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Robert: [00:00:00] Everyone welcome back to another episode of the, how to code podcast. I'm your host, Robert Gus, and the how to code podcast exists to help aspiring web developers learn how to code and get their first jobs in tech. And in this episode, I wanted to discuss the three primary ways that you can learn how to code in those primary ways are either teaching yourself or self.

Uh, going through a coding bootcamp or a full blown computer science degree, like a four year bachelor's degree program. And, um, if you're new here and you haven't listened to previous episodes, I am personally self-taught myself. And so I have the most personal experience with, uh, that method. So I will kind of be going into greater detail for self-taught.

Um, ~~but even though I've never [00:01:00] officially gone through, um,~~ a boot camp myself, I did apply to one. I was accepted to one. ~~Um, ~~and I can share my experience working with people who went to various different boot camps. And if you're curious about that, there's a, um, there's an earlier episode where I talk about my coding journey and my story, and I highly recommend you check that out.

If you haven't listened to that so far. ~~Um, ~~I've also worked with people with CS degrees and I can share their thoughts and experiences. So I kind of just wanted to preface all of that, my own personal experiences. Self-taught um, I didn't actually go through a bootcamp, even though I was accepted and applied to one, but I have worked with various people who have gone through boot camps and people who have done a full blown CS degree, four year bachelor program, or even associates.

And computer science, where they only went to school for two years. So like a local state school or community college and things like that. ~~Uh, ~~there's pros and cons to each method. And that is what I would like to discuss with you in this episode, basically, just to help you [00:02:00] make a more informed decision about what is going to be right for you.

And just to be very upfront and to clarify this podcast is primarily about web development. And so I'm gonna be sharing my thoughts and opinions about these various different methods, from a web developer's perspective, there's various different fields within computer science. And you know, some of these are better than others for those fields, but I'm strictly gonna be speaking about web development.

So the first thing I wanted to talk about is the CS degree, or what's known as a computer science degree now. So the, the CS degree is going to take you the longest amount of time, and it's gonna cost you the most amount of money. So you're looking at if you're going full time,~~ um,~~ a four year bachelor's program at a college or university, and it's gonna cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

Um, most likely over a hundred thousand dollars. And for me personally, this is my least favorite [00:03:00] option for web developers specifically. ~~Um, ~~however, with that said, there are some companies and jobs that require a ACS degree or strongly prefer one. However, that is not typical for most web developer jobs in my experience.

So I have never been, as far as I'm aware, I've never been rejected from any position simply because I'm self taught. Or because it didn't have a CS degree. I really have not in the seven and a half years that I've been doing this full time for me personally, or other people. I haven't really seen anyone have any roadblocks, uh, in the web development space or field, if you will, simply because they don't have,~~ uh,~~ a CS degree.

I'm sure there's exceptions, but it's not, it's not common at all. And the reason why I say that is because you really need to remember that the most important thing that companies are looking for is people that can do the job that they're hiring for. So companies, by and large, especially in [00:04:00] this web development space, they really don't care how you've obtained your knowledge and your skills.

They just want to know that you can do the job that they're paying you to do. So they really don't care what your background is. They don't a lot of companies. Some companies don't even care if you have a bachelor's degree at all, although that certainly does help and it's very, very useful. ~~Um, ~~but primarily what all they really care about is if I hire you, are you gonna be able to do the job that I need you to do?

And so things like experience and, um, whether you're self taught or things like that. What's most important is just that you can do what they need you to do. That's all they really care about by and large. So the reason, one of the reasons why I don't like the CS degree personally for web development is that college, these days is absolutely absurd as far as cost goes.

So I graduated from college back in 2013, uh, with a degree in music and I graduated with about $115,000 in debt. I'm sure that [00:05:00] number's got up quite a bit since that we're in 20, 22 now, so I'm sure college is even more expensive. So if you don't have a scholarship to college, uh, I wouldn't recommend you go this route because that is a ridiculous amount of debt.

And even though I make a very good salary now it's still. Um, it's still a sizable amount of, you know, my paycheck goes towards paying down that debt. So unless you have a scholarship, I would, I would recommend you kind of avoid going to college. If you're trying to become a web developer.

This is especially true. If you've already graduated college or you're looking to switch careers, then this is definitely not the, the, the route that I would take. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you don't need to get another bachelor's degree in computer science, or if you have a degree in some other field, or you're kind of like further along in your career, meaning you're not like a college age kid and you're just starting out.

Um, definitely don't I wouldn't recommend you get a CS degree and get into all that debt. It's just not worth it. [00:06:00] Unless you really, really want to. And unless, like I said, you have some kind of a scholarship to where it's not gonna cost you that much, then it, it may be worth it. Another thing too, is that, uh, CS degrees often teach older technologies and are usually outdated when it comes to web development.

Now this is not true everywhere. Um, so, you know, you need to look into the specifics of the program and the school, and most importantly, the professors and their background and their experience. You really want to make sure that you're learning from actual developers who have real world experience and not just some academics, uh, in college who, you know, graduated with a CS degree and then they just basically just went into, straight into teaching.

However, some, some pros about it though, is that a CS degree does provide a lot of very helpful foundational knowledge, which you're not gonna really get from either a bootcamp or by teaching yourself, at least not initially. So having those foundations is really, really [00:07:00] useful and will definitely benefit from them and help you out throughout your career.

Not just only in the beginning, but these are also things that you can learn as you go. And while you're on the job, in my opinion. So as someone who was self taught, There were a lot of foundational things that I didn't learn simply because I didn't even know they existed or that I needed to know them.

However, once I realized that I needed to know them, I just simply went and taught them to myself as I needed on the job or for the specific task that I was assigned. So that's something to kind of keep in mind. So in summary and regarding CS degrees, uh, they're incredibly expensive and they're best, they're not the best option for people looking to switch careers, or if you already have a bachelor's degree.

If you are looking to go to college, if you're very young and you want that college experience and you have a scholarship, then by all means go and get a CS degree, it's a fantastic option and you won't regret it and it'll open a lot of doors for [00:08:00] you. But just remember to play close attention to the classes and the professors and the programs specifically at the school that you're looking into and make sure that you're studying under real developers with real world experience and not just some academics.

Okay. So that takes us to the next option, which is boot camps. Boot camps are basically the way you can think about a boot camp is they're kind of like a middle ground or a halfway point between teaching yourself and being self-taught. And then also getting a CS degree. So each bootcamp though is very different, but they more or less operate in similar manners.

They're trying to teach you enough skills to get you your first junior dev job as quickly as possible. So let me just repeat that a little bit. They're trying to teach you. The the, the minimal amount of stuff that you need to know in order to get your first job as quickly as possible.

So some programs at boot camps are [00:09:00] like three months and they're very, very intense. And you're like coding for eight to 12 hours a day. Um, some are over a year, depending upon how much time you have dedicated to it. Some are more part-time and they recognize that there's people who already have careers, or they have families and wives and.

And so they can't go full time. So there's a whole lot of flexibility when it comes to time and each one is kind of a little bit different and some of them offer various different paths. Some of them you can do in three months, you could do a six month track. You could do a, you know, 12 month track.

There's a whole bunch of variety out there. So it really depends on the program. Um, however, I would say they're not nearly as expensive as a CS degree. You're not gonna spend a hundred thousand dollars to go to a bootcamp. However, they are very expensive for the amount of time that you are there. So when I was looking for a bootcamp back in 2014, and this was a bootcamp located in Boston, uh, that bootcamp was three months and it was over $12,000.

[00:10:00] So that's a, that's a lot of money for a very short period of time, but the thing you have to keep in mind, the reason why they charge so much is because basically what they're promising you is that we're gonna teach you the skills you need to get your first junior dev job. And you're gonna be making dependent upon where you are in the world or in the country, things like that.

I can only speak for the us primarily and like, I'll speak for the bootcamp in Boston. They were saying. First junior dev job back in 2014, you know, you're likely to make over $70,000. So if you think about that, that's actually a pretty good deal. It's like, if you give some, if someone came to you and said, Hey, if you give me $12,000, three months later, I'll give you $70,000.

And like, I would make that deal all day, every day. No problem. The issue. However, though, is how do you come up with those with that $12,000 initially? So that is where things can be a little bit tricky. Another thing about boot camps you have to keep in mind is that they do [00:11:00] not have the time to go very in depth on a lot of topics or technology.

They're basically trying to make you aware of the web development landscape and make you a generalist. So this means that you're not gonna specialize in any particular technology, but rather have a broad range of experience and a whole bunch of technologies. Which is actually a very good thing. In my opinion, especially early on, you kind of wanna get a feel for the landscape, understand what's out there.

Understand a little bit about a whole wide variety of things before you really narrow down. And focus in on something and kind of specialize because early on, you don't even know what you should be specializing in, in the first place. And you don't, you don't know enough to know what you like and what's available and what's out there.

So that's actually a really good thing about boot camps. And I like that they expose you to a lot of different things. Another thing I like about boot camps is that they are often taught by real developers with real world experience. And so you're getting a tremendous amount of value in a very short period of time.[00:12:00]

So you have to understand it's in their best interest to get you a real job. And so they're going to have. They're gonna teach you as much real world experience and real world knowledge as you need in order to get that job. So, whereas with the CS degree, they can be a little bit behind the times and have a little bit of outdated material because their motivations are different.

And it's also much easier to update a curriculum in a bootcamp than it is in an academic setting where they have to go through all these, you know, committees and things like that. There's also a lot of boot camps out there and some of them are really good and some of them are really bad. And for a while, especially when I was looking back in 2014, I don't know if this is the case so much anymore, but there were a lot of boot camps who were springing up and starting, and they were simply in it for the money and they were trying to take advantage of students.

And they were promising saying like, oh yeah, come to our program, give us 15 grand or whatever. And you know, we'll get you a job. The [00:13:00] first six months and you'll be making $80,000 a year. And like that just didn't really work out for a whole bunch of people and they weren't kind of promising way too much.

So I'm not how sure how true that is anymore. I think it's calmed down and settled down since, but I'm just bringing that up because you really, really need to be diligent in your research. If you're thinking about going the, uh, the bootcamp route. You really need to look at their track record and see how many students have gone through their program.

How many of them have successfully been placed into a job and not just placed into a job, but how long did they remain in that job? Cause if they were only there for a couple months, and then they got let go or something, or like there's a trend. And then like maybe there's an issue with what they're teaching.

They're not teaching enough to actually sustain those people throughout their careers. and, um, one of the things I think this is like so important, probably the best piece of advice I can give you when it comes to boot camps is to try and find some of the graduates from those boot [00:14:00] camps and speak to them about their experience going there, ask 'em what they liked and what they don't like about the program.

And also ask them, what, what did they teach you in the program that helped you in your job you're doing now? And what did they not teach you? Which that you wish they had taught you? And you can find these people one, you can ask the boot camps to give you some people to recommend, but again, they're gonna be a little bit biased.

They're only gonna give you the best of the best, but you can also find these people on social. If you just do a little bit of Googling and searching around, you can also find people on LinkedIn who will have under their experience that they've graduated from such and such bootcamp. Shoot those people a message and say, Hey, I'm thinking about attending this bootcamp.

I saw that you went there. I was just wondering if you could answer a couple of my questions. You can either do it on email. You don't have to necessarily do it over the phone or on like zoom or anything. Just send them a message. And I'm sure a lot of those people would be more than happy to answer your questions and help you out.

Yeah, you really wanna make sure That the bootcamp prepared them [00:15:00] well for what they're doing now. So that's the key again. So you wanna make, you wanna reach out to these people and you want to ask them to share their experience, whether they thought it was worth the money, um, how much of a time commitment it was and you want to find out, do you feel like this bootcamp, you were well prepared for your first junior, junior dev job?

And if you weren't fully prepared, what were some of the gaps? Where was the bootcamp lack? Now just because they, they can't teach you everything. There's always gonna be holes in their curriculum because they're trying to cram so much information in such a short period of time. So it doesn't necessarily mean that the bootcamp's bad.

There's always gonna be gaps there, but being aware of those gaps is helpful because then you can still go through that bootcamp and learn everything from them, but then supplement that other knowledge by other materials that you can find online and things like that. So it's just for your benefit to make sure that you do that.

So there are some boot camps, um, that are free once you're accepted and they all, they also place you [00:16:00] into your first job. So this is by far the best option. In my opinion, if you can find boot camps like this, these are the kind of boot camps that you want to go to. Now the way that this business model works is that they essentially act like a recruiter on your behalf once you graduate.

So if you're not aware, the way that recruiters make money is once a recruiter, places you into a job. That company will pay them a percentage, typically like 20% of your salary for that year. So, you know, if you're, if you're making a hundred thousand dollars a year and the recruiter places, you they're gonna get $20,000 from the company, it's like a kickback, but that has absolutely no cost to you whatsoever.

Now what's so amazing about this business model is that one, the bootcamp is strongly incentivized to teach you. Real world technologies and real world information because they need to make you job ready, [00:17:00] because if they can't place you, then they don't make any money. So then they're losing money. So it's in their best interest to give you the best information possible.

And they're gonna be behind you, helping you build your resume. And these, these boot camps usually have networked with several companies who are constantly hiring engineers and they establish these relat. So then they can pitch you to all these companies that they already have relationships with.

And the companies already are aware and know the. On the, um, the experience level and the quality of their graduates. So this kind of a business model is amazing. The only one that I'm aware of personally, that does this, I I'm sure there are others. However, is there, it's called the school of code in, uh, in, in the UK.

And the reason why I know about this is my colleague and I at Cyprus gave a presentation to their students a few months ago, talking about Cyprus. And I was super impressed with their program and with their business model. Like they really teach. Holistically everything you need to know to [00:18:00] become a web developer, and then they also help place you.

So the only downside to this program is I'm pretty sure you, you need to be in the United Kingdom. In order to attend, but I'll have a link to that school specifically in the show notes, but see if you can find programs like that or similar to that, where they actually help place you and where they don't actually require money up front, because then all because in that business model, all the risk is on the bootcamp in the school, not upon you.

So if you're paying up all the cash, then the risk is really on you, cuz you're the one forking all that money over. But if you're not paying. And they're teaching you everything essentially for free at first. And then the only way they make money is by giving you a job. All the risk is placed upon them.

So that's like the best, that's the best method. I think if you can find a bootcamp that has a business model like that, So just to summarize boot camps, they're really great. If you can afford them and you can dedicate the time. [00:19:00] However, they're very intense, they're very compressed and it's gonna be a very, very intense.

Typically if you're doing like a three month program, it's gonna be really, really hard and really intense. If it's spread out over a year, it's obviously less intense. Make sure that you, excuse me. Make sure you talk to graduates from the boot camps that you're interested and ask what their experience was like and how the bootcamp did or didn't prepare them for their jobs.

That's like advice. Number one, that's like the most important thing you should be doing when looking at boot camps. And then also look for boot camps that don't cost a whole lot or anything at all, similar to like that school of code model. And they also, boot camps also teach technologies that are very high in demand and they also know what you need.

They also have a very good pulse and idea of what you actually need to know to get your first job as developer like today, rather than like a CS degree, which can often be outdated in a little bit behind.

Okay. So then that brings us to the third [00:20:00] option, which is the self-taught option. And this is the option that I personally have the most experience with because I taught myself, um, starting back in 2014 the recent being, which is quite simple. I graduated from college with over a hundred thousand dollars, uh, student loan debt.

And I couldn't afford to go to. Um, the bootcamp, I couldn't afford $12,000 for a bootcamp for three months. And I wasn't about to borrow more money when I had already borrowed a ton. So. Out of the three, you know, um, out of CS degree bootcamp or self-taught, this is by far the most difficult of the three, because you really have no idea what you're doing and no, one's there to tell you if you're wasting your time and what you need to learn, et cetera.

So the benefits of obviously going to a school or through a bootcamp is that you have other people who have a very specific curriculum and they've laid out an entire path of. Here's all the stuff you [00:21:00] need to know. You need to learn it in this order and everything kind of gradually builds upon the thing you've just learned previously.

So you're gonna start from the very basics. And then as time goes on, you're gonna get into more difficult, more advanced stuff. However, when you're self taught. None of that exists. You don't have anyone to talk to you. There's tons of materials online and things like that, but you don't know what's bad.

What's good. Uh, should I be learning this first? Should I be learning that first? Is this a waste of my time? Like you don't have any concept of that. So you're, it's really like a free for all. It's like the wild west. However, I would say. These days that has fortunately changed quite a bit. That's the way that it used to be when I was learning back in 2014, but there are fortunately now a ton of really, really great materials, courses and resources online that can help you.

And a lot of them are free. However, with that said, there's also a lot of noise out there. There's a [00:22:00] lot of bad material, bad advice in my opinion. And you really don't know what's good or what's bad. And that frankly is one of the reasons why I started this podcast is to help people who are trying to teach themselves how to code.

How to figure out what to do like it, because I didn't have anyone to ask. I didn't have a mentor or anything like that, and I didn't really know what was good or what was bad. And there's a, I know there's a lot of people out there who, in this very similar situation as I was. And so I'm trying to be that voice and that that person to help you kind of navigate these waters Another thing too, when you're teaching yourself, is that it's really helpful.

If you understand the way in which you like to learn. Some people like to read books, some people like to watch videos, some people learn visually, some people learn more audibly. Knowing how best you learn is really important, because you should only be focusing on the resources and materials that are gonna teach you the best way that you absorb and obtain knowledge.

[00:23:00] So with that said, I didn't wanna just leave you hanging and say, yeah, there's a lot of great stuff out there. Okay. See you next time. I wanted to actually give you some resources out there that I, um, believe in, or that are popular options out there. And some of these options are free.

Some of them cost money and I will have links to all of them in the show notes. Just to be completely transparent with you. Uh, I am not affiliated with any of these companies or resources. I don't have any affiliate links. Uh, I'm not endorsed by them.

They don't sponsor this podcast or anything like that. I don't even know any of the people who work there. These are just companies or. Resources and things like that online, which are very popular in which you know, I strongly believe in, and I've learned a lot from myself, so I'm just sharing what my own experience.

So the first one, this is probably the most popular option. This is what you're gonna probably, when you start looking into doing the self-taught route, the number one resource that's gonna pop up is something called free code camp. [00:24:00] So it's, you can find it@freecodecamp.org. For me personally, A lot of people really like freed co camp.

They do have an amazing track record. A lot of people have gotten WebDev jobs through their program. So there, there, I definitely recommend you check them out for me personally. I think there are better options out there. A lot of people do like freed co camp. And if you go and check them out@freecocamp.org, uh, you might really like it too.

Especially because it's free and they do teach you a whole wealth of a variety of different topics. But I personally don't really like the way that they teach or the way that they present the material. I think it can be done a lot better. I also am a little bit picky because I'm like an aesthetic person.

I think their website is not pleasing to the eye. And if you're gonna be reading and writing code for several hours a day, Uh, I want to have like a good experience doing that. And I, I find their whole setup in the app that they, they teach on like [00:25:00] very confusing. Um, and it's kind of it, but that's just me.

It's very subjective. So but the, but you will learn a lot and you can definitely get a job as a web developer. If you go through all their tracks and everything, get all their certifications. So. That's the first one on the list. I kind of just wanted to get that one out of the way, because it's probably the most popular and you may or may not already even be familiar with it.

So the next option, in my opinion, which if you want to go free route, not pay a single dime, this is the route that I would go personally. And it's much better than free code camp in my opinion. And that's something called the OIN project. You can find them at the Oden O D I N, project.com. Again, links will be in the show notes.

In, in my opinion, the Odin project is one of the best kind of holistic web development curriculums available. It's completely free and it's open source. So it's constantly being updated and main being maintained by real developers. And if you go on their website, you'll constantly, it'll say like curriculum updated like two [00:26:00] hours ago or last week or a couple, like it's constantly being refreshed, updated.

They're adding new material all the time. Which I really, really like. And it's very, and the fact that it's open source means that you have developers from all over the world, contributing to this CU. So you're, you're learning from some of the best of the best. And one thing I do like about it is that they break the, their curriculum up into kind of these different paths.

So for the first path it's called like the foundations path, you're gonna learn all about the web and the internet and like some basics get and things like that. And you're gonna learn primarily front end. So you'll be learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and the technologies that you'll need to know in order to become a front end develop.

Once you finish their foundations path, then you have a choice. You can either go down the full stack Ruby on rails path, where you're gonna be learning the Ruby programming language, Ruby on rails, and how to build like full stack web applications, you know, like. Things like NBC model, view [00:27:00] controller, all these different design patterns and things.

And then you can also go down the full stack JavaScript path, which is where you're gonna be learning no JS. For me personally, it, it can be hard for you to decide, oh, should I go the rails in Ruby route? Or should I go the no JS route? Uh, you should take both in my opinion. Because one, you don't really know anything about Ruby on rails or Ruby, and you've never done node and stuff like that.

And it's just, it would be very, very wise in my opinion, to expose yourself to both of those tracks and to learn both of those technologies, uh, cuz both are extremely popular. Both are very, very different. However. But you will gain a whole bunch of wisdom and knowledge and programming and web development experience.

If you take both. So I was strongly, strongly advise that you take both tracks. So do basically everything that they offer on the Odin project, do all of it because it's all exceptional. It's all very, [00:28:00] very well done. Try not to rush through it and just be like, oh, I only have time to do the no JS track.

Well, Just be diligent and really try to be thorough and do everything that they teach in my opinion. And you'll, you'll come out of there more than ready to start applying for jobs if you do both. So the next option is not a free option, but this, in my opinion is the best option. And this is something called learn enough.

So if you go to learn enough.com. They do something very unique that no one else really does. So if you're not really familiar, learn enough is created by this guy named Michael Hartl, who kind of became well known. Um, for writing this book in the Ruby on rails community it's called the Ruby on rails tutorial.

And basically this book basically became the defacto way to learn Ruby on rails for years. And probably still [00:29:00] is even to this day, like this book just exploded. And anyone, when Ruby on rails was super hot and everyone was getting into it, like the number one way that people learned Ruby on rails was by taking and reading this guy's book.

Now. So what he's done, first of all, he's a phenomenal teacher. He has a PhD in physics. He's an extremely smart guy. And he has experienced teaching in the classroom physics, I think in like Cal tech and some other schools. And he has a real heart for, for teaching. And he's very, very, very good at it. And what he's done is he's essentially created this entire curriculum, but like this entire ecosystem, if you will called learn enough and the whole concept of learn enough.

Learn enough of X technology to be dangerous. So the whole thing is he's not gonna teach you like every single, the ins and outs of going super deep into like get or HTML or CSS or Ruby. He's gonna teach you what, like enough in order for you to get a job, to get hired, which I really, really like that [00:30:00] approach.

He goes deep enough for you to learn the thing, but he's not gonna go super deep to where you're learning all this stuff that frankly, you might not need to. Right off the bat, but you're gonna get a very kind of like general broad knowledge that still goes deep enough for you to be job ready. Kind of think of it like your own.

It's like a self-paced bootcamp, basically. That's the way to kind of think about learn enough. But they teach you everything you'll need to know. Like they'll teach you about get, they'll teach you about the command line, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby rails, et cetera. The only thing with this compared to, um, the Odin project is that you don't have the option of going down different paths.

They only have one path and you learn Ruby and Ruby on rails. You don't learn no JS or things like that. At least not at the time of this recording. But one thing I do like about them is that they, they have screencasts and videos for all of their content, but they also have books too. So you can download PDFs.

You can also [00:31:00] read them online on their website, in addition to watching the videos. And that's super valuable because if you watch both the video and you read the material, that's just two different ways that your mind is absorbing that information. And you're just gonna be more well rounded and grasp that material so much better instead of just.

Only videos or only reading books, you get the best of both worlds. In my opinion. Another thing too, is that they have various different pricing models. So if you want access to everything, it costs $50 a month, which may seem a little bit steep at first. But you have to also understand that you're potentially, if you go through their material, you're gonna get a job.

At least in the us, I would say, depending upon where you live, where you're making over $60,000 easy and depending upon where you could be making much more than that. So you can do get access to everything for 50 bucks a month. You can download a single book for $5 flat fee, or you can take one course for like [00:32:00] $9 a month.

However, one thing that they do, which is really, really great. If you're in a part of the world to where $50 a month is just way too much, um, they do offer very, very generous scholarships. So you could potentially get a significant discount or even get access to all their materials completely for free.

If you apply for their scholarship. And I had a friend who was looking to learn how to code and she had lost her job, um, because of COVID and the pandemic. And I had recommended she go to learn enough. And she said, you know, I can't afford $50 a month. I'm not making any money right now. And I said, well, apply to the, the scholarship program.

They offer scholarships. And so she did, she told him her story about she lost her job because of COVID and the pandemic. And they, I think, I don't know what the ultimate the amount was, but. They gave her a significant discount and, um, at a price that she could afford every month. So they're super nice people, too.

They're not just in it for the money. The material's exceptional and they're, they're [00:33:00] really there to help you. So even if you don't have the funds, try apply to that scholarship program and I'm more than certain that they'll be able to help you. So to summarize, learn enough, basically if I had to go back and do it all over again and teach myself how to code this is the path that I would take.

I would go through the learn enough program. I would, uh, pay whatever it costs a month or go to the scholarship. I would take all of their material if they, it goes in a specific order, read all their books, take all their courses. And by the time you're done with that, like you are more than ready to get your first deaf job.

My final recommendation is a website called SCR. S C R I M B a.com. The link will be in the show notes. And this is really primarily focused on front end developers. So they don't teach you full stack stuff. You're not gonna learn any backend technology. You'll primarily be learning HTMO CSS and JavaScript, but you'll learn, react and things like that, too.

This is a paid program, but they also have a bunch of free material, which is really, really great. I think you can learn HTL, [00:34:00] CSS and JavaScript for free, or at least a good chunk of their curriculum for free. But it's a very, very reasonable price. Like it's not that expensive. I forgot to look up what it costs before this podcast, but you can check it on yourself.

The thing that sets apart SCRA from everyone else and. It's just hard to describe. You really have to go on their website and take some of their content and experience it for their self, but they have this kind of like unique technology to where you're watching a video. And at the same time as the teacher is typing, it's happening live in like a web.

A web text editor. So you can actually interact with the code that the teacher is teaching you in the video. And it's really hard to describe, and it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense the way I'm describing it. You just have to see it in order to believe it. But it's really, really powerful because as the teacher is typing code, it's happening right before your eyes.

And then if you wanna manipulate or, or play around with that code, it [00:35:00] pauses the video for you. And then if you make a mistake, you can just hit like reset and it'll set it back to where it was. And it's a super, super powerful way in order for you to learn. And I . Would say that SCBA is kind of one of those things that I don't know if I would necessarily start there depending upon if you want to go free co camp or learn enough or things like that.

I would definitely take it. And, um, regardless of which path you take, if you wanna do the full stack stuff by the free co camp or learn enough, or the Oden project, I would supplement with SCBA simply because the way that they teach you is super powerful. So as you're learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from any of those other, um, sources that I recommended.

I would also recommend you take the same material, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from scriba. And that's just another way for you obtaining and learning kind of that material. So I hope that this episode was, uh, helpful for you. I hope that [00:36:00] some of the advice and the suggestions and the materials and the resources are gonna be beneficial to you.

There's kind of a lot to consider when you're going down, when you're trying to figure out how am I gonna learn, how to code and do this. Again, just to kind of reiterate, I wouldn't really recommend CS degree. Uh, if you're trying to change careers or you already have a bachelor's degree, or you're kind of further along in your career, unless you have a scholarship and you can go to it for free boot camps are really, really great if you can afford them.

Um, but again, make sure to talk to some of the graduates about the specific program and what they liked and didn't like, and how well prepared they were, and also try and find boot camps that don't cost you any. And, but their business model is they actually make money. Once they place you and put you into a job, that's the best option in my opinion, because all the risk is placed on the bootcamp and not upon you, self-taught hands down, gonna be the most difficult.

But if I were to do it all over again, myself, I would go through the learn enough program and make sure to check out their [00:37:00] scholarship program. If you can't afford $50, a. So that wraps it up for this episode, guys. I hope you found it helpful. And, uh, I will see you in a couple weeks in the next episode.

Take care.

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Host Robert Guss is a self-taught front-end developer currently working as a Developer Experience Engineer at Cypress.io. We discuss learning how to code, strategies for getting your first job, web technology news, interviews, testing, and more on this show.

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