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My name is Sam Robertson, I’m a full stack developer at Revolution Messaging. Ever heard of Bernie Sanders? That was the company that helped drive the donation platform and I get to be a part of its’ future. I graduated from PennState in PA in 2015 with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and decided that I wanted to do something different. I love my degree, a hard science will always help you along the way, but I chose to go to Coding House to get the knowledge and experience I needed to get the kind of job I wanted. Fun fact, I have a D in MATLAB programming from my junior year of college. Turns out you need the right push and right interest to move you along. I now work from home for my company and could not be happier with my decision.
Coding House is 90% your effort, 10% on them. Not saying the staff isn’t hard working, these are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. What I mean is that what you do at Coding House and how you end up at the end of the program are your responsibility. The instructors are challenging, always ready to help and want you to be able to teach yourself by the end. They will provide stepping stones the first weeks then move you onto more difficult tasks in which you will start having to find the answers. These are people that want you to succeed, I’m proof it can be done.
The first half is intense and long, but I loved every minute of it. Stressful, tiring, on two cups of coffee by 10am is hard, but it’s more effective than any college lecture I’ve been to. Good thing you aren’t alone, everyone is struggling the same, and when you are struggling you are learning. The instructor starts out with small examples of a technology, the basics of how something should work. Then it’s up to you to try and repeat and enhance what they did. Solutions at the end of the problem session are effective, as if you didn't’ pick up what you did wrong, you can see why and not miss it next time.
The live in house was the best part of Coding House. It has a boot-camp feel without feeling to strict. Yes, you are crammed into bunk beds, yes people snore, but that person above you is counting on waking them up because you two have a project to finish before class starts. You form bonds, teams and lifetime friends. I still skype with my Coding House alum and we are great friends!
Second half is the hardest part. Self-motivation is key. While still learning it’s time to show off some skills, time to build some apps. These are your creations, whether you are in a team or solo, you own these. A app a week is the best method, pick something doable and stick with it. Polish the app, no bugs or quirks. These are for your portfolio, I’ve shown my Coding House apps off at interviews and people are impressed.
Why Coding House:
Coding House is expensive, but why chose it over a competitor? Key thing is they are all expensive. What you get with Coding House is relatively the same with other boot camps in terms of course work. There are some differences, but mainly tech stacks don’t change. My reason for Coding House was the live in factor. I wanted that immersion, I always felt in college if I had my classes 7 days a week for 1 month per class I would preform better than with a more relaxed schedule. I work well under pressure and love the challenge it provides. This isn't for everyone, but being able to wake up, jump downstairs and stay late into the night programming was perfect. Instructors sometimes stay late, and you are guaranteed to find help from your peers as they are all doing the same thing. This is what I loved.
The other best part is Coding House listens, when a change is needed Nick will take note and do anything in his power to make sure it’s fixed. He cares for the success of the students and wants them to do well. A weekly survey made sure that the feedback was taken seriously.
Hackathons are great! If one exists take anything you know and try to get something done at a hackathon if available. Coding House was able to take my cohort to one and a team even won!
These are great to learn and make new friends.
The food, food is awesome, I still think I ate better at Coding House than I do now.
Coding House was challenging, inspiring and a life lesson all in one. You aren’t alone, you are taken care of and your success is only limited by your effort. I left Coding House without a job offer, but within one week after the program I was offered two jobs. I also was not looking to stay in the Bay Area, I was aiming for Seattle so it’s very much possible to carry your skills anywhere. I still work for the same company that hired me from Coding House and I really do love my job! I hope you are reading this and find it helpful!
CodingHouse provides practical means of becoming a full stack developer in 3.5 months time period. They offer web development lessons, clarification sessions, real interviewing skills every week. Success is guaranteed for those who are determined and willing to finish the coursework.
Due to the intensity of the coursework, one may feel a little lost in the middle. But if one has the passion for software development these long hours, typically from 9 AM - 11 PM ( Mon - Sat ) will make you strong enough to tread the rough path. Learning is all dependent on the student. Instructors does not guarantee anything that is absurd.
There are teaching assistants almost round the clock to assist the students.
What is benefitial the most is the full immersive experience where you don't need to worry about cooking, cleaning etc., in addition to close collaborative experience in group projects. This is close to how software engineers works in industry, working on SCM tools like git, deploying projects to cloud services like heroku, aws, google's firebase. They are valuable.
Codinghouse has started incorporating algorithm learning sessions, tutorials as part of the curriculum which can give a base level understanding of the CS concepts.
Have the will power to finish the course and the stars will align.
I attended Coding House from February to May 2016. I can't say my time there was a complete loss, but if you're looking for a coding bootcamp, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. Other reviews have already discussed issues like inexperienced instructors, disorganized curriculum, cramped living conditions, and lack of job support after graduation. This review will focus on illegal practices, false or misleading claims, and hostile business practices.
In my first phone conversation with Coding House CEO Nick James, I was told that there would be around 15 people in my cohort. In actuality, there were about thirty people in the cohort at the beginning, and I shared a bedroom with eleven other guys. That was at the first house, which was called CH1. By the time we got to CH2 a lot of people had dropped out, and by the end of my time there, the cohort was about a third of its original size—but it was still more crowded than your average college dorm. In the beginning, I thought Nick must have done his due diligence as a business owner and acquired the proper permits before putting that many people in one house. Now I'm not so sure.
I can't definitively prove that Coding House didn't have a permit to house thirty people in a single-family home in Fremont. What I do know is this: CH1's zoning district is P-79-19, which is a planned community designation inside Fremont's Hillside Overlay. The Hillside Overlay is a residential area with additional "regulations and requirements established to meet the particular problems associated with development of hillside areas." CH2's district is P-2010-280, which is also a planned community. As far as I can tell, the City of Fremont's residential zone usage restrictions do not allow commercial use, live/work units, or boarding/rooming houses in single-family homes under any circumstances, and I see nothing in the planned district filings to alter that. It's not a matter of getting the right permits—permits do not seem to be available for such uses. Permits are available for running meal service facilities in single-family dwellings, but I'd be surprised, given the increased attention the application would bring, if Coding House had such a permit.
All of which helps to explain why, when a disgruntled former student called the city's zoning department and made a complaint, inspectors dropped by one morning to check us out. They looked around, took some pictures, and said they'd be back to make a full inspection later, during which time they'd also talk to the students. On the day that they did come back, we were all bussed to CH2 (which the former student hadn't reported) and CH1 was cleaned up considerably. Electrical equipment was removed, windows were uncovered, and several bunk beds were disassembled and moved into the garage. We were never told what the outcome of the inspection was, but soon after my cohort ended, CH1 and CH2 were closed, and all students now live in a single house in Pleasanton. For those currently living there or considering attending Coding House, the current house's zoning map is here, and Pleasanton Municipal Code sections 18.32 and 18.104 might be good places to start researching the legality of the current situation.
I genuinely liked the idea of living and studying in one place. I was excited about having meals and most cleaning taken care of, so I could focus on studying. I loved being able to wake up at 7:45, brush my teeth and get dressed, and start class at 8:00. But if you're wondering why Coding House is able to promote itself as "the only full immersion live-in coding boot camp," it's probably because other boot camps follow zoning regulations.
Cade and Patrick were both friendly, intelligent guys, and I have nothing against either one. Both did their best under the circumstances, and I did learn from them. Nor am I saying that experience and education are all-important. However, I was promised one thing and delivered another. I was sold not only on Samer specifically, but on Coding House's focus on the type of teacher Samer represented. When Samer came for a two-day visit while I was at CH2 (because several of us had complained that we weren't learning React, which was one of the technologies promoted on Coding House's web site), we got a sense of what we'd missed out on by not having him as a teacher from day one. We felt cheated.
I understand that things happen, staff leaves, and companies do their best to fill vacant positions given the applicants who are available. But I interviewed with both Nick and Samer in November 2015, was specifically told that Samer was the head teacher, and later learned that he had stopped teaching at Coding House in October 2015. I notice that as of now, he doesn't even list his time at Coding House on his LinkedIn page. I don't know what caused him to leave, or why he no longer chooses to be associated with the place, but if it's true that he had stopped teaching a month before I signed up, even if he was still serving in an advisory role, I believe I should have been made aware of that, especially given the fact that his presence was a major selling point during my conversation with Nick.
Given issues like these, you may wonder why there aren't more negative reviews of Coding House online, or why most people who do leave bad reviews do so anonymously. I believe it's because many of the contracts people sign with Coding House have a non-disparagement clause in them, which states that the student is prohibited from writing negative reviews. My contract doesn't have one, but I know several students who left early and had to sign such a contract in order to get a partial or complete refund. Nick has also threatened to sue people who wrote negative reviews in the past, including this one.
The problem is that non-disparagement clauses are illegal in the state of California according to Civil Code 1670.8 (popularly known as the "Yelp Bill"). The law specifies penalties of $2,500 for the first offense, $5,000 for additional offenses, and $10,000 for willful, intentional, or reckless violations—meaning a class-action suit could get very expensive for Coding House.
Customers have the right to describe negative experiences without being penalized. Coding House's attempts to shut down criticism through intimidation are not only illegal, but also unethical.
As I said before, I did get some benefit from my time at Coding House. Most importantly, several of the other students in my cohort are now among my closest and most valued friends. I also got a lot of time to study and work on projects, which was my main reason for going. If you're determined to give Coding House a try, I think you'll get something out of it if you focus on your own goals, use your time wisely, and have a fallback plan in case you have to leave before the end of your cohort.
But if you're shopping around for a boot camp, choose carefully. Coding House might look good because it gives you a place to live while you study, but if its business practices are indeed illegal, it could be shut down at any moment. In short, it's a Coding House of Cards.
I had read both the good and bad reviews online but I still wanted to come out here over various other bootcamps I had thoroughly researched because of its unique all-inclusive, all-immersive package deal of room and board and instruction right downstairs, and also because of its scholarship opportunities for women. My review below is solely based off my personal experience as a student of the February cohort this year.
1. The live-in, full-immersion aspect seals the deal. You can roll out of bed and walk downstairs for class if you wanted to, or you can get up earlier and have that much more time to finish up homework before the day instead of wasting it away commuting.
2. It's hard to say exactly what Coding House will be like for prospective students, because with each cohort, they're constantly making slight tweaks to the curriculum based off the previous one(s). My cohort developed heavily with the MEAN stack. Cade, our instructor, definitely knows the stack well and also taught it well. So far, I am developing with Angular at my job. Perfect; it’s just what I learned from Coding House.
3. It's ultimately up to you how much you're willing to work for what you want. When I needed the extra support, they were there to help me. Cade was a great instructor who was always willing to help. Patrick was the main guy for our second half of the program. He was super supportive taking the time out to sit down with me and work through problems I had with my final project, as was AJ. My own peers were supportive of each other, too.
Improvements to be made:
1. CS fundamentals could definitely be better worked into the core of the curriculum. We did code challenges every morning the first seven weeks, but by the second half, the instruction got a little too lax on that front; we were mostly left to our own devices and to work on our projects. I found myself working on these fundamentals usually during the weekends, even during the first half. Use your own judgment as to how much of your free time you want devote to studying up these things. You won’t always be in an environment where everyone is literally living with you and can help each other out, and this crazy bootcamp-like schedule isn’t going to last forever, so bite the bullet for 14 weeks if you have to.
2. Communication, or the hassle of dealing with logistics during the onboarding stages prior to having begun the bootcamp is another thing that could be worked on. My advice is they definitely need to implement a more structured approach when it comes to logistics especially in the initial stages of the entire onboarding process, and including sending more coherent emails throughout the cohort. I think Coding House just hasn’t hashed out a more systematic approach to dealing with everything more professionally, which can definitely throw people off guard.
Nevertheless, I know I could not have made it as far as I have, let alone in only 14 weeks, without having attended Coding House. If you're willing to put in the extra hours and you're not afraid to seek out the help when you need it, you're going to make it through and learn so much in this condensed amount of time all the same. Was I stressed and challenged there, and do I have a lot more to learn? Of course. But I definitely enjoyed my time there, and perhaps more importantly, I got out of it a job offer that far surpassed my own expectations and a skill set that won't be forgotten any time soon.
My name is Charles Watson and I am a developer consultant in Cincinnati, Ohio. I ended up at Coding House directly after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I was a few months from graduating with a degree in international economics and my biggest regret was not getting a computer science degree. I knew I wanted to be a part of the development world but I also knew that I lacked any real experience, skills, or an understanding of how to break in and pursue my dream career. I had played around online with different free and paid coding resources in college, but I lacked direction. If I hit a wall I wasn’t always sure which resources would get me passed it, and the biggest wall of all was deciding what technologies and platforms were even worth my time. Enter Coding House.
Coding House promised a rapid, difficult, nosuccessguaranteed leap into the first 4% of understanding necessary in becoming a professional developer. It wasn’t sugar coated. This program is designed to get a student into the development world, but after that a developer will need to spend their entire career constantly learning and adapting in order to make it. Learning how to teach yourself and learning how to adapt is the Coding House experience. Most of the time is spent learning new and potentially intimidating technology, but with the help of an instructor, examples, fellow students, and the power of the internet, you have what you need to make it through it.
The first half of the program was by far the most stressful and difficult, both academically and emotionally. I was frequently tired, frustrated, confused, and even doubtful of my decision to choose such an industry. What got me through it was hugely the Coding House livein factor. I was eating, sleeping, and struggling alongside a house full of dedicated people who all had the same tired, frustrated, and confused looks on their faces at times, and that was huge, but not everything. Choosing a boot camp experience is not a for everyone. At the end of the day I was able to ask myself why I was there in the first place and I was able to answer it for myself, honestly. If I hadn’t been able to answer why, I would not have completed the program.
The second half of the program was far more fulfilling. While there was still so much to learn at that point, there was an obvious transition that occurred. The challenge was no longer looking at code and seeing a foreign language. If a problem was presented, by the second half of the program most students could solve it, however the new challenge became how to do it efficiently and in a clean manner. Learning the tips and tricks, the ins and outs, and the big red flags of the language and frameworks being used. Consistently starting and finishing full stack applications became the norm and the limiting factor rapidly ended up being the lack of time needed to develop all of the features that our teams kept dreaming up to pack into the project.
I left Coding House the day after graduation and had already been deep into the interview process by that point. I was by no means the most competitive or competent student, however I left feeling confident that I was an employable developer and within 6 months of having begun Coding House I was offered a position at my top choice. This is entirely thanks to the program I completed.
Pros and Cons:
My largest criticism of Coding House is somewhat muddled by it also being my largest point in favor of the program. There were many times I was frustrated by how constantly changing the program was and how I never felt there was a plan set in stone that I could look at on day one and know exactly what I would be doing from start until finish. Certain topics were mentioned for future lessons that we never ended up learning, and there were times where a day’s lecture got changed entirely last minute leaving us feeling confused and unsure of the institutions efficacy.
The reason this is muddled is because my opinion of Coding House’s top strength is its ability to adapt and Nick’s willingness to accept any and all criticism and implement any sound recommendations immediately. Weekly survey’s given on Friday always resulted in immediate adjustments to the program the following Monday and I can’t speak more highly for how much confidence this gave me in the program. Anything from food adjustments to bedroom regulations, if someone felt something would benefit the students enough to bring it up, it was addressed. Always.
It worked for me!
I just read one persons review (I was in the same cohort) and yes they had some problems but I learned more in a shorter period of time then I have ever learned before. I now have a great job making really great money in SF. There is still a lot for me to learn when it comes to coding but now I know how to learn it.
I worked my butt off during the program and it was hard. The instructor in the first half of the program was great. He was very enthusiastic and was good at breaking down problems into chunks so we could get it. If you're not a hard worker or are not sure if coding is your thing, then this is definitely the wrong place for you.
You pay for 12 weeks of instruction but each session/cohort only comes with 6 weeks of class and then you are told to work, unpaid for the rest of the time. There is also no job assistance, no partnerships with third party companies for job placement, and no organization. Sometimes there is no food.
I was asked to leave a positive review in exchange for paying lesser tuition than originally agreed upon. You can come here and learn some stuff but it is mostly a party house and a convenient place to live in the East Bay.
“Coding House” is not a deceptive title, Coding House is a house. An actual house. Actually it’s two houses. The first half of the program takes place in “CH1”, which reminds me of the house from the Brady Bunch, but with a different staircase. Besides the stairs, the other noticeable difference between the Brady’s house and CH1 is the “classroom” where the living room should be. I’m using quotes because the classroom is not a lecture hall or a computer lab. It’s a living room. There is a stage-like platform at one end and a dozen rows of monitor-laden tables that face the stage. I can honestly say though, I gained more useful knowledge in that living room in four months than I did in four years inside the classrooms at my college (but I got a degree in Environmental Studies… from a liberal arts college so…).
The instructor, Cade, is as vivacious and hilarious as he is knowledgeable. I loved his teaching style… It was improvisational lecturing. Cade does not have structured lessons, but rather he tailors each class to the cohort he is teaching.
You will spend most of your time in the ‘classroom’, but there is also a ‘dining room’ and kitchen downstairs and there are bedrooms upstairs. When I first saw the bedrooms, jam-packed with bunk beds, my immediate reaction was “This is going to suck!”, but surprisingly it didn’t… By the second night, I was too exhausted to care where I was sleeping… the only thing that does suck about the living situation is that there aren’t enough bathrooms at CH1, but if you learn to love showering on your lunch break or at night, you’ll be fine.
Besides the learning the other great thing about Coding House is the community that develops there. The intensity of the program and close quarters, create an environment where people just seem to naturally want to help and bond with one another. Everyone was more than willing to take the time to look at my code and see if they could help anytime I was stuck— and I was always excited to return the favor for anyone else whenever I could… There is just a good vibe in that house.
CH2, where the second part of the program takes place is a more modern house. There is a little more space in the bedrooms and there are more bathrooms. Instead of having a central classroom there are two rooms with work stations. The second half of the program focuses on large scale group projects. You will work just as hard during the second half of the program, but you will get a lot more freedom on what you are working on. You will also be a code mentor to the new cohort that is in CH1. It may sound like this is just part of Nick’s brilliant business, plan —paying him to work for him… and it is a genius business plan, but mentoring is also very helpful to the education process. When you leave coding house, you’ll need to be able to articulate what you’ve learned during job interviews etc, so explaining things to the new Cohort is a great way to solidify and articulate what you’ve learned. Plus, you can also request to mentor on days when there is a lecture that you may not have fully gotten the first time through.
I finished Coding house a fews week ago and I think they really did set me up with all the skills and advice I’ll need to find myself a job. I plan to continue to polish the apps I made and attend meetups and workshops, so I continue to develop my skills even further but I do feel confident that if I keep after it, I will land a job as a web developer. I think coding house was definitely worth the investment.
In the months before I got my Ph.D. I had been seriously considering enrolling in an undergraduate program in computer science once I finished. My degree is in an interdisciplinary hybrid of computer and biological sciences, Functional Genomics, but even though I created a novel algorithm for analyzing brain wave data, I had done so in a vacuum - I’d never worked with software developers, I had no experience of how software development was actually done, and I wanted to change that to be able to fully participate in exciting possibilities that we could be facing in coming years.
There is considerable evidence indicating that we are heading towards a future replete with personal biological data and web-based tools for analyzing and interpreting these data, following a 21st century version of the Socratic adage “to know thy (biological) self”. If realized, these technologies could transform, inter alia, how people learn, make discoveries, and bring novel ideas to fruition; citizen science and maker movement are incipient forms of this possible future. The path by which I could most effectively contribute to the realization of this future, I surmised, was to acquire the skills and methodological approaches of real software developers.
Then I heard about software developer boot camps, and thought, “This looks like a promising alternative to a C.S. degree.”
Being a researcher, I did my homework spending hours in my off-time hunting down all of the coding schools not only in the US but also abroad. It was difficult to see through the potentially hyped claims and criticisms to arrive at a realistic assessment of any of these programs, particularly as there was considerable overlap in their curricula. The most conspicuous distinguishing factor among all of the options, however, was housing. Coding House’s full immersion live-in plan meant that, relieved of worry about room and board, I could focus completely on the coursework.
I was nervous but took the leap, and I’m so glad that I did! In addition to all that I’ve learned about software development from front-end to back end, I’ve befriended an amazing group of people not only in my cohort, and among the excellent TA’s, staff and instructors (you all know who you are), but also the founder, Nick James, who’s one of the most gracious and fun people I’ve ever met. These will be the people, my fellow Coding House alumni, who I’ll be calling in the coming years to pitch my crazy start-up ideas of the future!
One more very, very important piece of advice: take a good, hard look at your intentions and expectations when contemplating any coding boot camp, including Coding House. It is not called a “boot camp” for marketing purposes – it will potentially be the most demanding thing that you’ve done in your life. If you’re ready for the challenge, though, Coding House is the place to be.
From stepping through the front door at Coding House I was made to feel welcome in my new home. Sarah, always friendly and hospitable, greeted me and gave me a tour, took any dietary requests and put me at ease.
The provision of both food and accommodation is particularly ideal for those who are new to the Bay Area, or even (like me), new to the country.
Packed days of gaining relevant employable skills hand-in-hand with building a portfolio of projects kept us busy until late in the evening. The live-in TAs got to know us really well and were able to provide tailored support even at the most unsociable hours.
Coding House really was an intellectual bootcamp. There were overwhelming moments when I didn’t know how I’d be able to grasp all the new concepts. Nevertheless, with the help of the supportive staff I was able to complete the whole curriculum. The Coding House team consistently went above and beyond the basic curriculum to ensure that everyone to not only completed, but excelled.
The two months at coding house transformed my life. Every aspect of my time there has helped me along my new career path.
If you are thinking of applying to Coding House, do it! The slogan “change your life” is no exaggeration.
My experience at Coding House was not without its obstacles. Coming into an intensive coding bootcamp with limited background in the field was not an easy transition. However the live-in nature of Coding House allowed me to adapt quickly, soon dreaming about coding became thinking in code. Everyday during the course consists of constant hard work, both assigned and independent, however with the passion and enthusiasm for coding felt between the students, it is easy to stay positive and motivated throughout.
The instruction is clear and verbose covering many topics quickly while building on your knowledge to fully round out your education and cement a solid foundation needed to excel in the job market. While projects are assigned almost daily, there is endless room for creative exploration because finding new and clever ways to find and solve coding challenges is highly encouraged.
Overall my experience at Coding House was educational and positive, I went on to join the Resident program which is now coming to an end. I now feel confident to explore new and exciting technologies on my own and equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to enter the tech community in Silicon Valley as a junior Full Stack web developer. I would recommend it to anyone with a passion for programming and solving problems with a good attitude.
I recently completed the Coding House program and have been actively interviewing for four weeks. I had three offers this morning from different companies - all six figures and above (yes - $100,000+). I am accepting one of those now. I also turned down several other opportunities because they didn’t fit my career interest. This didn’t happen by chance and it certainly would not have been possible without the exceptional program I attended at Coding House.
For complete transparency I graduated college with a business degree, worked in the software industry (project management/account management side) for 5+ years, and completed multiple online certifications for various programming languages. I am telling you this not to brag (because this experience doesn’t mean shit) but to demonstrate these programs can benefit individuals who have a solid work/education background, as well as those wanting to make a career change.
Prior to Coding House I was making roughly $50,000. I was teaching myself programming on the side on platforms such as Pluralsight, Codecademy, and Code School. I also took took three classes at O’Reilly School of Tech. I can say from personal experience NO ONE can become a Jr. Developer in a reasonable time using these resources. These platforms teach you programming in a kiddie pool environment far away from real world environments. Try developing a production ready application after completing those courses - it isn’t possible for 99% of people. You don’t have professionals showing you the ropes of Version Control Systems, framework architecture, Test Driven Development, Design Driven Development, development tools, deployments to AWS, Digital Ocean, Heroku, and API integrations. Anyone who is claiming someone can make the transition with only using these educational resources is clearly uneducated on software development. Those individuals are so far disconnected from reality its laughable.
Making a transition into software development is far more complicated than taking a few free courses online. Programs such as Coding House (and several others) prepare their “students” for real world application development. Bootcamps are extremely intense and mentally exhausting. You have to be resilient and willing to make a million mistakes. Yes the reward can be great on the other side (great pay and work) but you have to be honest with yourself prior to attending a camp. 2 months is a short time for anything. You have to put in countless hours before and after the program. Nothing is going to be handed to you. Welcome to life - mommy and daddy will not be there to hold your hand. These camps provide a huge stepping stone that modern Computer Science programs are not providing. I am not saying CS programs are not worth time + investment because I have never attended such a program. CS programs and bootcamps are different on so many levels and have different goals.
My Accomplishments at Coding House:
-Accepted employment offer one month after program was complete
-Won 1st place at Launch 215 Hackathon building an application with Sabre Cord API
-Invited to speak with the CEO of Codecademy based on a blog post I wrote.
-Interviewed at PayPal and Apple and completed all final rounds of the interview process (and I turned all those offers down)
-Developed a mobile application that allows anyone to scan a barcode of a food product and know instantly if they are allergic to any ingredients.
Prior to coding house these accomplishments were not within my reach. I can honestly say I accomplished more in 2 months than would have been possible in a 18 month timeframe on my own. My money and time was well worth the investment.
What makes Coding House successful:
-Extensive pre-work prior to attending. I spent well over 200 hours or more dedicated to preparing myself for the program.
-One of the best damn instructors the industry has to offer. I have worked with very talented developers throughout my career and this instructor is top notch. He can teach, coach, challenge, and push you to your limits.
-No others worries but coding and collaborating with other students
-Application based learning with a solid portfolio to display at the end of the program
So what does this mean? Bootcamps are what you make of them. Are they perfect? No. But they can help propel you in many different directions for your career. Anything worth pursuing is difficult and a lot of people will fail achieving it. I swam for 4 years as a NCAA Division I athlete (again -this isn’t too brag). 20 of us started as Freshman, and 4 of us completed our Senior year. Why? Because it was hard and demanding. Bootcamps are the same. They are hard and require 110% dedication to achieving your goals. The weak will fail and blame everyone around them for it. Those people are everywhere and it’s sad they can’t take ownership for their own failures. The tough will succeed and continue to push the limits of education and software development.
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, the 5 Ps model I go by, and Coding House has provided me with all of that. When I first came to Coding House, I was like any other typical 4 year CS college student with tons of book knowledge, but unable to perform when asked to do it simply because I didn’t know how. I was fed up with following the typical CS track in school and blindly sending out resumes and hope for the best. So I made a decision and that landed me in Coding House, a short 12-week boot camp with an extraordinary unforgettable experience.
First, Coding House provided structure, and that meant we had a routine schedule where from morning to afternoon it was either a workshop to learn a new tool(s), language, framework, or go over a project we built. Next we would have a delicious lunch made by our Cook Sarah who never ceased to amaze me with her different sets of cuisines. After lunch, we either continue to learn, or use what we’ve learned in the morning and start right away on a new project so we can get our hands dirty asap. From there, we would work until dinner, and dinner is just as amazing as lunch if not better! After dinner, it’s considered our own time, however, we are always given a homework project to do, whether individually or in small groups. The best part is that the projects we were given are always useful in some way, whether it is a simple matching memory game or a fully functional forecast weather app to display forecast for the next 10 days. There is always a purpose and everything we built small or big is considered our portfolio. Basically, there is no meaningless work.
Also, Let me add that the Coding House Staff really understands how and what works best for the students to learn, and for me who came in not knowing a lot, it was exactly what I needed. I wasn’t just a student to them, they really try and establish a long lasting relationship and care about my success when I walk out of here. That kind of commitment and relationship in any business nowadays is rare.
However, there are some drawbacks. One, there may be some dramas between students due to different cultural backgrounds or differences in opinions about certain topics. Two, the courses are taught in a very fast pace environment and missing even half a day of content can put you behind. Some students may not be ready for that kind of pace or pressure. So once you’re a bit behind, it can be hard to catch up as the pace hardly slows down. However, that feeling of always on the edge was the key to surviving and coming out successful. Along with the help of multiple TAs constantly available to “unstuck” your problems, the constant flow of moving forward is really what makes Coding House unique!
Overall, I could not be more thankful for stumbling upon Coding House, they really have become a second family and home to me. Nick, the Coding House Founder is by far one of the most caring, passionate, and intelligent individual I’ve ever met. He truly cares for your success, if there are any problems or feedbacks, he will sit down with you individually and work out a solution that caters to your needs. Not only I have gained a bunch of new friends, awesome mentors, but the priceless social wisdom, witty perks, and technical knowledge I have obtained in this 12 short weeks was definitely life changing.
To anyone who wants to create a bright future in the programming world, the best strategy to acquire all the knowledge necessary is definitely by being fully immersed in it. Coding House has definitely done that for me. There is no other place in the Silicon Valley where you can learn all the latest, and most relevant frameworks while getting access to the biggest technology companies in the world, all this without worrying about where to live. In my case, coming from Stockholm Sweden, where I was residing for the past 7 years, it was a no-brainer that Coding House was the way to go.
A little bit about my background, I’m originally from Togo West-Africa and I immigrated to the United States 16 years ago. I’m also a US Navy veteran with 8 years in the service, and I worked in all kinds of fields in construction. I was an electrician, a plumber, carpenter, contractor for cable installation, fiber technician, musician, songwriter, and a few more. I’m by nature a handy person, and I like to fix problems. As time went by I got married to my beautiful wife Isabelle, and we now have three beautiful children. For the past few years I have been mainly just working to make ends meat. I recently came up with the resolution that I really wanted to create things that could benefit myself, and the world around me. Even though I finished my bachelor in engineering management, I was not satisfied with my practical knowledge in coding. I have always been passionate with technology so I gradually started reading up on coding courses online when I stumbled on the Coding House website.
The program is designed to first figure out where your skill level is and then cater to your growth on the individual basis, making sure everyone gets all the necessary knowledge to pursuit their career in web development. During my time at Coding House, I developed many skills; one of them was the skill of learning how to learn. There is no way anyone can know it all in 12 weeks, but as we went through a great amount of frameworks, I’m now armed with the right tools to attack any task with confidence, and implement all the great ideas I have put on the shelves during these past years.
My name is Jose and I was in the cohort that started in January 2015 and ended April 2015. Before attending Coding House my only experience with programming was with iOS and some tutorials and courses from Treehouse. I decided to attend Coding House after deciding I wanted to make a career out of web development.
I applied to Coding House because I wanted to move to Silicon Valley and Coding House seemed to be the full package for my needs: housing, food and coding. As soon as I got to the house I felt at home, everyone at the house was very welcoming and helped me settle in. I am very grateful with Nick for really caring for the wellbeing and success of all of the students.
Coding House is not really for everyone, this program is intense and it covers in two months what other bootcamps cover in six months. You should prepare yourself before you come to the program, but if you complete the pre work you should be off to a good start. Once the program starts, expect to be deprived of sleep and to feel tired, but when you complete the different projects assigned you will feel everything was worth it. At the beginning of the program you will feel that you are not absorbing as much information as you want to, but it is normal and everyone feels that way at the beginning!
One of my favorite things about Coding House is the camaraderie that you build with the rest of the cohort; in a couple of days or weeks you build a great friendship with your classmates. There is no room for drama, since everyone is aiming for the same goal (LEARN!), everyone helps each other achieve that goal as a group and it really helps you learn faster. At Coding House (or any bootcamp), you won't become an expert coder, they will teach you the fundamentals and basics of programming and the current stack, but the most important thing you are going to learn is how to teach yourself new frameworks or languages and how to be self reliant. This is very important if you get stuck on a problem and you are alone you will be able to know how to debug yourself out of any trouble.
One of the "bad" moments during our cohort was the transition from one instructor to another after the first week. Even though the new instructor that came in is an excellent teacher, transitioning from one style of teaching to another took longer for a couple of the students. Now that the new instructor is settled in, I believe the program and it's topics are on par with some of the best bootcamps in the nation.
Coding House was a really great experience, it has it's good things and it's bad things just like any other bootcamp but the fact that they surround you with the environment, the tools and the resources to become a better developer make Coding House a great option for anyone venturing into a coding bootcamp.
Last year, after many years of running the rat race, I decided to set upon a new trajectory. For me that meant my job search was now going to be a career search. And for me that meant being able to act upon and materialize all the “wouldn't it be cool if there was a..” ideas that were constantly popping up in my head every so often. Being able to design all those phone apps that I had come to use and find handy.
Like many others making the change, I had heard of various coding schools that had popped up the last couple of years and, fortunate to be living in the Bay Area, be at the epicenter as most were founded here. Searching around, many seemed narrow in their scope of frameworks and languages, putting all their eggs into one technological basket so to say. Given how rapid the changes and variety of frameworks used for a all the various startups and established companies out there, this didn't seem to be the best choice. Not to mention, the money I was going to be shelling out.
After much window shopping and seminars put on by the various coding schools, I attended one put on by Coding House. What struck me first was the variety of frameworks they were covering and in the given time span (60 days).
Right off the bat, I was surprised at how that would even be possible, given that other schools seemed to have a narrower scope and usually being a 90-120 day course. What I then realized was that this was a total immersion coding bootcamp, where we would move in to a house and live breathe and eat code. Already I was getting jazzed about the idea. When I saw the cost was a full $2k less, with a very reasonable financing plan and a money back guarantee if I didn't find a developer job, I knew I not only had zero excuses, but I would be a fool not to seize the opportunity.
The other aspect to immersion that gets amplified was the presence of my fellow cohorts. Being surrounded in an environment where we are all moving towards the roughly same end goals is a huge plus, especially when entering a brand new field. Each day we are coding, to have the support network around accelerated learning far more than just following along to an online tutorial, beneficial as it is.
Every day or two, you get introduced to a new framework, server or database that is usually followed up with an app written or using said techs. We would write the apps either together as a group or individually. With an instructor their to guide us along the way to give us suggestions and help, we were able to see the practical application of the new framework we had just learned.
In addition, as we are going 7 days a week, we spent a number of weekends at meetups or hackathons to further push our coding skills. The prizes were typically negligible for the most part, but the value for envisioning, implementing, creating, presenting (and, at times, winning) our applications was immeasurable.
Coding House runs efficiently and smoothly because of an incredible staff that I was fortunate in the two months there to get to know. The TAs there are former cohorts of the program who both work in industry and to mentor incoming cohorts in the program. Everyone from the founder (Nick) to the house manager (Sarah) to our lead instructor (Samer) to the Teaching Assistants (Aziz, Ben, etc.), are incredibly nice, always make themselves available and truly want to help you achieve your dream of becoming a web developer. At Coding House, they give you all the tools and support you will need to learn and be able to realize and materialize your ideas.
Without a doubt if I had to do this all again, I would hands down go with Coding House. For the cost, the ability to design independently, the variety and amount of course material and the immersive environment, the fluency and speed with which you code, is all well worth it.
In the interest of full disclosure, I currently work on a project on which members of the Coding House staff are advisors, so I am still related to Coding House in a business sense, but I think this is nearly inevitable in the highly inter-related field of technology.
My name is Richard and in October of 2014 I was a Shift Supervisor at Starbucks. I graduated from Coding House in December of 2014, now (January 2015) I am a fulltime software developer and making roughly 3-4x what I was at Starbucks, and of course, I’m only getting started. By March I will have completely paid off the expenses of Coding House and everything from there on out will be pure profit. It is with this in mind that I endorse Coding House, because for any flaws the fledgling bootcamp may have, it actually works if you try.
Let’s start with the good. Though it isn’t coding related, Sarah, the chef (who’s blog can be found here http://coders.kitchen/) is consistently awesome. She keeps enough healthy variety in the food to maintain lunch and dinner as a highlight of every day. She also keeps the fridge stocked with yogurt, fruit, hard boiled eggs, drinks and other snacks. I never went hungry, and also, by bringing my own protein powder and exercising every morning, I stayed in shape.
My favorite part of every day was the lectures. Samer, the professor, teaches hard and fast (there are only 60 days after all), but he keeps complex subjects practical and simple. He is generally open to adjusting the class to the student needs. The lessons vary in length but often you spend around 6 hours over the course of the day in workshops and even if some of them aren’t required, I recommend not missing a single one. You learn a new concept or framework in every one that will come back to haunt you later if you don’t pay attention. Also, do his homework, it isn’t “required” but it helps drive the concepts home.
Another great advantage that Coding House offers is the TAs. In particular, Aziz or another TA was available nearly around the clock to help me with my project, homework or general questions. There was almost always at least one TA who could help me figure out my issues, but failing that Samer could help every time. Even now, after graduating, I still have access to Coding House and it’s resources if I need help or just somewhere to code.
I think one of the best things about Coding House is that it gave me the chance I always needed. The chance to quit my job, cash in my stocks and lay everything on the line to succeed. It was a huge gamble, but after two months, I came away with a job, a lot more experience, and a good grasp on HOW to learn to code. It’s important to realize that Coding House will give you some fundamentals, it will expose you to plenty of concepts and frameworks, but the learning just starts at Coding House, the rest is up to you.
Okay, let’s do the bad. First, Coding House is new. Very new. I think it’s been around for about a year as of my graduating cohort, which means that they are still learning the best way to do things on their own. The school is still evolving and they do make mistakes. Halfway through my cohort they tried making lessons not-mandatory, which meant that some of the less motivated students learned less than they should have. They also tried a couple of different learning structures, one in which we learned a framework by building an app with it, and one in which we went over a high level discussion of its features. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. Generally, if the lecture didn’t work for me, I would study the same thing over after lecture, using what I learned as a base to expand. The fact that Coding House is still developing, is ultimately a good thing. I believe it will only improve over time. I’m glad I was in the fourth cohort and not the first or second, because I read some unflattering things about those times, but I see them merely as growing pains and I have good reasons to believe that the nth cohort will be better than the nth - 1 cohort.
There are some employees or TAs that are not knowledgeable enough. You find this everywhere, some employees at a Starbucks know exactly how to make everything and some don’t. Coding House suffers this as well. The trick is, if a TA doesn’t know how to help you, just go to the one who does. In the end, this wasn’t a big issue because I could always find someone who could help.
Finally, the culture is hit and miss. I can only speak for my cohort on this one, but some of the people in my cohort were immature and not dedicated to learning coding. It’s all well and good to have fun, be crazy and occasionally be crass, but there is a time and a place, and sometimes that wasn’t clear. On the flip side, there were also awesome people who I think will be my friends for a long time to come, Coding House is your family for 60 days love ‘em or hate ‘em.
Coding House was a great experience. I learned more in those 60 days than I ever did in a whole year of college and most of it is directly applicable to what I am doing now. It was an enriching experience which gave me the chance to succeed that I needed. It is not without flaws, but I believe it will get better with time. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun, made some friends, got a job and I have the ongoing support of Coding House and their resources as I strike out on my own.
Coding House is a development boot camp with a curriculum tailored to propel any student’s career into web development. Mileage, however, will vary depending on the individual's mindset and passion for landing their dream job. With only 8 weeks, there is a limited amount of time allotted to each topic. One must - and I stress this because it is highly important - learn how to be comfortable with not knowing everything about a particular technology. It is unreasonable to expect to be able to cram an extensive amount of material into such a short time period.
The learning doesn’t stop after leaving Coding House (or really any bootcamp). As a matter of fact, development itself is a career that requires constant learning, since technologies fade out and are replaced every few years.
It was tough and I constantly felt like I was drowning in the material. Eventually, though, I was able to focus on the material that interested and challenged me as an individual. Time management was crucial with 6 hours dedicated to workshops each day, leaving only 6-8 hours to divvy up. I usually just expanded on whatever piqued my interested during the workshop. I spent several hours diving deep into blog posts, videos on Pluralsight and other online tutorials, and redoing the entire day’s lesson.
Aside from the awesome/flexible curriculum, the staff at Coding House were an amazing group of people. Not only were they highly devoted and motivated, they were genuinely interested in seeing me succeed, both during and after the program. They were always looking for feedback and open to suggestions.
I learned a lot of things, but I think the most valuable thing that I learned is how to act and think like a web developer. I am no longer phased when I get stuck or get massive floods of error text streaming down my screen. Sure, I became frustrated, but I am now armed with the knowledge to resolve the situation. I learned how to help myself get unstuck as well as challenging myself so that I am not stagnant During cohort, I got to build a few things such as my restaurant app, my own language translator using Google’s API, a Twitter bot that uses Twitter’s API in order to get current weather data using another API by openweathermap. In a team, I participated in developing a mobile app using APIs from BetterDoctor and Uber.
In addition, I developed an app aimed at alleviating the pain of hosting a hack-a-thon. This also was an amazing experience as we were able to use all of our previous knowledge and combine it with Ruby on Rails, Twilio’s API, Eventbrite’s API, and Passport.
Coding House showed me the ropes on how to use modern technologies and implementing them just as a working professional would in the industry. There are, without a doubt, gaps in my current knowledge-base, but I am much more confident in my ability to read and write code than I was two months ago and am hungry to learn more.
Overall, I would say that I enjoyed my experience and got my money’s worth. There were times during the cohort where I took it easy and was not diligent, but that’s part of the grind. It is demanding and rigorous, you have to pace yourself otherwise you will burn yourself out. Now, I am taking it slow for the next few months to recollect myself, build a few apps, and learn more about web development before joining the workforce sometime next year.
Last minute tips:
Coding House does accept students with little programming experience, but I will say this: If you aren't planning or putting more than at least a week’s worth of effort into the pre-course work, please reconsider. While the curriculum does give you a jump start, you aren't going to come out with an enjoyable experience in just two months without sufficient preparation. Whether your interest in development may be because of curiosity or the money, just make sure you don’t falter. Recognize that failure is not an option. You don’t want to waste those two months. Work hard and relentlessly. Success only comes to those who persist to the end.
- Having the right mind set is another important factor in getting the most out of this program. You will be introduced to many new concepts and technologies and you are going to have to absorb the key concepts and apply them. The learning happens in two phases: ping-ponging and coding. What I mean by ping-ponging is that you can’t always be stuck focusing on the basic stuff, you will have to jump back and forth between the advanced and basic topics. Reading and reviewing code, blogs, books are highly important and it should consume a good amount of your time, but don't forget to try the code for yourself! Retype the code, change the code, come up with new problems, and play with it. I like to bookmark good reading material after a read through and trying it out for another read later in the future. It just helps reinforce what I’ve learned. It is also imperative that you step out of your comfort zone as that is the only way you will truly learn the material. Besides, if you don’t get all giddy about implementing something you’ve struggled with or don’t have the curiosity to see if it works or not, you are ...
I actually had Coding House as one of my top 4 choices for bootcamps to attend. I ultimately declined their offer because I felt they were over-promising and not established.
I read this review (About Coding House) of the Coding House and can endorse the first 7 paragraphs because I went through the same process. I think this review is very illuminating and would encourage anyone considering attending Coding House to look elsewhere!
My experiences at Coding House have been nothing short of life changing. Learning the MEAN Stack is a daunting task and learning it in 60 days is something I considered to be impossible before coming to coming to Coding House. Coding House not only provides the superior instruction but also the unique environment required to complete this task. Disconnecting yourself from distractions and living inside a bubble of knowledge is essential for growing and learning at an outstanding rate; I would challenge anyone to find a place that does that better than Coding House. Living with your classmates and TAs as well as having a instructor on site from sunup to sundown creates a constant and uninterrupted flow of knowledge. I have never learned faster than while at Coding House.
There are also several additional benefits that I received from Coding House that I never expected. The first being a phenomenal web presence. Having a good web presence is great for a lot of reasons but I think the best part about it is that employers find you. Almost everyday a new employer reaches out to me to see if I am interested in working there. Before Coding House I was impossible to find, now if you google me everything on the first page is about me. The other benefit of Coding House that I did not expect was the friendships. At Coding House I met some amazing people who I consider to be my very close friends. Not only have they helped me feel no so alone in a new city but also have already provided me with phenomenal job opportunities and are constantly sending me great resources whenever they find them.
If you are serious about becoming a developer and are ready to change your life then I highly recommend Coding House.
Coding House was an awesome experience.
Food was delicious.
Got a job as a web developer
Instructor lives will us and is available when we are awake at 2 am to debug code
Learned how to build an app from concept to deployment with the MEAN stack
No cooking required. Sarah is an awesome cook
Visiting other companies to see how they operate was an interesting experience
A new perspective on how to learn and solve problems
My cohort was mostly immature
The AC was broken for a bit in the summer time
Not having my car to get away from the house wasn’t easy
Drama between two students was distracting
I attended the second cohort of Coding House from June 16th to August 16th. My cohort was 6 students and 1 instructor. From the beginning I knew the style of teaching would be project based and not lecture based. This was the main reason I choose Coding House oner other bootcamps. The other was I wanted to learn the latest and greatest technology like Mongodb, Angular, and Node. Coding House provided that as well. If you ask for it Nick provides real feedback on how to improve anything you are working on. He truly cares about helping the students and will make introductions to people that otherwise you would probably never meet.
Overall my experience with Coding House was great and would recommend it to those looking for a bootcamp that handles all of life’s distractions like commuting to work cooking and trying to find a place to live in the Bay Area. All you have to do is crawl down the stairs and be ready to learn. In the end I interviewed for a job 2 weeks before my class ended and started as soon as my class ended. I now work full time as a full stack developer for a medical startup
Our latest on Coding House
Welcome to our last monthly coding bootcamp news roundup of 2016! Each month, we look at all the happenings from the coding bootcamp world from new bootcamps to fundraising announcements, to interesting trends we’re talking about in the office. This December, we heard about a bootcamp scholarship from Uber, employers who are happily hiring bootcamp grads, investments from New York State and a Tokyo-based staffing firm, diversity in tech, and as usual, new coding schools, courses, and campuses!Continue Reading →
A coding bootcamp can propel your career in tech to new heights, but that often means quitting a job, uprooting your life, or moving to a new city. Maybe you’re moving to a new city to become a developer and need a short-term housing option. Or perhaps you’re an international student without credit history. Regardless of your background, funds can become tight when committing to a full-time, intensive bootcamp, and suddenly expenses like rent and food can be stressful. Luckily, there are coding bootcamps that make housing easy.Continue Reading →
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At Course Report, we field a lot of questions about coding bootcamp cost. From students looking for free coding bootcamps to those wondering if an $18,000 bootcamp is worth it, we understand that cost is important to future bootcampers! While the average full-time programming bootcamp in the US costs $11,451, bootcamp tuition can range from $5,000 to $21,000. So how do you decide what to budget for? Today, we're breaking down the costs of several popular coding bootcamps.Continue Reading →
So you’ve decided to pursue a coding bootcamp. All that it takes is a cursory review of Quora, Reddit, or even here on Course Report, and the uninitiated can locate a range of opinions on almost every bootcamp in existence. The key point to remember is that your reasons for beginning your coding journey are yours. Let your goals and background be the filter in which you read this post or any other post about joining a coding bootcamp. I will only attempt to tell you my experiences with the hope that it will help you navigate a path towards making the right decision for yourself. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Interest
My interest in development started almost 8 years ago while working for a tech division of the chamber of commerce where I lived. After a lengthy interview process I was hired as the Director of Business Development. My first assignment was to lead a $40K website redesign by taking the desires of the staff and 30+ board members to a local dev team who performed the work. I remember being amazed by the process in which they translated real world problems into digital solutions that even the average person could read and understand. Later, I realized I was hooked, so when the decision to find a brand new career fell in my lap, I knew the time was right to transition from business development to software development.
Step 2: Research
Like many of you, I turned to Google to begin my research into a new coding career. Thankfully, I came across a number of articles that immediately peaked my interest. For me, it was imperative that I worked to solve real world problems while being compensated enough to eliminate outstanding debts and in the end creating personal financial freedom. I found all of these things in coding.
Early in my research efforts I came across two main sources that guided me through my path of selecting a coding bootcamp: Course Report and Quora. I won’t go into an in-depth analysis of these tools but I will say that it is important to spend time both reading and interacting on these forums for a new coder to make an educated decision about where to attend coding bootcamp. I used Course Report to parse data about the features of coding schools. Quora was perfect for asking and reading user questions about specific schools.
Step 3: Applications & Interviews
Because I live in the Bay Area, I focused most of my attention on schools in and around Silicon Valley, but also considered a few schools outside of the area. I applied to 16 schools, received 5 acceptances, and was turned down by 2. Tw other schools closed before I could complete the process, and I left 7 applications ‘on the table’ once I had made my final decision. I can say that the interview portion of the process was not nearly as intimidating as I had expected. For the most part, every interviewer was kind and took special care to understand the level of knowledge I had coming into bootcamp, and catered the interview according to my level. Looking back, I realize that what good bootcamps really want in an interview is to understand what style of learner you are, in order to determine if you will be a good fit for their respective program.
This was the first school that I was accepted to and provided me with a much needed boost of confidence. Early in my research phase, I was contemplating learning mobile development mainly because I have a couple of iPhone app ideas bouncing around in my head. Overall I had a great experience with Mobile Makers. Their admissions director (Craig) reached out to me via phone and email a few times, and we had very productive conversations. However I did notice that most of the students at the school seemed to be younger, right out of college, and that was a deterrent for me.
When I applied to General Assembly, I expected it to be a corporate, stodgy learning environment. Honestly, I only applied to get the experience of going through the application process. Being new to coding, I decided to attend an open house the day before my tech interview. This proved to be a fantastic decision. From the minute I walked into GA offices it felt right. The open house was in the evening while other classes were taking place in the facility. I noticed a wide range of diversity (race, gender, assumed class, age etc.) present in the cohort. Every person on staff was warm and inviting. During my technical interview the next morning, I met with the admissions staff and a couple of the actual instructors. GA was the only school where I had to perform a white board challenge. I must have passed it, because I got an acceptance from them!
I accepted the Coding House offer for reasons that I state at the end of this post.
Dev Bootcamp was one of my earlier applications, and I was in no way prepared to pass it. After applying online, I received an email to schedule the technical interview with Dana from their New York office. During the Skype interview I answered a few coding problems, but looking back, I failed to convey my ability to logically process the challenges. They were right to decline my participation with their school at that time.
This denial was the most shocking and shook my confidence a bit. TA is a new school focused on attracting underrepresented minorities. When I read that statement, I assumed I would be a great candidate. I had received a few other acceptances at this point, and had done fairly well in my challenges with other schools. But unfortunately I had to reschedule due to being sick for 4 days and underestimating how long my recovery would take, leaving me no time to prep for the technical interview. Considering the fact that I wasn’t prepared for the interview, I disclosed this to my interviewer. I was able to pair program my way through the challenge, however they decided not to accept me to the program.
Left on the Table
At the beginning of my search App Academy was my #1 school based on all of the online reviews I read. Ironically, after applying, I received the offer to taking the first coding challenge and never took it! I actually psyched myself out, due to my desire to do as well as possible, and continually put it off while trying to learn more Ruby before taking the challenges.
When you apply to HR, they give you a choice to have your application submitted to them or one of their sister schools (Maker Square or their newest school Telegraph Academy). After reviewing more information online, I chose to apply to TA.
I applied to Recurse Center and Launch Academy even though they're out-of-state because of their reputation amongst developers. My thought was that if I got into one of them, it would make sense to consider it.
Just in case, I applied to these three online schools, but knew that I would learn best in an in-class environment, and thus chose not to move forward with the interview process.
After sending in applications, both of these schools were non-responsive, leading me to believe that they were no longer operating or for some reason chose not to answer my emails.
Step 4: Decision on Coding House
The most important piece of advice I could give any potential coding bootcamp student on making their final decision is to spend as much time on the previous steps outlined above as they can, and to try to make the decision that best suits their needs. Your final decision may be based on learning style, financial situation, schedule or geographical circumstances. The more schools you apply to, the more choices you will have in the end. I chose the Coding House because it consistently ranked high on all of my personal metrics.
First, it was the only school in my search that teaches the skill of learning programming languages. In a sense, teaching autodidactism. This is important to me, as I will no doubt find myself in a position with a prospective employer that wants me to expand my knowledge of a particular language or learn a new language to obtain a job. With the skills I learn at the Coding House, I will be confident in my ability to pick up new languages efficiently.
Third, the full immersion experience at the Coding House provides coders with the chance to live in a community with other students, TAs and Instructors (and we even have a mascot dog, Charlie!) so that your focus is on coding around the clock. The house itself is as comfortable as possible (food, board, etc. is all included in the tuition) so that you can focus on coding. This translates to finishing in two months instead of three or more.
And lastly, I chose the Coding House because, through my discussions with the owner Nick, I found him to be a guy that I could relate to on a personal level. He answered my hard questions with honesty and openness, welcomed constructive criticism, and vowed to do whatever it took to grow his school’s quality.
Step 6: Pre-Work
This was said to me many times by staffers at Coding House, and I will repeat it for everyone reading this: do the pre-work, and then do it again. The more you familiarize yourself with the assignments that are given to you before you get to bootcamp, the more likely you are to understand the instructor on Day 1. Also, if they recommend taking a course on Git/GitHub as part of your pre-work, do that exercise three times! And find some other online sources to learn more about Git/GitHub. It’s that important.
Step 7: Bootcamp
Congratulations, you made it! It’s time to update your social media bios to ‘coding student!’ Prepare your mind to soak up knowledge like never before. Each bootcamp will vary, so try to follow the instructions of the course to the best of your ability. Be sure to send a thank you email to all of the bootcamps on your list. Be courteous, since we are all in the same industry, and they will be valuable professional contacts going forward.
Your mileage will vary in your journey to becoming a software programmer. If you begin by doing adequate research and casting your net wide, you are more likely to make the best choice of bootcamp. For the most part, every bootcamp I researched is solid in terms of producing quality entry-level engineers. Here on Course Report, you will find most of the research you need to start or continue your journey. If I can be of some assistance to you in the process, please feel free to reach out to me below. Good luck and code on!
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