Brian Douglas, Web Developer
Josh, congratulations on your 1-year at ZipList and in software! How exciting! Late last year I read your book, and set up a plan to get back into software (from my handyman business). From November through February I had a daily routine of studying Ruby on Rails in the evenings, and I had my plan laid out so I would be applying for entry level RoR jobs this summer. Well.... it didn't pan out the way I was planning! Instead, back in February the owner of homecoders.com contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in applying for and possibly working for a company called Visual Fitness Planner. To make a long story short, I eventually joined their development team this past June! It's a 100% remote job position so I get to work from home all year long except for 3 days a year when the company meets together here in Dallas, so that thrilled me from the start.
I wanted to THANK YOU for your encouragement, your book, and also your own experience in getting a software job from a totally unrelated industry! It certainly IS possible, even if at the beginning it seems so unattainable!
Yann, PHP Developer
Blue Ridge, TX
Add me to the list, buddy. Just accepted my second offer of the last two weeks! I'm gonna be a Software Developer at Iast. They're one of the sponsors of the Indy.rb Ruby meetup, and it was the organizer of the meetup that put me in touch with the companies. Your advice was fucking sound, man.
Thanks so much. I'm gonna start writing about the last 6 months and I'll definitely put together something for your blog and give you a huge shout-out on mine. People need to know that you can teach yourself Rails and get a job in 6 months. Shit's crazy. Anyway, I'm gonna go apartment hunt!
Corin Chellberg, Engineer at @TheHealthPros
I totally followed your formula for success (blog, forcing myself onto twitter, onemonth rails, etc) and that's how I got hired as a Software Dev after only 5 months of studying!
Stephanie, Ruby on Rails Developer
Stephanie, Ruby on Rails Developer
No Degree, No Problem was the book I needed when I first started my journey to learning Ruby on Rails.
The book offers a step-by-step guide (a roadmap, really) to take an individual from being interested in programming to becoming proficient enough in Rails to land his or her first job in the field.
It is the perfect book if you're looking for a short read that cuts out the fluff and very directly shows you what to do to realize your goal of becoming a developer.
Shaban Rahman, QA Engineer at @optoroinc
Your book "No Degree, No Problem", has helped me a lot on my path to learning how to code. It's really cool that you had taken the time to lay out everything you did to become a programmer. Thank you very much!!
In my case, I'm not interested on becoming a Jr. Programmer, but rather a Growth Hacker (aka. User Acquisition Specialist, Technical Marketer, etc.). Still, it's really important to learn to code for me, and you sir, have enlightened my path!
Iván Kreimer, Growth Hacker
Being a Junior RoR Developer myself, I can totally relate my experiences and struggles that Josh has gone through in his journey in becoming a junior developer. I can attest to Joshs' roadmap in becoming a junior developer because I have gone through very similar steps and it has proven to be successful.
I am also a strong advocate for giving talks in local meetups as Josh has emphasized in this book. As intimidating as it may sound, giving talks is one of the best way for everyone to know who you are, your level of commitment to being a developer, and your critical thinking.
I like how Josh has outlined every step he has gone through in acing that position as a junior developer and that detailed guidance is what every person needs when embarking on a similar journey.
I would highly recommend reading this book if you are really committed in being a junior developer.
It is always good to know that there is someone out there that has done it successfully whenever you need that boost of motivation.
Daphne Rouw, Junior RoR Developer, Rails Girls Alumni