The demand for computer programmers is on the rise. The job site Glassdoor shows 7,300 nationwide job openings for coders so far this year — and coding bootcamps are answering the call. These intensive multi-week courses promise to provide enough skills to land a coveted programing job. The courses are expected to produce 16,000 coders this year, twice as many as last year. In March, the White House even announced an initiative to help communities hire graduates of these intensive courses. Are coding bootcamps worth the investment, and do they live up to their promises?
Paul Ford, programmer and writer for Bloomberg Businessweek
Shawna Scott, junior software engineer in Portland, Oregon who went to coding bootcamp at Portland Code School
Anne Spalding, director of Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco