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I just thought I might clear up the air in case there was any confusion.

There are various venues for learning to code, and they basically fall under one of two categories:

1. Live courses (either in-person or online).

2. Online platforms (i.e. websites with educational content on it).

The first category - live courses, are commonly referred to as coding...

We get this question a lot, so I figured I’d write up a blog post to answer it.

What to prepare for a coding bootcamp depends very much on the coding bootcamp you hope to attend. When choosing a coding bootcamp, it’s very important to understand the different types that exist so that you can choose the coding bootcamp that is right for you.

While there are many differ...

Coding bootcamps, coding schools, dev bootcamps, code academies - they may go by different names, but they are all phrases that describe the same phenomenon.

What is a coding bootcamp?

A coding bootcamp is a vocational program that teaches its students the skills necessary to become a software developer. A software developer - sometimes called a computer programmer or...


You’ve decided that you’d like to break into a career in technology. Technology is taking over the world. Robots are eating people’s jobs in every industry. You don’t want to be left behind, so you decide to jump on the bandwagon.

But you’re not 19 anymore. In fact, you have a career in something other than tech. You’re an accountant, a welder, a mechanic, or a lawyer -...

I recently received the following question via email:

"Hello! I'm a junior in high school and I've been looking into computer science programs for college and I was just wondering if a coding bootcamp is a substitute for a computer science degree. Would you recommend joining a coding bootcamp post-college or beforehand?"

These are fantastic questions, and I thought that m...

We're so proud of the most recent Actualize Online Live cohort that graduated yesterday. Each Actualize grad presented their individual Capstone projects at our online Showcase to a panel developers while others watched on YouTube LiveStream. Even though the Showcase is over, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube below.

The Capstone project that each Actualize student builds is ...

SwitchUp conducted an interview with Leapfrog Online, a Chicago-based tech company who has hired five Actualize grads over the course of a few years. A special thanks to Kevin from Leapfrog Online and Mary from SwitchUp for doing this wonderful interview!

The interview covers many topics, including:

  • Why do you think Actualize grads are a good fit for your team?

A fascinating study conducted by the tech recruiting firm Triplebyte was recently published on InfoWorld. Triplebyte gave the same technical interview to both coding school graduates and university trained co...

When someone first decides to dabble in coding and Googles, "learn to code," they are inundated with options for books, tutorials, and schools that all jockey for the person’s attention. As they comb through the various services, they begin to notice names of different programming languages: HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, C#, Java, Python - and the list goes on.

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The prospect of learning to code is quite daunting to most people. To someone who knows very little about it, the mind conjures up images of lots of green 0’s and 1’s upon a black background. With semicolons, angle brackets, and gobbledygook - software development seems to most as a skill that is some twisted hybrid of advanced calculus and dark magic. Only geniu...

December 13, 2016

Do Coding Schools Work?

In this post, I'd like to address a general but fundamental question: Do coding schools work? It’s a very legitimate question. After all, coding schools promise to provide their students with skills that will lead to an exciting career and significant jump in salary after just several months of training - and without any degree or certification. That’s quite a tal...

December 12, 2016

The Voice for Coding Schools

A lot has been written about coding schools in recent years, as over one hundred such programs have sprung up since 2012 throughout the US and abroad. The media in particular has been fascinated by this phenomenon, and rightfully so. The notion that it’s possible to attend a vocational school - and not receive a degree or any certification - and gain skills that ...