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Discussion on: Are Coding Bootcamps A Rip Off?

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Andrew Baisden

Boot camps are still useful. But at the moment in this covid world that we live in. Self learning at home is going to be the best choice. Already heard about many developer focused events turning to online only or cancelled altogether. Self learning at home is great however we miss out on that face to face in person meeting where you can really bond and get to know people. It is not quite the same over some chat on a video conference.

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Tony Cimaglia Author

Not only do you get that bonding experience, but there's so many studies that show that physically being in a classroom with other people helps you learn better. I think one of my issues with the online model for boot camps is that they haven't really updated their prices. In my view, the classroom environment is probably the most valuable thing you pay for, and there's no way they should be charging the same amount for online settings that they did when they held classes in-person.

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sheriffderek

I try and get people to take the class with a friend or family member. Technically... there's nothing stopping you from paying for 1 boot camp - and then teaching your 4 friends as you go. You'll probably learn 5x more.

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sheriffderek

I feel that the actual curriculum and teaching styles are a much bigger problem than the fact that it's through video-conferencing. I teach people on video all the time and it works great. In person-schools have a lot of great benefits though! I'd love to have one of those one day.

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Tony Cimaglia Author

Completely agree on the teaching, not as much on the curriculum. I've found them all to be fairly similar to each other, and pretty comprehensive (that's not to say there isn't room for improvement, and you probably did just that!).