You know how I researched coding bootcamps and the reason I chose Hack Reactor from here. I applied for four bootcamps in the Bay Area, and this post is about my application experience.

I finalized my application list to these four bootcamps: Hack Reactor, Dev Bootcamp, RocketU, and Coding Dojo. Because Hack Reactor was on the top of my list, I first went through Coding Dojo and RocketU’s applications (to practice and prepare myself).

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Image Source: Hack Reactor

Image Source: Hack Reactor

 

From my previous post, you know I am going to a coding bootcamp called Hack Reactor. However, how do you find a right bootcamp that fits you? Before I applied to any bootcamp, I researched through Google and Quora to find people’s reviews about bootcamps. There are also websites that collect bootcamp information by city, focus, reviews, etc. Here are the websites I know: Bootcamp Finder, Bootcamper, Switch Up, Course Report. Jeff’s blog post, How to Compare Bootcamps, also helped me decide my list of bootcamps to apply.

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I haven’t written any blog post for a while and now it’s 2015 already! I can’t believe time flies so fast!! There are lots of changes I faced in the end of 2014, and in 2015 I will have a totally different lifestyle.

The biggest change is I am going back to school…well sort of. It’s a coding school(bootcamp) called Hack Reactor. In the second half of 2014, I felt I wanted to learn programming in a more systematic way. Therefore, I researched all kinds of possibilities like CS master program, CS undergraduate, online certified classes, Udacity CS master program, etc. The biggest concern I had was the time it will take. Quitting my job to study 2~4 years seems a little terrifying for me. In addition, I want to learn while doing lots of practical projects. Some of the programs seemed as if they would only focus on the theory part.

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Have you ever faced these kind of situation in your lives?

  • You read a good article and want to take note of it.
  • You draft an idea for project/homework/work and need to re-edit a lot.
  • You are planning for traveling/working/to do.
  • You wish to store all your relevant documents in the same place for easy comparing.
  • Just have a thought and need to record your thoughts (handwriting, audio, or video).

I used to save my files in word documents, but the file management is so hard. I can’t find the material I want in a short period of time once the number of my file exceed a certain amount.

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“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” – Donald Knuth

I like what Dr. Knuth said about optimization. Currently in my life, I don’t have too much time or too many choices to do optimization in lots of my situations. Because I lack a solid CS foundation (you can read the story here), I learn new stuff mostly when I face a challenge. Even though I really wish I could have taken CS classes or done some related projects, I do enjoy this “Just in time learning process.”

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To be honest with you, I have a degree…but not in a computer science related area.

Even though I have a bachelor degree in Chemistry and master degree in Environmental Science, I didn’t take any computer science class at school. Each time I look into my past, I wonder why I didn’t take a computer science class when I had a chance. Well, I guess this is life! Computer science was here all the time, waiting for me to discover it…

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