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Coding Bootcamps Already 1/8th the Size of CS Undergraduates 92

First time accepted submitter Valejo (689967) writes "According to a study released today by Course Report, programming bootcamps are expected to grow by 2.8x in 2014, meaning that bootcamps will graduate a student for every 8 CS undergraduates. The survey (PDF) also found that 57% of the schools teach in Ruby and that the average tuition is $9,900. The authors collected responses from 95% of US schools, including General Assembly, Dev Bootcamp, and Flatiron School."
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Coding Bootcamps Already 1/8th the Size of CS Undergraduates

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  • by Frobnicator ( 565869 ) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @11:23PM (#46886421) Journal

    There is the ability to write scripts. And there is understanding of the field of computer science. The first is a miniscule subset of the second.

    There are jobs where people only need the subset of skills needed to write scripts. There are jobs where scripting is the main task but a knowledge of theory is useful. And there are jobs where the 'science' aspect of computer science is critical.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @11:35PM (#46886487)

    All of what you call "fluff and filler" is what makes someone well-rounded and more than just a clueless brogrammer. We need more people writing software that actually have a good grasp of algorithms, data structures, etc. Not just more clueless fuckwit scripters.

  • bootcamps (Score:4, Informative)

    by the_Bionic_lemming ( 446569 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @12:13AM (#46886631)

    The last contract I had I walked into the "star" programmer using hidden text files to store data on client machines.

    It took over two weeks to prove to him that SQL could store the data without errors.

    People who are tossed into a learning environment for a month or two can't program their way out of a wet paper sack, let alone analyze and create tested solutions for a business.

    But businesses will get what they pay for. If they want someone who can do a web page without a real back end (that's secure and actually usable) will end up paying the price.

    It's good business for me. I can charge 4 years salary (of the bootcamp idiot) for six months worth of work to fix boot camp idiots work.

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