There have never been more good opportunities to learn to code, whether pursuing your personal interests or to gain a high-demand skill for the many web development jobs available in Boston. I’ve separated the options into programming classes (one-off or short-term classes focused on a single or small number of skills) and development bootcamps (multi-week immersive programs covering a set of skills, generally designed to prepare you for a job).
Programming Classes in Boston
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General Assembly – One-off startup classes, including many intro courses to different kinds of programming (web development, SQL, Python, and more).
Girl Develop It – Two day workshops and networking events for women.
RailsBridge Boston – Weekend workshop for women to learn Ruby on Rails.
Firehose Weekend – Intensive weekend hackathon. “Start with nothing, learn what you need, leave with a fully functional application.”
Harvard Extension School – Open enrollment semester-long classes; the extension school offers many more modern options than what you might find in degree-track classes at a college. Courses like Fundamentals of Website Development are available alongside traditional Computer Science courses.
Development Bootcamps in Boston
Firehose Virtual Apprenticeships – Now Firehose is also offering a 12-week virtual bootcamp, aimed at providing more flexibility and one-on-one time to apprentices. Their focus is also on Ruby on Rails, as well as APIs, mobile-first web design, and front-end development.
General Assembly – GA also offers immersive 8 to 16-week courses for tracks like back-end web development, data science, and front-end web development.
Metis – The latest programming bootcamp in Boston, Metis offers a 12-week program taught by the notable web development shop Thoughtbot, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep.
Apprentice.io – Also by Thoughtbot, promising junior developers can become paid apprentices for 3 months, during which they will “learn and work with Ruby on Rails, jQuery, Backbone.js, HTML5, SCSS, git, Unix, and agile software development”.
Of course there are many online options for learning web development, but Boston-based bootcamps & career accelerators all have relationships with local companies that are hiring, and most specifically offer job-placement assistance as part of the program.
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