Posts Categorized: Learning and Pedagogy

The Modern Computer Science Degree

by Mike Jewett, Head of Curriculum Coding Bootcamps and Computer Science degrees are popular routes for students to launch careers in software development. Coding bootcamps average 12 weeks in length, and teach practical skills like building web applications from scratch. They prepare students for a job as an entry-level web developer, intern, or freelancer. Computer… Read more »

The Path to Mastery in Software Engineering

By Mike Jewett, Head of Curriculum Bloc’s Software Engineering Track takes approximately 2,000 hours to complete. Depending on your pace, we distribute those hours across 48 or 72 weeks. That’s a long time, and students often ask if they can complete the track faster. Our answer is unequivocally, “no.” We insist on 2,000 hours because… Read more »

Don’t Learn to Code in 2016

by Mike Jewett, Head of Curriculum If you want to fail at something, make it your New Year’s resolution. “I will get in shape,” “I will be a better friend,” and “I will learn to code” are all unattainable goals. Goals in general are misguided and formless ideas. Achieving something is the result of many… 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 »

What Should a Full Stack Developer Know in 2015?

Background and qualifications: I am Bloc’s Web Development Curriculum Director where I shape the curriculum for Bloc’s online mentor-led web development courses. Being a full stack developer in 2015 (and beyond) is less about specific languages, and more about areas of competence. To start you’ll need to be comfortable with server-side development (the backend) and… Read more »

Should I learn Swift or Objective-C for iOS development?

One of the most common questions we get asked is whether students should learn Swift or Objective-C. Aaron Brager, Bloc’s iOS Curriculum Developer, shared his opinion on the subject. Beginner students will be better served by initially learning Objective-C. Here’s why: Companies aren’t hiring Swift developers yet iOS Developers still need to know Objective-C Swift… Read more »