If you’re thinking of taking The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele, you may want to re-consider.
TL;DR: The course is inconsistent and rushed.
Here’s some backstory: Colt Steele rocked the online web development world a few years ago with his debut course, The Web Developer Bootcamp. Now considered a classic in modern online web dev education, the Bootcamp promised to take lowly civilians with zero programming experience and turn them into de facto coding wizards by the end of the course. And it was huuuuge.
The idea was so successful, Colt was named Udemy’s Best New Instructor in 2016. With his newly-minted superstar status, Colt went all-in with his curriculum development and released a follow up in 2017, The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp.
Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid it.
5. Colt doesn’t teach most of the class. He says hi, covers the first few sections and then passes the microphone (so to speak) to three of his friends. While these friends are also developers, they simply don’t have the energy, enthusiasm, or teaching skills to engage most students. There are a lot of teleprompter-sounding vocal deliveries and slides that are on the screen for way too long.
4. Production values are pretty bad (even for a Udemy course). Because all four instructors recorded their sessions separately, the production values are very inconsistent. One minute you hear a good and clear vocal with a microphone, the next minute you can barely hear what an instructor is saying. It’s pretty distracting!
Most of the instructors didn’t edit the videos when there were long pauses or other awkward things. One instructor rushes through the material, so students get almost zero value.
3. Odd course material. Material covered includes SVGs and D3; ES2015; the virtual DOM; AJAX, and CSS animations. These are not really advanced topics when compared to tools and technologies like progressive web apps (PWAs), Serverless Architecture, Redis and so on. The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp does cover an introduction to React, but simply brushes the surface so you can code along to create a Twitter clone project called Warbler.
But it gets better…
2. It’s already outdated. It’s almost as if Colt Steele has admitted defeat with this one. Last update was April 2018 and for web development courses, this is considered somewhat a long time. How many things won’t work when you sign up for this course within the first hour? Will the instructions for creating a React app still work? It’s up to the student to find out in frustration because things will break with no update for nearly 1.5 years.
1. Advanced material is covered better by other courses. For example, see Andrei Neagoie. His take on an advanced dev course doesn’t mirror The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp, but the goals of the two courses are the same: make better junior developers. Andrei’s course is thorough, updated, and engaging. He covers diverse and relevant topics like:
- React + Redux
- Webpack4 + Parcel
- Node.js + Express
- Front End Performance Optimizations
- Back End Performance Optimization
- Progressive Web Apps
- Software Testing
- Server Side Rendering and Client Side Rendering
- Front End Security Optimizations
- Back End Security Optimizations
- Sessions + JWT
- Amazon Web Services
- Serverless Architecture
- Continuous Integration
- Continuous Delivery
- Continuous Deployment
Whew! That’s a lot of stuff. But while no course can turn a junior dev into a senior (only on-the-job work experience can do that), The Complete Junior to Senior Web Developer Roadmap (2019) is light years ahead of Steele’s Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp.
As one student recently mentioned: “IF I COULD GIVE 0 STARS I WOULD!!!”
And as another recently mentioned, “The first part is very good, but it becomes a nightmare at the end. The chapters on D3 are good enough but nothing that you can’t find for free in the web.”
In summary, avoid the Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp.
If you want to level up with your skills, check out Andrei Neagoie’s The Complete Junior to Senior Web Developer Roadmap (2019). It’s a much better investment for your time and money.
Colt doesn't teach most of the course