I’ve recently learned after another week of blog neglect that I had a visitor from Canada, Jamaica, and Germany. Welcome, non-Americans! Hello to all the American readers as well. My faithful 15 who see this show up in their news feed then click away in hopes of something more interesting. You’re appreciated. Adored even. Adored so much that I drew an MS paint picture of all of you to show my adoration!
Sorry for the pile of you stacked together. I ran out of room for standing people, and then my hand got tired. I did, however, include that one guy’s two kids. Yeah, you know who you are, that one guy, and thanks to personal information you divulged on the internet I know you have children. Don’t worry, you know about my little dog too, so we’re pretty even on the creepy factor.
If you’re the person who is singing, smiling, or permanently in a chair refusing to move while everyone else is standing, you’re awesome. You’re not like the other followers who just pile up on the floor when the room gets crowded or awkwardly stand on other people’s heads. You know what’s up.
Alright, odd monologue about nothing aside, let’s get back to the point, shall we?
I previously wrote a post about where to learn web coding where I compared Udacity, Udemy, and Codecademy as either very cheap or free learning methods. I ultimately decided Udacity was for me, then had to go back and redact the monkeys out of that statement when I realized Udacity was for me situationally but progressively got less for me and more for no one as they stopped describing the “why” and got into just straight up “how”, which put me back to inferring the why a lot, which I’m fully capable of doing, but for very basic things was just so inefficient and rather than watching video lectures I could get my Google search on much faster (which is to say still rather slowly in comparison to having a skilled teacher instruct me). I then thought, hmm, well, I keep getting spammed by CodeSchool and Treehouse ads on youtube, why not succumb to my Google overlords?
I went with Treehouse because my husband kept telling me how great it was, and I’m super easily influenced by incredibly handsome men who are easily excitable. Plus, upon researching it, everyone seemed to support it for beginners and CodeSchool was more for intermediate people. After Codecademy and some Udacity, I didn’t feel very intermediate. So I signed up, and after the first course on “how to make a website”, I was grateful how much faster I gained the information compared to Udacity and how complete it was. I happily petered over to my website and put some fancy looking things on it that changed size and disappeared as the screen resolution shrunk. Then I did the next part, which was “CSS basics”. Which was hours of the same information. I was not pleased! But I figured I grew in depth slightly, so maybe it was worthwhile. Or so I tried to convince myself.
Treehouse is intended for everyone starting at next to no computer experience, which is made pretty clear from their first course in the Front End Web Developer track. Massively Open Online Courses are like general education in public school. It’s meant to serve everybody and assumes everyone knows nothing, even though that’s not necessarily the case. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just if you can infer, and if you need some redundancy for retention but the redundancy you respond to isn’t someone telling you the same thing repeatedly, then it’s probably not a great resource for you. This is unfortunate since I respond really well to hearing information then discussing it with others, and MOOCs provide auditory input. Consequently, I think a bootcamp such as ADA would be a good match for my learning style, but whether or not I will be able to participate is undetermined yet (since, uh, applicants hear back around mid-March for interviews and end of March for actual acceptance?). Whether or not ADA is in my future, I still want to learn, so I’ve moved on to another resource.
Hopefully my books + Google strategy will go well. Otherwise CodeSchool has nearly all of the MEAN stack taught on their site, and that might be an appealing alternative. So far, though, I’m a big fan of the book strategy. …Don’t read near the end of my last blog post discussing coding resources where I said the same thing then shortly after changed my mind.