Posted at 12 Aug 2014 by Brandon Croke
Lately we’ve been blogging about our student’s final projects, career week, and our desire to see you succeed, but today we thought we’d show you what the student experience is like - straight from the source.
During Phase 0, our nine-week virtual prep program, students are required to blog at least twice a week about their technical and cultural experiences at DBC and many continue to share their experiences.
Here is an uncensored look into Phases 0-3 at Dev Bootcamp as told by 5 students across all three locations.
Leaving corporate America for Dev Bootcamp
After finishing Phase-0, this New Yorker talks about how his idea for an application sparked an interest to coding that led him to Dev Bootcamp.
“This is my story about how I started learning to program. It’s about following creative sparks, immersing yourself once you’ve found your passion, and finding people with similar passions to hang out with and learn from.”
“8 months and many yellow highlighter marks later I’m a week away from starting Dev Bootcamp. When I found out about Dev Bootcamp I wasn’t excited because of the graduation to job rates they advertised. I was excited because I had found a place where there were others interested in learning as much about web development and computer programming as I was.”
“I can’t wait to see where I will be 9 weeks from now and what I will learn from all my new friends and teachers at Dev Bootcamp.”
From Programming newbie to programming Ruby
A recent DBC Chicago graduate shares her advice for incoming boots.
“Your first week at DBC is going to be insane and awesome and hard and fun and overwhelming. The next 9 weeks, pretty much all you are going to do is eat, sleep, and code. You will get incredibly close with 20 or 30 people whose names you might not even know yet. “
“You will likely careen between having insane amounts of fun and being incredibly frustrated; this is normal. You will feel like there isn’t nearly enough time to do it all, and there probably isn’t. At least not in the next nine weeks. But it’s okay, because you have the rest of your life to keep learning.”
10 Things to expect from Phase 1
DBC’s rapper in residence and blogger extraordinaire on learning curves, engineering empathy, and why Ruby objects are mindblowingly cool.
“I have some bad news for you: you have no idea what you’re capable of. Luckily, Dev Bootcamp is here to help you fix that. To unlock your maximum learning potential, they will do everything they can to shake things up and keep you on the outer edge of something called the stretch zone.”
“By the time you’re done with the first week’s challenges, you’ll have gained a new appreciation for some of the more powerful methods in the Ruby arsenal.”
Turns Out Phase 2 is Not Just About Learning to Code
A student who landed a gig at Salesforce talks about the ups and downs, and some of the real lessons of Phase 2.
“What I really learned these last few weeks is how great great friends are. I learned that Dev creates an environment where you feel such a deep sense of trust with your cohort, that it doesn’t even matter that you’ve only known them for six weeks, you feel like you’ve known them forever. And I learned what it means to rely on other people for the support I need.”
Dev Bootcamp’s Educational Ethos
A reflection on college learning, motivation, and DBC final projects.
“I graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Economics two years ago; I graduated from Dev Bootcamp yesterday...I can say with complete honesty, however, that I feel more spontaneous, satisfied and organized in the aftermath of this graduation than the one before it. In a college / university setting, learning and motivation are founded upon test structure and GPA optimization In a bootcamp setting, learning and motivation are founded upon solving personally meaningful problems”
Posted at 07 Aug 2014 by Brandon Croke
We’ve been receiving a lot of questions this past week about our Holiday schedule this year and this blog post should cover everything you need to know about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years.
First off we will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday the 27th. We will also be having a two week extension to our immersive 9-week program for cohorts that land over the holiday break. This allows for students to take time off from December 22nd to January 5th which can be used to spend time with loved ones and/or spend time coding at any of our locations or at home.
Dev Bootcamp's staff will not be working directly with students during this time, however students will have access to exercises, materials and can continue virtual pairing with one another for their projects.
This means that each of the following cohorts will have "extra time" to read, learn and code than our typical program. Here's what the experience will look like for each cohort.
Aug 25 – Jan 16th: During this cohort Phase 3 final projects (which are typically a week) can now be built over 3 weeks. Students will pitch ideas and begin to form teams before break and use the first week in January as their final project finish up and graduation.
Oct 6 – Feb 27th - During this cohort Phase 1 students will have an opportunity to reinforce concepts from their first three weeks of the program, as well as have some preview of the materials you’ll be working with in Phase 2.
Remember students have the option of returning “home” for the two-week break or staying at each of our locations where you will have access to the facilities there.
Posted at 03 Aug 2014 by Lateesha Thomas
“So this is what your students have been working on for the last 9 weeks?” “No, this is what they developed in the last 8 days.”
The final projects that our students present at Demo Day always seem to catch our employer partners off guard when they hear these projects were developed in just eight days.
Students take the skills they’ve learned at DBC, identify a problem, pitch an idea and begin developing the solution -- sometimes using languages, like Swift, we didn’t teach in our curriculum.
So what can be built in a week you ask? Let us show you:
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