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Old 01-05-2016, 08:33 PM
 
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Hi, I'm looking into taking part-time coding classes starting next month for front-end web development. I'm considering either the course at General Assembly or Austin Coding Academy.

I consider myself somewhat computer-savvy and a fairly quick learner when it comes to technology, but I don't have any coding experience. I'm looking to get my feet wet and see if this may be something I'm good at and would like to pursue further.

Does anyone have any experience with these 2 schools? Which one do you think would be a better choice? I realize there's online courses, but I'd prefer a classroom setting because I learn better that way. The course at General Assembly is more expensive, but they seem to be more established. Austin Coding Academy seems like it could be more laid back. Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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There are a lot of free coding courses you can take yourself online for free. Search and you'll find them. Also coding forums that can point you toward good info.

I'd start here:
https://www.khanacademy.org/

Good luck,
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:40 AM
 
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if you learn better that way then coding isnt for you. 90% of the learning happens in a dark room with a can of monster (or mountain dew if you are old school).
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:37 AM
 
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if you learn better that way then coding isnt for you. 90% of the learning happens in a dark room with a can of monster (or mountain dew if you are old school).
Also, you never stop learning coding as it constantly changes, so you have to be comfortable self-teaching/learning on your own.

My younger daughter is a CS Major and this xmas break she's dived into online tutorials to learn more about web design, html, css, etc. She says she's learned more on her own in 2 weeks than all of her schooling combined.

She also finally listened to her Dad about the value of forum communities and has started participating in some coding forums when she gets stuck and is now a believer.

I would go that route before spending money on classroom learning. Plus, those for profit learning centers have one goal - to sign you up for yet another class after you finish one. I wouldn't go so far as to say the boot camps are not useful. Especially for a quick immersion into it or a retooling of old skills. For some, it can be a great crash course and quick dive into the knowledge needed. But if you are not a self-learner, you can only go so far with classroom education.

Steve
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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Also, you never stop learning coding as it constantly changes, so you have to be comfortable self-teaching/learning on your own.

My younger daughter is a CS Major and this xmas break she's dived into online tutorials to learn more about web design, html, css, etc. She says she's learned more on her own in 2 weeks than all of her schooling combined.

She also finally listened to her Dad about the value of forum communities and has started participating in some coding forums when she gets stuck and is now a believer.

I would go that route before spending money on classroom learning. Plus, those for profit learning centers have one goal - to sign you up for yet another class after you finish one. I wouldn't go so far as to say the boot camps are not useful. Especially for a quick immersion into it or a retooling of old skills. For some, it can be a great crash course and quick dive into the knowledge needed. But if you are not a self-learner, you can only go so far with classroom education.

Steve
there are also IRC or other chat rooms where people just hang out and will answer questions immediately. It is more fragmented than it used to be and the people are often times extremely intolerant of the lazy, but they work.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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ACC also has beginning programming classes--many of them are offered in the evening also. I feel better about them than I do for-profit places like General Assembly. As someone who hires in the technology field, I personally really have a bad taste in my mouth about places like General Assembly.
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:25 PM
 
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if you learn better that way then coding isnt for you. 90% of the learning happens in a dark room with a can of monster (or mountain dew if you are old school).
Yes, this.

Many employers don't take you seriously without a CS or closely related degree, however self-taught types who are truly into the field can go far, but that requires an almost obsessive fascination with programming and technology.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:35 PM
 
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if you learn better that way then coding isnt for you. 90% of the learning happens in a dark room with a can of monster (or mountain dew if you are old school).
This of course is a joke.
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:03 AM
 
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well yes, obviously. REAL CODERZ Drink JAVA duh
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:59 PM
 
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Hey there! Chris from Austin Coding Academy. I actually just found out about the city-data forum and saw this thread come up. This answer might be a little late but I thought I would respond anyways!

I have been with Austin Coding Academy since the beginning in 2014 and we have had a few hundred people go through our program here in Austin. Your assessment of 'laid-back' is interesting and somewhat accurate. We are founded on the idea that coding education shouldn't be expensive or inaccessible. We keep tuition down by having full time developers come in and teach in the evenings. Our classes are at Capital Factory downtown which is nice for the exposure to the tech community, meetups, etc..

That being said, everything we teach is technically available for free online. The reason we exist is just to help people save some time. If you like having other humans to talk to, instructors to bounce questions off of, or just need a blueprint of exactly what you should learn and cutting out all the random excess materials that exist online, then we are a good fit. Side Note: while our classes are part time, there is usually about an hour a day of homework.

Cheers,
Chris
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