What Makes the Course So Good?
Before he put the course together, Steele had a teaching background as an instructor at a web development bootcamp. Because he worked with a number of students, he knew how to present concepts in a logical order that would make sense to those with little experience.
There were not too many sections in the course where I felt like I had to make a big leap into something I didn’t understand well, which is helpful when first starting out. There are many poorly designed programming courses that ask beginners to participate in challenges that they’re not ready for, so I was grateful to find Steele’s course because it had challenges that were more appropriate for beginners.
There were certainly sections in the course that were challenging. It took me an inordinately long time to learn how to combine loops with arrays, but with time, I was able to work through the challenges in these sections without a problem. It may take you more or less time to work through the challenges, but if you stick with it and are willing to do research when you’re stuck, you will be able to make considerable progress.
HTML and CSS
Colt’s course is a complete bootcamp, so it starts out with HTML and CSS, the two fundamental technologies that you need to add structure and style to your website. Even though I already had extensive knowledge in both before taking The Web Developer Bootcamp, refreshing my HTML and CSS skills was beneficial.
DOM Manipulation and jQuery
Command Line and Node.js
In his course, Steele attempts to make installation easy by having participants use Cloud9, an online integrated development environment that includes support for backend technologies. I firmly believe, however, that installing and debugging node.js on your own computer is an important part of becoming a backend web developer, so after taking The Web Developer Bootcamp, I encourage you to read the documentation on the official node.js website and install and run node.js on your own computer. You’ll run node.js from your command line, which is also covered in Steele’s course.
A Great Place to Start