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General Discussion

Shawn Piers
Shawn Piers
2,373 Points

Who here is also doing Free Code Camp?

Right now I am working on the Front End Track. What are you doing to supplement your Free Code Camp learning?

8 Answers

Scott O'Neil
Scott O'Neil
8,282 Points

Hey Shawn, I am also on Free Code Camp, and although I feel like it helped me to get going, I feel that Treehouse has helped tremendously more with the videos and examples given. I plan to use CodeSchool in the near future to keep reinforcing what I am learning through these online resources. I am also working on the Front End tracks on both here and Free Code Camp. However, I really struggled with the algorithms and it greatly discouraged me. Udacity also has some good resources, and I'm working through the intro to Computer Science on there. Another good intro to computer science that might be worth checking out is Harvards CS50 on edX which is a free course as well. Happy Coding!

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
230,230 Points

It would be nice if you give links to your references! Check the Markdown Cheatsheet below for how.

Jay Padzensky
Jay Padzensky
4,731 Points

While not doing Free Code Camp, I do recommend changing up the mediums from which you learn. Jon Duckett's books on HTML/CSS and JavaScript/jQuery are excellent offline resources. Additionally, I've been enjoying some podcasts from CodeNewbie. I hope this helps some!

Chad Duncan
Chad Duncan
1,246 Points

I just picked up a copy of HTML/CSS. Its an amazing book!!! Its also nice to have a book next to you to flip to pages for help when trying new things. I find reading helps more, for me, than video tutorials..

Shawn Piers
Shawn Piers
2,373 Points

I have also really enjoyed the videos, and I have been surprised by how attached I have already become to my track. I was also pleasantly surprised that Treehouse support was completely wrong about downloads. Once I realized they do actually allow me to download videos in mp4, even if it is through stupid stupid stupid stupid iTunes I felt compelled to upgrade. I can afford it and as long as this is useful then I am happy to shed the dollars :-)

It is really the ideals of Free Code Camp that hold me there. FCC also has a vibrant and open community. A couple times so far I have even used the FCC Help chat on Gitter for assistance with Treehouse stuff :D

Where is exactly is the algorithm stuff found on Treehouse? The HTML/CSS here goes far beyond FCC but the word 'algorithm' cannot be found anywhere in the Front End or Full Stack tracks. Are there holes you guys have found in each curriculum that I should be aware of? And Scott O'Neil just to clarify, how exactly did you supplement the algorithm stuff at FCC? Udacity?

I will check out Jon Duckett, and yeah...CS50x is awesome! I only dropped out because I have a bit of a time constraint but if I finish FCC and the Front End/Full Stack stuff here before the end of 2016 then I definitely plan on going back. Did you see they now have virtual reality coming this fall?

Scott O'Neil
Scott O'Neil
8,282 Points

I tried as hard as I could and then I would search on google for help, and a lot of time you could find some kind of walk through from someone who completed the specific FCC algorithm. I still am not good with the algorithms, but I think I am finally getting to the place where things are starting to click. I went through the JavaScript basics here in the past week and it helped a lot with understanding. I think FCC is awesome, and I will be using it again after I complete front end track on here and the full stack JavaScript on here. Where is the virtual reality coming from? Treehouse? FCC?

Shawn Piers
Shawn Piers
2,373 Points

CS50 will have virtual reality this fall.

Adrianne Miller
Adrianne Miller
1,658 Points

Khan Academy has a really good course on algorithms in Javascript.

Shawn Piers
Shawn Piers
2,373 Points

Hey, thanks Adrianne. Gonna check that out :D

I am also doing Free Code Camp right now. I started off learning using only Treehouse. I even tried the Tech Degree route for a short bit. However, after discovering FCC, I realized that it fantastically pairs with Treehouse because:

  1. It focuses on MEAN Stack and delivers shallow, yet useful, bite sized instructional workspaces on each topic.
  2. At the end of "major topics", it gives you Project Challenges.

I combine this with Treehouse by first completing all the instructional portions of a section on FCC. Then, I try to complete the FCC projects right off the bat. When I struggle and fail, which usually happens, I turn to the wonderful Treehouse Library! I complete Treehouse courses relevant to the subject, combine that with many MDN & Stack Overflow searches and usually end up with something halfway decent!

Once I complete the FCC Challenge, I then try to tweak it and basically just play around with the code in order to get a deeper understanding of how it all comes together.

I'm pretty satisfied with this method so far since:

  1. FCC Challenges are great at giving you projects to complete for your portfolio
  2. Treehouse has an amazingly vast and informative library to help you learn what you need along the way!

This works for me. I hope it works for you. Happy coding!

Chad Duncan
Chad Duncan
1,246 Points

I started using FCC while at work.. I seem to have a hard time keeping up with the videos on treehouse with just my laptop. I have a set up at home with my laptop and an additional screen, to run the video on one and type code on the other. So while at work i decided to use FCC for learning through out the day. I thought I was doing great with the html and css. In fact, i realized while going through the course that i knew all the answers with out really needed to read much, due to treehouse. But, at the end of the HTML and CSS course, they show you jquery, and throw bootstrap in real quick. Then, they hand you a project to do (Tribute page), in which the instructions tells you to use bootstrap, and that you shouldn't have much CSS code at all. I got to the project page on Monday of this week. Its now Friday of the same week, I am still lost on how to even make a simple page with bootstrap. I have tried the chat rooms with no one even acknowledging my questions. I cheated alittle due to frustrations, and checked out other "campers" Tribute Page's. All of them are using bootstrap and jQuery coding with theirs. I feel soooooo lost... So, I came back over to treehouse to start going through my front-end track again.. Which is starting me out with CSS basics. I think I'll stay with treehouse and the Jon Duckett book I purchased from here on out. And then back over to FCC once I get through javascript, jquery, and bootstrap on treehouse.