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The ‘no-frills’ project iteration
There’s a great Theodore Roosevelt quote that applies to decision making:
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
What about bootcamps?
Programming bootcamps are a huge topic that is beyond the scope of this post. Some minimal suggestions:
- Figure out if you are the type of personality that would work well in a bootcamp (are you the type that jumps into a cold pool of water or do you slowy wade in?).
They tend to be a large commitment in terms of both cost and time.
Do your research very very carefully since there are lots of questionable ones out there.
If you are seriously considering a bootcamp, you should try your hand with a free one called Free Code Camp. See how well you can commit to daily and weekly work.
I know of 2 students who went to bootcamps for a career change. They completed the bootcamps successfully and did the career change that they wanted. They also found out that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. One thing about both of these individuals is that they were driven and would have succeeded even if they didn’t go through a bootcamp. In their case the bootcamps accelerated a trajectory that they were already on.
If you’re in the “OMG please give me a ‘real’ language” camp and you’re interested in a functional language then check out Elm.
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