Code School differentiates itself from the competition by letting you ‘learn by doing’ and experiment with code as you go through the training. If you’re unsure whether it’s the right training for you, this review will help you to decide.
Details on Code School
Code School is produced by Envy Labs. It began with a single course, Rails for Zombies, in November 2010, with the full site being rolled out in 2011.
Code School caters for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. The training is divided into Paths – which are suggested sequences of courses organized by topic. There are currently five Paths:
- Ruby Path
- HTML/CSS Path
- iOS Path
- Electives (miscellaneous topics)
Digging deeper, you will see that the sub-topics include lesser-known technologies like CoffeeScript, Node.js, Sass, Git and Chrome DevTools. Most other training providers don’t cover these topics.
Each individual course is taught by an experienced professional and is made up of at least five levels. Each level starts with a 10-15 minute screencast, followed by a series of interactive exercises. There’s a lot of content packed into each course. Upon completing a course, you can even win prizes – such as generous discounts on other Code School courses and O’Reilly books.
The most unique, the most striking and possibly the best aspect of Code School is the way its courses are themed. Pairing Rails with zombies, jQuery with air travel and iOS with comic books is definitely something you will not see anywhere else.
Each course is presented with professionally designed graphics matching the theme, and even a jingle! This may seem trivial, but it really does motivate you to learn. As an example, here’s a video from Code School where the theme is coffee.
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Code School Screencasts
Another unique aspect of Code School is that it has a large library of screencasts produced by the community, under the label of Code TV. The screencasts are intended as supplementary training to the main library, and cover a range of different coding topics. You can access them as part of a Code School membership.
Code School courses are definitely of the highest possible quality, but the library lacks in quantity and is limited to selected topics. For a similar price, you can access a much wider range of training from lynda.com.
It’s also worth noting that Code School does not specialize in training you for a career in coding. If you would prefer career-oriented training, Treehouse may be what you’re looking for.
The quality of the material at Code School is second to none. Knowledgeable teachers, fun themes and a lot of content packed into each course are just some of the characteristics of its training.
If you have any questions, the best way to get them answered is to contact Code School directly. Otherwise, good luck learning by doing!
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