4 Affordable Coding Boot Camps

I am finding it increasingly more challenging trying to improve and learn as a coder. There’s no one to ask questions to or collaborate with, also to help me think in a different way. I’ve reached a point where I realize the limits of self-teaching and how important a collaborative environment is. I’ve been researching affordable boot camps and have found four that seem reasonable.

  1. Recurse Center is a three-month retreat where programmers can go to immerse themselves in a programming environment and work on real-world projects with other attendants. During the three months, you will be studying on your own in a project-based environment, but surrounded by mentors and similar peers. It’s not a boot camp, nor is it for beginners. After the three months, it is possible to get employment from one of the many companies that work with Recurse Center.Recurse Center is located in New York, and with the high cost of living, they offer grants for those who cannot afford to pay housing during the three-month-period. This is definitely something I am able to and want to do.
  2. LAMP Camp is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is similar to Recurse Center in that it let’s you work on real-world projects while you grow as a programmer. Their boot camp program goes for 12-weeks and is sponsored by CRESCA Group, where most of the projects you will be working on come from. What’s great about LAMP Camp is that they teach you how to work on a development team using Agile project management principles. So not just the programming side of things, but also the business side. Instead of focusing on Ruby on Rails, or Javascript, Lamp Camp focuses on PHP and MySQL databases.
  3. Dev Mountain has two locations, one in Provo, Utah, and one in Dallas, Texas. In addition to web development, they offer iOS development and UX Design. Their tuition for the immersive 13-week web development program is pricey, but cheaper than most boot camps at $8,900-9,500. What’s great about their price is it includes a gym membership, HOUSING, and a public transit pass for your time there. With all that included, it’s not bad. Their program focuses on Javascript, with AngularJS, Node.js, React, MongoDB, and more.
  4. App Academy is located in San Francisco and New York City and offers a 12-week immersive full-stack developer boot camp. What’s great about App Academy is you don’t pay any tuition. If you are able to find a job after graduating, they take a one-time placement fee that’s 18% of your salary.  An impressive 98% of their graduates are able to find jobs after graduation. During their program, you will be learning HTML, CSS, Ruby, Rails, jQuery, PostgreSQL, Backbone.js, and Javascript. I’ve applied for their program and let me warn you, it is VERY competitive and also you have to complete a series of programming exercises (20 of them) to even get a phone interview. Not to mention you will also have to do some programming exercises during the in-person interview. They only accept 5% of their applicants and to keep their applicants from dropping out of the free boot camp, they require a deposit of $5,000.

Github Pages

Did you know that you can use Github Pages to host your websites live?

It’s free and easy to setup whether you are on Windows or Mac.

There are two different types of Github Pages, one for Users & Organizations, and one for Projects. Each User & Organization can only have ONE Github Page. With each Github Page, you can have unlimited Project Pages. Project Pages are located as a subpath to the User Page (http://username.github.io/projectpage). To get more information about the similarities and differences, click here.

To set up a User Page, you first will need to create a new repository called username.github.io (where username is your Github username). This will be the URL of your website.

Then follow the instructions located here: https://pages.github.com/

To read about setting up a custom domain, go here.
Adding a CNAME file to your repository (for custom domains), go here.