Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login
Developer Bootcamps are Expensive. Learn Python Online with a Mentor for $99. (enginehere.com)
41 points by dsinsky on Oct 24, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 26 comments

I would love to have something like this, but for Ruby and Rails. The price is right, too. Seriously. I will be first in line.

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.

edX MITx has a great course for Ruby on Rails.



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.

I see the value of a lot of these programs/courses as connecting you with your first job. What did that look like for you? Did you move? Find something local? Did Tealeaf help you?

Anyway, I'm very interested in your experience.

This course doesn't have the direct matching that the in person courses do. It's mostly on you. They do encourage you to attend local meetups to network.

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...

i am a graduate of tealeaf academy. i took all 3 courses, which took about 4 months to complete. I got my 1st dev job about 2 mo. later. They did help find a job by introducing me to their rails/ruby contacts in the city i was living in. I didn't have any OOP experience prior to the course. I totally recommend this if you want to learn rails to bootstrap your own product or change careers and become a dev. I did this for both.

Like the other commenter, I'd like to hear more - what did your employer think about you having taken this course?

You know, I never asked him directly what he thought about it. He was just happy I knew rails, and knew programming enough to work in other languages as well.

You can read other people's stories at: http://community.gotealeaf.com/t/share-your-experience-of-le...

This looks like a good online Rails course with the option of mentorship http://learn.thoughtbot.com I keep seeing promoted tweets advertising it.

Hey Karunamon. I was thinking about adding a registration form for rails as well but I decided to keep things simple (maybe a mistake in retrospect...).

If you're interested, sign up and I'll put it together.

Done, address is at tkware.info


just purchase the railstutorials.org at http://ruby.railstutorial.org/

full disclosure: i purchased the course for rails 3

I'd like a Javascript mentor as well.

lem72, here's a thought. I just released my JavaScript course, "A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript: The Tech-Assisted Approach that Requires Half the Effort." I'm looking for learner feedback. If you purchase the Kindle book for the course, I'll be happy to work with you by email on any problems or questions you have. Here's the link: http://www.asmarterwaytolearn.com

Developer bootcamps are expensive, but offer more than just knowledge. If you're looking to get a job as a software developer, paying for a bootcamp allows you access to experts but also to a network typically geared towards getting you a first job. Access to a network is an invaluable boost in any career, but especially for individuals trying to bootstrap their way into it.

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.

All fair points. I would say that this is a great way to get your feet wet with coding before you decide to take the HUGE life leap of a bootcamp. They're expensive in not only $ terms but also your time.

This way, you can see if you enjoying both coding and conversing about code (which is half of your job as a developer)

Fair points back--plenty of people think they like coding (or think it's something else entirely) without having really done it. Best of luck with it. :)

As someone who is a designer I've always wanted an environment of collaboration to learn programming together with an expert. I've tried books and other things but bridging the gap from Hello World to doing something more complicated than just mad libs is difficult for me. I've signed up for an invite. I hope this happens :)

That's awesome to hear!

There's a typo in the Request Invite to Python 101 modal. It should say: The initial class size will be limited to 20 students.

Great idea. Is this focused on developers or newbies?

Right now newbies.

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.

Cool ... best of luck. As an intermediate/expert programmer in one language, it would be great to get access to an expert in language B. Certainly worth $100!

I have some friends who could teach Erland and Go. If that sounds interesting, signup for the site or otherwise let me know and I'll try to make it happen!

That's exactly what I was thinking.

I think this is a great idea, I hope it takes off.

Guidelines | FAQ | Lists | API | Security | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact