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Reuben Varzea
Reuben Varzea
23,182 Points

Adding project reviews to entry-level Techdegree would be nice...

I'm doing the Java Web Development Techdegree at the lower end $99/month (which I appreciate having the access to... $399/month is just too much for me).

I'd like to recommend maybe allowing an "add on" at some point, where perhaps you can pay an additional flat fee to have an instructor actually perform a project review. Obviously, we can see for ourselves if a project works or doesn't, but becoming good coders is reliant on writing the best possible code... the best way to know that is to have someone experienced review and give feed back.

So, as an example, I am at the lower tier of the Techdegree, so no mentoring sessions and no Slack channel... fair enough. But, I would like to have at least SOME of my projects reviewed just so I can get a sense of if I'm being 'DRY' enough, or writing code efficiently. I can cough up $100 for a one-time add on that will grant me 4 project reviews.

Just a suggestion...

  • Reuben

1 Answer


I totally agree with you there. I think the problem with that is they only have a few programmers that are able to have a look at your project at the moment. Perhaps when they're able to hire a few more, they may make this a possibility. I'm currently using the full-version of the techdegree, and I'm really enjoying it. The slack channel is a huge help (more than you might think), and it's great to be able to talk with other people about your project. I completely understand not wanting to pay the full price (in fact, I'm REALLY having to stretch my budget thin for it), but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really is the case.

All that being said, if you want someone to look at your project, the slack channel is really good about having peer-to-peer review. If you wanted to bump your subscription up to the next level, you could join the channel and have other people look over your code. It's not going to be graded, and it won't be as in-depth as an actual submission, but it will help you to be able to have someone else look over it and give you suggestions. Another set of eyes can never hurt.

Good luck with your coding adventures!

Reuben Varzea
Reuben Varzea
23,182 Points

Thanks for the feedback Shadd Anderson - The Slack channel is another thing I'd be willing to pay a bit more for without make the full jump up to the $399/month price tag. The whole program is still very young, so I'm sure there will be tweaks along the way.

The $99/month option is still the better option for me -- for now. :)

Reuben Varzea totally understand, man! It is a hefty price to pay :)

And you're right, I'm sure they will update things as they go along.