Discussion on: There's More Than One Way to Become a Developer

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Lars Klopstra

I feel like CS is more focused on the things surrounding code like project management, design patterns, documentation & programming concepts where as boot camps (& self thought) are more focused on just coding and not the surrounding concepts around programming which are required for large scale applications. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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I have done neither a CS degree nor a bootcamp, but based on what I've seen, it seems that CS programs try to teach many of the broader concepts of programming that, while taught with a specific language (sometimes a bit outdated), apply across most application development regardless of language.

Bootcamps seem much more task-oriented. You are building a project using specific languages/technologies to learn how to use those technologies. It seems less about the overarching programming concepts since the end goal is to become a developer in those specific languages, though many students may grasp that on their own.