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Do Code Bootcamps Work?

“Computer programming is highly specialized work; it can’t be effectively taught in an intensive program,” writes Inc. magazine’s contributing editor:

Last month, two of the country’s largest and most well-regarded coding bootcamps closed. While there are still over 90 such camps in the U.S. and Canada, these for-profit intensive software engineering schools aren’t successfully preparing their students for programming jobs. According to a recent Bloomberg article, the Silicon Valley recruiter Mark Dinan characterized the bootcamps as “a freaking joke,” while representatives of Google and Autodesk said respectively that “most graduates from these programs are not quite prepared” and “coding schools haven’t been much of a focus for [us].”
In one sense, the failure of coding bootcamps reflects the near-universal failure of for-profit universities, colleges, and charter schools to provide a usable education. In another sense, though, coding bootcamps represent a profound misunderstanding of what computer programming is all about… Coding at the professional level is highly specialized and requires years of practice to master… the idea of a bootcamp for coding is just as practical as the idea of a bootcamp for surgery.

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