I have been coding since i was 14, now in my senior year of high-school . I am exploring options on what to do after i graduate to further progress my passion with coding.
Most coding bootcamps and code schools vary in their requirements. Most do require you to be 18 years or older, simply for the sake of signing legal documents. Beyond that, it totally depends on the expectations the school or bootcamp has on its participants. Some have very high expectations of the students, and thus require that come in with some experience, from formal education or self taught. The reason being, if you want to train people in the timeframe of a few months, you sort of need students to have an idea of what is going on.
I attended a code school in San Francisco, Holberton school, that did not require any previous experience. One of the reasons they could do that successfully is because it’s a two year program. Two years is still not a long time, but it does allow ...October 11, 2015
Because of the general nature of the tech industry, such a transition might prove diffecult. Not that it cannot be done, but if you are coming from a completely different field it might be all but impossible to get an entry-level job. As one article puts it: " learning the skills you need to get into the tech industry is no day at the beach." And it's not. I've heard many developers say it takes about 5 years to get out of the "beginner" faze and into the intermediate.
Check out the links below for more in depth reads. Hope this helps! Good luck!July 19, 2016
You are never too old to code. Age, whether it be younger or older will always come with it's unique set of challenges. With age come maturity, and that's something that the younger couders may lack. The older you are, the more life experiences you have to bring to the table and that is also a huge benefit. The tech industry is looking for dievery, not to fill a quota, but because diversity in people brings diversity in thought. We have to be able to come up with unique solutions to the problems of tomorrow, and age diversity may be a huge key. At Holberton school we celebrate diversity in all of its forms. We have no age cap, and hope to attract students from all walks of life. We honestly believe that this is the best way to carve a path for th next generation of software ...July 19, 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!
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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
I work full-time and have worked with Access before as an end-user. The job I'm on now did not use Access, but I recommended it for tracking the information required for our job. Now that we have Access and I was able to work with an IT professional it get it up and running I would like to learn the coding of the program to keep it up and running, instead of having to call the IT professional who is in another country. So my question is, for someone in my position where would you recommend I start?
Please disregard the 2 previous answers. The people from those bootcamps did not read your question and probably do not have a tentative grasp of computer programming fundamentals.
Development on Microsoft Access requires use of Visual Basic for Applications (commonly shortened as VBA). If you are interested in self-studying, I would recommend grabbing this $20 book of Amazon: Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Macro Programming
I cannot recommend a specific Microsoft Access training course, but any local community college or IT training center may have classes. Be wary as they may be charging a high price tag for going through a book like that.September 27, 2016
Hello! You can start with our Introduction to Programming course: https://rmotr.com/introduction-to-python-programming
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you more advice.
Cheers!September 27, 2016
If you are open to any language, we offer a 4-week Introduction to C# Programming course at Coderversity.com. The instruction is held in a virtual classroom, and it is a weekend course - which should work well with your schedule.
Visit http://www.coderversity.com/learn-csharp for more information.September 27, 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
...March 12, 2015
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
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:
The Tech Scene in Provo is booming. Ironically Provo is where most tech companies start and from there, move to places like Lehi and so on. Here's a list of both current tech companies and some that started here: Qualtrics, Vivint, Ancestry.com, Novell, InsideSales, Verisage, Izeni, Bluehost, Owlet, CyberCoders, Dealer Socket, Front, LionHeart Innovations, Chatbooks, Studio Design - the list goes on. New startups also have tons of support from not only Provo City but local blogs and entrepreneurship groups like LaunchUp, One Million Cups, Beehive Startups and more. At Coding Campus our graduates are also finding employment outside of Provo in Lehi, Salt Lake and Ogden - so honestly, with the sweet cost of living to top it all off, you really can't ...March 12, 2015
At Epicodus, Monday through Thursday, students practice pair programming: two people sharing one computer, taking turns who uses the keyboard and mouse. (On Friday, students work alone on a project that teachers assess and provide feedback on over the weekend.) By working together, you catch each other's mistakes, teach each other new skills, and come up with ideas together neither of you would have had alone. Pairing is increasingly used by tech companies (like Facebook and Square), and we've found that pair programming helps you learn faster, too.
We switch pairs every day, so that students get exposed to many different working styles and ideas. In the beginning of the course, we randomly assign pairs. After the first couple weeks, we'll make suggestions of ...March 12, 2015
I really hope that there's space for me at the Dev House, but I know there's limited spots. Should I figure out a back-up plan and what's the best place to look for housing?
We find that most of our mentors are either inbound (designers who reach out to us), or referrals (designers who our existing mentors refer us to).
We have a pretty high bar for new mentors at Designlab. What does that mean?
- We look at a mentor’s body of work — not just the companies they’ve worked at, but their portfolio, the type of projects they’ve worked on, and the quality of their work.
- If the mentor’s work is great, we schedule some time to chat with them to get a sense of their communication skills: are they enthusiastic? Can they express ideas clearly? Do they care about education and giving back to beginners in the field?
If they pass those two requirements, we’re happy to bring them onto Designlab!
For us, it ultimately comes ...March 12, 2015
What is recommended as the best online Python bootcamp?
I am a DevOPS engineer and my focus is automation, AWS, Openstack; however, I am open to general Python courses and bootcamps just to gain expertise in the language.
I do have an interest in Data Science and this could potentially be something I will pursue in the future.
A great free intro to Python can be found here: http://learnpythonthehardway.org/
As far as bootcamps with Python, most of them focus on Django and web application development, while a select few specialize on data science.
If you find you want to dig deeper, check out Peaks Academy (www.peaksacademy.com). They are a newly launched Data Science bootcamp. They are fully remote and have a part-time schedule. The target demographic is working professionals who can commit time during nights and weekends, but do not want to quit their job and do an in-person bootcamp.April 05, 2015
I would like to be a software engineer, but i was leaning towards mobile app development because i believe there will be less change, and less new programs to learn. I want to work for a big wig like facebook or amazon, to do this should i go web development (python etc.) Or mobile development (IOS course)?
If you are starting out new it’s best to learn web development first because Ruby and Python are much easier to pick up for total beginners. It's easier to go from web development to mobile then the other way around. The more important question is not where to start, but how to develop the right skills to learn efficiently’. Here at Makers Academy we teach web development but what we are actually teaching is learning how to learn:https://www.switchup.org/blog/makers-academy-sets-the-record-straight-on-teacher-time so we are giving you power to be able to go and pick up new languages in your own time. Despite not teaching mobile development on our course many of our students go on to build mobile apps for their final projects.May 14, 2015
React Native a game changer. I predict in 2-3 years, React Native will be the primary means of iOS development for early stage startups pre-series A. In other words, startups that seek the ever elusive 'product-market-fit.' There is a confluence of factors that led to this conclusion not least of which is the current economic climate: (read more here: https://www.velocity360.io/post/react-native)
Velocity 360 is designed for students who want to accelerate their learning through flexible night and weekend schedule. We focus on rapidly growing technologies such as Node JS, React, React Native and iOS. For more information, visitMay 14, 2015
I am an experienced programmer with a big employment gap. This puts me in a tough spot.
A camp that fits my experience level won't take me because, due to the gap, I won't be able to command a $100k salary upon graduation. This would bring down their average.
A camp that doesn't market itself with a high average alumni starting salary figure will be way too basic.
Are you interested in data science? Most of our applicants are data analysts, software developers or engineers from various disciplines. Many are older than typical coding bootcamp students.
We run an online data science bootcamp for working professionals, called K2 Data Science. Check us out here: www.k2datascience.com
PS. We hope to start a big data engineering course soon as well. Stay tuned.May 18, 2015