The dev bootcamps are really enticing to me, but I don't have any realistic way of leaving my job for two weeks and fronting the thousands of dollars.
It is a good mix of theory, practice and homeworks. I took both of them and while I didnt manage to complete all tasks due to time constraints my Rails knowledge has significantly increased.
you can take it online and pay as you go. I took this and got a job 1 month after completing it.
Anyway, I'm very interested in your experience.
I live in the same city as one of the instructors and he offered to connect me with local people for a job, but I ended up not needing it as I got a job with the person who ran my local meetup.
You can read other people's stories at: http://community.gotealeaf.com/t/share-your-experience-of-le...
If you're interested, sign up and I'll put it together.
full disclosure: i purchased the course for rails 3
With that said, I'd totally do this because learning Python online while being able to ask questions seems pretty sweet. But I don't know if I would substitute this for an initial education.
This way, you can see if you enjoying both coding and conversing about code (which is half of your job as a developer)
But the same principle applies. I want to broaden a bunch of programming skills (especially algorithms) largely on my own time but I'd like a human voice to guide and motivate me from time to time.
If this works out, we'll keep expanding.