AskDN: Experience with part-time Web Dev course?

over 8 years ago from , Designer @ SAP

Hey designers! I'd like to know if anyone have experience with some kinds of part-time Web Development course? How's your experience like?

I'm a designer with very little frond-end knowledge and I've always trying to learn more, but I find it really hard to learn by myself.

I'd like to hear you guy's option on this, or even any tips you have for designers who wanna learn front-end. :)

Thanks a lot!


  • Emily SaforrianEmily Saforrian, over 8 years ago

    If you want to start with front-end I strongly recommend Shay Howe's tutorials. He's been honing these over the years and it's a great starting place. After that, get to building something. Then build it again.

    Actually, just get in the habit of constantly redesigning and coding your personal website/portfolio. That should pretty much get you there.

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    • Tori Z, over 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot! I actually checked his tutorial long ago. However it seems like his tutorial is to learn the language ,but not like walking you though "the process of creating a dynamic website". Hope I'm using the right description...

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  • Chris ColemanChris Coleman, over 8 years ago

    I actually teach front-end web development at General Assembly. A lot of the students in my class are designers looking to take their skills to the next level. They don't necessarily want to be developers, but many want to start designing in the browser.

    The class is almost over, and I've seen a few really pick up on it. I actually helped one student set up local virtual hosts and get up and running with a Gulp/Sass/BrowserSync workflow. Other students struggle with it, but most of them don't seem to be the designers in the class.

    If you've got more specific questions, I can try to answer them.

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    • Tori Z, over 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot! I just checked General Assembly, it looks really cool :) Unfortunately I don't live in the states :/

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  • Jordan BowmanJordan Bowman, over 8 years ago

    Codecademy is free and an excellent way to start learning. The only way to learn coding is to actually code – Codecademy helps you do that.

    Treehouse is only $25/month and very, very worth it. They have tons of courses on all kinds of subjects and they're all well–taught with videos and coding challenges.

    2 points
  • Prasid PathakPrasid Pathak, over 8 years ago

    Hey Tori, I work for a startup called Bloc - we're a part-time coding bootcamp and we have a frontend course!

    (we also have courses in Rails, UX/UI Design, iOS, and Android)

    Our frontend program is 18-weeks, part-time, and covers JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, building responsive sites, and an advanced frontend framework you may have heard of called AngularJS which is pretty popular at the moment. You'll graduate having built 4-6 real web applications like a replica of Spotify.

    If you'd like to learn more, here's the course page - https://www.bloc.io/frontend-development-bootcamp

    Best, Prasid prasid@bloc.io

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  • jacob weberjacob weber, over 8 years ago

    I'm a full time digital designer always looking to learn more and grow as well so this is something I'm always looking at.

    +1 to the Shay Howe tutorials for sure, he does a great job with it. And the General Assembly stuff, although I've never been to the course the GA Online stuff is great from what I've done. I also have had good luck with Treehouse and CodeSchool for paid courses. They lay out tracks for you and give you what you need to follow along and learn with 'em.

    It's kinda on you to make it a schedule and routine to do it but once you get in a rhythm with it, it works well for online studying for sure.

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  • Benjamin Mikiten, over 8 years ago

    Back in college I decided I wanted to focus on web dev, so I bought a code school subscription. I was in a web design class, so I tried to learn as much as I could through code school and google to take all my projects to the next level. Now I do it for a living!

    Courses alone won't do it for you—whether you use a course or google or whatever, if you dedicate enough time to it, you'll get good at it.

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