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Over the course of the last few years, there've been a lot of questions thrown at us.
We enjoy the questions. We're not trying to do what all the other bootcamps are. We have a different idea, and we think that for many people, a better one. So we expect questions.
The best way to get yours answered is as part of the interview process. It gives you opportunities to ask us about Ruby on the Beach. And we've found that's a great way to get to know you.
But for those of you still not ready to jump into starting the conversation (see bottom of the page!), we've assembled these common questions, and some answers.
OK, Is This Just Too Good To Be True?
No! We're really offering a high-intensity technology bootcamp, where you'll learn Ruby and Ruby on Rails to a level where you can become a junior developer, build projects for other people, or create a web app that's the basis for business you want to run.
And, we're doing it in Bali, a truly beautiful, engaging, exciting but still chill place that is like no other on this beautiful blue marble.
We don't want you to think this is some kind of gimmick: we chose Bali - and Ubud in particular - because it allows us to build the most focused environment for you to really buckle down to learn developer skills, while still keeping a great life balance, and a fantastic lifestyle.
You'll have more hours a day to focus on learning, experimenting, collaborating and just playing with code, while still being able to get to the beach, hike, do yoga, bike, explore or indulge in the cultural and gastronomic pleasures of a fantastic location.
What is Your Course Schedule?
Our next cohort is in September 2015. We're opening a second campus this year, tentatively to be in Nicaragua or Costa Rica.
Our most recent cohort concluded in March, 2015, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It ran for 9 weeks.
What Can I Expect While At Ruby on the Beach?
Ruby on the Beach is a bootcamp - an intensive experience that will challenge you to excel. You'll work full days of doing challenging exercises, applying what you've learned, and building projects that will get you up to speed as a developer.
But we emphasize what's different at RotB from other bootcamps: a work/life balance they just can't offer. Yoga classes, excursions, cultural events, time out for dinners and lunches, biking and trips to the amazing beaches of Bali are easy to incorporate while still getting a great bootcamp experience. And that's important, because learning isn't about just about class time, or typing at the keyboard: it's about assimilation, recharging and staying relaxed.
Isn't it Inefficient To Travel So Far To Learn To Program?
In the big picture, no, quite the opposite. Imagine a bootcamp where commuting is a matter of ten minutes walk: that's how we've set things up. And that matters, because you attend bootcamp to focus, to learn and to get the benefit of an experience dedicated to the progress you want to make.
We can even provide support for laundry, food shopping, meals, and excursion booking as part of the package at Ruby on the Beach.
So while the long flight to a place like Bali takes time, it's a lot less than the time you'll spend commuting in a city like San Francisco, NYC or Boston. And once you're here, you'll find it easier than you would anywhere else to do what you're here to do: learn.
Other Bootcamps Are in Big Development Centers. Isn't That An Advantage?
Some bootcamp grads find work where they attend bootcamp. But bootcamps exist in just about every development center. You could say that means that bootcamps tend over-focus you on the place you attend.
But opportunties exist in dozens of cities in the US and around the world. As a recruiter we work with has said to us, "If someone has the skills I'm looking for, and shows committment to continue learning, then I don't need a hiring day to be interested in them". So, unless you plan on only accepting jobs in one place, no particular location is best.
The locations where our bootcamps take place - Bali, and Latin America - are hardly out-of-the-way when it comes to the developer community. We know dev teams in all our locations, who have taken the digital nomad route. Those who take full advantage of how the internet lets us work from anywhere - think these are the best places to get work done while enjoying a great lifestyle. So you'll be meeting people all the time at our co-working headquarters for the Bali course - who are developing, sharing and creating code-based projects. Building connections that way can be key to launching your next career as a developer.
What Will I Learn?
Our courses are modular: that means that what is usually a single, long curriculum in other bootcamps is a a set of pieces that you can combine. Our two most active courses are Ruby Newbie and Casually Impressive. Ruby Newbie is about the basics, introducing those without a background in programming to the key skills that allow you to be comfortable with the tools, apps, techniques and conventions of development. It acts as a general intro that can be applied in many kinds of development, but with an emphasis on Ruby and Ruby on Rails.
Casually Impressive is a project-oriented where Ruby Newbie is exercise-driven. You work with your Ruby Newbie skills to build projects, with an emphasis on discovery, experimentation and exploration. You'll have instructors at your side to help you and guide you to the places where you can master resources that will enrich your developer skillset.
What If I Already Know How To Program?
That's why the courses are modular: if you really know what we teach in Ruby Newbie, you can enter at the half-way mark, and join us for the second 4-week course.
But not all of what we care about is technical skills. Ruby Newbie is also about teaching you the culture of development as it's practiced in the startup/Ruby on Rails/Rapid Application Development milieu. So if we don't think that your skills in these areas, and in working in pairs, working with repositories and the other things we focus on are up to scratch, we'll recommend you take Ruby Newbie as well.
Your Courses Are Modular: Do I Have To Do Both Halves Together?
No! That's part of the idea. People don't always have 9 or more weeks at a time to take out and learn. So our modular courses are set up to deal with that.
You can sign on for the first 4-week course, and then leave, to return in a later cohort for the second half - whether that's Casually Impressive (our advanced Ruby and Rails course), or Client Master (our JS and front-end course). That means you don't necessarily have to quit your job or sublet your apartment.
If you do break things up, you can take advantage of our mentorship program: you'll know enough after the first course to work on projects, and by connecting to mentors during the time between courses, you can stay on track. That way, when you return for the second (or third) course, you'll still be on top of the material.
Why Do You Have A Week Break In The Middle Of Your 9-week Course?
The week between sections is there to ensure that our students can get the most out of the course. Those who feel they need to work more on what they learn in the first half have time to return to lessons learned. Those who are confident in the material covered can focus on what we call "lateral exercises". These are units that you can do to increase your depth of knowledge. They don't put you ahead of the other students so much as broaden your knowledge.
It's also a great time to work on projects, catch up with work and family obligations, travel a little, experiment and generally use for what is best for you. During the break week, the instructors remain fully available, and ready to work with you: it's just a time where we take a breather from new material.
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