Craig Rodrigues!

Learning to Code: Week 20 - Picking Bootcamps


Goals For This Week:

  1. Finish Problem Set 7 and 8.
  2. Decide next steps and pick a bootcamp to attend. Flesh out bootcamp spreadsheet.
  3. Hit 30+ pomodoros.

September 22, 2016 🍅

  • Did a tiny bit more work on my spreadsheet.
  • More messages and research on bootcamps.
  • 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)

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:

I tried CodeAcademy, but I found it wasn't that helpful. It might be ok if you're a super beginner but I don't think you are. I mostly just built increasingly complex projects until I felt I was ready, and used Google to find references. Eloquent JavaScript is pretty good, although I used many others. Hack Reactor also provides a list of recommended resources for preparing for the technical interview.

Make sure you're decent at functional programming in JS, especially using functions like Array.prototype.forEach, map, filter, and reduce.

September 26, 2016

Didn’t record

September 27, 2016

Didn’t record

September 28, 2016

Didn’t record

September 29, 2016

Didn’t record

  • How to Learn JavaScript Properly (2013)
    • Guide from 2013 on what to study. Structured.
    • Good website.
  • Derek Sivers: How to Learn Javascript (2016)
  • 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.
  1. Hack Reactor
  2. App Academy
  3. MakerSquare
  4. Telegraph Academy
  5. Fullstack Academy (NYC - for practice)
  6. Codesmith (also for practice)
  7. Dev Bootcamp
  8. Coding Dojo
  9. The Iron Yard (ATL)
  10. General Assembly (ATL)
  11. DigitalCrafts (ATL)


  • Link to my bootcamp alumni document and spreadsheet (these will be combined into one soon).


    • Spreadsheet
    • Document


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