Early signposts

I think I have enough time working with a few tools to leave some opinions for anyone who follows behind me.

So far, I have done almost all of this learning, on my phone, and my chromebook. I know that I will outgrow that here in a month or sooner, but for the early stuff- I didn’t jump out and buy a specific machine for this.

I started with codeCademy, and paid for a month of premium. I liked it, I think there is value there… but I decided to try moving on without it, and I think I’m doing just fine without a premium learning source.

I also did a free month trial of LinkedIn Learning, for video content and LOVED the content there. I liked all of the presenters, and most of the content was fresh and relevant. They also provided files to follow along, and practice. Going as cheap as I could, I wanted to see if I could replicate the quality using YouTube. -LinkedIn Learning is better than youtube for getting quality content. Enough for me to fork over $30 a month.. I decided no.

Moving out of that first month, I started with freeCodeCamp.org, its very similar to codeCademy, but donation based, and has a solid and devoted community. YouTube also has filled in for my video/audio learning content. I listen mostly, to the videos during down times that I can’t really code.

I was trying to buy a month of codeanywhere… and bought a year. I like it, it does allow me to keep my learning projects online, but I would not recommend at this point. CodePen serves a very similar function for my purposes, and is free.

TLDR-

Youtube works enough for video content. freeCodeCamp.org is also good. Premium subscriptions, LinkedIn Learning and codeCademy may be slightly higher quality, but if you are progressing with the free options, I would stick with them.

Everyone starts somewhere…

First ‘blog’ entry. No one will read this, but how else do you start?

The short of this, is I have committed to teaching myself to be a web developer AND land a job by 2020. Oh, and basically for free.

I started looking into a local bootcamp, ran by a respected state university. Then I found out the cost, and almost lost my lunch. I knew that the info had to be out there to go this alone. Self managing my path has been a exercise in not focusing on finding the absolute best path, but to at least start learning and doing.

I would like to leave breadcrumbs, in the event someone else wants to self teach and not go the debt method.