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Programmer training academies

Dec 23, 2012 • posted by Michael Hartl

Programmers in general, and Rails developers in particular, continue to be in strong demand, and several excellent in-person training courses have sprung up to help meet the need, including Dev Bootcamp and App Academy in San Francisco, The Starter League (formerly Code Academy) in Chicago, and Hacker School in New York. (I'm pleased to note that all four have used the Ruby on Rails Tutorial as part of their curriculum at one time or another.) Such programs typically aren't cheap (although Hacker School is free), but the people I've talked to who have gone through them say they are a good investment.

Dev Bootcamp doesn't appear to have any openings right now, but both App Academy and The Starter League have openings for their classes starting on January 7, and Hacker School is accepting applications for its winter batch until January 1. If you're interested in taking your web development skills to the next level, I recommend checking them out. (Note: While I have no formal relationship with any of the groups mentioned, I know people at all four places, and App Academy pays referral bonuses if you end up attending.)

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)