After spending 20-40 hours on Codecademy you will begin to exhaust their resources. Luckily, there are plenty of other sites to get you geared up for a coding bootcamp. Two other popular websites to learn to code are Code School and Team Treehouse. Both resources include courses on the different elements of the MEAN stack. Code School is more hands on than Team Treehouse but Team Treehouse has a larger library and offers more comprehensive resources on the basics of HTML, CSS and responsive design.
Five functions worth your time are:
Putting your newfound skills to use is what will truly solidify your training. Testing your coding prowess on sites like CoderByte and Codewars is an excellent way to do this. CoderByte is easier to start with because if you get stuck there are help forums with tips and solutions.
To gain the most value from sites like Thinkster and Mastering MEAN it's essential that you complete each project more than once. Each time try to put your own spin on the concepts. Add an extra database collection, create an additional form, customize an additional route. Building actual projects that you can add to your portfolio is by far the wisest use of your time.
This might seem like an overwhelming amount of learning material to get through, but not all of these resources will mesh with your individual learning style. Try multiple resources to find which one works best for you. Most importantly, distance yourself from rote learning methods like copying and pasting code, and challenge yourself with new concepts by building your own functions, web sites, applications, and projects.
Nick Toscano is a writer, GIS specialist and aspiring web developer. He has been covering the swelling coding bootcamp industry since 2014.
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