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Alfonso Pruneda
Alfonso Pruneda

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Week 12 at Flatiron School Bootcamp

I haven't really talked about my experiences thus far going through a coding Bootcamp so I wanted to go ahead and do that as I'm preparing to get ready for my 3-week long project. If you haven't heard about or don't know what a coding bootcamp is, it's basically a school that focuses on showing others over a short period of time (in my instance, that would be 15 weeks) on specific subjects and getting them ready to work in that field. Typically these fields are either web development, software engineering, data science, UX/UI design, and more recently, cybersecurity. If that's something that interests you, I would definitely recommend seeing if there are any near you and talking to them directly to get a better idea of what you're looking for. I'd also be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Alright, back to the topic at hand.

Starting at Flatiron was a pretty big decision for me, because it's basically my last chance without having to worry about financial hardships. For some, it might not be the case, but I'm relying heavily on this program to be able to get a job in the near future. So because of this, I'm doing all that I can to learn as much as possible. In all honesty, it has been rather challenging to sometimes keep up with the material but I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are there for me when I need them. That includes both my friends at the program as well as the coaches.
As far as what we have been taught, I rather like the languages that were chosen because they're simple to understand but complex enough to be able to do what you want with them. Those languages were Ruby and Javascript. We were also taught how to use different frameworks for each. in Ruby, we used Rails. in Javascript, we Used Node.js and React. Overall, I would say that I've really enjoyed the time that I've spent here with everyone.

When it came down to project week for each module, I was always excited but at the same time stressed because I could never come up a an idea that I felt I really wanted to do. Eventually I had help along the way and decided on what to do.

One thing I will tell someone if they're new at deciding on projects with a time-crunch, make sure to scope your project properly. I didn't do this properly in my projects if I'm being honest because I was too hopeful that I could everything within the time (best not to do this haha). It can definitely help to ask others for opinions and maybe someone who's already done previous projects to give you an idea of what's possible and what isn't.

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