Posts Categorized: Education

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 »

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 »

Ultimate Guide to Ruby Bootcamps

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… Read more »

Former English Teacher Changes Careers and Lands Remote Developer Job

Meet Kristin Gonzalez, a Bloc Full Stack Web Development Grad Before Bloc: English Teacher Abroad After Bloc: Remote Software Engineer at SyncTree   Kristin is a global traveler and for the past five years she has lived in quite a few places, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and Chile, teaching English and conducting corporate training…. Read more »

Ultimate Guide to Frontend Bootcamps

Frontend developers ensure web applications are well-designed, responsive, and friendly to touch on mobile devices. Thanks to frontend frameworks like AngularJS, frontend programming is becoming a more important part of the web development stack.  These new frontend frameworks allow developers to move programming logic and data that was once restricted to server-side development onto the… Read more »

Once Upon A Time, The Story of Bloc

Bloc’s  Story Bloc pioneered the online bootcamp model, which offers an immersive, accelerated program in a part-time, online format. Dave Paola and Roshan Choxi started the program in 2012 after witnessing how difficult it was for students to make progress with self-paced online courses. Roshan felt that despite a world-class computer science education at UIUC, he learned far… Read more » Full Stack Developer Shares Career Advice

With 15 years of experience in Full Stack Web Development working as a developer at AOL, BSkyB, and others, Eliot is one of Bloc’s most experienced mentors. Eliot is also very involved in the Ruby on Rails community, where he contributes to open source projects and is the founder of – a screencast series… Read more »

Jiff Inc’s Director of Engineering Shares Career Advice for Developers

Falko Buttler is currently Director of Engineering at Jiff Inc., a digital healthcare startup in Palo Alto, CA. He has 12 years of software development experience across web and mobile development, and is the founder of CaloryGuard – the top-grossing calorie-tracking app in the German iOS app store. In addition to his full time role… Read more » UX Designer Shares Career Advice

Today, Billy Carlson is Director of User Experience and Mobile Product at Threadless, an online community where thousands of artists submit t-shirt designs and millions of users vote and buy popular designs. On the side, Billy shares his wisdom from nine years of industry experience by mentoring Bloc students in User Experience Design. We recently interviewed Billy… Read more »