Posts Categorized: Coding Bootcamps

How to Succeed in an Online Coding Program

Learning online is hard As online education proliferates (read: online coding programs), its proponents and detractors develop increasingly stronger opinions on its effectiveness. Proponents tout online education’s low cost, accessibility, and flexibility. Students can learn anywhere, according to their schedule, and usually at a reduced expense. Detractors, on the other hand, cite high dropout rates… Read more »

Should I Become a Software Engineer or a Junior Web Developer?

The software industry uses words like hacker, programmer, coder, developer, engineer, and architect to differentiate between similar-but-not-identical skill sets. These terms are poorly defined, which causes ambiguity, and their appropriate uses are still debated today: Programmers: Stop Calling Yourselves Engineers The Atlantic Was Wrong. Software Engineers Do Exist Executing Software Engineers for Bugs Bloc offers… Read more »

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Coding Bootcamps and the Authenticity of Placement Rates

by Roshan Choxi, Co-Founder and CEO AUTHENTICITY We’ve never formalized our core values at Bloc, but if you surveyed our employees you would probably see authenticity in the top three most cited responses — followed closely by swag and batman. We’ll focus on authenticity today. Authenticity is a word that we use very specifically, and… Read more »

Veterans Thrive in Coding Bootcamps

When considering a new career after military service, a different type of bootcamp is allowing veterans to excel in today’s tech economy. The transition from military to civilian life can be an agonizing process for many veterans. Members of the military spend years cloistered in a separate world, building hyper-specialized skills and networks that do… Read more »

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… Read more »

How to Become a Web Developer with GDI and Bloc: Ashton Levier’s Story

Ashton Levier is a teacher turned web developer who’s proof that anyone can change careers and become a web developer.  Originally from Louisiana, Ashton moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in search of snowboarding powder and more tech career opportunities. Her friend introduced her to Girl Develop It (GDI), a non-profit organization that provides accessible programs… Read more »

Bloc Curriculum Developers Share Their Favorite 10 Pre-Bootcamp Tutorials

Bootcamps are designed to prepare you for a new job as a developer, but admission into many bootcamps, and success during their programs, can depend heavily on how much you’ve learned before applying. With many code schools and dev bootcamps like Hack Reactor and Flatiron School boasting acceptance rates as low as 3%, learning on… Read more »

Are You Job Ready? Tidy up These Public Profiles

If you’ve graduated from a coding bootcamp and you’re ready for that amazing new career opportunity, double check your internet profiles before sending off your résumé. Recruiters look at your social standing and public contributions in addition to your résumé and achievements. Do not give them a reason to turn you down! When in doubt,… Read more »

Top 3 Coding Bootcamps in Los Angeles for Career Changers

Not all coding bootcamps are alike. People looking to switch careers need schools that prepare them to do their job and help establish themselves professionally. These bootcamps should not require a significant amount of previous experience. Coding bootcamps for career changers must welcome everyone from working professionals to complete novices. Here’s a list of 3… Read more »

Bloc Introduces New Financing Options with Affirm

Our mission is to turn students into developers and make our programs accessible to anyone ready to become a web developer. That’s why we’ve teamed up with lending partner Affirm to offer a variety of flexible payment plans. With these new payment options, students can focus on their coding bootcamp education and start making proactive… Read more »