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 coding bootcamps in Boston (multi-week immersive programs covering a set of skills, generally designed to prepare you for a job), coding classes in Boston (one-off or short-term classes, usually focused on a single or small number of skills), and data science classes / bootcamps (focused on using programming to process & analyze large amounts of data, rather than to build web or mobile applications).

Boston Coding Bootcamps

Launch Academy's Boston Coding Bootcamp

Launch Academy – A 10-week web development bootcamp, with a 6-week online pre-learning course and 6 months of post-graduate support. Grounded in Ruby on Rails, students also learn JavaScript, jQuery, test-driven & agile development, Git, and how to be proficient on the command line.

Startup Institute – Formerly Boston Startup School, Startup Institute now has programs in multiple cities, offering 8-week “career accelerators”. Their Web Development track teaches Ruby on Rails and provides “exposure to topics such as test-driven development, git, AJAX, and API’s.”

General Assembly – Another national program with a strong presence in Boston, GA offers immersive 8 to 12-week courses for tracks like back-end web development, data science, and front-end web development. – Nationally-recognized dev shop Thoughtbot offers paid apprenticeships (currently in design, web development, and iOS development) for 3 months, taking already skilled practitioners and raising their skills even further with mentorship and weekly exposure to new projects.

Coding Classes in Boston

One of the web development classes at Bocoup

Photo by Jory Burson at Bocoup

Bocoup Training – Intensive workshops and sets of classes from the open source web development experts at Bocoup. The subject matter varies from foundational web technologies (HTML, CSS, SVG, JavaScript), to advanced JavaScript libraries (Backbone, D3.js, jQuery) to DevOps and even UX.

Startup Institute – In addition to the full-time bootcamp they’re best known for, Startup Institute also offers part-time evening classes like Intro to JavaScript and Intro to Ruby.

General Assembly – GA also offers many part-time and one-off classes, including many intro courses to different kinds of programming (web development, SQL, Python, and more).

Women’s Coding Collective – Offering online and in-person coding classes for women. HTML & CSS, Javascript & jQuery, PHP, SEO, and WordPress.

Girl Develop It – Classes on specific technologies or techniques, plus monthly Code & Coffee networking / project nights, for women.

RailsBridge Boston – Weekend workshop for women to learn Ruby on Rails.

Firehose Weekend – Although primarily offering virtual classes (including a “web development apprenticeship” with weekly 1-on-1 mentorship hours &regular office hours), Firehose also occasionally does in-person events in Boston, one of which is their intensive weekend hackathon. “Start with nothing, learn what you need, leave with a fully functional application.”

Code Undercover – This hybrid web development / education agency offers non-technical founders the opportunity to learn to code by building their own startup idea. Working one-on-one with founders, Code Undercover teaches them web development using Ruby on Rails, around a custom curriculum tailored to deliver the founder’s own idea as a working product.

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.

Boston Data Science Classes / Bootcamps

A photo from Level's first Data Science Bootcamp in Boston.

Level – This bootcamp is run by Northeastern University, teaching skills in SQL, R, and Tableau. It runs over two months, and aims to prepare participants who already have experience working with business data / regression analysis for a career in data analytics.

General Assembly – In addition to their web development offerings, General Assembly also runs a data science bootcamp. Their bootcamp covers statistic fundamentals and teaches regression & other data modeling techniques, focusing on using Python as a programming language.

Startup Institute – This brand new set of part-time classes in Data Science provides training in R and Tableau, working with real-world sports data from sports-content program partner Stattleship.

In addition to these in-person programs, Boston-based DataCamp offers online classes to learn data science & data visualization techniques, in either R or Python.


Of course there are many more online options for learning to code, but Boston-based programming 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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