Learn more about the Vanilla JS Academy at https://vanillajsacademy.com.
And then on the in between days, I share my approach to the project and some of the common challenges and gotchas that I usually see students run into. And if you get stuck, there’s a 24 seven private discord community exclusively for students where you can share your work, ask questions and get help.
If this sounds interesting, by the way, if you head over to vanilla JS academy. com, you can learn all the details about the program. Uh, there’s a couple of different workshops depending on what you want to learn. Um, but this simple formula has hands down been my most. Successful program. One of the big things that I do is like a lot of courses will teach you a thing and then walk you through doing the thing.
Um, and that’s good. I have absolutely learned things that way, but a lot of times what you learn doesn’t stick or there’s kind of these things that get glazed over because the person who’s. Teaching you is doing the building and so they know some stuff that they forget you won’t and they just kind of glaze over It so one of the big things with the vanilla JS Academy is I I leave it up to you to build the thing And then once you’ve had a chance to do that, I’ll review how I approached it Which is not always the right approach.
It’s just one of several approaches you could take and I also don’t give you every single piece of information that you need a big part of becoming a successful programmer is Knowing how to look things up, how to find solutions, how to evaluate whether the information you have is any good and figuring out how to put all these pieces together.
And then a year later, they’re like, I got my first job, uh, in, in web development and you know, I was able to move or buy a new house or kind of start this whole new career for myself. It’s just, it’s such a cool feeling. Um, and it’s also leveled up many more developers into more senior roles. But, there were still some things that could be improved.
Um, and there may be things about the program that made sense when it started, but the world is a very different place now than it was five years ago. So, here’s what’s changed. Uh, you can now more easily move through projects at a pace that works for you. You get even more projects to work on. Um, there used to be an office hours component.
that, uh, worked really well early on and then started to not work so well. And I’ll talk a little bit about that, but that’s been reimagined to accommodate more people across more time zones and work schedules. Um, you now get free updates to the program for life. So as the web changes and I make updates to the program, you automatically get those, this used to be a program where if you went through it, that was your version of it.
Uh, and last, potentially most important in today’s economy, uh, the price has been reduced to make it more affordable. to more people. Um, so let’s go ahead and dig into all of these in a little bit more detail. Just real quick though, if you’re already sold, uh, right now, so this week you can get a 30 percent off over 200 off on registration.
Uh, you can head over to vanillajsacademy. com to learn a little bit more about that. Um, but anyways, uh, let’s kind of talk through some of these changes. So, pacing. Historically, the lessons and projects in the Vanilla JS Academy have been dripped out a little at a time. So, you log on on Monday, you’ve got your first set of lessons and projects.
You log in on Tuesday, the solution which wasn’t there the day before is now visible. Wednesday, the next set of lessons and project, uh, and so on. This really helps students have a sense of daily progress and cadence, but it also had a few drawbacks. So, let’s say you really flew through. one project. You just, you found it particularly easy or you already had a little bit of experience with some of the stuff that was covered in it.
You just flew through it. You couldn’t move more quickly. You had to wait until two days before you could get your next project. You’d also have to wait to see the solution until the following day. Uh, if you went on vacation or got busy at work, a lot of students would start to feel like they had fallen behind as uncompleted projects started to pile up.
And there was a lot of students who, you know, work, life happens, you end up a little bit kind of off from the daily drip. But it kind of gives you this sense of impending doom. And if too many of those piled up, sometimes students would get frustrated and feel like they were just totally behind. So now you get instant access to all the projects and all the lessons when you sign up.
And it’s still structured around a suggested cadence of daily projects over six weeks. But you can move faster or slower as needed without feeling like you’re held back or you’re falling behind. And this is something I just I got a lot of feedback on, uh, after completing the workshop, there’s often a bit of a come down effect, right?
But now, I’ve included 18 more bonus projects that you can work on after you finish the workshop. And they’re designed specifically to build on and reinforce what you learned in the main workshop and help take those skills to the next level. So, we’ve done some stuff, we’re gonna either do more of it, or we’re gonna take it and do…
So, during the first year or two of the Vanilla. js Academy, office hours were one of the most integral parts of the workshop. Every other week, I’d host live video Q& A for students. to ask questions and get real time feedback. And after a while, I noticed that a lot of the same questions kept coming up over and over again.
And I started working answers to them into the workshop itself. Over the last two years, attendance at office hours has dropped to nearly zero. Uh, between scheduling conflicts and a lot of big questions that people had already getting answered, uh, through kind of common issues, uh, and other things I’ve just built into the lessons, there just wasn’t as much demand.
Um, either people wanted to attend, but they couldn’t because of, you know, scheduling issues, or they just didn’t have any questions. So what I ended up doing was I went back and I compiled a bunch of questions from previous office hours into video and text based. Q& A articles as new questions come up from future students.
I’ll be adding to this library over time So if you have a question, that’s not just a quick little like one or two sentence I’ll actually go and record a whole walkthrough just like I would have in office hours of your question and my answer to it. And that gets posted to a library archive that everyone can access until you get the same effect as office hours, but without being time bound to, Oh God, I need to log in at this specific time on this specific day.
Or I miss it. Um, you know, so we just, we get around that whole thing and I just feel like that fits with the world and the way people work a lot better now. Um, people in other time zones, people who have work conflicts, they can actually participate. Um, uh, I feel like the pandemic really shifted. The way a lot of folks work to remote to more asynchronous, and this just really lines up with that a lot better.
Um, in addition to the big core projects, so those every other day big projects, I wanted to include many challenges with each lesson. So I ended up building my own lightweight code sandbox that lets you try out what you just learned in real time. And for a lot of lessons, I’ve actually worked in a challenge.
for you to complete optionally, uh, to kind of make sure you’ve really gotten the concept. So, for example, let’s say you just learned about the array prototype filter method, uh, which you can use to create a new array from an existing one, um, with only certain items in it. Uh, and then you’re presented with a challenge.
Uh, you know, so, uh, something like try it, use the array filter method to create a new array that contains just wizards with three or more spells and you have an array of wizards where each wizard has an object with the wizard name and an array of spells and you only want wizards that have three spells or more in your new array, anything that you type into the code sandbox.
Automatically runs as you type and displays an update. Uh, and it also has a console that you can log things into. And then after you’ve tried it, I have kind of this hidden, you can expand it out. Um, solution with how I approached the challenge. So you can kind of check your work and see if you, you got it sorted out or not.
How do you log things into the console and access that and use it to debug your code? Um, so I just really wanted to make sure that as many people as possible were able to. Jump right into this and, uh, start working. And then lastly, the price has been reduced. Um, so the economy is pretty tough globally in the web, uh, or tech space right now.
Um, and so one of the things I did is I reduced the cost of the program by around 250. So it used to be 995. Uh, now it is 750. Um, and there’s also a monthly payment plan that was always there, but it was kind of hidden. And so I’ve made it a lot more prominent. So if even the 750 is too high to swing, there’s a monthly payment plan that you can take advantage of, uh, that makes it a lot more affordable for a lot of folks.
Uh, and also right now, because it just relaunched. There is a 30 percent off discount, uh, that brings that price down to around 500 and something dollars, uh, instead of 750, I think like 524 ish, I’m bad at math, but you get over 200 off, so, uh, that’s also kind of a, kind of a good thing you might want to take advantage of right now, um, so if that sounds interesting, head on over to vanillajsacademy.
com where you can learn all the details about the three different workshops, and Pick the one that’s right for you and sign up. Uh, this is a limited, um, open registration and then it gets closed off and won’t be running again until January. So, uh, if you want it to take advantage of it, now’s the time to do it.
The reason I do that, um, is it allows you to go through with a cohort of other students who are all working on the same projects at the same time. I find it just, it lends itself to a much better experience. For students when I do it that way. So anyways, that’s it. I’ll see you next time and, uh, cheers.