CodeInstitute.net This is definitely an interesting couple of questions, and ones that we in Code Institute are asked over and over again. So, let me try and answer these questions as best I can. Is attending an online bootcamp sufficient for getting a job? One could also ask, “Is attending University sufficient?” The answer lies within the person who takes a training course or education path. In the specific instance of "Bootcamp" then what is more important is the effort of both the student and the institute. The reason for the proliferation of Coding Bootcamps is twofold - (a) there are simply not enough coders available globally to meet the demand and (b) the traditional educators (ie universities) are doing a pretty lousy job of supplying this demand. ...October 12, 2016
Overall I'd say picking the right bootcamp for you is more important than whether it is online or in person. Different people learn differently. I strongly recommend meeting the actual instructor who will be teaching you and hearing them give a talk, whether in person or online.
The honest answer about bootcamp certificates (including the ones I offer at my bootcamp) is that some employers will recognize them and some won't. In general if you want a piece of paper that will help you get a job, go for the 4 year CS degree from a respected univeristy. What you get from a bootcamp is a certificate that *some* employers will respect, some will ignore and some will look down upon PLUS a portfolio of work you can show. The portfolio and the personal connections you make ...October 12, 2016
Attending a bootcamp, be it online or in person, is going to take dedication, and you will get as much out of the experience as you put in.
There are a lot of different styles of bootcamps out there because it seems that everybody is looking for something a little bit different. Some things to consider, cost, duration of program, hours per week, location, framework or languages taught, size of class… oh my goodness the list goes on. When it comes to online learning, some people are very well suited for that environment and enjoy the flexibility that comes with it.
There is a cost to that flexibility though. One great way to get your foot in the door in the tech industry is to network. To meet others who are interested in the same things as you, and to meet industry ...October 12, 2016
It really depends on the bootcamp you're considering. Many don't focus on job-readiness specifically, and few have employees focused on Careers and placing their graduates.
At Makers Academy, our largest team is the careers team - we charge our partners a £5,000 fee to hire from us, which means that we're incentivised to grow that team and help incentivise us further to ensure our students get what they want - a job!
While you won't get any certificates, you'll have a portfolio of projects, all written using Test Driven Development, and we'll introduce you to our 00s of hiring partners after graduating.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, but a bit of research should show you that there is *huge* diversity in the quality of the European ...October 12, 2016
To add to Kris' comments I'd say if you attend an online bootcamp you had better make friends with Meetup.com!
Networking is vital to your success in any career, but crucial for programmers these days.
If you are going the online route, you will have to find people to network with yourself and Meetup can be a great resource for that. If you are in a rural area, you will likely have to put in much more effort in this regard. Don't have any technical meetups near you? Then you need to do whatever you have to do to get yourself to more distant meetups. I'd plan at least two times a month.
One thing I tell my students is don't think of it as "I'll go for a couple of months while in the bootcamp and then I'll be fine." No, you won't. User Groups and ...October 12, 2016
The only necessary ingredient for you to get a job is YOU and only YOU. And this is sufficient. Nothing else can be sufficient.
Is it online? or requires your local presence? it is irrelevant. My believe is that a good school teaching you computer programming:
Yes, but that does depend on the bootcamp. Your best bet is to look at their job placement statistics: what portion of students are actually getting hired after graduation? Are those stats CIRR-verified, or did the school make up their own standards? If you can look at a school's job placement numbers, then you can actually see whether or not that bootcamp is sufficient for getting a job (or at least how many people it was sufficient for — nothing works 100% of the time). If a school refuses to report their data according to open standards, bluntly, you can't trust their claims at all. SwitchUp has Thinkful's most recent CIRR reports on our page, though you can also check out our up-to-the month data at https://thinkful.com/bootcamp-jobs-stats/ . They show that Thinkful gets graduates ...October 12, 2016
There's really not one answer to this question, I'm afraid.
Can you clarify a bit?
Where do you want to attend a bootcamp? There are plenty of good bootcamps in a number of cities, so it would help answer your question if you specify where you want to study?
Are you interested in a women's only program, or did you just mean good for women as well as men?
I'm in the Atlanta area and although I don't teach Ruby (I teach Node.js and Microsoft ASP), I know there are several good schools here for Ruby.
If you can answer my questions above, I think you'll have a better chance of getting relavant answers.
Good luck finding the right school for you!
Code Career Academy
The previous response was reasonable - where are you based? Are you only interested in women only bootcamps, or is it a general question about which bootcamp would be best for a woman to attend?
If you're based in Europe, I can speak for Makers Academy - we're specifically committed to trying to move the needle on the "women in tech" problem. We actually focus on diversity in general (which includes, but is not limited to women), but I will focus on women specifically, since this is what you asked!
Our most recent cohort, which graduated a few days ago, was over 50% women. This is something we're super proud of, and has taken a lot of work. We've recently worked with Thoughtworks to provide subsidised places for 6 women, and will be doing more ...October 08, 2016
Are you looking for a program specifically designed for women? If so, what is it about a program like this that is specific to a single gender? I am a female working in the tech industry, and I am always a little weary of things that target themselves specifically for women. Instead of limiting the type of person in the room, maybe we can focus on opening up the room to all sorts of people.
That being said, there some places that focus on women, Grace Hopper is one that comes to mind, in New York. One of their goals is to close the gap between men and women in the tech industry, and that’s a pretty noble goal. I attended a school in San Francisco that didn’t necessarily focus on getting more women in the tech industry, but to make education accessible, and that inherently ...October 08, 2016
The best is always difficult to say. So as with all too difficult questions, i'll answer a simpler one: What is a good bootcamp for women. And i would like to say that definately ours (https://webdev.camp) is.
What you ask, makes a bootcamp good for women? I think above all two things:
1. The camp has either courses for women, or is especially interested in diversity. Tick.
2. The camp is open to a diverse range of beginnners in general. This speaks of a more open mindset and general willingness to explain basics, go slower, not push so much and generally not make students feel stupid. Tick.
I am the course director of Web Dev Camp, and have been in the business for over 20 years. I am very glad there is open talk about diversity nowadays. Not that starting a discussion ...October 08, 2016