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5 Reasons to Learn Javascript This Year

posted by DevMtn Team on April 24th, 2017

Our of any programming language, you should learn Javascript this year.

From coffee makers to drones, processors are turning up in an increasing number of items beyond desktop computers, and this makes programming more valuable than ever. JavaScript has often been touted as a good programming language for beginners to get a grasp of the basics with, but it’s actually powerful enough to handle more than just simple tasks. There are five good reasons to make it your primary choice that include a ubiquitous presence on the web, a growing presence elsewhere, ease of learning, plenty of enthusiasts, and good job prospects.

JavaScript's Vital to the Internet

JavaScript stands out among programming languages by being specifically designed for Internet use. To get an idea, just look at such interactive features available on websites like entry forms or popup messages. These images can be created with other languages, but it requires a lot of code to produce the various components involved. With JavaScript, simple commands like alert and confirm generate complete objects. Additionally, JavaScript is embedded in all the common web browsers in order to create an instantaneous experience for the user of a web page. Otherwise, everything from animations included with the page to the entering of information would be slowed considerably as each update is passed to and from the server. JavaScript works in these situations by being loaded once with the initial HTML/CSS code needed to generate the web page. However, unlike HTML/CSS tags, there is no software that allows someone to create HTML/CSS code without actually knowing the language. There’s no substitute for learning JavaScript. Also, with the introduction of tools like node.js, JavaScript is becoming increasingly important behind the scenes as a server-based language handling incoming traffic from web surfers everywhere. With both client and server programs written in the same language, a programmer can produce a smooth flow between them. As an intrinsic part of Internet programming, JavaScript should be around a very long time.

Popularity Beyond the Internet

As the previous mentioning of JavaScript’s use as a back-end programming language implies, this language has grown in complexity and capabilities. When JavaScript was first introduced, it was devoted to the job of gifting websites with quick interactivity. The result was a rather threadbare language with fewer abilities than other existing languages like Java, C, or Python. Since then, JavaScript has added commands that bring it up to the level of these competitors while still maintaining a simple structure. This has made it attractive for uses outside the Internet. With the rise of smartphones, a growing number of apps are being written for them in JavaScript. Most current apps for Android phones are created in Java, but these won’t work on iPhones. Most iPhone apps are written in Objective-C or Swift, and these don’t work on Android phones. Since JavaScript is embedded in browsers that work on either phone. JavaScript phone apps can perform offline functions like collecting information from the phone’s gyroscope or activating the phone’s camera. JavaScript is also turning up in more software packages like Adobe Illustrator where it operates as a scripting language that allows the user to customize and streamline tasks. Finally, JavaScript in the form of Node.js is a favorite among languages used in the fledgling Internet of Things.

Easy to Learn

Many factors make JavaScript an easy language to master. First, it’s a highly abstracted language. In plain English, this means it’s closer to, well, English than it is to the machine language directly understood by computer processors. JavaScript is also strictly object-oriented. With object-oriented languages, distinct lines of code that can be reused emulate the actions of any sort of object. This is easier to follow than a language like C that doesn’t use this method. Helping with this, JavaScript is an interpreted language that doesn’t require the entire program to be compiled in order to test it for errors. The use of an interpreter allows the program to be quickly tested at any point during its development. Of course, one thing that makes learning a language easy is unfettered access to the interpreter. Everything needed to write and test a JavaScript program is inside any major web browser. You can start right now.

Community Support

It’s not completely certain, but JavaScript is either one of the most popular programming languages around if not the most popular one. With this kind of following, there’s a massive amount of help available online. If you’re having trouble getting an app to work or you can’t completely grasp the concept behind a command, there are sites like StackOverflow where other members can answer your questions. In addition, this level of interest guarantees a ballooning number of libraries that offer solutions to problems you’ll run into while putting together your own projects.

Employment Opportunities

With JavaScript being utilized in so many different outlets to such a huge extent, there’s plenty of demand for programmers skilled in this language. Just the continued growth in websites ensures more work for JavaScript programmers. In fact, jobs like programming and software development are among the fastest growing areas in the economy. These careers are often described as pulling in a median salary of approximately $91,000, but keep in mind that jobs in this pay range require extensive knowledge of JavaScript along with familiarity of other languages, math skills, and technical writing skills among other things. Still, there are plenty of opportunities at all levels of understanding. The work is also fairly dispersed around the country despite the impression that it’s all concentrated in Silicon Valley. It should finally be noted that if you have a few ideas for apps, you can put your JavaScript know-how to use without seeking out an employer.

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DevMountain Student Testimonials, Reviews, and Videos

posted by DevMtn Team on April 10th, 2017

Enrolling in a development bootcamp is a huge decision for all of DevMountain's future applicants. We know that not everyone has the ability to leave a current job, move cities or temporarily say goodbye to loved ones.

In a prospective applicant's mind, there is large risk involved in joining a tech bootcamp. We get it, it is like diving head first into the unknown. For this reason, a lot of our applicants spend a lot of time digging around online for reviews, reading about program details, and about the job placement process post-graduation.

Research is done to reassure an applicant that they are making the correct choice.

In our opinion, nothing quite settles a prospective applicants questions like real testimonials from students. Seeing the success of fellow applicants and enrollees is a sure-fire way to see the real outcome that a bootcamp can provide.

We have gathered a handful of student testimonies, reviews, and videos of DevMountain alumni. See what they had to say about their life changing experience with us.

DevMountain Student Testimonials - "Why I chose DevMountain"

Page G. talks about her DevMountain experience

DevMountain UX Design Bootcamp Student Review

DevMountain Student Review from Gabe G., an iOS Graduate

Mihir P. talks about his DevMountain experience

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DevMountain prides itself on building a name as the industry's leading bootcamp. DevMountain staff and instructors aim to make our curriculum top notch, endeavor for amazing student outcomes, and work hard to keep costs down to pass those savings directly to students.

Although DevMountain is not perfect all the time, we see every positive review as a testimony of our work and see every negative review as a perfect opportunity to improve. DevMountain strives to keep quality high and raise by getting better and better every cohort.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

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What if I have zero experience with code?

posted by DevMtn Team on April 4th, 2017

We get it. You've realized a career in code is something you want to pursue. Attending a bootcamp such as DevMountain can seem like an intimidating experience if you've never touched a line of code in your life.

Believe it or not, majority of the students that attend DevMountain have zero experience with learning code. We work closely with each applicant to better understand their goals and background. If we believe that you won't be successful in our program, we'll tell you upfront so that you don't waste valuable time and money.

We recently sat down with Page, one of our awesome graduates that had no experience with code and is now enjoying a fruitful career in code. Check out the video above!

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The Difference Between Full-Time & Part-Time Bootcamps

posted by DevMtn Team on April 4th, 2017

Since DevMountain's first Part-Time class (over 4 years ago) and first Full-Time class (over 3 years ago), we find ourselves constantly trying to explain the differences between the two. "Which class should I take?" and "can I learn the same content in After Hours as I do in Immersive?" are common questions asked every day. In an effort to proactively explain the differences and our goals with each course, we have decided to write this post.

DevMountain was designed from day 1 to train students by providing an intensive and "immersive" learning experience. We deliver that intense learning experience over multiple weeks in both our part-time and full-time classes.

The two classes are different in delivery and schedule, but our goal with both of them has always been to train students to attain skills that employers and the tech industry continue to demand without wasting any time. We cut out the fluff and lower the learning curve.

Here are general differences between the two classes...

Take a look at this graphic that contrasts some aspects of both types of courses:

Part-Time v Full-Time Bootcamps at DevMountain

The differences in the part-time and full-time courses the amount of time you'll have for application with mentors, and time spent in class, and assistance in finding a job at the end of the program.

The immersive program is 40 class hours a week, many of which are dedicated to project work with team members, mentors, and instructors. Much of those project hours are required to be done on your own within our part-time program.

Full-time students are provided assistance from our Employer Success teams in finding jobs after their time in the program. The assistance offered to full time students includes:

  1. In class training on networking, resumes, interviews, portfolio websites, LinkedIn, etc
  2. Guidance on portfolio projects
  3. Meet and hire lunches to which employers are brought to network, build relationships and hire. Contact Info of each company in attendance is shared with students
  4. One on one help in creating a post-graduation job hunt plan
  5. One on one post graduation help upon request - Resumes, LinkedIn, and portfolio site critique and help.
  6. Job board
  7. Saturday Job Prep Workshops (about every 7 weeks) for Alumni and current students with Tech Recruiters and one on one feedback

Full-time classes are for those who...

For students serious about making a jump into a dev career, we always recommend the full-time program. On average, graduates of our full-time programs are a quite a bit better prepared to go to work when compared with graduates of our part-time programs. There is no substitute for time. With more hours, more practice, and more training, you are going to be better at any given skill set.

We want to give "high stakes" learners, students who were absolutely focused on gaining full-time employment after the class, the opportunity to learn everything we can possibly teach them and give them the maximum opportunity for career success.

Part-time classes are for those who...

If there are constraints that would prevent you from attending a full-time course, the part-time program is the next best thing as far as jumpstarting a dev career. The part-time classes are for learners that are not in the position to quit their jobs, relocate and move to another area for three months, or have other daily obligations. We've experienced an overwhelming demand for our part-time (after-hours) classes.

DevMountain has had over 1,500 students finish our programs, and interesting trends are emerging. Students who are looking for jobs are finding them. Students looking for skills to build their startup are gaining them. Overall, students who are talented and passionate will succeed.

By offering both part-time (after-hours) and full-time (immersive) courses, DevMountain can help students in every kind of situation.

Ultimately, what you choose is a function of a few things: where you want to go, your time availability, and what your current personal situation is. If you are financially or otherwise unable to participate in an Immersive class, then you can still be successful in an After Hours class, it will just take more time, either during class by carving out as much time as possible, or after class as you continue learning and reaching the same level of competency you would have achieved in the Immersive class.

But if you are at all able, we highly recommend you consider the Immersive class. Especially if a job is your end goal. You will have more experience, more knowledge, and will overall be better prepared ready to walk into a job interview and come out with your first development job.

We hope to see you soon on one of our various DevMountain campuses soon!

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DevMountain Hackathon - March 2017

posted by DevMtn Team on April 3rd, 2017

Our Hackathons are crazy, exciting, exhausting, and awesome events where our DevMountain students get the first taste of the hacker lifestyle.

We just held a hackathon for our students, graduates, and the dev community last month. Check out the video for a recap of the mad, awesome, and code filled night. Email inquiries@devmounta.in to find out when the next one will be happening. We invite one and all to come hack at DevMountain HQ all night!

Come join us in class. We offer 13-week educational courses that provide training in high-tech industries like software development, UX design, and iOS Apple development. We have classes starting all the time and we hope to see you soon!

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