(Neither a sponsor nor promotion! It's just my experience with the website!)
Just a few days ago, I came across this website called Scrimba. Scrimba, the company, is based in Oslo, Norway. It provides both interactive IDE and code screenshot videos, much like its competitors, which I would explain more in a bit. With the amazing features, it only took less than 10 min to convince myself after discovering the website to start a course with them.
For those who don't know me, let me tell you a bit of my background. I graduated from college last August in sociology. I went to Flatiron School, one of the well known coding bootcamps, in the same month I graduated from college. Then, I graduated from Flatiron in Dec 2020. In Flatiron, I learned how to develop full-stack websites with ReactJS and Ruby on Rails. Now I am already 6 months in my job search journey.
Array.prototype.reduce but still don't fully understand on how to use it. It's like how you know
1 + 1 is equal to
2. But what if you have 1 apple on your left hand and 1 apple on your right hand, how do you come to a conclusion that you have two apples in total? -- This may be a more extreme example, but I hope you understand what I meant.
After graduation, I came across a few resources on building simple vanilla JS apps, like a random background color generator or a counter app. I was pretty sure it was not imposter syndrome, because I was literally scared to build one of these apps and I didn't feel confident at all to build one, as I was so used to ReactJS -- kinda ironic, right?.
Please don't misunderstand that I am blaming Flatiron for their curriculum. NOT AT ALL! It was definitely me and my learning style. I know some of my peers did really well throughout the bootcamp and got a job pretty soon. I am absolutely grateful that I enrolled to Flatiron and they gave me a courage and really pushed me to keep learning new programming concepts and languages.
You might have come across well-known sites, like CodeCademy and FreeCodeCamp. Scrimba has very similar style to these two free sites. They are all great and extremely informative.
But here's my critics for Scrimba's competitors:
You need to subscribe to their Premium subscription in order to have access to the projects. I actually did subscribe with them a while back. But after I learned all the basic stuff and worked on their projects with the detailed guidelines, I remembered feeling like "coming out of a tutorial hell" and "I don't feel comfortable enough to start my own project from scratch".
Quick note: I have to thank Codecademy for teaching me to write my first line of HTML and CSS. I like their interactive experience, which I think they did an excellent job on explaining. They made web dev even more fun for me. I think it's perfect for people who learns best at hands-on experience and reading.
I think it's really great for newbies who is just getting started. I would say a newbie would get the best outcome by using the platforms of FreeCodeCamp and Codecademy (provided that you are willing to pay for the premium subscription) together. But here's what happened, I recently revisited FreeCodeCamp and looked back all the tutorials I have finished. I gotta be honest with ya, I have no memory that I finished most of the basic CSS responsive design curriculum.
I do have to mention that FreeCodeCamp is a non-profit organization. All the articles and curriculums are written by volunteers. They would also send a weekly newsletter on new curriculums and article highlights, which I very much enjoy.
Anyways, with all these reasons above was the reasons that made me appreciate Scrimba.
However, one thing that could be quite confusing is the interactive IDE and the video being on the same page.
👆🏻 This is simultaneously a video and an interactive code editor as you can see from this GIF.
To solve this confusion, I tried it out not too long ago and finally figured it out. It looks like you can edit the code by clicking on the IDE, and whatever you typed on the IDE will be saved on a "different branch" and a separate note which you can refer later on as it is saved on the timestamp.
What I appreciate the most is that before each new concept, there always will have a quick and clear concept breakdown, like "what is a DOM?" and will be demonstrated on the code where you are building the JS app on.
There is also a discord channel you can join to connect with other learners -- which I think it's quite typical. Another cool part of Scrimba is that you can participate the weekly web dev challenge. This week's weekly web dev challenge is "Name Beautifier". Great for people who want to brush up on their CSS. There will be live streams on the discord channel to showcase everyone's solutions/submissions at the end of each week and anyone who is selected as winner would have a chance to get free 1-year pro subscription. In a way, it reminds me of Frontend Mentor, but you got a deadline and the entire community to participate this type of challenge with you.
I also have to mention, I love their web design! I am a huge fan of their pastel color, and I love how minimalistic and cute the web design and the color palette is. (For those who noticed my cover picture, thank you for noticing. I actually got the background color and the font color from the website -- unfortunately not the font 😅, 'cause I already downloaded the picture and I was too lazy to remake it.)
I have to be honest, I have never been so quick to write an article about a resource that I used. But I just love everything about this website... so far!
Long lectures can be boring. Sometimes it is hard to just read documentations because there are so many technical words, especially for those who do not have computer science background. If you are someone who is both a visual learner and needs hands-on experience, this website is perfect for you!
I am only day 2 into the course. At this point, it is more a refresher for me, but at least I am building small apps with vanilla JS (and making commits to Github LOL) (I am actually very excited to build the blackjack game). I literally feel like I am relearning JS as I go!