How does freeCodeCamp compare to coding bootcamps like Flatiron, Bloc, and Thinkful? How does FreeCodeCam… by @ossia
Answer by Quincy Larson:
If you’re asking how freeCodeCamp competes with coding bootcamps, then the answer is we don’t compete with coding bootcamps.
freeCodeCamp isn’t a coding bootcamp – it’s an open source community that helps people learn to code so they can get developer jobs.
We don’t see coding bootcamps as our competitors. We see them as additional resources that people can use to learn to code.
A lot of people use both freeCodeCamp and a coding bootcamp. In fact, a lot of coding bootcamps use parts of freeCodeCamp’s curriculum as part of their own curriculum. (To be clear, our curriculum is open source, and they don’t pay us to use it – but we’re thrilled that it can help their students.)
Coding bootcamps – like other traditional vocational education programs – provide in-person teachers, and the extrinsic motivation that comes with their strict timelines. They can also help people with job placement. These things are beyond the scope of freeCodeCamp’s mission.
Many people don’t need those extra services that coding bootcamps provide, and can just work through freeCodeCamp’s curriculum, build a portfolio, then go out and get a job. So far, more than 4,000 people have done just that.
But for the people who do want an in-person experience – and have enough time and money – the right coding bootcamp can be a good investment.