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  • Coder Camps

    3 positive, 1 negative
    Licensed Unlicensed
    Type of SchoolIn-Class
    Total Cost$8,900
    RefundRefund policy available on website
    Focus.NET (Web) & Android (Mobile)
    Length9 weeks
    Class Size16
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  • I attended Coder Camps from Jan - March 2015 at their Bay Area location. It has been the best decision I've made in my high school/college drop-out career. I worked in sales for a company and made decent money. It wasn't fulfilling, and I knew I could do more with more brain. So I took the leap of faith and enrolled in camp.

    Before coming to camp, I was asked to learn and ultimately tested on the basics of HTML, CSS and very little knowledge of JavaScript. During the first 3 weeks of camp there is a heavy focus on HTML and JavaScript. To get a better grip of CSS this comes naturally as you build out websites during camp. In my humble opinion, understanding JavaScript is much more important unless you want to be a designer but I digress.

    The next phase of camp is learning .NET which in a way is the backend of your web applications. This was alittle more difficult for me to grasp. I had to dedicate the entire day (12+ hours a day) to learn the material and do the homework. But hey that's what you are signing up for right?!

    The final phase was group and individual projects. This was my favorite part because it was truly amazing to work with my peers who a few weeks prior had no idea had to build out web applications and now we were operating like developers on a team. Also, the instructors were constantly coming by to offer assistance if we ran into issues. Instead of just solving the problems they teach you how to disect the problem and rectify it. Which is the way I like to learn. The abilitiy to problem solve is invaluable. Also in this phase, you learn source control (allows you to share your code with teammates and open source projects) such as how to use TFS and I taught myself how to use GitHub. Which from my understanding will be taught at the beginning of the class after me. I wish this was introduced at the beginning of our troop.

    Overall, I fill confidently about the skills I learned after leaving camp. I started applying for jobs the two weeks of camps and had two job offers within a month of graduated. Caution: Do not come expecting that, come expecting to learn how to program and the job offers will come when they come. If you are someone who feels that aren't being fulfilled at there current job and have secretly always wanted to be a software developer. A development bootcamp is for you. Coder Camps just so happened to be my camp of choice. Whichever one you decide good luck, work hard, ask questions and I know you will be pleased with the results.

    As lwalden stated below me. They do not teach you Comp Sci theory in 9 weeks (I don't think it's possible) but they do teach you how to program. For me I tried for a whole year before coming to camp and could never get past the basics. Coder Camps pushes you through that. They teach you how to teach yourself, how to learn a programming language. Which is more powerful.

    I attended Coder Camps March thru May of 2014. I learned fundamentals of Javascript, got an introduction to AngularJS, learned fundamentals of C# (MVC), and SQL. We also covered version control with Git and TFS. Additionally I was introduced to Agile concepts such as scrum, working with a development team, and working through a sprint. I was given the opportunity to use Bootstrap and other current web design tools. The curriculum at Coder Camps is constantly evolving which is a strength of the program - they teach tools that are used in the real world right now.

    What they do not teach is Computer Science theory - which is great to know but will not make nearly the impact on your ability to get and retain a job as the practical skills they do teach.

    I highly recommend this program if you are interested in full stack .Net development and/or front-end development. There is quite a bit of pre-work that Coder Camps will ask you to do before attending camp. It is extremely important to master the pre-work before attending or you will struggle to keep up. The pace of instruction is intense. This is a major commitment, if you want to master the skills being taught you will need to work 10+ hours a day 6 days a week. You do not have time for a social life, nor should you be working even part time while attending camp.

    The instructors were amazing. Very knowledgeable, very approachable. Instructors were always willing to lend extra help, even on breaks or after hours.

    After I graduated I received 2 job offers within 2 weeks and accepted a position as a Software Development Engineer I. Besides Coder Camps I had done some self-directed study of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and C# for about 6 months prior to attending camp. Aside from that, my Computer Science background only included classes in high school, fifteen years ago. I have been at my new job for 5 months now and have received excellent performance evaluations. Almost every single thing I learned at Coder Camps has been relevant to my job and has helped me to be successful at it.

    Coder Camps is a challenging program that requires complete dedication but is well worth it and will teach you skills that are in demand now, as well as equipping you with the base needed to continue your education on your own so that you continue to increase your skill set and value as a developer.

    Coder Camps is hands down the best programming bootcamp out there to learn .NET and web development. Can I honestly say this? Not really, I only attended this particular camp and I can't really fairly compare it to any others.

    What I can say is this: Attending this camp was truly a wonderful experience and was one of the best decisions I ever made. The camp counselors are extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to assist and answer any questions you may have. These guys truly put in an amazing amount of effort in ensuring each and every camper is successful. Preparing for a career as a junior level developer in such a short amount of time is no easy task and everyone knows it. They are constantly evaluating and refining this camp. I'm sure anyone going through now will be even better prepared for the job market than my troop was (1st troop). Not to say that we weren't prepared because I believe everyone I know received an offer shortly after camp. If you are passionate about becoming a developer and want to have the freedom to be employable anywhere (.NET) then seriously consider this camp. If you are a slacker or have an attitude problem this might not be the right place for you!

    As far as I know Coder Camps has only improved over time. I was in the very first troop so we were sort of the guinea pigs in a way. I know they actually cover much more material now in the same amount of time. They emphasize JavaScript much more and even include some Angular.js now. Anyway, I was able to interview and get a job after and that is the most important aspect of it really. This is a job that involves constant learning and updating of your skills. If you have the right attitude and are interested in lifelong learning then I would recommend it to you. One thing I find interesting is that Coder Camps is actually getting a good number of CS grads in the program because these people are not getting the practical skills they need to be employable. They take all skill levels though and it makes for a good mix really.

    I attended coder camps as a total newbie. I have never written computer code before and was not familiar with a lot of the languages. Even though I was able to complete the program, I do not recommend this bootcamp for people who are brand new to programming.

    The first 3 weeks focused on javascript, with a touch of jQuery, html & css. If you can get through the intensity of this course, you will move on to phase 2 and spend the next 3 weeks on C# with a little bit of SQL.

    Even though CC states that the program is 9 weeks, you only receive 6 weeks of actual instruction. The remaining 3 weeks are spent on the group project, which is mandatory before you can be considered a graduate. If for whatever reason you don't participate on the group project, you will not graduate from the program.

    In my troop, we were given a group project that was passed down from the previous troop because they were unable to complete it. Needless to say, we didn't complete it either. I think it was mainly because all instruction ceased at this point, and we were left to figure it out on our own. I found this highly frustrating.

    We started out with around 15 students, but that quickly dwindled down to 10. The good news is that 3 of us obtained .Net Developer jobs before camp ended, and 4 of us got dev jobs within a month after camp ended. 1 student received employment as a Systems Admin and I don't know the status of the remaining 2 students because I don't have their contact information.

    I went into this program thinking I was going to come out as an amazing programmer. Unfortunately, this did not happen because there just wasn't enough time spent teaching us how to program from scratch. The program is extremely intense, and just when you barely start to grasp the tip of a concept, we move on to something new ever single day. In order to learn something, you have to spend time going over it a few times, but at CC, you don't get that time.

    What you will come out with is an introductory knowledge about multiple technologies. After camp, I felt as if I was not properly prepared to get a job straight out the box. I had to do my own study on specific concepts, and practice writing several programs before I started applying for work. The students that already had programming knowledge were able to get jobs right away. The rest of us had to do self-study to bring ourselves up to speed. They seriously need to extend this camp well beyond 9 weeks in order for students to get any value out of it.

    My opinion for newbies is to check out other camps before attending CC, because you will not be prepared for employment at the end of 9 weeks. I recommend that you find some free internet lessons on a language of choice, preferably javascript, watch Youtube videos, then practice writing a bunch of programs first.

    If you can make a program work, connect to a database, and extract info from the database, then you are off to a great start. If you struggle with doing these 3 tasks, then camp will be extremely difficult to get through.