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.
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
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
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 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
I attended a school in San Francisco, Holberton. They do not market themselves on starting salaries. They do get excited about student's success, but success does not always mean a big salary. Holberton is cool because you can succeed in the program if you are a beginner, or if you come in with some experience under your belt. If you are still looking for something, you should check it out.May 18, 2015
What is the tech scene like in San Diego? Are there web dev jobs available?
It has a small, but growing technology scene. Check out this article for more info: https://goo.gl/VRhNUFJune 07, 2015
I am currently an AmeriCorps Member set to finish my term in August. I am also in the process of applying to several coding bootcamps (Coding Dojo, App Acadamy, Dev Bootcamp, and Hack Reactor).
For those of you that don't know, AmeriCorps Members receive an education award that they can use for higher education. Unfortunately, the schools must be a "Title IV institution of higher education." I do not believe most coding bootcamps qualify.
I have heard of people using their ed awards in creative ways. Is anyone an AmeriCorps Alum that went through a coding bootcamp, and can share some insight on this? Anyone else know anyone that has? I would appreciate any advice you can give!
For those still looking, you should check us out http://sabio.la/
Our partnership with Antioch university allows us to meet this need.June 18, 2015
I am a freelance writer and for some time now, I have been interested in expanding my skills and one such path I have been leaning towards is coding. Would anyone be able to offer some advice? Should I jump the gun and invest my time? To give you a bit of background. I am a creative that absolutely loves technology and I'm not too bad with it. I would ideally like to be able to create websites from scratch.
Coding is definitely a rout you should explore. With the ever growing demand for tech talent and the educational opportunities that are expanding with it, there is no reason not to explore. Not to mention, writing is an excellent secondary skill to market yourself with - web design is great, but being able to write the content/copy for the website too, eliminates the need for a whole other employee/position. Check out full-time & part-time classes offered at CodeCraftSchool.com that allow you to enter the tech industry as quickly as possible in your current situation.July 01, 2015
Most schools are extremely bad about this. In many cases, they want to hide the fact that they hired inexperienced instructors.
At K2 Data Science (www.k2datascience.com), all our instructors and TAs have links to their LinkedIn profiles. So anyone can double-check and contact them if needed.July 01, 2015