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),
- 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
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.
Apprentice.io – 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.
The Firehose Project – Although this is a virtual bootcamp focused on providing weekly 1-on-1 mentorship, code reviews, and portfolio-building assistance, Firehose is Boston-based and 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.”
Coding Classes in Boston
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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).
Girl Develop It – Classes on specific technologies or techniques, plus monthly Code & Coffee networking / project nights, for women.
RailsBridge Boston – Weekend workshop for women (including mothers — childcare provided for those who need it) to learn Ruby on Rails.
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.
First Step Coding – This organization offers a one-month Mondays & Wednesdays evening classes series, providing coding fundamentals skills. Aimed at both aspiring developers applying to increasingly competitive bootcamps, and employees in non-development roles (like Product Managers) that want a stronger understanding of tech.
You can also find various one-off classes & workshops on our curated Boston tech events calendar.
Boston Data Science Classes / Bootcamps
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.
QuantUniversity – Launched five years ago by a long-time data scientist at Endeca & MathWorks / analytics faculty member at Babson and Northeastern, QU provides both one-off workshops and a summer program that teaches quantitative methods, data visualization, and big data analytics. Tools used run the gamut from Excel to R to Python to Tableau to Apache Spark, and the program concludes with participants having the opportunity to complete a capstone data / analytical project for a company.
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.