Hi all! I need help on code learning. What are your experiences and recommendations for coding? Self learning modules, coding boot camp? Part time or full time? Thanks!
Coding boot camp
Freecodecamp is a great self learning program and App Academy has a free self learning program too. I heard hackbright was also good & targeted towards women. I’ve tried freecodecamp for learning front end and I enjoyed it.
Hi!I 100% recommend 42 school based on where you are.It is a completely free school. To get in you have to pass the "piscine" which is a 28 day coding bootcamp, then you're in and you start the full course.The school is free, has no age limit, doesn't ask for prior studies. There are no teachers - it's all peer to peer learning. And the level of rigour and code it gets you to is incredible.I only did the piscine and a few months in 42 Paris and had to stop as I got a job somewhere else and couldn't continue. But it's one of the best things I've ever done
Hi! I went to a code school five years ago and have been working as a Software Engineer ever since! I learned so much during the process…* Deciding what and how much to learn is really, really hard. There’s tons of opinions out there on stacks and languages. This is an advantage of code schools and online programs; since they lay out the curriculum for you. But, you’ll need have in mind what kind of career you are going for so that you are on the right track (backend, front end, web, mobile, AI, ML, etc.).* Learn how you learn best. It took me a long time to realize just sitting and reading text isn’t my ideal way to learn; in fact, I learn best by watching videos and coding along. If you struggle learning, it may be a mismatch in your learning style and the format. I recommended trying out different formats, to see what is easiest for you. One of my video favorites is zerotomastery.io. Jeanett186‘s suggestion of freecodecamp is also great. I personally know two engineers that learned on freecodecamp and got hired.* Self-paced / solo learning may only get you so far. At some point you’ll need to work with other people to build a project in order to understand what software development is really like. You’ll learn tons and (hopefully) make some friends. Code schools usually have a lot of group or pair learning (which is a big reason why I decided to go to one). But you can also get this experience by joining tech meetups or groups like Women Who Code and participate is Hackathons or find a study group of similar people who you could work with. Look on Meetup to find a local group in your area. These may also be good places to find a mentor.* Code schools are expensive, and curriculums vary widely, and so do their results. Make sure you do your research. Find out their most recent cohort’s hiring/salary numbers. You can even ask to talk with a recent grad to get their experience. Ask lots of questions: How do they select applicants? What career resources do they offer? What level are their students getting hired at (apprentice? junior/entry? mid?)? What is the previous job experience of their instructors? Why did they pick this specific tech stack? How are they funded? How are they fairing during this recession etc.I hope this helps! Good luck on your coding journey!