The DaVinci Coders training programs are full-immersion web development courses in Westminster, Colorado. After an intense 12 to 13-week training period, students will transition into an 8 week course working on applying coding skills in a real-world work environment. Courses are designed to teach people with drive and passion the fine art of computer programming while balancing their personal lives. For each course, students are required to attend class 3 times a week. In addition to this requirement, most students have found they spend 30-40 hours on additional class-related work outside of the classroom. Along with the immersive program, DaVinci Coders also offers 24/7 co-working space in addition to other workshop and networking events. Students in the Learn to Code training programs will write full-stack web applications while learning the fundamentals of programming, and quickly come up to speed with the process for writing software. They will finish the class with a working application, portfolio, and industry experience. Most importantly, the DaVinci program focuses on working in teams and solving problems like a seasoned programmer would.
DaVinci Coders recently acquired a provisional certification to operate as a school by the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools, which allows students to apply for the H1B Federal Grant. The School has also established MicroDegree™ accreditation.
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Ruby on Rails
Building the Tool belt of a Junior Ruby on Rails Apprentice offers students an all immersive course of study in dealing with the Ruby on Rails framework and associated technologies. The Rails framework will provide the opportunities needed to be better prepared for a career in software development, and the tools that industry professionals use to accomplish their task. Students will also develop and practice communications skills necessary to work in the Ruby on Rails industry and gain a deeper knowledge of the processes in software development and the tools that industry professionals use to accomplish their tasks. Students will be expected to participate in pair-programming with other students in the class, frequently blog about their experience, as well as present their final projects based on the topics covered throughout the class. There will be online reading assignments and screencasts as needed, in addition to daily knowledge Q&A sessions. At the end of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in instructor-led mock interviews. Students in this class should expect to spend 20-40 hours outside of class each week doing homework and practicing the skills taught during class. Each class is recorded for further review of the classroom content. This allows students to practice skills learned via repetition.
Programming with Python
Drinking from the firehose for 20 weeks to go from an introduction to programming and the Python language to a fundamental understanding of; how to write scripts, how to approach programming problems, how databases work and interactions with them through Python and the Django web framework. Students will learn to approach real world problems as a programmer, including skills necessary to contribute to a production development team. Students will gain functional knowledge of Python, SQL databases and the Django framework. Students will build and deploy a Python Django web application that incorporates a SQL database.
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Game Development and Design
If you are a gamer interested in becoming part of the gaming industry and ready to forge a career in Game Development and Design, this is the first step. Taught by Julien Lynge, one of the nation’s leading thinkers in this fast moving video game industry, this course will take you on your own gaming adventure. Your game development journey is designed to help you battle every learning obstacle, wielding the power of your wits, C# language, and the Unity game design engine to leverage your best storytelling abilities and build your own game. This purpose of this course is twofold: to provide a strong foundation in software engineering, programming, and the C# language; and to work on all major aspects of developing video games using the Unity engine. These two purposes are closely tied: a large part of video game development centers on programming and software development, and to be a game developer requires a high level of knowledge in a modern, object-oriented language like C#. Through this course, students will learn programming by working on games, and will learn to write code to run every part of their game, from physics to AI to game servers. Rather than focusing narrowly on topics needed to make games, this course will teach you to be a programmer with a solid foundation. This course will allow you to be able to enter any programming field you'd like, from mobile apps to web servers. (This is actually a common path for game developers: they spend a few years in a related field working on their programming skills before moving to game development.)
$200 DaVinci Coders Scholarship
The DaVinci Coders Ruby on Rails training program is a full-immersion 11-week training program in Boulder, Colorado designed to teach people with drive and passion the fine art of computer programming. The Course Report community is eligible for a $200 scholarship to DaVinci Coders!
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I have 30 years consulting industry experience and currently own a Firm that relies on a Rails-based platform. I highly recommend the Ruby on Rails course to serious-minded individuals who hope to become professional developers.
Instructor Jason Noble: Well known in Denver’s RoR community, Jason emphasizes the use of best-practices, understands how learning occurs, and encourages his students to see their problems as learning opportunities. Jason expects students to do their work and problem-solve their way forward. Students who embrace this idea seem to enjoy themselves more than those who don’t.
Syllabus: Topics cover not just RoR but technologies comprising a real-world Rails development environment. This gives a more complete picture of the skillsets a student would be expected to acquire as a professional developer. For example, Agile and Test-Driven-Development methodologies are important for professional developers to understand. Technologies to support these methods are woven into the syllabus.
Final Projects: The course ends with team projects and team presentations of their work to families and friends., This again simulates business world expectations. Plus, it’s a gratifying celebration for those who put in the necessary effort to produce a high quality result.
Post Graduation: Alumni and Jason actively help one another with technical and career issues.
I took this course to better understand the RoR technology that my business relies on. I was pleasantly surprised by how it strives to prepare students to be successful RoR professionals. - not just coders. If that is your goal, I recommend this course.
I have always believed that a course is only as good as the instructor who teaches it and this belief was certainly validated by my experience in the Ruby on Rails bootcamp. Jason Noble's extensive experience as a developer and as an instructor provided the majority of the value in the course. Jasons considerable knowledge and patience made him an exceptional educational resource that anyone could feel comforatable approaching with any manner of inquiry. The courses extensive documentation(slide decks, class videos) and network of available alumni and teaching assistants made it possible to thouroughly review course material and find assistance when needed. Another excellent aspect of the course curriculum is the developers 'toolbelt'. The toolbelt curriculum focuses on web development associated technologies(git, pivotal tracker, etc..) that provide a working knowledge of the develpoment tools that real world developers use on a daily basis. The course provided a solid foundation in back-end web development and a great working knowledge of what tools a development shop might expect you to use from day one. All in all, the experience was considerably challenging for a beginner like myself, but ultimately very rewarding. A great program for getting started in web development!
I took the Ruby on Rails course with Jason Noble as the instructor May-Aug 2015. Jason was very knowledgable and was a great teacher. I will admit that the code that was learned in class probably could have been learned on your own outside of class. What I thought was so valuable (and my current employer agrees), is the processes that were taught. I was able to start my first job and start wiriting code on day one. This was because I already knew the processes... I knew all about version control, pull requests, TDD, Agile, etc. That being said, I still found the instruction in Ruby/Rails very helpful, and Jason was each to approach with questions. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to attend a bootcamp, but can't commit to a full-time, long-term bootcamp such as Turing.
I graduated from the DaVinci Ruby on Rails course in December 2015. Overall, I had a very positive experience with the course. The instructor, Jason Noble, was incredibly knowledgeable and insightful and helped me learn a lot. However, I will say that this course is definitely heavy on self-learning. The curriculum was very structured and I knew exactly what we would be learning each week. However, I felt like the pacing was a little slow. So a lot of the things I learned in class I read about myself and could bring questions to the instructor or my mentors.
In general, I felt like I learned a lot by putting a lot of time and effort (30-40 hrs/week) into learning outside of class. When we get homework assignments, I did them immediately and tried to drill myself on new concepts until they were second nature. My biggest complaint about this class was that there was not much job assisitance. We had a very short powerpoint presentation covering resumes and cover letters and the instructor offered to give us one mock interview.
Luckily, I learned enough to be formidable during technical interviews and got a job a couple of months after graduating. All in all, I would recommend this class to someone who is extremely motivated and willing to put in a lot of hard work. For a reasonably priced course that caters to people who are already employed, this is a great way to jump start a career in software development.
Disclosure: I took the part time RoR course 2 years ago so my data may be out of date but I don't think so, from what I have heard.
The course was not well laid out. We started out doing through Learn Ruby the Hard Way in class. I am paying to go through the work we could do online. But it's going OK. We are learning VIM, middle-stack, etc... but there appears to be no focus, or at least we're not shown what that is. I implore with the instructor/admins to help with that, but nothing.
The tutors were pretty much useless and admin staff did not listen at all when I asked for help/different tutor (they actually gave me a replacement: the 1 person I asked to NOT be given)
Homework was weird - we were working on homework for weeks that wasn't graded. Suddenly the instructor asks us to upload our homework at once. For most of us, weeks of homework (that we all had done) comes back as "wrong". I was flummoxed. Not only am I trying to figure out what is going on in THIS WEEK's curriculum, but now I have to figure out 3+ weeks of DAILY homework, all of which *all of it* which was wrong. Totally demoralizing. Instructor was less than helpful with this.
Turns out he was lazily applying an algorythm to the homework and if 1 character was off it would signal as "wrong" and send it back. Most of my homework was done correctly but then I just added to it by praciticing on the page to challenge myself. I had no idea that the extra work on the page was reading as "incorrect" to his checker. And he didn't do one of two easy fixes: 1. tell us that so we delete our extra work so it shows up verbatim or 2. look at the work and say, "oh you did your work plus extra credit, you have the CONCEPT CORRECT, move on." Instead it was "hide the ball" and make us figure out the issue.
The problem with figureing it out is this is 3 week old homework since he hadn't been doing homework checks at the beginnning. And to emphasize - this happened to everyone in the class, not just me. We talked about it - it was a point of frustration and confusion. Most of us first blamed ourselves, thinking, 3+ weeks in that we were really dumb and had been failing and not knowing it, getting no help or encouragement from anyone at Davinci, and then more/less getting blamed for it being on us to sort that out. We did, which was to lose interest in the program.
I never caught up with the curriculum. I met with the instructor, my tutor, admins and no one reached out to help me, just said "work harder". and expressed no shared responsibility iin this (which the ENTIRE CLASS was experienceing, all of us). It resulted in two courses - Ruby which I had figured out via this work I did well, and Rails/TDD which I utterly failed because of the pacing/structure and unwillingness of Davinci, to help.
Because of this, the project portion of the course was a shitshow. We basically had two students work on some semblance of a project. The rest of us were floundering - I showed up still working on back homework since I never caught up. We were basically abandoned about 1/2 way through the program and cohesion faded from there. Our instructor is supposed to be a RoR guru but he was not a very empathetic instructor.
Unless these approaches have been rectified (I would ask how the instructor helps individual students, how many tutors they have, how they match tutors to students, what happens if you need additional help) I would not recommend Davinici.
I met with the program manager at DaVinci Coders at noon on Saturday, January, 23. The interview went well and I was told I'd be contacted on Monday whether or not I was accepted. Monday came and went. Tuesday I woke up with a head cold and had to work. I called the office on Wednesday and was told that I had indeed been accepted. The program manager then proceeded to tell me that if she remembered correctly I was on the fence about which program to attend. Mind you I knew that I wanted their Ruby on Rails course (which I was very clear about) that started 2/1 and told her that I did not need financing, that I had the money and needed to purchase a MacBook immediately so I could make their software installation event on Saturday, January 30. Obviously time was not a luxury here with the course beginning on 2/1. She gave no explanation of why I was not contacted. Needless to say, the lack of professionalism turned me off on attending DaVinci. The actual courses and instructors may be top notch, I don't know and will never know because they dropped the ball right off the bat.
If you are willing to work hard and study, DaVinci can give you an advantage in the coding job market. A great alternative to all the outdated university programs out there.
Davinci was invaluable to me in the creation of http://enclosedworld.com The program gave me the skill set to produce and maintain my entire site. I would recommend this class to anyone, even if they have no knowledge of front end programming. I started with just a basic understanding of HTML, and walked out with the ability and confidence to create websites that make Wordpress look silly.
The Building the Toolbelt of a Junior Ruby on Rails Developer course sorts out the most current, relevant topics used in the industry. Jason Noble (senior instructor) provides expert instruction on those topics and is always looking for new ways to improve the class.
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