Learning programming skills has become commonplace and, in many cases, necessary for certain jobs. Responding to this demand, efforts to teach a beginner to code have been popping up in different forms all over the world. From free online tutorials to expensive boot camps cost up to $20,000, there are a myriad of options to choose from. One of the most popular such endeavors is a website called Team Treehouse that offers high-quality tutorials and workspaces for an affordable price (starting from $25/month). If rave reviews about Treehouse’s Front-End Web Development track and teaching style aren’t enough, you can even try the platform for free for 2 weeks before deciding whether it is the right place to invest your $25. Considering the average web developer in the United States makes $81,670 and the industry is predicted to grow by at least 20% in the coming years, the investment is probably more than worth it. If you aren’t convinced yet to give Treehouse a try, check out these awesome features:
“Once you pick a Track, you can choose how long you’d like to take to complete the Track. We then calculate how much time you should spend on Treehouse every day and then help keep you on schedule”
As you follow along with the videos, you can also code along in a workspaces window that allows you to preview your work at any time. There is no downloading or desktop work necessary.
Forever Expanding Library
One of the best things about Treehouse is their ever-expanding library of tutorials. Even if you get through all of the tracks, there is always new content being added to its library that you can use to improve your development skills whether you are a novice or expert. Just in the past few weeks, they have come out with several new tutorials, from Git Workshops to Android Animations. Its candyland for an autodidact!
Forums and the Gamification of Learning
Many online learning platforms employ the use of gamification as an incentive to continue to learn, and Treehouse is no exception. Users earn points and badges that lead to reward videos that tell fun stories and are great mini-breaks before getting started on the next track. Another one of Ryan’s favorite features falls into this category:
“…getting your answer marked as “Best answer” in the Forum. You get extra points!”
The forums not only provide a space for students to interact as they learn and help solve each other’s issues, they also play into the gamification aspect of Treehouse to inspire users to remain active. So after reading about all these great, ever-growing features, are you reading to become an awesome developer? Sign up for your free trial here!
“With Treehouse and a little imagination, you can go anywhere…” – Author Unknown