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Lack of PHP Community support

The lack of support in the community is concerning. I have posted several questions throughout this course that have received no answers. I've noticed several others, as well.

4 Answers

I think Antonio Jaramillo is completely right. Two-thirds of this course are outdated, and it's a shame that Hampton Paulk , or someone else in Treehouse for him, doesn't even make an effort to provide some assistance to patch the code, so that it will actually work with the current version of Slim.

Yes, I understand that everyone's busy, but the other day I posted a question regarding Twig-View on Stack Overflow, and I got an answer from Rob Allen in 13 hours ─ and he's not getting paid for it, and no one doubts that he must be a very busy man.

Students at Treehouse are paying their monthly fees, so I think we're entitled to some assistance from Treehouse staff, especially when the code shown in the videos no longer works. It's not good enough to throw everything on top of the Forum, expecting that guys like Jamarillo will come along with the code and the answers, or saying (I've had that argument thrown at me one time before) that "out there in the wild" things won't always work either, and you'll have to be able to figure out solutions on your own.

The thing is, we're not in the wild, neither are we in a live, professional context. We're in a learning context, and that's completely different.

My purpose here is not to bash Treehouse. I have learned a lot here (I am, after all, still here), and I've also had good experiences with teacher support, namely Guil Hernandez. But I think it's totally unacceptable to provide a paid course where the content doesn't work with the current version of the platform. The least it could be expected would be to provide notes or extensions to update the code. Completely ignoring the issue and relying on students to do it just makes an already bad situation even worse.

I sincerely hope that people at Treehouse will reflect on these issues.

Sergey Vrenev
Sergey Vrenev
28,778 Points

I think PHP is underrated on Treehouse. It would be nice to have more "updated" courses such as Laravel5, yii2, slim3, how to create authentication/authorization on our sites, maybe personal cabinets and other... PHP is widely used, but has so small amount of courses here. Treehouse, pls, more PHP teachers, we love you and love to learn!

Sergey, check out my comments here: https://teamtreehouse.com/community/slim-30-code-for-this-lesson https://teamtreehouse.com/community/redirect-with-slim-30

These are by no means an extensive study of Slim 3, but it'll get anyone going to follow this course.

Matt Trask
Matt Trask
10,027 Points

Unfortunately a lot of us are either working, learning or a combination of both. Also, theres new people who may not be able to answer your questions. Even worse, in the wild, you may be confronted with this type of situation as a dev, which means you need to learn how to be resourceful and google around.

I am a dev, and working. In regards to being resourceful, check out my comments throughout this course. Sergey nailed it in that there isn't enough PHP support on Team Treehouse. Anyway, still love Team Treehouse. But in all honesty, there are questions throughout this course that have gone unanswered for 3 months or more. That is an issue.

Sergey Podgornyy
Sergey Podgornyy
20,660 Points

Forum is for students first of all. Not everyone know a solution to your questions.

If you want to ask someone experienced, you can press "Ask" button in "Ask to Answer" section. Moreover, you can refer to the teacher, if you will type his/her name in your post.

I hear you. I figured out the issues on my own this time around. Thanks, though.