Is DeVry Bootcamp's Web Development Program For Me?
Here's what we look for in our web application development bootcamp students:
Demonstrated interest in learning to code. Developers love coding and many have already worked on coding projects to practice their skills. While some may have gaps in their coding knowledge and experience, the desire to code never escapes a true developer. They enjoy learning new programming languages, writing code that works, and creating effective solutions. No matter the assignment, a good developer takes pride in knowing how to code and will be willing to expand their coding skills.
Team players. Many people assume web developers sit alone at their computers obsessing over lines of code all day, but this isn’t true. Web development is actually a very integrated process that requires developers to socialize with team members and collaborate on different projects. Managers often ask developers to build, test, and integrate new modules with team members. This means that developers must maintain strong verbal communication skills and a friendly demeanor while working with others.
Critical thinking and reasoning skills. Developers can analyze “big” conceptual problems and break them into smaller elements that make them easier to understand or solve. They know how to think logically and in patterns that demonstrate the cause and effect of a situation. Even if they don’t have math or science degrees, web developers may still enjoy drawing diagrams to illustrate an argument, sketching flow charts of variables, or beating a challenging puzzle. Simply put, they are logical thinkers and problem-solvers.
Basic understanding of business. Understanding business as a web developer means knowing how web development is involved in a particular company and the role developers play in creating products or solving problems for customers. Developers benefit from a “big picture” understanding of the industries in which they work and a clear understanding of the value they bring to their respective companies.
Pride in their work. Coders get excited about creating something and are all about nitty-gritty details. A misplaced comma or unnecessary space in a sentence rarely misses the keen eye of a web developer. Because the smallest typo can completely break a line of code, web developers pay close attention to their work and enjoy great satisfaction from creating a quality product. They are thorough and enjoy creating simple solutions for programming problems—none of which would be possible without a deep appreciation for details and making things.
Tenacity. Writing and testing software requires a level of trial and error that could easily frustrate the average person—but not a web developer. These individuals cope with stress well and never, ever, give up. When faced with a challenge, web developers may feel momentary frustration but it won’t last long. Instead, they will thoroughly research the problem, test creative solutions, or ask another developer for advice. They are truly committed, resourceful people. Whatever it takes to solve a problem, the web developer is willing to try it.