Web Developer Coding Bootcamp or Self-Study Online Courses?

There is much debate among web developers about coding bootcamps versus self-study online courses.  Each method of study has its own set of advantages and limitations. Both coding bootcamps and self-study courses are easily accessible and more would-be programmers are stuck trying to decide which option is best for them. We are here to help!

Pros and Cons of Coding Bootcamps

Coding bootcamps have been around since 2011 and offered by vocational schools and tech institutes. They noticed the high influx of students who wanted to learn the skills needed to be a web developer but could not afford to spend the time and money required to go back to school full-time to earn a costly 4-year degree.


  • You will remain motivated and keep a steady pace because of the curriculum and overall buzz around fellow students.
  • You are held accountable – not only by a teacher but by the reminder that you have paid for this course.
  • You have access to a teacher if you get stuck and will receive help based on your problem and understanding.
  • You will be awarded a web developer certification that will aid in your search for a job in the field.
  • The curriculum covers the most important languages and skills needed to become a web developer as well as the most important aspects of each skill which will save you time and money.


  • Your schedule is preset, and you will be expected to work around it to some degree.
  • You have to maintain pace with the material or you will not pass, and you will have wasted that opportunity.
  • Coding boot camps are more expensive than self-taught online courses.
  • Some coding bootcamps will only accept applicants that they deem prepared for the course.
  • You will need to work on assignments and meet deadlines in order to graduate with a certification in web development.

The overall structure and the merit of the certification make coding bootcamps the more formal and accepted choice. That being said, only consider a web dev bootcamp that is accredited and respected in the industry. Often the reputation of the web dev coding school you attend will determine how easily you can find a job after graduation.

Techlaunch offers a web development bootcamp and we are happy to answer any specific questions you may have. Call one of our customer service staff at (305) 783-3599.

Pros and Cons of Self-Study Online

Self-study is still very much a viable option for those considering a career change or just want to learn more about web development before committing to a degree or full career change. Ultimately, we recommend a bootcamp to anyone who can find a reputable one near them and to anyone with no knowledge or experience in the field.

That being said, yes, self-taught online courses are useful and can make all the difference.


  • You set your own schedule and learn at your own pace.
  • Access your course whenever and wherever you like. You can take an online web dev course offered from a prestigious mentor 5 states away. There are no limitations.
  • Self-study courses are affordable.
  • If you fall behind due to an emergency, life event, or other unforeseen circumstances, you can simply stop and then pick up where you left off later.


  • There is very little holding you accountable and very little structure. You have to have the motivation and conscientiousness to remain motivated and organized.
  • You will be stuck learning a lot of the less important aspects of web development because your curriculum has not been tailored but rather curated to include all information that may be relevant.
  • You won’t make connections and collaborate with fellow web dev enthusiasts, which is something that may aid in your job search after graduation; networking is valuable.

Again, the benefits of the coding bootcamp outweigh the benefits of the self-study course trajectory. If online courses are the only viable option you have, however, then you can still get quite a bit out of them. In either case, with everything online these days, there’s a growing necessity for web developers and whichever option you choose can only benefit your prospects overall.