Ruby & Python
Ruby and Python are both dynamic, open source programming languages that focus on simplicity and productivity. Both have an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write. Ruby’s web framework (Rails) is particularly powerful for building web applications, while Python can be used for web applications, DevOps, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science
When we need to store a lot of data, it is often stored in a database. PostgreSQL is widely used open source, relational database. SQL is the language we teach to be able to interact with databases
Object Relational Mapping (ORM)
Many OOP languages use ORMs so that developers are able to interact with SQL using objects in a programming language’s rather than raw SQL. 1. ActiveRecord (Ruby Session) 2. Django ORM (Python Session)
3. Industry Best Practices
Git & Github
We write a lot of code. To make sure older versions of our code do not get lost, and to allow multiple developers to collaborate on code, we use Git and Github for version control.
Many development teams ask their developers to work in pairs. It’s harder than you think. We practice it often.
ReactJS with Redux
Django (Python Session)
Django is a powerful Python-based web framework which allows its users to rapidly build enterprise grade web applications
Ruby on Rails and Sinatra (Ruby Session)
Ruby on Rails is a powerful Ruby-based web framework which allows its users to rapidly build enterprise grade web applications
Data Science (Python Only)
Data Science (Python Only)
Industry-used Python libraries including NumPy, Pandas, and Jupyter Notebook. More and more companies are using data science techniques to extract information and insights about their data. We will introduce you to the field, using popular tools such as:
powerful library for scientific computing
an open source library that allows for easy data manipulation and analysis
an application that lets users visualize data and create and share live code.
Industry Recognized Certifications & Training
Industry Recognized Certifications & Training
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification: Many companies store and manipulate their data in the cloud. Amazon Web Services is one of the biggest cloud platforms. We prepare you for this certification.
Agile is a popular management approach used in software teams. It comprises a set of methodologies that allow for rapid, iterative development. We prepare you for the SAFe Certification, which is a type of Agile development.
In Code Platoon’s Beyond Tech curriculum, students will learn the interpersonal skills necessary to become a world-class junior developer. This curriculum helps bridge the gap between their military experience and civilian technology companies. Students strengthen their self-knowledge through a personality assessment and develop a customized approach through teamwork, resolution, inclusion, and negotiation exercises.
From asking for help when stuck to pair programming and taking direction, being able to effectively work on a team is vitally important to the life of a junior developer. This session helps our students understand the techniques modern technology teams use to build camaraderie and transfer knowledge between team members.
At one point or another, every developer deals with the feeling of being stuck in a problem. Feelings of “imposter syndrome” are commonplace and students will inevitably question why they are even learning code in the first place. This session will normalize the feelings of “imposter syndrome”, give students a good vocabulary to describe their feelings and move them from a fixed learning mindset to a growth learning mindset.
Diversity & Inclusion
Today’s modern-day workplace represents a rich melting pot of people from many different races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, etc. As we enter this workplace, we have to understand what makes us diverse. This session aims to get a better understanding of the lexicon that surrounds diversity. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises and discussions to better know themselves, and define identity. By increasing our students’ diversity lexicon, they will become effective advocates to creating a richly diverse and inclusive work culture.
Simply understanding the vocabulary to describe the diversity in the modern workplace is only half of the equation to having a diverse and inclusive workplace. This session aims to equip participants with preventative and reactive measures for practicing inclusivity. Participants will learn various ally skills to use with peers, and methods to combat insensitivity at the office.
Understanding one’s value to an organization comes from knowing oneself. This session will guide students through the BOSI personality assessment and give them a better understand of where their natural tendencies lie in an organization.
Many military personnel have little to no personal finance training which leads to a slew of financial issues. Going from a military salary to a technology salary is a significant increase and can either lead to more financial insecurity or put students on a track to financial success. In this session, we will talk through the importance of budgeting, getting out of debt, and how to set up an ecosystem for healthy finances
Salary negotiations are a vital part of every job search – too often, thousands of dollars are left on the table just because candidates don’t negotiate. This session will help students find the confidence and verbiage necessary to negotiate at the offer table through a series of role-playing situational exercises.
After finishing a coding bootcamp, students are often surprised to find that searching for a full-time position is often more difficult than the coding bootcamp curriculum itself. From endless cold emails to countless networking events, searching for a job is exhausting. This session will help students put job searching in context, help them get on a written plan, and overcome their fears of interviews.
In order to best prepare Code Platoon’s students for the extremely competitive software market, we have created a rich career prep curriculum. Where most coding bootcamps truncate their web development curriculum and tack on an extra week to very basically cover the large topic of career prep, we have added 50% more instructional time and woven the career prep curriculum into that time. Our students come out of Code Platoon with an industry-ready resume, a professional LinkedIn profile, and 100+ hours of behavioral/technical interview practice.
Students are given time / instruction during the first hour of class each day to work on their LinkedIn profiles, prepare answers for behavioral interviews, and work through technical whiteboarding interview questions. In addition, students are taught 1-2 technical interview questions each week by senior developers in the industry.
Code Platoon is fortunate enough to have a number of volunteers from the recruiting and technology industry come in and teach our students. Through our Director of Career Development, we’ve come up with a number of sessions to best prepare students below:
Session 1: Building an online presence
This session reinforces the building of a strong online presence via Github, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Students are taught how to fully utilize Github by finding interesting projects, following active contributors, and giving “stars” to reputable code bases. During the session, students will be taught where to look for beginner-friendly open source software and build their online presence.
Session 2: Resume Writing Workshop
This workshop teaches students to carefully document the work they are doing, write notes on their specific contributions, and record what challenges they are facing with their learning new material. They are then tasked with starting to think through / document their own narrative – how they got to Code Platoon, their experience in the military, etc.
Sessions 3-5: Individual Resume Writing Coaching
During weeks 8 – 11, students will be meeting with volunteer recruiters vetted by the Director of Career Development up to 3 times to review and work on their resume.
Session 6: Final Interviews (Behavioral)
During this session, professional recruiters will talk to students on how to best present themselves in an interview and how to break down behavioral questions.
Session 7: Final Interviews (Technical)
During this session, a senior developer from the community will come into teach students how to approach and break down technical questions. This session will cover both answering whiteboarding questions and how to speak to their general technical knowledge.
Session 8: Mock Interview Day
The summation of the career curriculum is a mock interview day given by industry professionals. Technical and non-technical interviewers will come in and interview up to 5 students each and give feedback to students. Each student will have five 45-minute interviews with a mix of technical and behavioral questions.
Code Platoon is an immersive full-time developer boot camp for veterans and military spouses. Classes are every weekday, with a mix of lectures and hands-on coding time. All classes are in-person and students are expected to be on-site for the duration of the program. Students will collaborate with their cohort throughout the program on projects and coding challenges.
A typical day starts with 1-2 hours of lecture to cover a variety of topics, followed by 6-7 hours of structured workshop time to do assignments. The time spent during the day doing assignments is the application of the concepts taught in the morning. During these assignments, students are writing code based on what they learn in the lectures. Our course is separated into 3 learning modules below; please note that there is a significant amount of homework and weekend projects that students are required to do that we don’t count in the approximate time and clock hours.
Module 2 (Weeks 5-6, 80 hours): The World Wide Web
This module will teach students how to create modern-day web applications, including database design and integration, web routing, and the Model View Controller framework through Ruby frameworks including Sinatra and Rails. Students will learn authentication, testing, and API integration as well. They will learn to integrate the ReactJS framework on top of their Ruby on Rails application. This is the most important week as it is where students learn the skills that employers will expect them to have on the first day of the job and they will see how all the skills learned in the first 2 modules will come together to build an application.
The program runs 14 weeks on-site. If you participate in the internship program, the program extends to roughly 32 weeks total.
Prior to the start of the program, students will receive a package of pre-work that they will need to complete prior to arriving on site. That pre-work should take between 60 and 100 hours to complete, and will cover computing basics and learning some tools of the trade.
Daily Class Schedule
Once in-person classes begin, most days will follow a similar pattern. From 8am to 5pm, there will be an instructor on site. In the mornings they will lead a class for 45 minutes to an hour and half. You will spend the rest of the morning working on code challenges, often in pairs. After lunch, there will usually be another lecture, followed by more coding challenges that will keep you working well into the evening. As the weeks progress, you will find that more time is spent in team project work, and less in lectures and individual/pairing work. The intensity remains the same, but the flow of the days changes.
Most weeks, you will be working 10 to 14 hours a day, 5 to 7 days a week. We feel this intensity is necessary so that we can cover enough ground to prepare you for a career in software development. It is hard to become barely professionally competent in a field that is new to you. It is even harder if you try to do it with fewer than 1,000 hours of instruction and practice. Everywhere you read, you will find this in common about people who train to become software developers — there is no substitute for practice.
Thank you to the partners who make these learning experiences possible
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