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This non-profit platform has helped countless developers find their path. But it’s not for everyone.
In fact, as a code newbie I produced a not-so-nice video about how frustrating their platform was. Fast forward a few years...Have things changed with freeCodeCamp? Is it worth your time? Check out today’s review video with self-taught web developer RealToughCandy.
Transcript (HUGE thank you to dev.to member Sherri for transcribing the video!):
Today I'm gonna say the F-word and it's something I haven't said in quite some months on this channel. I try to keep the channel clean, I try to keep it family-friendly, but I'm just gonna say it...FreeCodeCamp. Let's talk about it.
(Phone ringing) Hello?
Hey, what's up developers? This is Real Tough Candy here...I'm a self-taught web developer hanging out. It's a beautiful evening here in the park. Boys and ghouls, may I present to you the idea of FreeCodeCamp in 2019.
But anyways, fast-forward a few years, I've had a few years time now to interact with all sorts of developers from very, very code newbie hatchling all the way to senior developers who've been in the business for ten, fifteen, and twenty years, and for some people, FreeCodeCamp is a godsend, because number one, it's free. You cannot compete with free, so for those who are on a really tight budget, or if you're not really sure if you want to do this thing, you're not really sure if coding is for you...I mean all you're investing is a little bit of your time rather than $15 or $15,000 for an in-person code bootcamp.
All in all, I think FreeCodeCamp can help almost any developer. They've helped me in ways that I didn't think they could...shout out to Beau Carnes! Uh, he's invited me on the channel twice, on their YouTube channel twice, to do videos. Um you know they're helping my career, and so I have to give a shout out to them, you know, a few years into my career. They're helping people in ways they may not have thought of initially. Um, and I think if you are considering becoming a developer, consider FreeCodeCamp as a source, but not the only one. I think you might be missing out on quite a few opportunities just sticking with their ecosystem, but that can be said with any other thing. Uh, Andrei Neagoie, a great instructor on Udemy, but if you just stick with his, like, ecosystem, I abuse that word but it's so apt in so many situations...if you just stick with him you're missing out on different opportunities, different people, different challenges, different projects, uh, elsewhere. So I think it's good to diversify whether you're doing FreeCodeCamp or something else.
I am not a angry aspiring developer anymore, so I've mellowed out and I can turn around and start assessing things, I think, more levelheadedly. Not that my review is the one and only you should abide by or listen to...and I've said this on the channel before...if you're, even if it's me, you shouldn't rely on just one person to give you information or guide you. Ask different people. If you have a mentor, it's ok to have two! You know, that mentor, they're trying to help you, and they're probably gonna help you, but what's wrong with another one? What's wrong with another perspective? It's healthy to have multiple perspectives and then you'll be able to choose the one that fits your path the best.
What are your thoughts on FreeCodeCamp? Especially you code newbies out there, I want to hear from you because this is a platform geared towards you, but I do wanna hear everyone's thoughts. Because if you're a self-taught developer, you've heard of FreeCodeCamp, you probably have an account there even if you've forgotten about it. So let me know your thoughts.
This is the last video I'm gonna do without a microphone...my Patreons are so frickin' awesome. They directly fund this channel and they just bought me a, uh, smartphone mic that's gonna clip on right here in a few days, so "Yessss!" Thank you guys so much! Again, you guys are directly funding this channel. Somebody asked me the other day, "Don't you have money to buy things with your salary or you know what you're doing?" and I'm like "I do, but the Patreons are the ones who directly fund this channel." So your money is really appreciated and it's going to upgrade this channel, so rock on! Thanks for watching guys! I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you in the next video.
Selena, do you wanna help me look at this book? You wanna help me look at this book? Get your butt out of the camera. Com'ere.
It's, uh, it's uh kinda cold out there. It's kinda cold out there.
Selena, can you get off my lap so I can do this video? Can you please move? Thank you.
It's still kinda cold in here too.