A lot of times I read that people learn it, just to discover that they can’t build anything afterwards.
Table of Content
- Colt Steeles Course on Udemy
- Understanding the weird parts
- Watch and Code
One thing is certain:
The Internet is the developer’s university.
Maybe other areas still need a faculty to learn and be a professional in their field, but the programming sector can be learned and practiced 100% on the Internet.
When I discovered all the online courses and resources my brain exploded. The advantages were huge. Not only was I able to learn whenever I wanted but I could also redo all the lessons and I could listen to them whenever I liked.
But how to find the right courses in 2021?
Ask the web dev community.
To find stuff like this, I love to use reddit.com
Reddit isn’t always the best solution to find information, but in this case it’s pretty useful.
And to not solely rely on reddit, I’ve also checked all the important Quora answers.
But let’s start with reddit.
Well, if you check out reddit, this is a pretty frequently asked question.
I’ve checked the most important ones and here are the courses I’ve found.
Colt Steeles Course on Udemy
The first course I’ve found on this reddit post was The Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele.
I’ve checked the rankings and currently, there are over half a million students enrolled in this course.
You can see how much people love this course in the comments.
What people love:
- Course gets updated frequently.
- You’ll learn directly from real-life projects.
- Perfect for beginners.
- People really enjoy the way Colt teaches.
Anything bad at all?
So most users rate this course 5 stars. There were a few users who complain that some parts were not updated enough, however as of now, the course was updated in December 2020. So that’s pretty good.
From what I see the fact that it was updated in December 2020 is a clear sign that Colt does read the reviews and he’s trying to keep the course up to date.
What people love about this course:
- It is a very thorough course.
- The Q and A section is getting answered frequently.
- Very challenging but still not too hard.
What people don’t like about this course?
TBH I had to scroll through a lot of reviews to find anything bad at all. There was one user who said, some projects were to easy but I didn’t find this opinion anywhere else.
In total, the reviews can’t be better. A total recommendation. Here is the latest review, which as of now (January 2021) is a few weeks old.
So reddit’s last tip wasn’t an actual course but a website.
The best thing?
This page is free.
So for those of you who don’t like video courses or who would to like read before paying, this page is a must.
That’s not everything.
Also in the end, you’ll find some comments. So if there are any questions left, simply ask the community.
Understanding the weird parts
The next course has a pretty appropriate name.
This course is made by Anthony Alicea, it was last updated in September 2020 and there are almost 150.000 students enrolled.
The rating is 4.7 stars.
Other advantages users report:
- Very good explanations on how to fix bugs.
- A great structure.
- Makes you understand the “weird” stuff.
Some users report that the instructor is talking to slow. However that shouldn’t be a big problem since you can simply increase the playback speed.
Here is the latest review. Again, as of now (January 2020) this review is just a few weeks old.
What about Quora?
For instance, Quora.
Understanding the weird parts. So this is something both, reddit and quora are recommending.
That is why you’ll find comments like these a lot on reddit.
Remember as I said some people take courses but they can’t build anything from it? Well, not anymore.
If you’re like me, I am sure you came across a pretty awesome developed page when some elements slide in from the left and you are simply amazed and want to do that as well? Even better, without a third-party library?
Yeah, I knew it.
In this course you learn how to do it. But to be honest I wouldn’t recommend this course to absolute beginners.
Reason is simple.
This is my personal favorite simply because I enjoy the way Wes teaches. It’s a fun course and it doesn’t get boring.
Check it out!
Jacinto & Andrei are starting straight up with projects. You’ll not get bored with this course, I can promise you that.
My favorite project with this course is the “Random Quote Generator”.
But to do this, you will need a good teacher and that’s why this course is so great.
Here are some current stats
- over 9000 students enrolled
- over 750 ratings
- total rating is (4.8)
- It was last updated in September 2020
- 32.5 hours in total
The lastest review sums up what I think about the course:
Watch and Code
Something else I’ve realized while browsing is that the name “watch and code” comes up pretty often.
People are recommending this course quite a lot. Some even said that there is no better course for beginners.
One field which stands out, in particular, was the debugging section. Users report that you’ll learn pretty well how the debugger works, so that you’ll be able to handle errors on your own after you’ve taken the course.
Here is a screenshot from reddit:
What I like about this course is that Gordon offers a free version. Simply sign up and try it out. If you don’t like you won’t lose anything. If you like it, check out his premium version.
What about books?
Why is this book so special?
You do these interactive exercises online, so this way you’ll get your hands dirty very early on. But, this way you will also learn a lot very early on.
So you’ll never get the feeling that you just learn the theoretical stuff.
100% recommendation and it’s not just me. Here is the latest review on Amazon and don’t worry they all look like this.
You can build so many projects with it.
The main difference is that you get a complete package with a paid course. From basics to projects. With a free course you have to find projects for yourself.
Do I have to use a paid course?
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