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A Roadmap for Learning How To Code - Part 1

In this blog post series, we will build a concrete roadmap to help you get started understanding the basics of programming. More importantly, we’ll help you figure out if coding is something you really want to do!

Like many of our blog posts, this is just one opinion and one way of going about things. We believe it’s most rewarding to be able to build things that you can see in the browser and easily share with others, so the first place to start with that is by learning some HTML and CSS. You’d be surprised how much you can get done with just a little bit of markup and styling on the page!

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January 24, 2018

Computer Science Degree vs. Coding Bootcamp Tradeoffs

The difference between a computer science degree versus a coding bootcamp is something I often get asked about. I have put quite a bit of thought into it, since I have a second B.S. in Computer Science via OSU’s online professional CS program and have been teaching at Rithm for nearly 6 months.

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this blog are based on my experience with Rithm School and Oregon State University, respectively.

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January 10, 2018

New Year's Resolutions: Developer Edition

Happy 2018! We're excited to continue training exceptional developers in the coming year.

Part of being a great developer involves continued learning. And there's no better time to make some commitments to your own growth than the new year. With that in mind, here are some ideas for new year's resolutions that can help you become an even better engineer in 2018.

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January 02, 2018

Student Spotlight: Sean Mangosing

Sean Mangosing is a current student at Rithm School who is making the transition from working as a web designer for a small design firm in Emeryville to full-stack web development. Outside of his rigorous hours at Rithm, you can find Sean spending time with his family at their home in Point Richmond, listening to a wide range of music on Spotify, or getting some good old fashioned line dancing in at a country bar.

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December 20, 2017

New Year, New Outcomes

We would like to officially announce that starting with our February 2018 cohort, Rithm School will be overseeing our student placements and outcomes in-house with our very own Career Services Manager! We are very excited about this development. However, it means we will no longer be working with Outco to help place our students. This was a decision we arrived at very carefully, and in the name of transparency we would like to share our process and plans with the community.

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December 11, 2017

Five Tips for Landing a Job as a Bootcamp Grad

During my tenure as a tech lead at Emsi, I had the opportunity to screen and interview a few dozen candidates for junior front-end engineering positions, and I looked at quite a few bootcamp grad applications. I want to be candid up front: I had a slight bias towards people with computer science degrees from universities (I also had one myself) over bootcamp graduates. The CS degree indicated they had spent several years thinking about challenging technical problems and could probably pick up frontend skills quickly -- even though the bootcamp grads, in theory, would be better-prepared for immediate frontend / web development type work. I was also concerned that bootcamp grads might be able to make web apps look pretty, but when it came to whiteboarding out a new algorithm (seldom as that might happen on the job), they might be all but useless compared to a CS major.

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December 05, 2017

Our Newest Scholarship, Diversity, and How Rithm Supports Your Coding Education

We have seen the value in providing scholarships to highly motivated web development students over the course of our tenure. The first official scholarship we offered was in late 2016, where we awarded 50% of tuition costs to mission-driven individuals with a positive impact on their community. Since then we have offered many partial scholarships based on merit and need, and one full Diversity Scholarship.

On the tails of our first scholarship, we wanted to honor future women developers alongside Women’s History Month. In March of 2017 we awarded partial scholarships to all women who were accepted to our third cohort. We were thrilled with the results of this scholarship initiative, as it resulted in a classroom comprised of 60% innovative and brilliant women.

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November 28, 2017

Why Pay For School?

At Rithm, we recently released three new online courses on our website: Intermediate React.js, Flask and SQL Fundamentals, and Intermediate Flask. No other coding school that we’re aware of has released so much of its curriculum online at absolutely no cost. We also recently released a course on Udemy that covers a lot of intermediate and advanced material for aspiring web developers.

At the same time, we continue to offer a full-time paid immersive program here in San Francisco. To some, these two activities -- offering free curriculum online along with paid courses in-person -- can seem incompatible. Why charge for classes when so much of the content being taught is free?

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November 21, 2017

This Holiday Season, Give Back to Tech for Good

It’s November already, can you believe it? The year is almost over, and we all know what that means: the holidays are here! A joyful stretch of ugly sweaters, raucous company parties, big family gatherings and probably way too much food.

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November 07, 2017

Meet The Instructor: Michael Hueter

Michael Hueter recently made the move from Idaho to sunny San Francisco to join us as a lead instructor here at Rithm School. When he’s not busy acclimating to his new city or working with students, he enjoys hiking, backpacking and playing the bass, guitar and piano.

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October 24, 2017

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