Methodology

We take you well beyond "copy-paste coding" to emphasize real engineering fundamentals and real engineering processes.

Because our goal is to launch your career and not just to teach a few useful skills, our approach takes you deeper into the fundamentals than other programs which have you copy-paste code into place or use hand-holding in-browser editors. Regardless of whether you choose the Immersive Program or the Flex Program, we promise that you will be challenged!

Our methodology for structuring and delivering the course has the following key tenets:

Self Sufficiency

You start every project with a blank repo, so you can confidently create your own applications well beyond the bounds of the program.

Fundamental Depth

You will have to actually build many of your own tools (jQuery) and patterns (MVC) from the ground up, so you really understand them before we show you the "easy" way.

Career Context

We wrap our major projects in an Agile development approach that mimics a real engineering team, so you feel confident interviewing for and joining one.

Data Depth

We aren't here to help you build pretty landing pages, we're here to give you the tools you need to create deep, data-driven web applications, so prepare to dive deep into data.

If you've been disappointed by the lack of depth in other programs, you should find our approach at Viking particularly refreshing.

A Battle-Tested Way to Learn

Our approach to teaching is simple: Get you building as much as possible and give you great support along the way.

In practice, you will implement this by focusing on three steps: Learn, Build and Refactor.


Learn

You will learn each section of material by reading plain-English lessons, watching videos, following demos, and doing tactical assignments which build muscle memory and familiarity with the approaches.

Build

Most of your time will be spent building projects that require you to extend what you've learned into something useful. Building is by far the best way to become comfortable seeking answers to unanticipated questions and bugs.

Refactor

Our solutions will help you to make sure that you're using best practices and you don't have any gaps in your understanding. Later, you'll comb back through your code, taking joy in the simple act of refactoring many lines into few.

Agile Tools and Processes

At Viking, we've taken the methodology of Agile Development and applied it to your learning process as well in what we call "Agile Education".

This means that you will track and organize your learning path based on the velocity at which you moving through the material, just like you would track your progress building a project as part of an agile software team.

Mockups

Every major project starts with a series of mockups and assets from the "design team" so you have a blueprint for what you will build.

Agile Stories

We use one of the most popular agile project tracking tools available to help you turn our user stories into functional features.

These are the same tools you'll use as a developer on an engineering team and they will be critical when you're building your collaborative final projects as well.


Track Your Velocity

Your velocity scores is based on how rapidly you finish lessons and projects.

View Your Progress

Track your progress using interactive tables, charts and visuals.

Forecast Success

Velocity tracking lets you forecast how long the rest of the course will take.

In a course of this depth, being able to track your progress like this helps you to manage your schedule, momentum and motivation along the way.

Collaboration with Other Students

Whether you take the Immersive Program or the Flex Program, we strongly support collaboration. During your progress through the course, our tools allow you to easily reach out to other students so you can partner up on project work.

1. Find Your Partner
2. Reach Out
3. Pair and Profit!

Remember, this isn't "school" where you were supposed to do everything yourself. This is the real world where you will need to work directly with other engineers all day long so we encourage you to get practice doing so along the way!

If you're lucky, you might even meet future friends, colleagues or even cofounders.

Ready to Join Viking? Choose Your Path.

Both the Immersive Program and Flex Program use our full curriculum. Learn more about how each of these programs work and how you can join:

IMMERSIVE Program

The most intense and supported path to launch your new career now.

70+ Hrs per Week
Immersive Support

Immerse yourself in the world of software for 12 intense weeks of building real world projects with teams of other students and unlimited support from instructors.

Space is very limited so apply today.

Learn About Immersive

FLEX Program

The most flexible way to get a world class education in software.

Flexible Schedule

1-on-1 Mentor Support

Take the deepest and most challenging bootcamp program available on your own terms and with 1-on-1 support from professional mentors and Viking staff.

Enroll as soon as you're ready to begin.

Learn About Flex

...or you can learn more about our curriculum first.