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While pair programming definitely has benefits, it can be a con for some. Much of the course is spent pair programming, something many introverts will struggle with when doing it for 8+ hours a day, every day. If you're paired with someone at a different level than you, it can slow down your learning or frustrate you. See More
You are required to pay a $5000 deposit, which you get back when you finish the course. Provided you get hired after App Academy, you pay them 18% of your salary for your first year as tuition. This, for many people, is a more realistic option than paying the $16K+ up front. See More
Going through the Bootcamp Prep program not only increases your chances of getting into the full-time program from 3% to 60%, it also allows you to skip the coding assessments and go straight to the interviews. Plus, the money that you pay for the Bootcamp Prep program (about $3,000) goes towards the $5000 deposit, which you get back once you finish the course. App Academy chooses merit over how much you can pay, giving everyone a fair chance. See More
The teaching content provided by freeCodeCamp tends to act more as an introduction than a solid learning resource. Unless you already have some prior experience, you won't have enough knowledge to get through the coding challenges and development projects without using outside learning resources to fill in the gaps. See More
Once you've completed all the courses and practice levels on freeCodeCamp, you are able to participate with other learners on developing software for non-profits. It's an amazing way to gain experience and build your portfolio as a developer, while helping out a non-profit organization. See More
freeCodeCamp strongly encourages interacting with other learners and experienced programmers. They provide chatrooms which are always active and full of members happy to answer any questions you may have. Pair programming (programming with another user) is encouraged as a great way to work through some of their coding challenges. There are also meetup groups where you can code in person with other freeCodeCamp students. See More
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