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  • Coding House

    16 positive, 1 negative
    Licensed Unlicensed
    Websitehttp://codinghouse.co/
    Type of SchoolFull Immersion
    Total Cost$12,800 (cash price) or $13,800 (financed): $5,800 down then $1,000 per month for 8 months
    Refund100% if you don't get a job within 3 months of graduating
    Deposit$1,000
    FocusFull-stack; PHP, Database, Javascript, Ruby on Rails
    Length2 months
    Class Size10-12 students
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    dan@techendo.com
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    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    The first half of the program is ~7 weeks of intense study and work. When I say intense, I mean REALLY intense. Frameworks are piled on to you one after another, and there is no way to fully understand everything you are being shown. Class is from 9-6, six days a week, with nightly projects that lasted me until 1am. Usually I’d spend at least half of Sunday reviewing concepts. There is one main instructor and guest lectures. There are usually 3-4 mentors each day from 9am-midnight who you can go to for help. These mentors are students who are in the second half of the program.

    The second half is ~7 weeks you work on large group projects. Most of your day is dedicated to building portfolio pieces. This is where the intense cramming from the first 7 weeks coalesces into useful ability. There’s little code instruction during this half, but there are guest workshops things like React and on polishing your online presence, preparing for interviews, and applying to jobs. You also learn a lot from your classmates during this period as well. Also, you will mentor students who are in the first half of the program 1 day a week, which is actually a nice break from work and a well needed ego boost.

    MY EXPERIENCE:

    What makes Coding House stand out to me is that it’s very small and flexible. It also has a lower cost than most other bootcamps in the Bay Area, which is one of the main reasons I went with it. Full disclosure, I had a very good outcome and I landed a 100k++ job here in the bay after about 5 weeks of dedicated searching and interviewing.

    Here are some key differences from what I believe other bootcamps are like.

    1) You live and work in the same building, and all tasks of daily living are handled for you (food, cleaning), so you can spend a lot more time focusing on code. This is a huge benefit!

    2) It’s a small institution that is constantly evolving, so it’s hard to reliably say exactly what the curriculum will be like, what the food will be like, what your classmates will be like, etc.

    3) Being so small and flexible can work out in your favor. Nick, the founder, can make arrangements for you to help you land an awesome job.

    4) They could do a better job screening students. A few people in my cohort should not have be left in, so some of your classmates will drop. Maybe you will drop. This is really improving over time, since Coding House is getting a better applicant pool.

    5) There are some holes in the program (in particular they don’t teach CS concepts, and there’s no dedicated recruiter) so it’s up to you to take care of these things yourself.

    The more you bring coming here, the better off you’ll be. If you have a degree in a technical field, or CS experience, you’ll probably do very well. If you haven’t prepared or you’re not a confident coder, then you’re going to have a hard time.

    Coding House is fit for you if you are self-motivated and proactive about doing what you need to do to become a programmer. You have to accept that your fate is in your own hands.

    “Coding House” is not a deceptive title, Coding House is a house. An actual house. Actually it’s two houses. The first half of the program takes place in “CH1”, which reminds me of the house from the Brady Bunch, but with a different staircase. Besides the stairs, the other noticeable difference between the Brady’s house and CH1 is the “classroom” where the living room should be. I’m using quotes because the classroom is not a lecture hall or a computer lab. It’s a living room. There is a stage-like platform at one end and a dozen rows of monitor-laden tables that face the stage. I can honestly say though, I gained more useful knowledge in that living room in four months than I did in four years inside the classrooms at my college (but I got a degree in Environmental Studies… from a liberal arts college so…).

    The instructor, Cade, is as vivacious and hilarious as he is knowledgeable. I loved his teaching style… It was improvisational lecturing. Cade does not have structured lessons, but rather he tailors each class to the cohort he is teaching.

    You will spend most of your time in the ‘classroom’, but there is also a ‘dining room’ and kitchen downstairs and there are bedrooms upstairs. When I first saw the bedrooms, jam-packed with bunk beds, my immediate reaction was “This is going to suck!”, but surprisingly it didn’t… By the second night, I was too exhausted to care where I was sleeping… the only thing that does suck about the living situation is that there aren’t enough bathrooms at CH1, but if you learn to love showering on your lunch break or at night, you’ll be fine.

    Besides the learning the other great thing about Coding House is the community that develops there. The intensity of the program and close quarters, create an environment where people just seem to naturally want to help and bond with one another. Everyone was more than willing to take the time to look at my code and see if they could help anytime I was stuck— and I was always excited to return the favor for anyone else whenever I could… There is just a good vibe in that house.

    CH2, where the second part of the program takes place is a more modern house. There is a little more space in the bedrooms and there are more bathrooms. Instead of having a central classroom there are two rooms with work stations. The second half of the program focuses on large scale group projects. You will work just as hard during the second half of the program, but you will get a lot more freedom on what you are working on. You will also be a code mentor to the new cohort that is in CH1. It may sound like this is just part of Nick’s brilliant business, plan —paying him to work for him… and it is a genius business plan, but mentoring is also very helpful to the education process. When you leave coding house, you’ll need to be able to articulate what you’ve learned during job interviews etc, so explaining things to the new Cohort is a great way to solidify and articulate what you’ve learned. Plus, you can also request to mentor on days when there is a lecture that you may not have fully gotten the first time through.

    I finished Coding house a fews week ago and I think they really did set me up with all the skills and advice I’ll need to find myself a job. I plan to continue to polish the apps I made and attend meetups and workshops, so I continue to develop my skills even further but I do feel confident that if I keep after it, I will land a job as a web developer. I think coding house was definitely worth the investment.

    My CH review

    In the months before I got my Ph.D. I had been seriously considering enrolling in an undergraduate program in computer science once I finished. My degree is in an interdisciplinary hybrid of computer and biological sciences, Functional Genomics, but even though I created a novel algorithm for analyzing brain wave data, I had done so in a vacuum - I’d never worked with software developers, I had no experience of how software development was actually done, and I wanted to change that to be able to fully participate in exciting possibilities that we could be facing in coming years.

    There is considerable evidence indicating that we are heading towards a future replete with personal biological data and web-based tools for analyzing and interpreting these data, following a 21st century version of the Socratic adage “to know thy (biological) self”. If realized, these technologies could transform, inter alia, how people learn, make discoveries, and bring novel ideas to fruition; citizen science and maker movement are incipient forms of this possible future. The path by which I could most effectively contribute to the realization of this future, I surmised, was to acquire the skills and methodological approaches of real software developers.

    Then I heard about software developer boot camps, and thought, “This looks like a promising alternative to a C.S. degree.”

    Being a researcher, I did my homework spending hours in my off-time hunting down all of the coding schools not only in the US but also abroad. It was difficult to see through the potentially hyped claims and criticisms to arrive at a realistic assessment of any of these programs, particularly as there was considerable overlap in their curricula. The most conspicuous distinguishing factor among all of the options, however, was housing. Coding House’s full immersion live-in plan meant that, relieved of worry about room and board, I could focus completely on the coursework.

    I was nervous but took the leap, and I’m so glad that I did! In addition to all that I’ve learned about software development from front-end to back end, I’ve befriended an amazing group of people not only in my cohort, and among the excellent TA’s, staff and instructors (you all know who you are), but also the founder, Nick James, who’s one of the most gracious and fun people I’ve ever met. These will be the people, my fellow Coding House alumni, who I’ll be calling in the coming years to pitch my crazy start-up ideas of the future!

    One more very, very important piece of advice: take a good, hard look at your intentions and expectations when contemplating any coding boot camp, including Coding House. It is not called a “boot camp” for marketing purposes – it will potentially be the most demanding thing that you’ve done in your life. If you’re ready for the challenge, though, Coding House is the place to be.

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    From stepping through the front door at Coding House I was made to feel welcome in my new home. Sarah, always friendly and hospitable, greeted me and gave me a tour, took any dietary requests and put me at ease.

    The provision of both food and accommodation is particularly ideal for those who are new to the Bay Area, or even (like me), new to the country.

    Packed days of gaining relevant employable skills hand-in-hand with building a portfolio of projects kept us busy until late in the evening. The live-in TAs got to know us really well and were able to provide tailored support even at the most unsociable hours.

    Coding House really was an intellectual bootcamp. There were overwhelming moments when I didn’t know how I’d be able to grasp all the new concepts. Nevertheless, with the help of the supportive staff I was able to complete the whole curriculum. The Coding House team consistently went above and beyond the basic curriculum to ensure that everyone to not only completed, but excelled.

    The two months at coding house transformed my life. Every aspect of my time there has helped me along my new career path.

    If you are thinking of applying to Coding House, do it! The slogan “change your life” is no exaggeration.

    My experience at Coding House was not without its obstacles. Coming into an intensive coding bootcamp with limited background in the field was not an easy transition. However the live-in nature of Coding House allowed me to adapt quickly, soon dreaming about coding became thinking in code. Everyday during the course consists of constant hard work, both assigned and independent, however with the passion and enthusiasm for coding felt between the students, it is easy to stay positive and motivated throughout.

    The instruction is clear and verbose covering many topics quickly while building on your knowledge to fully round out your education and cement a solid foundation needed to excel in the job market. While projects are assigned almost daily, there is endless room for creative exploration because finding new and clever ways to find and solve coding challenges is highly encouraged.

    Overall my experience at Coding House was educational and positive, I went on to join the Resident program which is now coming to an end. I now feel confident to explore new and exciting technologies on my own and equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to enter the tech community in Silicon Valley as a junior Full Stack web developer. I would recommend it to anyone with a passion for programming and solving problems with a good attitude.

    I recently completed the Coding House program and have been actively interviewing for four weeks. I had three offers this morning from different companies. I am accepting one of those now. I also turned down several other opportunities because they didn’t fit my career interest. This didn’t happen by chance and it certainly would not have been possible without the exceptional program I attended at Coding House.

    For complete transparency I graduated college with a business degree, worked in the software industry (project management/account management side) for 5+ years, and completed multiple online certifications for various programming languages. I am telling you this not to brag (because this experience doesn’t mean anything) but to demonstrate these programs can benefit individuals who have a solid work/education background, as well as those wanting to make a career change.

    Prior to Coding House I was teaching myself programming on the side on platforms such as Pluralsight, Codecademy, and Code School. I also took took three classes at O’Reilly School of Tech. I can say from personal experience NO ONE can become a Jr. Developer in a reasonable time using these resources. These platforms teach you programming in a kiddie pool environment far away from real world environments. Try developing a production ready application after completing those courses - it isn’t possible for 99% of people. You don’t have professionals showing you the ropes of Version Control Systems, framework architecture, Test Driven Development, Design Driven Development, development tools, deployments to AWS, Digital Ocean, Heroku, and API integrations. Anyone who is claiming someone can make the transition with only using these educational resources is clearly uneducated on software development. Those individuals are so far disconnected from reality its laughable.

    Making a transition into software development is far more complicated than taking a few free courses online. Programs such as Coding House (and several others) prepare their “students” for real world application development. Bootcamps are extremely intense and mentally exhausting. You have to be resilient and willing to make a million mistakes. Yes the reward can be great on the other side (great pay and work) but you have to be honest with yourself prior to attending a camp. 2 months is a short time for anything. You have to put in countless hours before and after the program. Nothing is going to be handed to you. Welcome to life - mommy and daddy will not be there to hold your hand. These camps provide a huge stepping stone that modern Computer Science programs are not providing. I am not saying CS programs are not worth time + investment because I have never attended such a program. CS programs and bootcamps are different on so many levels and have different goals.

    My Accomplishments at Coding House: -Accepted employment offer one month after program was complete -Won 1st place at Launch 215 Hackathon building an application with Sabre Cord API -Invited to speak with the CEO of Codecademy based on a blog post I wrote. -Interviewed at PayPal and Apple and completed all final rounds of the interview process (and I turned all those offers down) -Developed a mobile application that allows anyone to scan a barcode of a food product and know instantly if they are allergic to any ingredients.

    Prior to coding house these accomplishments were not within my reach. I can honestly say I accomplished more in 2 months than would have been possible in a 18 month timeframe on my own. My money and time was well worth the investment.

    What makes Coding House successful: -Extensive pre-work prior to attending. I spent well over 200 hours or more dedicated to preparing myself for the program. -One of the best damn instructors the industry has to offer. I have worked with very talented developers throughout my career and this instructor is top notch. He can teach, coach, challenge, and push you to your limits. -The curriculum (Javascript Stack) builds extremely well and allows for great progression -No others worries but coding and collaborating with other students -Application based learning with a solid portfolio to display at the end of the program

    So what does this mean? Bootcamps are what you make of them. Are they perfect? No. But they can help propel you in many different directions for your career. Anything worth pursuing is difficult and a lot of people will fail achieving it. I swam for 4 years as a NCAA Division I athlete (again -this isn’t too brag). 20 of us started as Freshman, and 4 of us completed our Senior year. Why? Because it was hard and demanding. Bootcamps are the same. They are hard and require 110% dedication to achieving your goals. The weak will fail and blame everyone around them for it. Those people are everywhere and it’s sad they can’t take ownership for their own failures. The tough will succeed and continue to push the limits of education and software development.

    My Experience @Coding House

    Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, the 5 Ps model I go by, and Coding House has provided me with all of that. When I first came to Coding House, I was like any other typical 4 year CS college student with tons of book knowledge, but unable to perform when asked to do it simply because I didn’t know how. I was fed up with following the typical CS track in school and blindly sending out resumes and hope for the best. So I made a decision and that landed me in Coding House, a short 12-week boot camp with an extraordinary unforgettable experience.

    First, Coding House provided structure, and that meant we had a routine schedule where from morning to afternoon it was either a workshop to learn a new tool(s), language, framework, or go over a project we built. Next we would have a delicious lunch made by our Cook Sarah who never ceased to amaze me with her different sets of cuisines. After lunch, we either continue to learn, or use what we’ve learned in the morning and start right away on a new project so we can get our hands dirty asap. From there, we would work until dinner, and dinner is just as amazing as lunch if not better! After dinner, it’s considered our own time, however, we are always given a homework project to do, whether individually or in small groups. The best part is that the projects we were given are always useful in some way, whether it is a simple matching memory game or a fully functional forecast weather app to display forecast for the next 10 days. There is always a purpose and everything we built small or big is considered our portfolio. Basically, there is no meaningless work.

    Also, Let me add that the Coding House Staff really understands how and what works best for the students to learn, and for me who came in not knowing a lot, it was exactly what I needed. I wasn’t just a student to them, they really try and establish a long lasting relationship and care about my success when I walk out of here. That kind of commitment and relationship in any business nowadays is rare.

    However, there are some drawbacks. One, there may be some dramas between students due to different cultural backgrounds or differences in opinions about certain topics. Two, the courses are taught in a very fast pace environment and missing even half a day of content can put you behind. Some students may not be ready for that kind of pace or pressure. So once you’re a bit behind, it can be hard to catch up as the pace hardly slows down. However, that feeling of always on the edge was the key to surviving and coming out successful. Along with the help of multiple TAs constantly available to “unstuck” your problems, the constant flow of moving forward is really what makes Coding House unique!

    Overall, I could not be more thankful for stumbling upon Coding House, they really have become a second family and home to me. Nick, the Coding House Founder is by far one of the most caring, passionate, and intelligent individual I’ve ever met. He truly cares for your success, if there are any problems or feedbacks, he will sit down with you individually and work out a solution that caters to your needs. Not only I have gained a bunch of new friends, awesome mentors, but the priceless social wisdom, witty perks, and technical knowledge I have obtained in this 12 short weeks was definitely life changing.

    To anyone who wants to create a bright future in the programming world, the best strategy to acquire all the knowledge necessary is definitely by being fully immersed in it. Coding House has definitely done that for me. There is no other place in the Silicon Valley where you can learn all the latest, and most relevant frameworks while getting access to the biggest technology companies in the world, all this without worrying about where to live. In my case, coming from Stockholm Sweden, where I was residing for the past 7 years, it was a no-brainer that Coding House was the way to go.

    A little bit about my background, I’m originally from Togo West-Africa and I immigrated to the United States 16 years ago. I’m also a US Navy veteran with 8 years in the service, and I worked in all kinds of fields in construction. I was an electrician, a plumber, carpenter, contractor for cable installation, fiber technician, musician, songwriter, and a few more. I’m by nature a handy person, and I like to fix problems. As time went by I got married to my beautiful wife Isabelle, and we now have three beautiful children. For the past few years I have been mainly just working to make ends meat. I recently came up with the resolution that I really wanted to create things that could benefit myself, and the world around me. Even though I finished my bachelor in engineering management, I was not satisfied with my practical knowledge in coding. I have always been passionate with technology so I gradually started reading up on coding courses online when I stumbled on the Coding House website.

    The program is designed to first figure out where your skill level is and then cater to your growth on the individual basis, making sure everyone gets all the necessary knowledge to pursuit their career in web development. During my time at Coding House, I developed many skills; one of them was the skill of learning how to learn. There is no way anyone can know it all in 12 weeks, but as we went through a great amount of frameworks, I’m now armed with the right tools to attack any task with confidence, and implement all the great ideas I have put on the shelves during these past years.

    My name is Jose and I was in the cohort that started in January 2015 and ended April 2015. Before attending Coding House my only experience with programming was with iOS and some tutorials and courses from Treehouse. I decided to attend Coding House after deciding I wanted to make a career out of web development.

    I applied to Coding House because I wanted to move to Silicon Valley and Coding House seemed to be the full package for my needs: housing, food and coding. As soon as I got to the house I felt at home, everyone at the house was very welcoming and helped me settle in. I am very grateful with Nick for really caring for the wellbeing and success of all of the students.

    Coding House is not really for everyone, this program is intense and it covers in two months what other bootcamps cover in six months. You should prepare yourself before you come to the program, but if you complete the pre work you should be off to a good start. Once the program starts, expect to be deprived of sleep and to feel tired, but when you complete the different projects assigned you will feel everything was worth it. At the beginning of the program you will feel that you are not absorbing as much information as you want to, but it is normal and everyone feels that way at the beginning!

    One of my favorite things about Coding House is the camaraderie that you build with the rest of the cohort; in a couple of days or weeks you build a great friendship with your classmates. There is no room for drama, since everyone is aiming for the same goal (LEARN!), everyone helps each other achieve that goal as a group and it really helps you learn faster. At Coding House (or any bootcamp), you won't become an expert coder, they will teach you the fundamentals and basics of programming and the current stack, but the most important thing you are going to learn is how to teach yourself new frameworks or languages and how to be self reliant. This is very important if you get stuck on a problem and you are alone you will be able to know how to debug yourself out of any trouble.

    One of the "bad" moments during our cohort was the transition from one instructor to another after the first week. Even though the new instructor that came in is an excellent teacher, transitioning from one style of teaching to another took longer for a couple of the students. Now that the new instructor is settled in, I believe the program and it's topics are on par with some of the best bootcamps in the nation.

    Coding House was a really great experience, it has it's good things and it's bad things just like any other bootcamp but the fact that they surround you with the environment, the tools and the resources to become a better developer make Coding House a great option for anyone venturing into a coding bootcamp.

    My name is Richard and in October of 2014 I was a Shift Supervisor at Starbucks. I graduated from Coding House in December of 2014, now (January 2015) I am a fulltime software developer and making roughly 3-4x what I was at Starbucks, and of course, I’m only getting started. By March I will have completely paid off the expenses of Coding House and everything from there on out will be pure profit. It is with this in mind that I endorse Coding House, because for any flaws the fledgling bootcamp may have, it actually works if you try. When I applied to Coding House, I had about six months of light coding experience. I had taken a web design class, so my HTML and CSS were okay, and I had been working maybe 10 hours a week as an intern on a hybrid app doing some light HTML/CSS/Javascript bug fixing, but not really writing a ton of code. I have a degree in philosophy, which I actually think helped when it comes to logic. Otherwise I was a bit of a coding neophyte. Before I go into the details of the experience, I would like to talk about the kind of person who, in my opinion, should apply to Coding House. You should be very smart, the kind of person who, though you may not have gotten good grades, could have fairly easily if you’d tried. You should have a strong grasp on logic, even if you don’t have any formal training in it. You should be dedicated to succeeding, so for sixty days, when everyone else goes out to party in the City on Sunday, you are the one staying behind and studying until your eyes hurt or if a lesson goes on for hours, you don’t get distracted checking Facebook. Finally, and most importantly, you need to have a grasp of the fundamentals of programming. You should already have a fair understanding of HTML and CSS, at least some experience with Javascript and have shown an aptitude for it. You should know what a variable, a function and a method are and how they all fit together. If you don’t know these things, the first couple weeks will be rough if not impossible, and then you will fall behind. I’m not saying you need to understand the nuances of functional programming versus object oriented programming (I didn’t when I started), but everything in this school is based upon javascript and if you can’t wrap your head around that, then you simply can’t succeed. If you fit all of these qualifications, as I did, then please read on, Coding House is for you. Let’s start with the good. Though it isn’t coding related, Sarah, the chef (who’s blog can be found here http://coders.kitchen/) is consistently awesome. She keeps enough healthy variety in the food to maintain lunch and dinner as a highlight of every day. She also keeps the fridge stocked with yogurt, fruit, hard boiled eggs, drinks and other snacks. I never went hungry, and also, by bringing my own protein powder and exercising every morning, I stayed in shape. My favorite part of every day was the lectures. Samer, the professor, teaches hard and fast (there are only 60 days after all), but he keeps complex subjects practical and simple. He is generally open to adjusting the class to the student needs. The lessons vary in length but often you spend around 6 hours over the course of the day in workshops and even if some of them aren’t required, I recommend not missing a single one. You learn a new concept or framework in every one that will come back to haunt you later if you don’t pay attention. Also, do his homework, it isn’t “required” but it helps drive the concepts home. Another great advantage that Coding House offers is the TAs. In particular, Aziz or another TA was available nearly around the clock to help me with my project, homework or general questions. There was almost always at least one TA who could help me figure out my issues, but failing that Samer could help every time. Even now, after graduating, I still have access to Coding House and it’s resources if I need help or just somewhere to code. I think one of the best things about Coding House is that it gave me the chance I always needed. The chance to quit my job, cash in my stocks and lay everything on the line to succeed. It was a huge gamble, but after two months, I came away with a job, a lot more experience, and a good grasp on HOW to learn to code. It’s important to realize that Coding House will give you some fundamentals, it will expose you to plenty of concepts and frameworks, but the learning just starts at Coding House, the rest is up to you. Okay, let’s do the bad. First, Coding House is new. Very new. I think it’s been around for about a year as of my graduating cohort, which means that they are still learning the best way to do things on their own. The school is still evolving and they do make mistakes. Halfway through my cohort they tried making lessons not-mandatory, which meant that some of the less motivated students learned less than they should have. They also tried a couple of different learning structures, one in which we learned a framework by building an app with it, and one in which we went over a high level discussion of its features. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. Generally, if the lecture didn’t work for me, I would study the same thing over after lecture, using what I learned as a base to expand. The fact that Coding House is still developing, is ultimately a good thing. I believe it will only improve over time. I’m glad I was in the fourth cohort and not the first or second, because I read some unflattering things about those times, but I see them merely as growing pains and I have good reasons to believe that the nth cohort will be better than the nth - 1 cohort. There are some employees or TAs that are not knowledgeable enough. You find this everywhere, some employees at a Starbucks know exactly how to make everything and some don’t. Coding House suffers this as well. The trick is, if a TA doesn’t know how to help you, just go to the one who does. In the end, this wasn’t a big issue because I could always find someone who could help. Finally, the culture is hit and miss. I can only speak for my cohort on this one, but some of the people in my cohort were immature and not dedicated to learning coding. It’s all well and good to have fun, be crazy and occasionally be crass, but there is a time and a place, and sometimes that wasn’t clear. On the flip side, there were also awesome people who I think will be my friends for a long time to come, Coding House is your family for 60 days love ‘em or hate ‘em. Coding House was a great experience. I learned more in those 60 days than I ever did in a whole year of college and most of it is directly applicable to what I am doing now. It was an enriching experience which gave me the chance to succeed that I needed. It is not without flaws, but I believe it will get better with time. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun, made some friends, got a job and I have the ongoing support of Coding House and their resources as I strike out on my own.

    Last year, after many years of running the rat race, I decided to set upon a new trajectory. For me that meant my job search was now going to be a career search. And for me that meant being able to act upon and materialize all the “wouldn't it be cool if there was a..” ideas that were constantly popping up in my head every so often. Being able to design all those phone apps that I had come to use and find handy.

    Like many others making the change, I had heard of various coding schools that had popped up the last couple of years and, fortunate to be living in the Bay Area, be at the epicenter as most were founded here. Searching around, many seemed narrow in their scope of frameworks and languages, putting all their eggs into one technological basket so to say. Given how rapid the changes and variety of frameworks used for a all the various startups and established companies out there, this didn't seem to be the best choice. Not to mention, the money I was going to be shelling out.

    After much window shopping and seminars put on by the various coding schools, I attended one put on by Coding House. What struck me first was the variety of frameworks they were covering and in the given time span (60 days).

    Right off the bat, I was surprised at how that would even be possible, given that other schools seemed to have a narrower scope and usually being a 90-120 day course. What I then realized was that this was a total immersion coding bootcamp, where we would move in to a house and live breathe and eat code. Already I was getting jazzed about the idea. When I saw the cost was a full $2k less, with a very reasonable financing plan and a money back guarantee if I didn't find a developer job, I knew I not only had zero excuses, but I would be a fool not to seize the opportunity.

    So I did. I joined Coding House and moved into the house in Fremont. The full immersion aspect for coding to me was and still is the crucial difference in becoming a developer. Just like they say for any language, best way is to move to that country and speak it. In the exact manner, CodingHouse was the country and JavaScript our primary language. My focus was able to solely be directed towards coding while the CodingHouse staff takes care of all the daily activities (cooking, cleaning, etc.)

    The other aspect to immersion that gets amplified was the presence of my fellow cohorts. Being surrounded in an environment where we are all moving towards the roughly same end goals is a huge plus, especially when entering a brand new field. Each day we are coding, to have the support network around accelerated learning far more than just following along to an online tutorial, beneficial as it is.

    Every day or two, you get introduced to a new framework, server or database that is usually followed up with an app written or using said techs. We would write the apps either together as a group or individually. With an instructor their to guide us along the way to give us suggestions and help, we were able to see the practical application of the new framework we had just learned.

    In addition, as we are going 7 days a week, we would spend weekends at meetups or hackathons to further push our coding skills. The prizes were typically negligible for the most part, but the value for envisioning, implementing, creating, presenting (and, at times, winning) our applications was immeasurable.

    Coding House runs efficiently and smoothly because of an incredible staff that I was fortunate in the two months there to get to know. The TAs there are former cohorts of the program who both work in industry and to mentor incoming cohorts in the program. Everyone from the founder (Nick) to the house manager (Sarah) to our lead instructor (Samer) to the Teaching Assistants (Aziz, Ben, etc.), are incredibly nice, always make themselves available and truly want to help you achieve your dream of becoming a web developer. At Coding House, they give you all the tools and support you will need to learn and be able to realize and materialize your ideas.

    Without a doubt if I had to do this all again, I would hands down go with Coding House. For the cost, the variety and amount of course material and the immersive environment, the fluency and speed with which you code is well worth it.

    Hello world, my name is Phillip Wright, and I am a Coding House graduate. Let me tell you a little bit about my experience. Like many other high school graduates, I tried the college route. I played sports and I went to class, and I found that this lifestyle did not work for my learning needs. So I decided to take a break. This break, before I knew it, stretched into four long years, with no increase in pay, though my work ethic showed that I deserved to make more money. I was lucky enough to encounter a friend who told me about Coding House, and the opportunities that I could gain from attending, so I decided to take a leap of faith. With a baby on the way.

    The first difference between the collegiate experience and what I experienced at Coding House was that the academics were custom tailored to my needs as a student. I have struggled with attention difficulties since grade school, and the way that the Coding House was flexible enough for me to get up and move while learning and listening to lectures was monumental in my ability to maintain my attention. As a matter of fact, my cohort developed an application that would randomly select a person from the cohort and “assign” a number of push ups and pull ups for each to do. This physical activity was instrumental in helping all of us focus, and at the same time, keep up our physique. The instructors would sit with each of us and pair-program with us, allowing each of the students to have the questions answered that they needed answered. The assignments that were assigned included in-house Hackathons, which strengthened the attendees team building skills, and taught us to use each other’s strengths, yet still manage to work on individual weaknesses, so that we could complete large projects.

    Coding House provided me with the foundational languages needed in order to become self-reliant in the post academic environment, i.e. “Real World”. It gave me the confidence and skills to go out and learn new language or framework on my own. The classes and assignments, taught me to appreciate the logic behind the projects; instead of worrying only about the syntax of the language your working in. The languages and frameworks that Coding House has taught to be proficient in include HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Angular.js, Node, Ruby on Rails, Meteor, amongst many more.

    In conclusion, I am now able to utilize the same work ethic that I have been using my whole life, but I am now equipped with the skills to go out into the world and make the money that this work ethic warrants!

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    The Coding House provided me with a great environment to simply focus on learning computer programming without the extra stress of other daily issues. The immersive live-in opportunity eliminated additional daily commute time and transportation cost which allowed me to dedicate more time to learning. Our instructor was not only intelligent and extremely good at what he does, but he is also personable and funny. The TAs were accessible at anytime and were helpful in assisting me whenever I was stuck or confused. Also, our head chef, Sarah, provided us with daily home-cooked meals that were absolutely delicious.

    In the end, the people at the Coding House became somewhat of like a second family to me and I cherish all the relationships that was formed there. After my experience with Coding House was over, I was really happy when Nick generously told me that I was welcome back if I needed a place to do work or get assistance on projects, or just to hang out. I still stop by every now and then :]

    After completing two months here at Coding House, I would like to share my experience.

    Coding House is a development boot camp with a curriculum tailored to propel any student’s career into web development. Mileage, however, will vary depending on the individual's mindset and passion for landing their dream job. With only 8 weeks, there is a limited amount of time allotted to each topic. One must - and I stress this because it is highly important - learn how to be comfortable with not knowing everything about a particular technology. It is unreasonable to expect to be able to cram an extensive amount of material into such a short time period.

    The learning doesn’t stop after leaving Coding House (or really any bootcamp). As a matter of fact, development itself is a career that requires constant learning, since technologies fade out and are replaced every few years.

    During my time at Coding House, I was exposed to a curriculum designed to sample a web developer's toolbox. It was comprised of basic industry standards such as Javascript, jQuery, CSS, HTML, along with the basics of design principles (mockups, UI/UX), Bootstrap, Node, Angular.js, and Ruby-on-Rails.

    It was tough and I constantly felt like I was drowning in the material. Eventually, though, I was able to focus on the material that interested and challenged me as an individual. Time management was crucial with 6 hours dedicated to workshops each day, leaving only 6-8 hours to divvy up. I usually just expanded on whatever piqued my interested during the workshop. I spent several hours diving deep into blog posts, videos on Pluralsight and other online tutorials, and redoing the entire day’s lesson.

    Aside from the awesome/flexible curriculum, the staff at Coding House were an amazing group of people. Not only were they highly devoted and motivated, they were genuinely interested in seeing me succeed, both during and after the program. They were always looking for feedback and open to suggestions.

    I learned a lot of things, but I think the most valuable thing that I learned is how to act and think like a web developer. I am no longer phased when I get stuck or get massive floods of error text streaming down my screen. Sure, I became frustrated, but I am now armed with the knowledge to resolve the situation. I learned how to help myself get unstuck as well as challenging myself so that I am not stagnant During cohort, I got to build a few things such as my restaurant app, my own language translator using Google’s API, a Twitter bot that uses Twitter’s API in order to get current weather data using another API by openweathermap. In a team, I participated in developing a mobile app using APIs from BetterDoctor and Uber.

    In addition, I developed an app aimed at alleviating the pain of hosting a hack-a-thon. This also was an amazing experience as we were able to use all of our previous knowledge and combine it with Ruby on Rails, Twilio’s API, Eventbrite’s API, and Passport.

    Coding House showed me the ropes on how to use modern technologies and implementing them just as a working professional would in the industry. There are, without a doubt, gaps in my current knowledge-base, but I am much more confident in my ability to read and write code than I was two months ago and am hungry to learn more.

    Overall, I would say that I enjoyed my experience and got my money’s worth. There were times during the cohort where I took it easy and was not diligent, but that’s part of the grind. It is demanding and rigorous, you have to pace yourself otherwise you will burn yourself out. Now, I am taking it slow for the next few months to recollect myself, build a few apps, and learn more about web development before joining the workforce sometime next year.

    Last minute tips:

    Coding House does accept students with little programming experience, but I will say this: If you aren't planning or putting more than at least a week’s worth of effort into the pre-course work, please reconsider. While the curriculum does give you a jump start, you aren't going to come out with an enjoyable experience in just two months without sufficient preparation. Whether your interest in development may be because of curiosity or the money, just make sure you don’t falter. Recognize that failure is not an option. You don’t want to waste those two months. Work hard and relentlessly. Success only comes to those who persist to the end.

    Having the right mind set is another important factor in getting the most out of this program. You will be introduced to many new concepts and technologies and you are going to have to absorb the key concepts and apply them. The learning happens in two phases: ping-ponging and coding. What I mean by ping-ponging is that you can’t always be stuck focusing on the basic stuff, you will have to jump back and forth between the advanced and basic topics. Reading and reviewing code, blogs, books are highly important and it should consume a good amount of your time, but don't forget to try the code for yourself! Retype the code, change the code, come up with new problems, and play with it. I like to bookmark good reading material after a read through and trying it out for another read later in the future. It just helps reinforce what I’ve learned. It is also imperative that you step out of your comfort zone as that is the only way you will truly learn the material. Besides, if you don’t get all giddy about implementing something you’ve struggled with or don’t have the curiosity to see if it works or not, you are ...

    Coding House Review

     My experiences at Coding House have been nothing short of life changing. Learning the MEAN Stack is a daunting task and learning it in 60 days is something I considered to be impossible before coming to coming to Coding House. Coding House not only provides the superior instruction but also the unique environment required to complete this task. Disconnecting yourself from distractions and living inside a bubble of knowledge is essential for growing and learning at an outstanding rate; I would challenge anyone to find a place that does that better than Coding House. Living with your classmates and TAs as well as having a instructor on site from sunup to sundown creates a constant and uninterrupted flow of knowledge.  I have never learned faster than while at Coding House.
    
    There are also several additional benefits that I received from Coding House that I never expected. The first being a phenomenal web presence. Having a good web presence is great for a lot of reasons but I think the best part about it is that employers find you. Almost everyday a new employer reaches out to me to see if I am interested in working there. Before Coding House I was impossible to find, now if you google me everything on the first page is about me. The other benefit of Coding House that I did not expect was the friendships. At Coding House I met some amazing people who I consider to be my very close friends. Not only have they helped me feel no so alone in a new city but also have already provided me with phenomenal job opportunities and are constantly sending me great resources whenever they find them. 
    
    If you are serious about becoming a developer and are ready to change your life then I highly recommend Coding House.
    

    TL;DR Coding House was an awesome experience. Food was delicious. Got a job as a web developer Profit.

    Pro’s Instructor lives will us and is available when we are awake at 2 am to debug code Learned how to build an app from concept to deployment with the MEAN stack No cooking required. Sarah is an awesome cook Visiting other companies to see how they operate was an interesting experience A new perspective on how to learn and solve problems

    Con’s My cohort was mostly immature The AC was broken for a bit in the summer time Not having my car to get away from the house wasn’t easy Drama between two students was distracting

    I attended the second cohort of Coding House from June 16 to August 16th. My cohort was 6 students and 1 instructor. From the beginning I knew the style of teaching would be project based and not lecture based. This was the main reason I choose Coding House oner other bootcamps. The other was I wanted to learn the latest and greatest technology like Mongodb, Angular, and Node. Coding House provided that as well. If you ask for it Nick provides real feedback on how to improve anything you are working on. He truly cares about helping the students and will make introductions to people that otherwise you would probably never meet.

    Overall my experience with Coding House was great and would recommend it to those looking for a bootcamp that handles all of life’s distractions like commuting to work cooking and trying to find a place to live in the Bay Area. All you have to do is crawl down the stairs and be ready to learn. In the end I interviewed for a job 2 weeks before my class ended and started as soon as my class ended. I now work full time as a full stack developer for a medical startup