MakerSquare founder Harsh Patel tells us why he's excited for the curriculum change!
What do you mean that the curriculum was "half and half?"
Do you spend some time on each of those frameworks?
There were a lot of factors that went into the decision. Instructors and founders all started seeing that Node was being used more and more by larger enterprise companies and that’s usually when you know that a language/framework is here to stay. We also started seeing that the concept of a virtual DOM is here to stay.
Additionally, a non-trivial portion of our students in the most recent MakerSquare classes were focusing on building their final projects using the MEAN stack (Mongo, Express, Angular, Node). We were helping them with their projects and supporting them, but it was inefficient because we were also teaching them Ruby, which isn’t something they used for the projects, or something that they showcased to employers.
Why did MakerSquare and the majority of bootcamps start in Ruby on Rails?
First, it’s because that’s what we knew. Second, it’s an established language. I don’t think you can go wrong by being a Rails focused school or a Ruby-focused school or a Ruby on Rails developer in general.
You mentioned in the announcement that this change would mean less “context switching” – what is context switching?
Yeah, that’s a huge factor in our decision making process. It’s been an ongoing debate internally ever since we started.
Will MakerSquare’s hiring partners and hiring companies change? Will you have to rebuild that whole community or have you already started?
I anticipate the number of hiring partners to drastically increase. Everyone is looking for JS developers, because whether you’re a Python, PHP, or Ruby shop, you’re still using JS on the front end. Now companies with any type of back end language will be interested in hiring MakerSquare graduates.
How has job placement been going?
How did the part-time courses go in Houston? Why has MakerSquare chosen not to focus on those in 2015?
This was a hard decision to make. It was a profitable class, students loved it, the instructors were good, and yet, we chose to no longer offer the front end part time course in both Austin and Houston. You might ask, why are we closing down revenue-generating, profit-generating, high-satisfaction class?
In 2015, we want to focus on providing value for people that want to be professional programmers. The part-time class was not created for people that want to be programmers. It was created for people that want to learn a little bit of programming to enhance their current skillset. Therefore, we chose not to offer it anymore. We may bring it back in the future.
Is anything else new at MakerSquare? Has MakerSquare been working on fundraising as we’ve seen with other bootcamps?
There’s always something new! Nope, no announcement just yet. Look out for something shortly though.