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What do you guys thinking of "hacker schools" like:

Dev Bootcamp
App Academy

I'm thinking about applying to one of these programs. It would also be helpful to hear feedback about these schools from alumnis/former students.
post #2 of 11
If you can afford it, go for it.

It's pretty stressful though, but unlike all college programming courses, they just cut out the bull**** and teach you what you really need to know. But yes, if your're tolerant to A LOT of stress for some period of time, then do it.
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Yeah, the curriculum sounded intense. Were you a former student ValPestilence?
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before you spend thousands of dollars look into Codecademy http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0
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Thanks kyfire. I will try out some of their tracks on the website.

I think AppAcademy you dont' have to pay. You only pay a portion of your starting salary if you get recruited for a job through their program.
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Thanks kyfire. I will try out some of their tracks on the website.

I think AppAcademy you dont' have to pay. You only pay a portion of your starting salary if you get recruited for a job through their program.

AppAcademy's fee is as follows from their site...

You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program. In that case, the fee is 15% of your starting salary, payable over the first 6 months after you start working.

At the end of the course we run a hiring day. If you choose to work at any of our partner companies, we will refund $5,000 of your tuition. Of course, you are free to accept a position with any employer.

So if you get a DEV job you owe AppAcademy 15% of your salary no matter...BUT if you get hired by one of their partners they refund you $5k. Bottom line is you could still end up paying something around $7k
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AppAcademy's fee is as follows from their site...

You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program. In that case, the fee is 15% of your starting salary, payable over the first 6 months after you start working.

At the end of the course we run a hiring day. If you choose to work at any of our partner companies, we will refund $5,000 of your tuition. Of course, you are free to accept a position with any employer.

So if you get a DEV job you owe AppAcademy 15% of your salary no matter...BUT if you get hired by one of their partners they refund you $5k. Bottom line is you could still end up paying something around $7k

still cheaper than college/uni
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Have you tried learning on your own?

I understand some people need the classroom environment to learn though... So if I had to pick one, I'd say Dev Bootcamp. It looks better in terms of content and the fees are up-front which is always better. It may cost more initially, but that 15% thing the other people are doing might end up running you more in the long run.

It does cost a fair bit though...
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AppAcademy's fee is as follows from their site...

You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program. In that case, the fee is 15% of your starting salary, payable over the first 6 months after you start working.

At the end of the course we run a hiring day. If you choose to work at any of our partner companies, we will refund $5,000 of your tuition. Of course, you are free to accept a position with any employer.

So if you get a DEV job you owe AppAcademy 15% of your salary no matter...BUT if you get hired by one of their partners they refund you $5k. Bottom line is you could still end up paying something around $7k

whats to stop you from saying you never got a job?
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whats to stop you from saying you never got a job?


They're hackers....THEY'LL FIND YOU.

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It's funny. Being someone who's always building computers, people have this misconception that I can "Hack things" as if building computers and hacking where the same thing. As much as i'd love to say I could hack things I cannot. I figure if I was able to teach myself how to build computers, how to edit videos, how to run virtual machines, how to install operating systems, ect, that I can figure out how to do some "Hacking" type things without major guidance.
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