Web Development

Certificate and Review: Colt Steele’s Web Development Bootcamp (Udemy)

I know that sometimes certificates don’t accurately represent proficiency in a subject, especially with something like web development, but I like posting them when I get them, especially when the course took several weeks to complete.

Here is my latest certificate! This one is from Colt Steele’s Web Development Bootcamp (Udemy):


My Review of Colt Steele’s Web Development Bootcamp (Udemy):

This was a fantastic course and I wouldn’t change it in any way, except perhaps to leave out the last section on “JavaScript – The Weird Stuff” because after an intense Node.js learning experience it feels like backtracking by having a detailed discussion about the different ways to use ‘this’ in JavaScript.

I wish I had more to say but that’s it. This was a fantastic learning experience!

And THE BEST course I have taken on Udemy.

I have taken many courses on a variety of subjects and about 5 courses so far on programming, including a very in-depth Bootcamp that focused on PHP rather than Node.


The reason it is the best course is because Colt teaches in a clear manner, and the coding challenges, code-alongs and main project (YelpCamp) are at the appropriate level for the instructions offered just before the challenge.

Also, he outlines EVERYTHING beforehand which I find extremely helpful.

What I mean by that is that he (1) gives you a syllabus at the beginning, and then (2) at the beginning of each section he offers an overview of what will be learned in that section and then (3) at the beginning of most videos he outlines the main points of that specific video/lesson.

When I know what is coming it makes it easier for me to remember the main takeaway concepts while I am learning, and also helps me to review if I get stuck on a topic in the future.

I also love that there was one LARGE project and that each part of building that large project related to a number of mini-projects that were offered beforehand, as practice, before messing with the code on the large project.

This was great because the repetition of building each page in the mini-project helped in the large YelpCamp site because it reinforced the specific code and where it goes.

Again, this repetition helps me to retain the information.

I can easily see myself using the course again to build a site that is something I am into, like favorite books or favorite movies. This would reinforce the process and if I did it enough I feel that this course is comprehensive enough for me to consider myself proficient in this Node stack as long as I got to the point where I was coding without assistance from the videos.

My point is that there is a ton of information in this course and totally worth every dollar and every minute I devoted to it.

Colt has a great sense of humor and I love Rusty. They made a potentially dry and complicated subject very fun!

Also, Ian (the T.A.) is fantastic and very quick to respond to questions. I highly recommend reading the questions from other students for each video just for fun and extra learning.

If you are really interested in learning JavaScript to operate both front-end and back-end web development, this is a fantastic step in that direction!

Here is my other post about YelpCamp.

Here is my build of YelpCamp.