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Does anyone know how it compares to bootcamps like DataCamp[0] for e.g?

[0] https://www.datacamp.com




Boot camps are stupid.

Go to community college. It's ridiculously cheap, and the credits are worth something.


How good a community college is often dependent on how wealthy its county is.

Secondly, a data science course may be offered, but only during fall semester and everyone else wants to sign up for it.

Also bootcamps can compress the curriculum from two years worth of junior college into 8-12 weeks. For someone who never enjoyed being in school, I'll take the bootcamp.


"Also bootcamps can compress the curriculum from two years worth of junior college into 8-12 weeks"

Right, and I got a doctorate by listening to an audio tape.


Except no one from a bootcamp is adding "BSc Computer Science" behind their name. And somehow they're getting decent jobs.


If you can learn skills that get you a job from a boot camp they’re not stupid. The fact that Lambda School and App Academy don’t get paid unless you get a job and they still exist suggests rather strongly that they get people jobs.


Skills without the foundations are going to be useless in a technology shift or economic downturn. Also getting a job is great - how about keeping one, or advancing?

It seems very short sighted; community college only takes 2 years. Your career lifetime is what, 45 years? The ROI is insane, why would you shortchange yourself?


I think you radically underestimate how useful work experience is, both in terms of what you learn at work, and in terms of actually having money, rather than not having any. Technology shifts happen all the time. Being able to keep up is a necessary skill but it’s a great deal easier to learn the latest JS framework if you know another one. Given the large number of degreeless programmers and the fact that CS graduates are a minority of working programmers I think we can take it for granted that neither are necessary.

The only boot camp grad I’ve spoken to personally had a degree in Human Genetics, did App Academy after deciding they didn’t want to do it as a career and got a Django job out of it, despite having no knowledge of Python. They had learned enough Ruby on Rails in three months of more than full time work to impress in an interview.

Community college is only two years? That’s half the time needed for an actual Bachelor’s degree, but radically less valuable than one for getting a job. There are two sensible reasons to get an A.A. or A.S., to get a job afterwards or to get the Bachelor’s that comes after. You need to pay for it but more importantly you can’t get a real job during it and you need to eat and live during it.

Even if a good boot camp is strictly inferior to a median A.S. in Computer Science the first can still be a better choice purely because it takes less time. Having known people with Bachelor’s in CS who can’t code I doubt an Associate’s is better.

Who would you hire? The boot camper with two and a half years work experience or the A.S. graduate with one? What if neither of them has a B.A. to go with it? What if both do?


I've met a number of people with university degrees (not community college) who later on go through a boot camp. They can be a great way to change direction.


App Academy takes $5000 last i heard. The hype is that they take nothing though.


What a ludicrous statement. Name a single community college program that touches on even a small portion of something like www.freecodecamp.com




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