Dan, the lead instructor, told us (read: warned us) from day one there would be little theory or fluff. This is a course for people who want to be challenged. If you are, prepare to learn as much as possible in the time allotted. Class time of our 8-Week Fundamentals Bootcamp was almost entirely spent coding. Dan steps deliberately and logically through the process of building a full-stack web application using a React/Redux, Node JS, MongoDB and Heroku for deployment. Students follow along - everyone is expected to code alongside. The project-based curriculum follows the process that would be used on professional work. Along the way we used the latest technologies (including ES6!), and using them in context is far more valuable than online examples.
Toward the end of the course, we explored other areas on our own projects like third party SDK's, enterprise API's, and open source projects. I built a texting service using Twilio on which anyone can share web-links by simply texting a number. Another classmates built a scraping module for the service which helped grab meta-data for every link posted using a nifty NPM module.
At the time of writing, there are no other bootcamps that teach React and React Native. What’s wrong with a Ruby on Rails course? In the rapidly evolving tech world, the only constant is change. Staying ahead of the curve gives you a competitive advantage. Anyone who reads Hacker News knows Facebook’s React is absolutely killing it. Velocity is all about teaching the technology of tomorrow. Graduating a bootcamp with a solid foundation in cutting-edge web dev was worth far more than the sticker price. |