re: Students in web dev: what has been your best learning experience, and why was it effective? VIEW POST


I had a CS undergrad and got my start professionally working on a Rails/Javascript web application. While the CS curriculum gave me a solid foundation, most of my practical learning early on came from online tutorials and "follow along" style books. Notably:

For the Javascript/CSS parts I learned best by trying to use existing frameworks like Bootstrap and D3.js and adapting them to suit my needs.

Edit: Just thought of some resources I wish I had back then. I don't have much experience with them, but both freeCodeCamp and The Odin Project seem like they would have been really useful.

By the way, not sure if you've taken this yet (or plan on taking it at all), but this seems like something you could research as your semester project for CS4660 Education Technology. I'm familiar with it because of the online graduate version (CS6460) and this definitely seems like an interesting topic to research and present on.


Thanks for the links and insight! Confirmed some of what I was thinking, namely code-alongs working well.

Also crazy you'd mention CS 4660; I just took that class last semester! The professor is honestly one of the most engaging I've had at Georgia Tech. He really tries to take a step back and let us go about researching, designing, and implementing an educational product on our own.

This project definitely would have hit home with that class, though I found our project pretty useful too. We mocked up a career readiness simulator meant to teach financial literacy through convincing scenarios of entering the working world (responding to job offers, apartment hunting, etc). Didn't directly translate to this topic though, so I still reached on here to see how to best approach a new medium 😊

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