Read This Before You Start Your Coding Bootcamp!

So you have signed up for a coding bootcamp or are thinking about signing up for a coding bootcamp. First of all, congratulations! That is awesome. It really is! I have a Computer Science degree but what I learned in a Coding Bootcamp was a lot more useful and more importantly it gets you hired…but only if you do it right!

You Will Get Lost and Confused!

Confused Mark Wahlberg

Make no mistake, unless you are a born genius like Bill Gates or Brian in my advanced CS class in college you will not only be confused about what you are expected to do but be completely lost! All I can say is that it is OK. I repeat, it is OK to be confused or even lost! The important part is to make sure you don’t freak out or even worse quit. Just keep going, calmly!

Don’t Stress the Know it All Dude in Class

Douchebag

There will be at least one guy and yes I mean guy because usually it’s a guy that acts like a total douchebag. He will try to show off how much he already knows but more importantly he will act as if this stuff is easy. The reason for is because that guy had previous experiencing developing code so if course it is going to be easy for him! Don’t let that person make you feel insecure! You got this!

Keep Your Desktop Clean and Organized

If you had ANY idea how important this part is you would bleach your Operating System! I cannot stress this part enough. Too many mistakes and countless hours have been wasted because students didn’t keep their file structure, desktop organized. ONE DIRECTORY for your CODE. That’s it! Do not have duplicate versions of the same code! So simple but so profound.

Pick a Naming Convention

I will be honest. I still struggle with this sometimes but sticking to one naming convention for files, folders and even variables will go a long way. I personally have chosen to name everything with the first letter of each word uppercased and a dash in between them. So for example Avans-Class.

Git Commit / Backup Often

If you don’t know what Git is yet that’s OK. Just remember to backup your code often and preferably whenever you have accomplished a task. So let’s say you are working on full-stack app and just added a search box that works now. It’s not Google but it works good enough. At this point you should be pushing up your changes to GitHub. Again, don’t worry if you don’t know what Git and GitHub is.

Close All Apps / Windows You Don’t Need

Another good one. And again this is one I struggle with sometimes. But whenever I notice I have too many tabs open I just start closing them even if I feel like they are important and I really need them. You should only have ONE instance of the following open: the terminal, browser, code editor and Spotify. Nothing else!

Don’t you Dare Tackle more than One Task at a Time!

Another important one. Don’t try to handle two tasks at once. Just focus on one small task a time and make you get it working before you move on! Don’t get distracted either. It’s either to notice other issues when you try to resolve an issue…just ignore it. I know it’s not easy but you can do it!

Indention and Spaces

Be consistent with your spaces and indention. Don’t develop bad habits and write messy code. Get rid of any out of place empty lines, indent your code so it looks visually pleasing. And if you don’t know what is considered good indention, look at some popular code repository and see how they organized their code and what kind of space, indention choices they made.

DON’T DO THIS

function foo  ()  {

console.log('BAD');
}

DO THIS

function foo(){
  console.log('BETTER');
}

Conclusion

Going through a coding bootcamp can be scary especially if you are paying a lot of money. You just don’t know if you are going to do well and get hired afterwards. Just keep going, do your best and don’t look back. Stay calm and organized. Break everything down to smaller more manageable parts. And if you get stuck really really bad. And you have no idea what to do. Just reach out to me. I am coding tutor and I have been helping coding bootcamp students for a couple of years now.

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Read This Before You Start Your Coding Bootcamp!

So you have signed up for a coding bootcamp or are thinking about signing up for a coding bootcamp. First of all, congratulations! That is awesome. It really is! I have a Computer Science degree but what I learned in a Coding Bootcamp was a lot more useful and more importantly it gets you hired…but only if you do it right!

You Will Get Lost and Confused!

Confused Mark Wahlberg

Make no mistake, unless you are a born genius like Bill Gates or Brian in my advanced CS class in college you will not only be confused about what you are expected to do but be completely lost! All I can say is that it is OK. I repeat, it is OK to be confused or even lost! The important part is to make sure you don’t freak out or even worse quit. Just keep going, calmly!

Don’t Stress the Know it All Dude in Class

Douchebag

There will be at least one guy and yes I mean guy because usually it’s a guy that acts like a total douchebag. He will try to show off how much he already knows but more importantly he will act as if this stuff is easy. The reason for is because that guy had previous experiencing developing code so if course it is going to be easy for him! Don’t let that person make you feel insecure! You got this!

Keep Your Desktop Clean and Organized

If you had ANY idea how important this part is you would bleach your Operating System! I cannot stress this part enough. Too many mistakes and countless hours have been wasted because students didn’t keep their file structure, desktop organized. ONE DIRECTORY for your CODE. That’s it! Do not have duplicate versions of the same code! So simple but so profound.

Pick a Naming Convention

I will be honest. I still struggle with this sometimes but sticking to one naming convention for files, folders and even variables will go a long way. I personally have chosen to name everything with the first letter of each word uppercased and a dash in between them. So for example Avans-Class.

Git Commit / Backup Often

If you don’t know what Git is yet that’s OK. Just remember to backup your code often and preferably whenever you have accomplished a task. So let’s say you are working on full-stack app and just added a search box that works now. It’s not Google but it works good enough. At this point you should be pushing up your changes to GitHub. Again, don’t worry if you don’t know what Git and GitHub is.

Close All Apps / Windows You Don’t Need

Another good one. And again this is one I struggle with sometimes. But whenever I notice I have too many tabs open I just start closing them even if I feel like they are important and I really need them. You should only have ONE instance of the following open: the terminal, browser, code editor and Spotify. Nothing else!

Don’t you Dare Tackle more than One Task at a Time!

Another important one. Don’t try to handle two tasks at once. Just focus on one small task a time and make you get it working before you move on! Don’t get distracted either. It’s either to notice other issues when you try to resolve an issue…just ignore it. I know it’s not easy but you can do it!

Indention and Spaces

Be consistent with your spaces and indention. Don’t develop bad habits and write messy code. Get rid of any out of place empty lines, indent your code so it looks visually pleasing. And if you don’t know what is considered good indention, look at some popular code repository and see how they organized their code and what kind of space, indention choices they made.

DON’T DO THIS

function foo  ()  {

console.log('BAD');
}

DO THIS

function foo(){
  console.log('BETTER');
}

Conclusion

Going through a coding bootcamp can be scary especially if you are paying a lot of money. You just don’t know if you are going to do well and get hired afterwards. Just keep going, do your best and don’t look back. Stay calm and organized. Break everything down to smaller more manageable parts. And if you get stuck really really bad. And you have no idea what to do. Just reach out to me. I am coding tutor and I have been helping coding bootcamp students for a couple of years now.