Season 1

Startups vs Big Tech Company as a Software Engineer (Interview Process and Career Growth)

Sept. 27, 2021

I brought on the CEO of Formation (an ex-Facebook software engineer) who helps junior software engineers progress and prepare for mid to senior level interviews. She had a ton of expertise and experience to share with the in…

How To Know If A Coding Bootcamp Is Right For You

Sept. 13, 2021

We went into depth answering 3 simple questions for aspiring developers. How do you decide if becoming a developer is right for you? How do you decide if a coding bootcamp is right for you? What are aspiring developers doing…

Woz U Coding Bootcamp Review | Software Developer Program

Sept. 6, 2021

Where to start.. We dove into so many great conversations around the curriculum, staff, and the most interesting part of their experiences - the group projects.. It sounds like many students had vastly different skill levels…

Tips For How Aspiring Developers Can Come Up With Project Ideas That Matter

Aug. 30, 2021

I can't emphasize enough how valuable software engineers are. When I polled my community, 91% of you said that you would love to build a side project that made you additional income or even replaced your full-time job. Somet…

Unpaid Internship To Full Time Developer | Nikki’s Job Search Journey

Aug. 23, 2021

The last time I had Nikki on my podcast, she had graduated a coding bootcamp and was working at an unpaid internship. I decided to bring her back on and see how her job search journey has been going. Spoiler: She just starte…

Should You LIE on Your Resume!? | Advice For Aspiring Developers

Aug. 16, 2021

There's SO much conflicting advice out there around how to best and accurately represent your skills and projects as a junior developer. I brought on an old boss of mine who lost count of the number of resumes he's reviewed …

Kenzie Academy Software Engineering Review (Main program and Amazon)

Aug. 9, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates from Kenzie Academy to share their honest and unfiltered reviews of the coding school. Honestly, I feel like this was one of the realest episodes I've done. I didn't have to get past any marketing la…

Practicum by Yandex Coding Bootcamp Review (Russian & English programs)

Aug. 3, 2021

I brought on 2 graduates to review the coding bootcamp Practicum by Yandex. As always, this podcast is focused on getting past the marketing fluff of each program and letting you hear real, in-depth reviews from graduates. W…

Turing School of Software & Design Review

July 24, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to review Turing, a software engineering program. These reviews are honest, no-BS, reviews meant to get past the marketing that each coding school puts out there. All 3 went through the front end tra…

Rithm School Coding Bootcamp Review

July 19, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to review the coding bootcamp, Rithm School. These reviews are honest, no-BS, reviews meant to get past the marketing that each coding bootcamp puts out there. We dove into the pros and cons of the p…

Tech Elevator Coding Bootcamp Review (.NET)

July 12, 2021

I invited 3 graduates from Tech Elevator's .NET program to share their experiences with the coding bootcamp. We dove into the curriculum, interview process, aptitude test, instructors, the pathway program, and of course all …

SheCodes Review (Basics, Plus, React, and Responsive)

July 5, 2021

I invited 3 women on that had completed SheCode's workshops. Diamond completed Basics. Wanyoung completed Basics, Plus, and React. Emily completed all 4 - Basics, Plus, React, and Responsive. With all 3 guests, I was able to…

We Finished The 30 Day Coding Challenge!

June 28, 2021

I hosted a 30 day coding challenge a while back to get aspiring developers that were stuck in tutorial hell to finally focus more on project work. 14 people signed up. 3 + myself made it all of the way through with a project…

Lighthouse Labs Coding Bootcamp Review

June 21, 2021

I invited 4 graduates on from a Canadian based coding bootcamp to share their experiences with the program. It's a Ruby based program. Enjoy! Don Hansen - https://www.linkedin.com/in/donthedeveloper Josh Bawtinheimer - https…

Coder Foundry Coding Bootcamp Review (In-person and Remote)

June 14, 2021

I invited a couple of graduates on to talk about their experiences at the coding bootcamp, Coder Foundry. Mark went through the in-person program while Anthony went through the remote program. We lucked out, because they cle…

Software Engineers Sharing Their Favorite Libraries and Frameworks

May 22, 2021

I invited on some previous podcast guests, and we just talked about some of our favorite libraries that we wanted to share, as well as the personal projects we've recently worked on. See if you can count the number of librar…

Launch School Review (Core and Capstone)

May 17, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates from Launch School. 2 of them went through the core program, and 1 of them also went through the capstone program. So, we got a variety of experiences. It was really interesting to hear that the curr…

Coding Bootcamp Research Tips and Questions to Ask (with LearningFuze)

May 10, 2021

I invited on TJ Kinion, the Program Manager / Career Services Director of LearningFuze to talk about what kinds of things to look for in a coding bootcamp to make sure you have all of the support you need to be successful. I…

UT Austin Coding Bootcamp (Trilogy) Review

May 3, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates from the coding bootcamp that the The University of Texas at Austin offers. We dove into the pros and cons of this coding bootcamp that's partnered with Trilogy. I've heard of a lot of concerns with …

Front End Mock Technical Interview | JavaScript, CSS, React, and Algorithms

April 26, 2021

Want to know what a legitimate frontend developer interview is really like? I invited on a developer that had originally interviewed me for my second software engineering position. He interviewed a brave soul from our commun…

Udacity Front End Web Developer Nanodegree Review in 2020

April 16, 2021

I invited 3 graduates from Udacity's Front End Web Developer Nanodegree. Nanodegree's are typically more affordable programs compared to coding bootcamps. The real question is, are they enough? At the very least, we dove int…

Codesmith Coding Bootcamp Review in 2020

April 12, 2021

I invited Zac, a graduate from the coding bootcamp, Codesmith, to come onto the podcast and share his experience. Codesmith was one of my most requested coding bootcamp reviews, ultimately because it had rumors going around,…

Perpetual Education - A Design Focused Coding Bootcamp?

April 5, 2021

This isn't your typical coding bootcamp. In fact, I invited on Derek, the CEO of Perpetual Education, just to clarify what he was offering. To be honest, when he initially reached out to me, I was intrigued by the way he adv…

Treehouse Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Review

March 29, 2021

Last week, I invited on 3 graduates to review Treehouse's front end techdegree. This week, I invited on 3 more graduates to review their full stack JavaScript techdegree. We dove into what they learned, portfolio projects, p…

Treehouse Front End Web Development Techdegree Review

March 22, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates to share their experience with Treehouse's Front End Web Development Techdegree. In my opinion, Treehouse was always great at teaching the fundamentals. We dove into this in great detail. An importan…

Lambda School Coding Bootcamp Review in 2020

March 15, 2021

I invited 3 Lambda School graduates on to talk about their experience at the coding bootcamp. They shared their experiences with the application process, curriculum, instructors, and career services. Lambda School has had qu…

freeCodeCamp Review - Does the price match the value provided?

March 8, 2021

freeCodeCamp is a free online educational program for all aspiring developers. What I really wanted to get down to are 2 things. 1) What value does it provide? 2) Where does it fall short? We definitely answered both of thos…

Career Foundry Coding Bootcamp Review

March 1, 2021

I invited 3 Career Foundry graduates on to talk about their experience at the coding bootcamp. It's a self-paced program. While they don't have instructors, it sounds like they have mentors and tutors to help you along the w…

Devmountain iOS Coding Bootcamp Review

Feb. 22, 2021

I invited 3 Devmountain graduates on to talk about their experience with the iOS program at the coding bootcamp. It sounds like they prefer hiring former students rather than developers with real experience, which is an inte…

Computer Science Degrees Are Becoming Obsolete For Software Engineers

Feb. 15, 2021

In this web development podcast episode, I made the statement that within 5 years, under 50% of junior software engineers will have a Computer Science degree. Software engineering is a field that updates too quickly for coll…

Springboard Coding Bootcamp Review in 2020

Feb. 4, 2021

I invited 3 Springboard graduates on to talk about their experience at the coding bootcamp. If I'm not mistaken, this is one of the longest coding bootcamps I've reviewed so far. It sounds like they don't have instructors. I…

Interviewing the CEO of Nucamp Coding Bootcamp

Feb. 2, 2021

I invited on Nucamp’s CEO, Ludo, to address much of the feedback from my previous video where I brought on 3 graduates to share their experiences at Nucamp. Given that it’s such a cheap coding bootcamp, we dove into many of …

LearningFuze Coding Bootcamp Review in 2020

Jan. 25, 2021

I invited 3 LearningFuze graduates on to talk about their experience at the coding bootcamp. While they advertise as fullstack it feels geared for frontend. Also, we dove into a couple of rants about in-person vs remote expe…

Brainstation Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020

Jan. 19, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to talk about their experience at Brainstation (coding bootcamp). With Jessica’s pro Linkedin tips, Nikki’s insight into unpaid internships, and Kate’s attempt to demonetize my video to keep us on ou…

Fullstack Academy Coding Bootcamp Review in 2020

Jan. 17, 2021

I finally got to invite 3 graduates on to give me an update on what their recent Fullstack Academy experience has been like. As many of you know, I graduated from FSA years ago, so I was REALLY excited to get to hear what th…

Code Fellows Coding Bootcamp Review - "A Holistic Experience"

Jan. 14, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to talk about their experience at Code Fellows. This coding bootcamp is unique in that it breaks its curriculum up into modules and even allows you to choose your own path to learn the tech stack tha…

How To Become a Self-taught Developer (Advice and Stories From Actual Self-taught Developers)

Jan. 12, 2021

I invited 3 self-taught developers on to talk about their journeys of becoming professional developers and share advice on how you can follow the same path. At a time where opportunities are limited due to the pandemic, we n…

Hackbright Academy Review - Does This Women's Only Coding Bootcamp Actually Empower Women?

Jan. 8, 2021

You might have started hearing about women's only coding bootcamps popping up. Listening to some of the women I've mentored, I can promise you that some of these don’t deliver on their promise to set women up for success in …

How To Become A Self-taught Frontend Developer

Dec. 31, 2020

I absolutely loved the vibe of this group. It was just a silly, wholesome podcast episode. We shared humble experiences of what it’s been like for us as developers and more specifically, working mainly on the frontend. Then …

Ironhack Coding Bootcamp Review

Dec. 22, 2020

I invited a few graduates on to talk about their experience at Ironhack. At 9 weeks, this coding bootcamp is 3 weeks shy of the typical 3 month-long coding bootcamp. Is 9 weeks enough time to prepare you for a professional d…

Actualize Coding Bootcamp Review - Does This Coding Bootcamp Teach You Enough?

Dec. 17, 2020

I invited a few graduates on to talk about their experience at Actualize. This is another coding bootcamp that seems to be meant for giving working professionals an opportunity to transition into software engineering. We als…

Nucamp Coding Bootcamp Review - The Affordable Coding Bootcamp

Dec. 8, 2020

I invited a few graduates on to talk about their experience at Nucamp. At less than $2000, this coding bootcamp is probably the cheapest coding bootcamp that I've reviewed so far. The target audience definitely seems to be f…

What It’s Like To Work As A Software Engineer at Google

Dec. 2, 2020

I invited current and ex-Google software engineers on to talk about their experiences of what it's like to be a developer at Google. We dug into rumors, perks, day to day, and the interview process. We even took some time ou…

Le Wagon Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020 - “Le Wagon is focused primarily on entrepreneurs”

Nov. 22, 2020

I got to talk with some coding bootcamp graduates that graduated from Le Wagon, a highly rated coding bootcamp on Course Report. This one was very interesting, especially given that the classes are hosted primarily out of th…

UX For Frontend Developers

Nov. 16, 2020

I'm a full-stack developer that is terrible with design, and I'm slowly learning more about UX and accessibility each year. I can't tell you how valuable it's been to start dipping my toes in the UX world, and how much of a …

How To Become a Developer - Advice From 3 VPs of Engineering

Nov. 9, 2020

I initially invited 3 VPs of Engineering on to talk about how to improve software engineer retention on teams. Ultimately, they ended up sharing great advice for developers wanting to grow. We also dove into hot topics like …

Thinkful Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020

Nov. 2, 2020

I invited 3 graduates on to talk about their experience at Thinkful. We dove into the application process, curriculum, instructors, and job assistance. One thing that was really surprising to hear was the extremely high drop…

Devmountain Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020

Oct. 23, 2020

I invited a few Devmountain graduates on to talk about the coding bootcamp. We dove into what their experience was like and if it provided the education and support needed to become professional developers. It sounds like th…

App Academy Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020

Oct. 21, 2020

I invited a few App Academy graduates on to talk about the coding bootcamp. We dove into what their experience was like and if it provided the education and support needed to become professional developers. We dove into some…

Flatiron Coding Bootcamp Review In 2020

Oct. 12, 2020

I invited a few Flatiron graduates on to talk about the coding bootcamp. We dove into what their experience was like and if it provided the education and support needed to become professional developers. Guests: Andrea Barr …