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General Discussion

Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson
9,127 Points

Treehouse vs Bootcamp

Has anyone been through any of the various dev bootcamps out there? I'm curious what the main difference between that route and Treehouse. I know at a bootcamp you will work in teams. But is the actual education any more or less than Treehouse?

What I'm trying to get at is if I put in about the same amount of time at Treehouse, would it be the equivalent of going through a bootcamp?

1 Answer

JT Keller
JT Keller
12,731 Points

Jason,

What's your background?

There are differing opinions, but from the boot camps that I've seen, I'd stick with Treehouse. With that being said, you'll need other resources to help you along the way if you're truly interested in becoming a great developer. I would read as much as you can...there are tons of great books out there (O Reilly has some solid titles). Also find more experienced developers who can mentor you. Meetup.com is a great place to find groups that actively meet to discuss Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Java, Mobile Dev, etc.

Start building...(not just the projects on Treehouse). http://jenniferdewalt.com/ is a good example of someone who just started building/creating and was able to develop a strong knowledge base along the way. Select classes at your local community college and/or university may help as well.

I went back to school to get a computer science degree, because that was the best route for me, but I'm also learning quite a bit here. Coding is a lot like any other activity. How many basketball players, artists, musicians, etc. become great by watching someone else or reading a book? It certainly helps, but becoming proficient and good at something requires the act of doing (the 10,000 hour principle).

Good Luck and Happy Coding!

Great post JT Keller

Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson
9,127 Points

Thanks for the reply JT. I love Jennifer's site that is amazing.

. I started with Codecademy a few months ago and now moved here. I also have CodeSchool, but around the third level of Javascript I became totally lost. What is great about Treehouse is that it goes step by step and doesn't assume you already have been programming.

I like the idea of starting with many smaller projects like those on Jennifer's site.I have started to attending meetups and have met some cool people. Looking forward to attending more this year.

There probably isn't a universal answer to this, but what skill level is needed to become an entry level developer? Would having a site like Jennifer's as a resume be sufficient for a front end gig?

Jason Nelson I would say for an entry level developer you should be looking at the Front-end Developer track . This will teach you HTML, CSS, SASS, JS, Git and Console. Then once you have mastered these skills you can look at the powerful back end stuff like PHP, WordPres and my favourite Ruby on Rails.

Erik Tangvik
Erik Tangvik
5,218 Points

JT Keller thank you for the website suggestion; it really helps a lot.