What are the best options to learn Web Development in Chicago?
May 13, 2014 4:01 PM Subscribe
I am a development-leaning Graphic Designer and I am looking to pursue being a Front-End/Web Developer and I wanted to get some opinions on what is the most effective and useful education options available. I currently reside in Chicago so if there are any Chicago specific possibilities that would be great
posted by consoledotlog to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I have taken some MOOC courses through Coursera and Stanford online, which consisted of basics of programming through Python and an introduction to databases. I did just finish a Web Architecture class that gave the basics of the Rails framework. I have gone through a good part of Codecademy. I have also finished an Aquent course on responsive web design and am finishing one on the basics of jQuery.
I feel I have a good grasp on the fundamentals of programming and logic flow, and I am getting better at understanding working within a framework/environment with my Rails and another Android class. Now I want to be able to focus in on a goal and how to get there, it seems some form of accreditation would be the best course of action to standardize my skill-set and give me some legitimacy. In the mean time I am planning on using resources such as Lynda/Code School to absorb more information and try to implement in some projects.
Currently the options seem to fall under a couple categories:
• Something like the certificate program offered by Harvard for Web Development that can be pursued online.
• Pursuing a full-fledged computer science degree from a university.
• A bootcamp situation where you devote 6-9 weeks of your life (http://devbootcamp.com/).
• Independent projects, maybe reinforcing training through online classes or something like Code School.
I want to be qualified for a good and professional job but I am not obsessed with working for a top tier company.
While any tips at all would be appreciated what I am really looking for is advice on what the best course of action is to become a credible developer. I am all for working independently but I am unsure of the efficacy of education options in both training me and providing legitimacy to me in the eyes of an employer