There's Something About Learning To Code

I don't think I'm qualified to say whether something is a bubble, but you know something's wrong when your line of work is a joke out of a movie from 1998.

"7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk. . . . If you're not happy with the first 7 minutes, we're gonna send you the extra minute free!"
"That's good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with 6-Minute Abs. Then you're in trouble, huh?"
"No! No, no . . . not 6! I said 7. Nobody's comin' up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes?! You won't even get your heart goin', not even a mouse on a wheel. . . . "
-There's Something About Mary

Enter codeStreak, a 6 week Ruby on Rails course.

Now, I'm loth to criticize any website especially since I've done such a poor job of keeping mine maintained, but I do want to question their hero graphic. Aside from the fact that it shows that they attempted to launch by November but were unable to get all the pieces in place (and I don't blame them, there are so many), that is just outright poor use of Dan Cook's amazing (and free!) game prototyping tiles. They just deserve a classier treatment than 'lolspeak', is all I'm saying.


Where were we. First we start with Codecademy's Code Year. Next, Hungry Academy takes 5 months and feeds you into LivingSocial's engineering team. schedules 12 weeks. Starter League (formery Code Academy, thank god one of them changed their name) takes 11 weeks in Chicago. Dev Bootcamp in SF took 10 weeks but has switched to 9. App Academy also takes 9, and now codeStreak takes 6. It's some sort of bizarre race to the bottom. If we extrapolate here, we should expect to soon see a school that promises to make you forget how to program in a single week.

Not knowing any of the fellows at codeStreak, I can't yet condemn their ambitious plan. Perhaps they have discovered a way to inject programming skill directly into the brain, a la the matrix. If that is the case, they are sorely underpriced.