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05 Dec 2019

CS DEGREE OR CODING BOOT CAMP?

By: By Jack C. Stanley, Co-Founder of The Tech Academy

For those interested in entering the tech industry, there are two main options: 1. Obtain a Computer Science degree from a university, or 2. Attend a coding boot camp. True, one could add “self-train” or “learn from mentors” as other options but in this article I am talking about how to choose which type of school to attend. There are pros and cons to universities and to boot camps. Let’s look over the positive and negative sides of coding boot camps: Coding boot camp cons: • Due to hundreds of possible options and the fact that each coding boot camp operates differently and covers different topics, it can be difficult locating the right boot camp. • Some coding boot camps focus on only one language or skill, leaving graduates pigeon-holed into a particular skill set which may or may not last into the future. • There are many job listings that require years of experience or degrees – neither of which are obtained through coding boot camps. • As coding bootcamps are a relatively new industry, there are some schools that haven’t figured it out yet or may not be fully trustworthy. As more time passes, only the strong will survive. Coding boot camp pros: • Much more affordable than college. • Rapid training – great for people short on time. • Tend to focus on skills that one will actually use on the job – practical application, not much theory or “fluff”. • Many coding boot camps were founded by working software developers who have first-hand experience of working in the industry and so know what needs to be covered. • Coding boot camps tend to cover modern technologies and the content covers current topics. Meaning, most often boot camps don’t have outdated data. For the most part, they’re cutting edge. Computer science degree cons: • Because curriculum has to undergo various approval processes, they’re not always modern. There are some universities that cover obsolete languages and technologies from the 90s. • CS degrees tend to focus less on coding than boot camps – covering topics ranging from mathematics to psychology. This can be a pro for some people who are interested in learning more than just computer programing. • It takes 2-4 years to obtain a Computer Science degree which can be an issue for those short on time. • They’re more expensive, costing an average of $8,000-$30,000 per year and taking 2-4 years ($16,000-$120,000 total). Computer science degree pros: • Students have a much greater understanding of the theory behind computers, logic, algorithms and other fundamental computer science topics. • Hardware is usually covered in more depth. • Students have a degree at the end of it which can come in handing when applying for jobs. • The programs are accredited which means they passed a rigorous review process and so are more likely to be comprehensive. So, how do you figure out which route is the best option? Well, for one, simply listing out the pros and cons can be helpful. Another factor that can assist in one’s decision process are outcomes. For example: the average college graduate makes $49,000 a year, whereas boot camp graduates reported an average of $62,178 a year – with CS degree graduates averaging a starting salary of $58,000. None of this is to say that “coding boot camps are better than universities”. There are many benefits in obtaining a CS degree. For example: Larry Page and Sergey Brin (co-founders of Google) and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) all have Computer Science degrees. The answer to all of this is: do your own research. There are too many schools in existence to give a “one size fits all” solution. Review their websites, speak with admissions staff, read reviews and trust your gut. The Tech Academy is for students looking for a coding boot camp that meets the following qualifications: • Flexible scheduling options – you choose when to study, • Students can study at home and/or at one of our campuses, • No technical background or experience is required – we welcome complete newbies, and • We cover several in-demand programming languages, providing students with a well-rounded skill set. Good luck in your search! About the author: With years of executive and managerial experience, Jack C. Stanley has overseen The Tech Academy since its inception. He owns and operates several successful companies. His background in teaching and curriculum development contributed greatly to the creation of The Tech Academy’s boot camps. As the Co-Founder and chairman of the school’s Board of Directors, he supervises the day-to-day activities and long-term planning for the school. The Tech Academy is a technology school that trains students in computer programming and web development. They are the proud recipient of SwitchUp.Org’s and CourseReport.Com’s Best Coding Boot Camp award and were named the “World’s Greatest Code School” by How2Media. The Tech Academy offers a wide range of services including: • Coding boot camps • Customized training classes for companies and groups • Advanced developer training • Software development • Staffing • And more… Visit learncodinganywhere.com to find out more.

19 Nov 2019

Tech Talk : Dr. Brent Wilson on The Importance of Algorithms

A very informative talk on algorithms and why you should focus on creating more efficient algorithms.

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23 Oct 2019

The Tech Academy Launches New Data Science Bootcamp

By: Matthias Wheelhouse, Marketing Director

The Tech Academy just announced the opening of registration for their brand-new Data Science Boot Camp! The Tech Academy is a licensed career school that teaches students how to program through real world, hands-on training. At the end of the training, The Tech Academy’s job placement team prepares students (and their resumés) for their first job as a data scientist. In celebration of this new program, The Tech Academy is offering 25% off the tuition for students that enroll in the Data Science Boot Camp now. With over 600 hours of study content and hands-on coding packed into the courses, students will gain the necessary skills to land entry-level data scientist positions. Through the Data Science Boot Camp, students will cover the basics of artificial intelligence, machine learning principals, statistical analysis, data visualization, as well as the Python and R languages (the most popular languages used in a data science role). Not only are students taught Data Science practices, this boot camp also includes training in other foundational developer skills, including: - Version control - HTML/CSS - JavaScript - Database & SQL - Project Management Since Data Scientists are relatively new in the job market, there are many high-paying positions in demand opening up every day, including: Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer, Business Analyst, and many other titles related to Data Science. By taking the Data Science Boot Camp at The Tech Academy, students will learn foundational programming abilities and specialized skills in Data Science that will allow them to start applying for entry-level jobs. Find more information about the program at http://learncodinganywhere.com

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04 Oct 2019

The Role That Machine Learning Can Play in Cybersecurity

By: Guest Post by Rob Sobers @ Varonis

The versatility of AI and ML technology has made them a mainstay across different industries. Due to the rise in their popularity and continued research and development, learning the ins and outs of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) is a great investment for your future — especially if you are interested in entering the IT or cybersecurity field. Note that ML is the industry standard sector of AI that’s used when talking about cybersecurity. Many organizations are integrating ML in their security operations and if you have a knowledgeable background in ML, it makes you that much more of an asset to them. Not only do these technologies save money but they also save the security, IT or DevOps team a lot of valuable time. If you’re interested in programming, consider creating ML and AI software. These types of technologies will only increase in popularity as organizations’ cybersecurity needs grow. It is important to note that these technologies aren’t advanced enough to completely operate on their own, they require human intervention and oversight to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you are interested in learning more about the role that ML plays in cybersecurity, see the visual guide below by Varonis. You'll learn about the risks, benefits, uses as well as how to prepare for the future.

04 Oct 2019

Tech Talk: How to Deploy a Web App to AWS S3

By: The Tech Academy

Check out this Tech Talk with guest speaker Ryan Jones, CEO of Serverless Guru. In this talk Ryan gives a live demo of how to take a web application written with AngularJS, ReactJS, VueJS, or generic HTML/CSS and deploy it to the world using AWS S3.


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