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TPDP028: Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees

By Nic Raboy

In this episode I'm joined by Ben Nelson, co-founder of Lambda School, an increasingly popular coding bootcamp with a slightly different structure and monetization strategy than the others. Computer Science programs at a university are known to be tough, painful, and exhausting. This is because of the nature of the material, duration of the program, and the fact that you're probably going to be challenged with difficult classes outside the direct scope of software development. This is where coding schools such as Lambda School come into play because these are programs that are designed to teach you relevant workforce skills in short amounts of time. Ben Nelson experienced a traditional university, switched to a popular coding bootcamp, and then started his own coding bootcamp because of the experience it was giving students. I personally only ever completed a Computer Science program at a university, so this episode shares perspectives and information from both points of view. A brief writetup to this episode can be found via https://www.thepolyglotdeveloper.com/2019/06/tpdp-e28-coding-bootcamps-vs-traditional-computer-science-degrees/

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