The Top 5 Coding Bootcamps for Women

Today’s celebration of Women’s Equality Day reminds all of us that as a society, we still have a ways to go before women are treated with the same respect and dignity as their male peers appreciate. No more is this evident than in the tech industry whose female denizens are trending the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag to remind everyone that their beauty does not define them. In tech, women are often underrepresented in teams and mistreated by their male colleagues who feel their input is not as valuable.

Plenty of brave voices risked their reputations to relate these experiences. The consensus looks bleak: while Silicon Valley breaks down technological barriers, most of its companies are satisfied with the status quo when it comes to supporting women in the workplace.

However, changes like Netflix’s new parental policy that allow new parents unlimited paid leave from work are indicative of a more promising future. For the women who are interested in tech today and want to help push all women forward, there are five great coding bootcamps in San Francisco that can help get them there.

Hackbright Academy

As documented by Huffington Post, 30 percent of women in congress graduated from all-female institutions, as did 20 percent of Business Week’s Rising Women of Corporate America. These numbers are a stark contrast to the percentage of women who enroll in these institutions nationally, a mere 3%. There’s something to be said about providing women with a supportive space to learn.

Hackbright Academy is for women only, that makes it the top-most contender for any woman looking to get into tech. They are a great school and provide a judgement-free zone for women to educate themselves. They are also competitively priced and offer need-based and corporate scholarships.

Coding Dojo

The program at Coding Dojo lasts 14 weeks and provides a unique twist when compared to most other bootcamps. They offer multiple stacks that you can swap into their curriculum, which lets you choose Rails or MEAN when it comes time to learn a backend technology. Their tuition costs are on par with other institutions. What sets them apart for women is their Women in Tech Scholarship, which is worth up to $2500.

Dev Bootcamp

Often cited as the quintessential brick and mortar bootcamp, Dev Bootcamp, or DBC, was one of the industry’s first options and it remains one of the best. Dev Bootcamp is now a two-part program: nine weeks of remote work followed by another nine to 15 weeks of in-person class time for 12 hours per day. Formerly, they offered a big discount to members of Girl Develop It, but they now offer a $500 scholarship to all women, regardless of financial need.

Hack Reactor

This program is among the industry’s most rigorous and most expensive. Hack Reactor is not for complete beginners however, they market themselves as a 20 to 120 program (whereas most are 0 to 60) that expects applicants to have some understanding of software development. While they do not offer scholarships, they recently partnered with Optimizely to provide a full-ride tuition and internship program for women.

The I/Ownit program is highly selective and the most recent deadline for applications was June 1st. There is no guarantee that the program will have another iteration, but it is worth keeping an eye on.


Unlike the other programs on this list, Bloc is entirely remote. You don’t have to live in San Francisco to enroll in our program, but if you do, you’re more than welcome to visit the Bloc office. What makes our program appealing is the one-to-one mentorship we provide. We pair our students with mentors that suit them best, and if a student prefers to work with a female mentor, we can make that happen.

In terms of financial aid, Bloc partnered with New Relic in 2013 to provide a $500 diversity scholarship to women and underrepresented minorities. Bloc also has a partnership with Girl Develop It, which offers their members two $2500 scholarships towards our Full Stack Web Developer Career Track.

All of these bootcamps offer a great experience to students, but they’ve also taken the time to include and promote women in the tech industry. If you’re looking to get into software development, any one of these bootcamps is worth your time, but their costs vary.

If you already live in San Francisco, you avoid the biggest bootcamp expense: relocation. However, there are additional costs associated with in-person bootcamps and for that reason, sometimes a remote program like Bloc is the better value.


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Top 3 Coding Bootcamps in NYC for Switching Careers to Web Development

Everyone’s your friend in New York City

And everything looks beautiful when you’re young and pretty

The streets are paved with diamonds and there’s just so much to see

But the best thing about New York City is: you and me

New York City is home to many wonderful human creations, including the most commercially successful theater district in America, the largest cooperative housing development in the world, and what was the largest landfill — and human-made structure — in the world. It’s also home to software engineering offices for thousands of software companies, including Facebook, eBay, Tumblr, Twitter, Pivotal Labs, and Google, so it makes sense that the city also hosts many great coding bootcamps.

If you’re interested in attending a coding bootcamp, New York City is a great place to look. There are many excellent bootcamps.

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Flatiron School

Cost: $15,000
Schedule: 9+ hours a day, for 12 weeks
Setting: In-person classroom

Flatiron School is one of the most prestigious coding bootcamps in NYC. They teach web and iOS development using an extremely intense, immersive classroom experience. In their web development course, students typically study for 60+ hours per week as they learn to code with Ruby on Rails and JavaScript. Flatiron’s course also includes interview training and career prep.

Dev Bootcamp

Cost: $13,950
Schedule: 9 weeks of part-time, then 9 weeks of full-time (12 hours per day, six days a week)
Setting: In-person classroom

​Dev Bootcamp trains software development beginners to become full-stack web developers. Their course teaches modern web development technologies in a classroom setting after a 9-week part-time remote course. In contrast to typical classroom training, Dev Bootcamp organizes students into small groups that solve code challenges and build projects together.


Cost: $9,500
Schedule: Part-time, 25 hours per week for 36 weeks (other options available)
Setting: Online, remote

Bloc’s Full Stack Web Development Track allows you to choose a personal one-on-one Mentor who pair programs with you online as you learn to build real web apps. Because all learning is done online, Bloc’s schedule is very flexible. In addition to full stack web development, Bloc teaches iOS and Android development, and user experience and interface design.

All three of these bootcamps can transform beginners into web developers. They’re more similar than they are different: all three teach Ruby on Rails and JavaScript, all offer career support, all of them have capable, eager, and experienced instructors.

If you need an in-person, full-time bootcamp, Flatiron School is the better value, with much more teacher-led training. But the added expense of full-time bootcamps — especially the hidden cost of lost income — can make them less appealing. Additionally, mentorship is generally more effective than classroom training.

If you’re interested in a more flexible option instead, check out Bloc’s Full Stack Web Developer Track.


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Coding Bootcamp Alum Turns Project into a YC Backed Startup

With a simple spark of an idea, Eliam Medina, did more than get a job after his Bloc program — he built a Capstone Project that helped him get into Y Combinator.

It’s not every day that writing a will leads to an innovative new company, but that’s what happened when Eliam Medina discovered his Aunt had a medical emergency. While getting her end of life affairs in order, Eliam realized how expensive and difficult this process was to navigate.

That’s when the idea hit him; a free, easy way to make your legal will online.

Eliam Medina

But how would Eliam go about building his startup idea? Like many non-technical startup entrepreneurs, he went out to find a web developer or technical co-founder. Unfortunately Eliam couldn’t find the right person, so he made the commitment and quit his corporate career as the VP in Global Innovation and Marketing Analytics at Burger King to learn how to code and build his startup himself.

Tutorials like Treehouse and Codecademy were helpful in providing the basics of coding, but Eliam knew he needed real software engineering chops to build Willing, his startup idea.

Eliam chose Bloc, the online coding bootcamp that provides 1-on-1 mentorship and a project-based curriculum to build his new startup as his final Capstone Project, an integrated part of the curriculum. He enrolled in Bloc’s Rails Web Development course, which taught him the skills necessary to build the 1st iteration of his startup with Ruby on Rails.

“An in-person bootcamp is too slow. I’d have to go at the pace of the bootcamp classroom, which can be over 30 students,” says Bloc coding bootcamp alum Eliam Medina. “With Bloc, I could personalize my pace so I could build it faster. I didn’t want to relocate either since I live in Florida with my Wife and two kids. Having a personal mentor was the best part. My mentor Michael Pell and I are awesome friends now, and communicate regularly”.

To assist with tuition, Eliam applied for Bloc’s New Relic Diversity scholarship, which provided a $500 tuition reduction (Eliam’s parents immigrated from Cuba and he was born in the Dominican Republic).

Once he completed the course, Eliam’s project started gaining traction with 500 wills signed within the first month. At the same time, an old high school friend, Rob Dyson, reached out about his excitement for Willing, who’s now the CTO.

Eliam and Rob decided to take the next step and apply to Y Combinator, the prestigious Silicon Valley startup school that has incubated startups such as Airbnb, Reddit, and Dropbox. To set their application apart, they decorated 5 cremation urns and personalized each of them to the specific YC partner. With each urn stuffed with an application, they surely made an impression on the team.

Willing was accepted, and is getting ready to present at YC Demo Day this August 18-19. The company is on track to make over 10k wills by Demo Day (impressive for the two-man team). Even with everything going on as the CEO, Eliam recently enrolled in a 2nd Bloc program, Frontend Web Development, to continue his technical development.

“I’d sign up for Bloc for life. They have a world-class curriculum and the best mentors out there,” says Eliam.

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Within seven months, Willing went from a Bloc Capstone Project to Y Combinator, and is now disrupting the $20.7 billion per year U.S. funeral industry.

“There’s something special about your final wishes,” says Eliam. “Willing helps people make those wishes, and instantly turn them into legally binding documents.”


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How a Top Programming Bootcamp Can Get You Ready for a Job as a Software Developer

Today’s modern programming bootcamps promise job readiness upon graduation, and in this post we’ll discuss how they deliver on that pledge. While Bloc wrote this for Bloc, this content applies to most well-known programming bootcamps (e.g. Hack Reactor, MakerSquare, Dev Bootcamp). We’ll explore three features that bootcamps provide to help students prepare for their new careers.



First and foremost, a programming bootcamp imbues students with the necessary skills required for their new career. For Bloc’s Full Stack Developer Track, that means Ruby on Rails, Ruby, Javascript, the command line, Git, GitHub, and many more technologies. Though similar, each bootcamp instructs a slightly different set of skills. The industry finds most (if not all) of these skills relevant and highly sought-after. Regardless where a student studies or the tech stack they master, it is a good bet that career opportunities await on the other side.

More importantly, the software industry is one where within a year’s time or less, an up-and-coming tech stack can overthrow the standard – the industry changes all the time. Bootcamps employ working professionals who incorporate the latest technologies into the curriculum to combat the sector’s ever-changing landscape. These individuals filter the noise to discover the technological shifts critical to their student’s education and success.

Bootcamps also have students engage and master soft skills, such as Agile and Test-Driven development (TDD). Agile is a project management paradigm that is prevalent among many startups and established companies. Similarly, many organizations follow TDD practices that require developers to write tests before writing the code that runs the application. Bootcamps that employ these soft skills better prepare their students for their future work environments.

For a complete list of technical topics covered in Bloc’s Full Stack Developer Track, refer to our Rails and Frontend technology resources.



Every developer should have a portfolio. For seasoned developers, it is a combination of projects worked on in corporate, contract, open source, and personal environments. For bootcamp graduates, the stakes are not quite as high. However, a bootcamp helps students build a modest portfolio of two to four fully functional, well-designed applications.

A portfolio reflects upon a student’s ability to apply their new skills and create something of their own. During an interview, students not only have applications to talk about, but may open up a laptop and show their interviewer said applications, what they do, and how they work. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a working application is worth 10,000 lines of code (or something like that).

At Bloc, we require students to complete three projects before they graduate, and many often build more than that. We help students along the way, guiding them with mentorship and high-level architecture concepts. Students may also choose to develop a capstone project, one that is entirely of their own design. Students often graduate Bloc with an excellent showcase project or even a full portfolio of apps.

Job Preparation


A skilled student with an excellent portfolio of applications is ready for one last thing: the job hunt. Bootcamps that aim to find gainful employment for their students will prepare them for the arduous task of looking for career opportunities. This begins with the fundamentals: resumes, online profiles (LinkedIn, GitHub, StackOverflow) and cover letters.

Most bootcamps go much further, often requiring the student to participate in mock phone screens and in-person interviews. This includes practicing interview questions, both technical and otherwise.

Once a student is adequately prepared for an actual job search, the bootcamp and its partners work together to find employment opportunities for them. Bootcamps have extensive networks of mentors, recruiters, and corporate partners that want to snatch up talent before losing it to the competition.

Established companies such as Autodesk, Starbucks, and Groupon have hired our graduates. Bloc’s mentors, and even Bloc itself, have hired graduates in the past, a practice that has resulted in great outcomes on both sides.

If a bootcamp can endow a student with fundamental skills, a stunning portfolio of applications, and the tools required to begin a job hunt, it prepares that student for a career as a software developer.


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Are Programming Bootcamps Worth It?

To determine if programming bootcamps provide good value, start by considering the essential offer:

  • Programming bootcamps are mostly (not entirely) for career-switchers who want to learn to code
  • You learn to code and become qualified for careers in the $60,000 – $130,000 range
  • You pay, depending on the bootcamp, between $9,000 and $15,000

The value proposition is pretty clear: if the bootcamp works, it will typically pay for itself in one year of software development work, and could continue to pay dividends for the rest of your working years.

Of course, that’s contingent on the first four words: “if the bootcamp works”. So the question isn’t “Are programming bootcamps worth it?” but rather “Do programming bootcamps work?”

And there’s evidence that they do work. For example, Bloc’s alumni page has hundreds of testimonials from students like this:
“Got a job within 2 days of graduating. If you’re struggling, keep plugging away, the rewards are definitely worth it.”

Statistics show that job opportunities will continue to grow. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of software developers is expected to grow “much faster than the average for all occupations” through the year 2022. Computer science programs aren’t graduating nearly enough candidates to fill this gap: there are “40,000 computer science bachelor’s degree earners each year but roughly 4 million job vacancies” according to this article summarizing a Brookings Institution report.

So coding bootcamps work. But do they work for everyone?

No, they don’t.

You get out what you put in. If you have a gym membership but you don’t use it, or if you show up but don’t have self-discipline and focus, a bootcamp is not for you.

Programming bootcamps require significant focus and consistency. You have to constantly keep your goal in mind, and reevaluate as you progress.

If you’re focused and consistent, a programming bootcamp is absolutely worthwhile.

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Top 4 Coding Bootcamps in San Francisco for Career Changers

Coding bootcamp mania is sweeping the nation, and the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary has a robust selection of bootcamps.

Technology and entrepreneurship are a strong part of San Francisco’s culture, and there are many coding bootcamps to choose from. We researched and picked four of the top coding bootcamps in San Francisco for people interested in switching careers.

Note: Full-time bootcamps have some hidden costs; see our True Cost Calculator for details.

General Assembly

Cost: $9,500 – $11,500
Schedule: 8+ hours a day, for 8 to 12 weeks
Setting: In-person classroom

General Assembly’s San Francisco campus holds classes on user experience design and web development. They offer expert-level classroom instruction and help building a professional portfolio.

Dev Bootcamp

Cost: $13,950
Schedule: 9 weeks of part-time work, then 12 hours a day, six days a week for 9 to 15 weeks
Setting: In-person classroom

​Dev Bootcamp trains software development beginners to become full-stack web developers. Their course teaches modern web development technologies in a classroom setting after a 9-week part-time remote course. ​

Hack Reactor

Cost: $17,780
Schedule: 11 hours per day, six days a week for 12 weeks
Setting: In-person classroom, remote classroom

If you already have a bit of coding under your belt, Hack Reactor can take your skills to the next level. Their program teaches the MEAN stack and provides an intense learning environment for their students. Because their program expects some existing knowledge of software development, it is among the most rigorous available.


Cost: $9,500
Schedule: Part-time, 25 hours per week for 36 weeks (other options available)
Setting: Online, remote

Located in San Francisco, Bloc allows you to choose a personal one-on-one Mentor who meets with you online. Accompanied by hand-crafted curriculum, Bloc teaches full stack web development, iOS and Android development, and user experience and interface design.

If you need an in-person, full-time bootcamp, Dev Bootcamp is the better value, with much more training and only a 20% price increase. But the added expense of full-time bootcamps’ hidden costs make them unappealing for most who cannot afford to quit their existing job in order to attend a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. Additionally, mentorship is generally more effective than classroom training (see Bloom’s 2-Sigma Problem).

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7 Tips to Help You Budget for a Programming Bootcamp

Deciding which programming bootcamp to attend can be tough. It can be frustrating when finances constrain your choices. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind.


Answer these questions to exclude options that don’t apply to you. Doing so will make it easier to compare prices.

  • Do you need a bootcamp with a flexible schedule, or will your schedule permit a full-time (40-60 hours per week) bootcamp?

  • Should you enroll in an online bootcamp, or do you prefer a classroom setting?

  • What topic do you want to learn? Bootcamps offer a variety of classes, including web development, iOS and Android mobile development, UX/UI design, data science, and more.

Answer these questions, and remove bootcamps that don’t offer what you want from your list.


Programming bootcamps vary in many ways, but most share these traits:

  • They provide training for a finite number of hours

  • They cost money

Use this equation:

Total Program Cost ÷ Hours of Education = Cost per Hour

If a bootcamp doesn’t list hours of education, you can multiply the number of weeks in a program by the weekly hour requirement. For example, Bloc’s Full Stack Web Developer Track costs $9,500 for 960 hours of training, or $9.60/hour. By comparison, Dev Bootcamp costs $12,200 for 810 hours of training, or $15.06/hour.

When learning to code, the number of hours you practice is the largest predictor of success. Make sure you receive value for your time.


There are “hidden” costs you might encounter when enrolling in a programming bootcamp.

If you must quit your job to attend a full-time bootcamp, you should budget for lost income. You can use this equation:

Annual Salary ÷ 52 × (Weeks in Bootcamp + Weeks Looking for Job After Graduation) = Lost Wages

For example, if you:

  • leave a job paying $35,000 / year

  • take General Assembly’s 13-week Web Development Immersive

  • spend four weeks looking for a job

You’ll lose $11,442 of income.

If you plan to move to another city, then you should be prepared for an increase in housing and other living costs.

Online programming bootcamps with part-time options mean you don’t have to quit your job to learn to code.

Use the True Cost Calculator to see some other hidden costs.


One fifth of Bloc students say their employer contributed to their tuition. Some employers even paid the entire bill.

Program managers, product managers, customer support representatives, and graphic designers have all switched to a new job within their existing company after graduating Bloc.

Course Report’s Convince Your Boss to Pay for Programming Bootcamp also lists some great negotiating tips.


To minimize the chance of financial loss on your investment, compare refund policies for your top choices. Here are refund policies for some major bootcamps:


If Bloc isn’t the right fit for you after all, you can withdraw at any time. Bloc is backed by a Real Results Guarantee that’s real simple: Withdraw in your first week for a full refund. Withdraw later, and get a pro-rated refund based on the number of days you’ve spent in the program, minus a non-refundable cancellation fee of $500.

General Assembly’s refund policies vary by location, but typically once you’re a certain amount into the course, no refund is available.

Dev Bootcamp’s refund policy is a bit complex, but once you’ve begun their on-site program at least $2,050 is non-refundable.


Financing is a double-edged sword: it can increase your overall costs but improve your payment flexibility and cash flow. It can also defer some of the costs until you’re closer to getting a new job.

For example, Bloc’s Full Stack Web Developer Track costs $9,500 if you pay it off within four months, but for an extra $500, you can spread the payments out over ten months. Bloc also has partnerships with loan companies who can provide you with different terms; contact a student advisor for more information.


Some coding bootcamps offer scholarships. Here are a few:

  • Bloc offers scholarships for women, USA military veterans, and other under-represented groups.

  • General Assembly’s opportunity fund offers scholarships for women, people of color, military veterans, and individuals from low-income backgrounds.

  • Dev Bootcamp has a scholarship for “veterans, anyone who identifies as a woman or is a part of the diverse gender community (trans*, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, etc.)​​, and anyone who identified as an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech”.

Scholarships sometimes come with strings attached. For example, some Bloc scholarships require you to blog about your experience after graduation. General Assembly’s fund requires that you put in 100 hours of volunteer work with one of their nonprofit partners.

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The True Cost of Top Coding Bootcamps in San Francisco – Calculator


Beautiful, sunny San Francisco is home to many wonderful attractions, including Lombard street, Fisherman’s Wharf, AT&T Park (home to America’s best baseball team), and the densest selection of coding bootcamps anywhere in the world.

As more people seek jobs as full-time software developers, it’s no surprise that San Francisco — where many of the software development jobs are — has many coding bootcamps that help people switch careers.

But these bootcamps are pricey, with typical tuition ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. They also have some hidden costs that prospective students don’t always consider.

To help these prospective students understand the differences between attending part-time online and in-person full-time coding bootcamps, we created the Bootcamp True Cost Calculator, which allows you to compare the top coding bootcamps in San Francisco.

How to Use This Calculator

Enter your current salary and select San Francisco. The calculator will display San Francisco’s bootcamps that are rigorous enough for career switchers. Each row will estimate your lost income, if applicable.

For example, if you leave a job paying $35,000 / year, take General Assembly’s 12-week Web Development Immersive, and spend three months looking for a job, it will cost you $17,500 in lost income.

The Hidden Costs of Full-Time Bootcamps

Full-time bootcamps cost much more than their tuition. If you attend one, you’ll experience some hidden costs, sometimes thousands of dollars more than the bootcamp’s tuition.

Lost Income

If you quit your job to learn to code full-time, you’ll embark on a life-changing journey, but you will also stop earning money while you study and job hunt. Most bootcamps agree it takes students about three months to find a job after graduation.

Hack Reactor says 99% of students get a job “within 3 months of graduating.” Similarly, General Assembly says “more than 90% of graduates of these programs who are job seeking find a role relating [sic] their field of study within 90 days of graduating and starting their job search.”

Part-time coding bootcamps do not require you to quit your job.

Moving & Living Costs

Technology and entrepreneurship are a strong part of San Francisco’s culture, and there are certainly advantages to living there. But if you plan to move to San Francisco, be prepared for moving costs. And unless you’re moving from another pricey city, get ready for an increased cost of living, especially in housing costs. You can use CNN Money’s Cost of Living Calculator to compare San Francisco to where you live now.

Online coding bootcamps with part-time options do not require you to move in order to learn to code.

Choosing the Right Bootcamp

The best coding bootcamp for you depends on your learning style, self-discipline, and financial situation. After using our calculator to narrow down your search, consider these questions:

  • Do you need a bootcamp with a flexible schedule? Will your schedule permit a full-time (40-60 hours per week) education?

  • Should you enroll in an online bootcamp? Do you prefer a classroom setting? Do you prefer one-on-one attention?

  • What topic do you want to learn? Bootcamps offer a variety of classes, including web development, iOS and Android mobile development, UX/UI design, data science, and more.

When learning to code, the number of hours you practice is the largest predictor of success.  Bloc can help you get there by pairing you with a mentor along the way.  Learn more about the Full Stack Web Developer Track.

The Bottom Line

  • Full-time bootcamps can cost thousands of dollars more than their tuition.

  • Online bootcamps can provide similar training and greater flexibility without forcing you to quit your job or move to San Francisco.

  • Whichever option is right for you, make an informed decision with a realistic budget.

About Bloc

Bloc offers part-time online coding bootcamps for people who wish to keep their current job, learn how to code, and become a full-time software developer.

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Bloc vs Hack Reactor: Which Programming Bootcamp is a Better Investment?

We would not be telling the truth if we did not start by saying: “it depends.” Both programs offer a great deal of value and choosing the right one depends on a variety of factors, all of which pertain to you. Let’s quickly recap what you can expect from either program, then we’ll take a look at how the two differ.


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Both programs offer proprietary, cutting-edge material that developers regularly update. Hack Reactor teaches a Full-Stack JavaScript program, Bloc teaches a Full Stack Ruby on Rails program. The two frameworks differ in execution, but many concepts overlap.

Employment opportunities are plentiful for both JavaScript and Ruby on Rails developers. We believe that learning general web development and programming skills is more important, as they go beyond any language or framework.


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In-class and out, Hack Reactor provides instructors that assist students and answer their questions. Bloc’s mentors are similar, but we assign them on a one-to-one basis. Bloc students do not share a mentor’s attention with any other student.


Before graduating either program, students build several applications using their new skills. At Bloc, students choose from a roster of several project archetypes, as well as a capstone that challenges them to build an app of their design.

Job Preparation

Both organizations support graduates who seek new employment after completing their program. They provide industry connections, online and offline résumé preparation, and interview practice.

Despite some similarities, the services are far from identical. Here are a few key ways in which they differ.

Application Process

At Hack Reactor, students must apply to join their program. The application process is uncompromising, often rejecting applicants who have no experience in software development. Bloc’s program accepts everyone.

We believe that with ample perseverance and a strong support system, even professional underwater basket weavers can learn web development and design, and achieve a positive outcome.


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The Hack Reactor program is intensive. It requires that students actively participate in group learning from morning until evening, including Remote Beta students. Bloc students take the curriculum at their pace and on their own time. We recommend our full time students (12-week pace) spend at least 40 hours per week on their Bloc studies and attend every one of their mentor meetings.


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Hack Reactor’s 12-week programming bootcamp is approximately $7,000 more than Bloc’s Full Stack Developer Track. However, due to Hack Reactor’s schedule requirements, students often temporarily relocate and quit their jobs to attend, further increasing the cost of the program. (For a detailed look at the true cost of attending various bootcamps, check out the Programming Bootcamp True Cost Calculator).

From a numbers perspective, Bloc is the more affordable, common sense option. If that fact is always true, why do people sometimes choose Hack Reactor? They choose it because it is a more inherently rigorous program. Hack Reactor does not leave a lot to chance: they filter their applicants and continuously monitor students for moment-to-moment feedback.

Whereas Bloc’s program remains flexible and adjusts to your schedule. It is perfect for the self-motivated, disciplined, and persistent student who cannot forego their responsibilities to study full-time for 12-weeks. For these types of students, Bloc is equally rigorous and immersive.

The bottom line is that both programs are excellent and regularly graduate students of the highest caliber. Bloc best suits self-driven students with a strong resolve that make things happen for themselves. For those that need a bit more support and can afford the price, Hack Reactor is another great option.

Are you interested in a new career? Check out Bloc’s Full Stack Web Developer Career Track.

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Ultimate Guide to Ruby Bootcamps

Ruby Header Coding Bootcamps have erupted onto the scene just in the past three years and today there are *over fifty bootcamps* teaching Ruby on Rails alone. While some of these programs are well-oiled machines, others are just getting off the ground. So we decided to create a comprehensive guide — the kinda thing we wish someone had written for us.

Meet Ben – Web Dev Program Directorben-circle

Ben is Director of Full Stack Web Development at Bloc, where he takes a holistic view of the program, iterating on the curriculum and managing Bloc’s Mentor team. Before that, Ben spent two years as a Mentor and helped over 40 students become full stack developers.  Prior to that, Ben was a web developer at Uceem and A10 Networks.


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