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Some have good teachers and do some good work.
The main problem for me is their false promises. There is no scarcity of junior developers. None.
Anyone can be a programmer doesn't mean that everyone can be a good one.
The first 2-3 years will be very complicated.2
(I am talking about my school’s promotional project, look at my rants for reference)
In short: H.E.L.L. It stands for:
I am Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'Sir.' Do you maggots understand that?6
I’m one of maybe the 10% of dev boot camp graduates that had a successful outcome. Most people think it’s as easy as just showing up, write mediocre code, get a certificate then you’re automatically an “engineer” with job offers being thrown at you. It’s not. I already had experience writing code throughout high school and took 2 years of cs classes at university before dropping out. TLDR; only worth it if you already have some technical knowledge or experience otherwise your just pissing away your money.5
I like the answer Peter Norvig, director of research at Google gave to this area of inquiry two decades ago. Some of the concepts show some age, but over all I think his advice is spot on:
I would certainly suggest someone spend some time learning some programming on their own BEFORE committing to something like a boot camp. They'd either figure out they didn't need it, or could better discern between different boot camp programs what will REALLY work for them and if it's REALLY worth the time and money.
The only person I've met that went to a bootcamp was an ok dev. Didn' really know jack about anything besides simple crud applications though.
One-hot encoding is fucking garbage. Everyone loves using this useless stupid shit that doesn’t work.3
the me who started learning at first felt proud that i gained skills all alone by watching tutorials, reading docs and making projects for fun. He would have said boot camps are for lazy and unmotivated people
the present me would say, i wish i could be spoon-fed everything i need in a bootcamp rather than spending hours on learning new tech