Posts Categorized: Full Stack

Career Advice for Bootcamp Grads

Bloc is the original online bootcamp, with over 80 professional developers in our network of mentors. We sat down with one of our most experienced mentors, Jonathan Linowes, to get his take on how to get your first developer job. Meet Jonathan In over 20 years in software development, Jonathan has worked at eight companies including… Read more »

A Comparison of Frontend and Backend Web Development

Frontend vs Backend Web Development When searching for web development jobs, you’ll find a wide variety of requirements. Languages, frameworks, and methodologies may differ, but there are two aspects of web development that will be common for all jobs: frontend and backend. Some jobs may require full-stack skills, but full-stack is merely a combination of… Read more »

Bloc Student Spotlight: From stay-at-home mom to Jr. Software Engineer at Orca Health

Emiko is a current Bloc student and Girl Develop It Scholarship winner. She recently landed a job as a Jr. Software Engineer at Orca Health. Previous to Bloc, Emiko was a stay-at-home mom. We asked her a few questions about her Bloc experience. Bloc: What were you doing before Bloc? Emiko: I was a stay-at-home mom, trying… Read more »

Should I Enroll In A Bootcamp Over the Holidays?

As we head into winter, one of Bloc’s commonly asked questions becomes “Should I enroll in a bootcamp over the holidays?”. It’s a fair question. On the one hand, people start thinking about traveling home for the holidays, spending time with loved ones, or perhaps getting away and finding someplace warm.  At the same time, we’re ambitious… Read more »

Bloc Alumni Spotlight: From English Lit Professor to Technical Content Creator at Compose

Abdullah Alger, Full Stack alum, recently landed a job as a Technical Content Creator at Compose – a company under IBM. Previous to Bloc, Abdullah was a Medieval English Lit Professor. We asked Abdullah a few questions about his Bloc experience. Bloc: What were you doing before Bloc? Abdullah: I was a professor of medieval… Read more »

How a High School English Teacher Became a Developer at IBM

Zachary Melancon, a Full Stack Track student at Bloc, recently accepted a role at IBM as an Application Development Specialist. Landing a job at such a great company without having any prior programming experience is remarkable, and we wanted to ask Zach a few questions about how this high school teacher became a developer, and… Read more »

I’m Considering a Coding Bootcamp: Should I learn JavaScript or Ruby?

by Andy Johnston, Student Advisor @ Bloc One of the most prevalent concerns you may have when choosing a coding bootcamp is deciding what language or framework to learn. The two options found at the leading developer bootcamps are Full Stack JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.  So which should you choose? JavaScript or Ruby? Choosing the right language feels like an… Read more »

Comparing Salaries for Coding Bootcamps vs. Computer Science Degrees

One of the most common questions we get here at Bloc is:  “Don’t I need a Computer Science Degree to become a developer?” The answer, in our opinion, is no. Last year President Obama pointed to bootcamps – saying “It turns out it doesn’t matter where you learned code, it just matters how good you are at… Read more »

Full Stack Web Developers Job Report – 2015

We’re more than halfway through 2015, so it’s a good time to revisit the job market for full stack web developers. Job openings continue to vastly outnumber the amount of qualified candidates. This report intends to answer: What salaries can full stack web developers expect? How many full stack web development jobs are available, and… Read more »