Looking round at some of the online training available I decided to go with teamtreehouse.com. I think probably the most important thing is to find a solution that suits your style of learning. Treehouse use a mixture of videos, quizzes and coding tasks. You watch a series of videos about a subject, take a few multiple choice quizzes along the way and the write some code at the end.
The videos are quirky and lighthearted. Some of the presenters are a little better than others, but all of the videos that I’ve watched are of a high quality. They tend to be around 4 to 7 minutes long, so it’s pretty easy to dive in and out when possible.
The tasks are split in to maybe 8 or 10 small changes that you need to make to the code. It works really well. An area that I think could be improved is that when you don’t do it correctly you don’t get much feedback about what you’ve done wrong. Some of the feedback is confusing too. It would be better to have more detailed and useful feedback.
That goes the same for the quizzes too. If you select the wrong answer it would be nice to know why, and an explanation to go with it.
They have lots of different courses available, with more ‘coming soon’. The website can be a little confusing as far as the material available and what you’ve completed. I think it’s supposed to have a ‘quirky’ feel, but sometimes is just confusing. It needs some sort of overview of what you’ve completed and what’s available. There’s a notion of ‘unlocking’ more content, which just seems confusing and unnecessary.
The cost is $25/month and I’d happily recommend it to anyone.
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