In a little more than a week, I’ll be starting an intensive coding bootcamp at Access Labs as part of the Flatiron School. For a long time, I’ve been hustling as a freelance video/photo guy, but when looking for steady work, it’s hard not to notice the sheer volume of developer jobs. Thus the class starting on November 19 and my inclination to document my journey from pure Jon Snow (i.e. “knows nothing”) to eventual Bran Stark (i.e. “knows pretty much everything”).
The program will last 15 weeks, minus Thanksgiving and the day after and the week of Christmas, so the bulk of my learning will come from November 19 until approximately the first week of March.
It’s my hope that by documenting my progress here I’ll encourage others who are starting late to coding– I’m 37 and will turn 38 during my boot camp– and who have either been stymied when attempting to learn how to program before (like me) or have been too intimidated to start.
As I write this, I’m two labs away from finishing the pre-course load for this coding class. Ironically, I’ve progressed farther in my understanding of programming in these last few weeks of home learning through Flatiron Labs than I ever did when I was working without a deadline to maybe become a coder someday.
There is no doubt in my mind that for some people there is a self-taught path to programming that will lead to job prospects and a new (and ideally lucrative) career in software development. After numerous false starts, though, I’ve been forced to conclude that I am not such a person.