DevEd 003: Getting Into Development


Episode Summary

Joe Eames leads the panel in a discussion of the path to a career in computer programming. The panel has a varied educational background, Mike and Dani share their experiences attending a university. Dani Sloan piques Joe Eames interest with her programming experience in school even though it was not the degree she set out to obtain. Mike Dane shares his appreciation for any school or program that has an alumni network. Jesse Sanders was self taught with a little formal education, he talks about the vast amounts of programming knowledge out there and how it can be hard to find a path and to remain well rounded and grounded in the fundamentals.

Using their individual knowledge and experience, the panel discuss the merits of various educational paths. The benefits and drawbacks of university, bootcamps, and teaching oneself are discussed. The panel also branches out into a few newer and hybrid types of education such as part-time school, Neumont University, Lambda School, and schools like University of Phoenix, which you can do from home. They discuss the finances and time that each may take and give recommendations for a few different situations that people may be coming from, such as, switching careers or starting fresh from high school.



Dani Sloan

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Mike Dane

Joe Eames

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One comment

  1. Best episode yet guys and gal. +10 for Mike’s TRS-80 Color Computer.

    I went the traditional college route and although the material was behind current trends at the time, looking back and thinking long-term, I can appreciate the things I learned that I probably would have never learned or learned well past the time where the knowledge would have been good to know if I had gone the self-taught route. I also can really appreciate the non-programming things I learned (e.g. economics, statistics, marketing, chemistry, geology, etc.). Not only does it make me a better-rounded person when discussing things outside programming, but it gives me a better understanding of what the applications I build may be providing to the users and the business. If someone wants to eventually be more than just an everyday programmer, these skills will make them much more promotable.

    I liked the Neumont model that is a bit more tech focused than a 4-year school, but still gives someone training on non-technical subjects, but at $40,000/year that’s just crazy IMHO.

    Another option that someone could take would be to go to a vocational school or state college to get an associate’s degree. This lowers the cost and only takes two years to complete.

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