At last, we make it to the last week of the 3-month bootcamp. And with it, we finally get to learn what we’ve all been the most concerned about: how to land a job. After all, this is the main product that all the bootcamps are selling. They all promise 90%+ job placements rates and salary ranges that would put you well on your way to the American dream of being upper-middle class.

To put it succinctly, I was disappointed with the career support, but satisfied enough to not complain. My cohort and I were sold on a notion that…

This post is long overdue. It’s been half a year since I’ve completed the bootcamp and I’m happy to report the reason I haven’t been blogging as much as because I’m now employed at an amazing job working as a software engineer for Yahoo. I’ll wrap up the bootcamp experience and write about my job in another post though. This one is dedicated to my final project, Nimblecode.

Nimblecode is a code type-racing game to improve your speed and accuracy as a coder. You can either race against the clock, or show off your skills in live multiplayer with your…

We’re 10 weeks in now and our bodies are definitely feeling the struggle of the long days and non-stop work. Many in my cohort report that their friends and loved ones say that they look really tired on the weekends. Some others have experienced debilitating anxiety and suffered mental breakdowns. …

Our thesis project, nimblecode, has begun development and I was proud of my team picking React when none of them really had any experience with it. We understood the risks, as most other teams played it safe and went with Angular. I was excited to build a full fledged application with React and dive more deeply into the current “hot” front-end framework. Since I had some prior experience (MVP Project) with React, I tasked myself with setting up our initial server/client while my teammates learned React. Unfortunately, I had to do quite a bit of learning myself getting Webpack, Babel…

This week, we had a bit of a breather as we finished up our Legacy projects and did a two-day resume sprint. It was the first time we had begun working with the career outcomes team and the first sort of real job preparation for our post-bootcamp life. The resume sprint was actually quite helpful, as we were forced to re-make our resumes with our newly updated tech skills and have it reviewed by multiple people to produce a nice end-product for our use after the program.

The break wasn’t for long though, as we went straight into getting our…

It was nice having a few days off to recover and recuperate after six straight weeks of learning. Now, we’re back to bootcamp as “seniors”, welcoming a new class of fresh faced “juniors” as they start their journey through MakerSquare as we did seven weeks ago.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get much time to socialize with them as we were already put to work on our next project, the Legacy Project. On our previous project, we created apps from nothing, hence the name “GreenField” project. This week’s project gave us a much more applicable real-world example of what would likely happen…

Halfway through now and we finally get what is supposed to be a “break” to catch up with our family, friends, and loved ones who have been wondering if we’re still alive. Fortunately, we are and I’m writing this post back in Pasadena instead of West LA. Unfortunately, it was not as relaxing of a week that I hoped it’d be because throughout the week you’re expected to be working on your first group project. For many of us, it was the first time we’ve had to code in a team collaborative environment and face all the challenges that come…

Five weeks into the program, we’re completely done with the “sprinting” section of the course. It’s pretty amazing that in only five weeks, I’ve become comfortable with a ton of concepts and libraries that I had only heard of before and never really understood what they meant. It was definitely tough learning something new every two days, but it was worth the effort. To recap, some of the things we learned the first five weeks included: recursion, data structures, object inheritance, D3, Backbone, React, Angular, Node, Express, databases, and deployment strategies.

So what do we start with to kick off…

I’ve finally made it through the sprint portion of the course. Over the last five weeks, we’ve been bombarded with new concepts, technologies, and frameworks faster than we’ve ever learned before. I’m sort of amazed of all I’ve learned so far in the program and how fast it all came. However, I’m also going to miss having such a structured schedule as we pivot to group projects. This week, we got more practice with Node and Express, used MongoDB for the first time, deployed apps to Heroku, and learned about build tools like Grunt.

The big framework of last week…

We’ve completed four weeks now at bootcamp which means we’re one third of the way through the program. It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you’re busy all day and learning at such an accelerated pace. There isn’t much time for seeing friends and family, but fortunately, you have a good support group to keep up your spirits at bootcamp.

So far, while Makersquare has been challenging, I haven’t yet felt behind or failed to complete part of the core curriculum. That all changed with this week. We tackled on a brand new sprint by our head of curriculum…

Rick Yeh

LA-born and raised software developer, foodie, and world traveler.

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