- We start with HTML & CSS. Our students hit the ground running with the skills they need to craft clean, semantic sites that can adapt responsively to any device they are viewed on.
- The third and final area we focused on - which we’ve decided to reconfigure - was WordPress, a content management system that allows developers to create easy-to-update sites for clients.
In order to allow our students to take their applications to the next level, we are introducing Firebase into our curriculum. Because it is a back-end-as-a-service provider, Firebase allows us to add persistence to our applications. This gives students the ability to make applications that allow users to log-in or sign up, store data, and even upload media. All of these features give our students the means to create amazing applications while still focusing on mastering front-end technologies.
The decision to remove WordPress from our bootcamp curriculum was one we carefully thought about. HackerYou’s bootcamp is first and foremost a front-end development bootcamp. While WordPress is an amazing system and tool for creating websites, I believe that diving into it for a such a limited time at the very end of the program wasn’t giving the platform justice. Now, instead of having students shift their focus away from the front-end and into a new environment, we will be continuing the focus on front-end skills. This focus allows us to turn our students into specialists, not generalists. Instead of knowing a little about everything, our focus allows students to build a more in-depth skills set and toolbox. Graduates of our bootcamp who are interested in learning WordPress can still do so through our part-time Intro & Advanced WordPress courses, where they’ll have the time to really dive into the power of the platform and become an expert.