[python-uk] Coding "Bootcamps"

Nick Sarbicki nick.a.sarbicki at gmail.com
Wed May 18 07:23:41 EDT 2016

On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 12:04 PM <PyUK at getaroundtoit.co.uk> wrote:

> How about MOOCs?
> Dr Chuck (of 'the book' fame) teaches one from Georgia Tech on Coursera
> (https://www.coursera.org/courses?languages=en&query=python)
> Similarly edX offers a range of either scheduled or self-paced offerings
> (https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=python)

+1 To MOOCs such as those on Coursera.

My first venture into programming was the JavaScript course on codecademy.

My second venture was with https://www.coursera.org/course/programming1 which
taught me some basic python.

I did both of those courses in about 2 months. After I started working on
some, admittedly terribly made, home projects. Half a year later I got a
job which involved programming.

In the end I've found it is all about getting your own interest up and
finding projects which inspire you. The more you code and enjoy coding, the
more competent you will become and the more evident that will be to

I'd also venture to say that there are many junior roles which aren't that
heavily dependent on a specific language but simply require someone who can
think logically and is willing to learn, so a high amount of competence is
not completely necessary.

tl;dr: There is no need to waste money on bootcamps when free online
courses will get your friend started just fine.

Good luck to your friend!

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