TOTAL 🍅 THIS WEEK: 10
Goals For This Week:
- Finish Problem Set 7 and 8.
Decide next steps and pick a bootcamp to attend. Flesh out bootcamp spreadsheet.
- Hit 30+ pomodoros.
September 22, 2016 🍅
- Did a tiny bit more work on my spreadsheet.
- More messages and research on bootcamps.
- Turing.io looks good. Jeff Casimir has a good track record and background. Also the bootcamp being 7 months and taught by the same people year after year is a different outlook than what I see from other camps that just have expanded like crazy. Also Turing is a non-profit.
- Downsides are that it is in Colorado, meaning I would need housing/food/etc. Also it is 7 months versus the regular 3 month format of other bootcamps. 7 months away is incredibly tough.
- Here is Turing’s report on 2015 which is surprisingly candid.
September 23, 2016 (None)
- I’ve never considered it, but there are apprenticeships for coding: http://apprentice.at/
- Resume Redo for Tech Industry
- Finding Your First Open Source Project Or Bug To Work On
- Stumbled across CS50’s style guide for C.
September 24, 2016 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅
- This video interview has really great insights on coding bootcamps and interviewing.
- Attended Code Newbie meetup!
- 2nd part of above interview.
September 25, 2016 🍅🍅🍅
- Found this brief guide and quickly ran through it for some insights I might be missing. The Definitive Guide to Choosing a Coding Bootcamp
- High Quality Instructors and Coding Mentors.
- The founding team and majority of their team can code.
- Group coding and coding projects?
- Dedicated full-time instructors?
- A concise a clearly defined personal and professional coding goal
- A good understanding of the different technologies
- A first list of in-person and online coding bootcamps
- Independent student reviews for the coding bootcamps on your list
- Make sure that your coding bootcamp of choice focuses its energy on teaching you how to build and launch real-world web applications.
- Student-to-Instructor ratio? (Higher than 1:7?)
- After looking at all the websites, reading reviews and testimonials, it’s time to get personal. Getting on the phone is – by far – the fastest way to filter out all the marketing and sales noise from the different coding bootcamps and get useful information.
- I signed up to volunteer some time three days for Connect.Tech. Hopefully I make some good connections there. I don’t have much to offer though.
- More insight from Reddit PMs:
Make sure you’re decent at functional programming in JS, especially using functions like Array.prototype.forEach, map, filter, and reduce.
September 26, 2016
- Hiring managers for software development, when was a time where you interviewed a candidate and was overly impressed and ended up hiring the person. What did that person do to impress you?
- The life-changing benefits of side projects
- This is awesome: https://www.indiehackers.com/businesses/park-io
September 27, 2016
- More bootcamp research:
- My journey to becoming a web developer from scratch without a CS degree, 2 years later (and what I learned from it)
- Hack Reactor Interview – good inside information here.
- Prepare for Coding Bootcamps
- What Happened After I Left the Best Job in the World to Become an Engineer?
September 28, 2016
- Hack Reactor prep: Worth it?
- Cost goes towards tuition once in Hack Reactor.
- It is rigid scheduling (12 hours/week).
- Unlikely I would want to do this.
- Picked up subscription to Code School.
- A Deeper Look into the MakerSquare Technical Interview
- What I studied before applying to Hack Reactor
- NYT: An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000
September 29, 2016
- Guide from 2013 on what to study. Structured.
- Good website.
- Here you will find my completed google doc of all the alumni I wish to reach out to (so far) and also other key people I want to get in touch with if possible.
- Below are the list of bootcamps I will be applying to in order from bottom up to get used to doing technical interviews.
- Hack Reactor
- App Academy
- Telegraph Academy
- Fullstack Academy (NYC – for practice)
- Codesmith (also for practice)
- Dev Bootcamp
- Coding Dojo
- The Iron Yard (ATL)
- General Assembly (ATL)
- DigitalCrafts (ATL)
- Hack Reactor specifics:
- Cost: $19,780.00
- Location: San Fran
- Schedule: 9AM – 9PM (6 days/wk)
- My current resources and roadmap for learning as much JS as I can before applying:
- Frontend Masters Course & You Don’t Know JS (written and taught by same guy Kyle Simpson)
- Code Wars
- Other resources I may or may not use:
- Coursera’s Algorithm’s Course
- Udacity Git/Github Course
- Flash cards for learning programming: https://www.oxbridgenotes.com/articles/janki_method_refined
Link to my bootcamp alumni document and spreadsheet (these will be combined into one soon).