You’ll become proficient with test environments, GitHub collaboration and version control tools, Agile Development Methodology, and other professional development tools and best practices. Once you graduate, you’ll have the skills of a PHP programmer and web developer to entice employers to hire you as an employee, or for freelance work, depending on your goals.
You’ll learn to create and manipulate the look and feel of a site, and as you’re learning the front and backend languages and functionality you’ll be better able to integrate all aspects of your software and apps into a finely-tuned result.
PHP is the server-side programming language most widely used to publish content and functionality to the web. Top companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Wikipedia and WordPress, plus many of Albuquerque’s fastest growing tech firms, use PHP to power their businesses.
Also, once you know PHP and the full xAMP stack you’re in a great position to learn other dynamic web languages such as Ruby and Python if desired and/or necessary.
8:00 a.m. – Let’s get to work on today’s first lessons. We’ll review any questions that arose from your coding work from the night before, and make sure the stage is set for today’s projects. Questions will be asked, with answers and guidance offered in return.
8:30 a.m. – The hands-on commences, with pairs and teams as the perfect structure to attack the day’s set of hands-on projects. The extra pair of eyes will help you focus on your work, find answers to questions quickly, and generally shave your learning curve. Your roving instructor will be available to provide a boost through a roadblock, a relevant shortcut, or real-life examples for guidance.
12:15 p.m. – Time to refuel! Options abound for tasty lunches of many flavors at nearby establishments, or bring your own lunch fixings.
1:00 p.m. – Let’s talk about your amazing insights from this morning’s projects, and introduce this afternoon’s challenges.
2:00 p.m. – Time to take a break and do something to refresh your mind and body. You know lots of great ideas are born when we unplug for a little while and find a different perspective. A couple times a week we’ll wander over for a quick, customized training routine at Downtown Sports & Wellness – it’s included in your tuition, of course. Other days, let’s take a walk and have some more conversations.
3:00 p.m. – More hacking. Your brain will expand even further as we lay out projects and activities for you and your Divemates to explore and accomplish. Your instructors will be astonished at your progress, and will occasionally assist you just to be sure they feel needed.
4:30 p.m. – Often, we’ll have local developers, employers and others visit to share their coding, business and hiring experiences and to have some Q & A time with you.
5:00 p.m. – Yes, time flies when you’re having such fun, but it’s time to break off for the evening and eat again. We’re officially done for the day, but most of you will likely choose to continue building your apps and projects during or after you find something to eat for dinner. After all, the more hands-on coding stuff you and your Divemates can experiment with during your 10 weeks here, the better prepared and more attractive you’ll be for prospective employers.
Evenings and Weekends – You’ll revisit and organize the copious notes you’ve taken during class days and practice what you’ve learned thus far. You’ll also get some well-deserved down time to refresh and recharge.
Through our ongoing conversations, we find most of Albuquerque’s top companies are planning to hire more programmers, including entry-level coders, for the foreseeable future. Other cities are equally short of programmers to fill available jobs.
Not to mention, the salaries for software and web developers are much, much higher than for most careers.
As long as you love technology, are proficient with a computer, have the passion to commit to becoming a programmer in 10 weeks, and plan to get a programming job (or make some other great use of your new skills) soon after graduation, you’ll fit right in here at Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp.
If you’re interested in other online courses and exercises to prepare you for the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp, there are free resources available on Khan Academy, Code Academy, MIT open courseware, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, and others. There are some good, but not free, courses available from Treehouse and Code Avengers.
The required pre-work will ensure that you have at least some experience prior to starting class.
Although you’ll be doing tons of coding with little free time left over, there are lots of fun things to do in the city and the area. Albuquerque has great weather, 320+ days of sunshine, a vibrant university area near the STEMulus Center, lots of bike trails, tasty local brews, and many food choices.
Albuquerque was named as one of the top places to build wealth by Salary.com thanks to its reasonable housing, activities and prices in general. Housing especially is significantly cheaper than in most cities.