- The root of the problem
- jQuery? In 2022?
- Why Am I Doing This?
- You want to learn to code?
- You want to learn cloud?
- Cloud Resume Challenge
- Linux Foundation
- KodeKloud Engineer
- TechWorld with Nana
- KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021
- O’Reilly Katakoda
- Docker Tutorial
- AWS training from Amazon
- GCP training from Google
- Azure training from Microsoft
- New Relic
- Tutorials and docs are great but I want a school
- Wrapping it up
The root of the problem
You’ve seen the ads on Twitter. Become a Web Developer Online in 12 Weeks. Learn Product Management Online in 18 Weeks. Become a UX/UI Designer Online in 24 Weeks. They’re all tweeted from University-branded accounts that don’t have any other tweets. Most or all of them have replies turned off.
jQuery? In 2022?
Not only are these boot camps overcharging for content available elsewhere, they’re also teaching old tech.
If you want to see more of them, open the thread below. I just kept quote tweeting them anytime they advertised to show up in my feed.
freeCodeCamp, y’all. If you’re seeing this ad just start with fCC and follow some kind tech folks on Twitter and ask questions. The $$$ bootcamps that colleges just slap their name on for a cut are rushed and you’ll come out frustrated.— 🚫🛢 Our ego is writing checks our body can’t cash (@BennettElder) May 17, 2022
Why Am I Doing This?
I looked into those cookie-cutter boot camps and they’re charging prices in the range of $1000 per week. I’ve read reports that former students were given slideshows that referred them to the free reference content on websites like W3schools. That’s pretty freaking ridiculous. I was livid.
Looks like they’re running Product Manager bootcamps too.— 🚫🛢 Our ego is writing checks our body can’t cash (@BennettElder) August 21, 2022
-won’t tell you pricing until you’re on the phone
-curriculum that’s all available for free at places like Microsoft Learn
-“set yourself apart” by studying the same curriculum they’re marketing at many schools https://t.co/rjWhk6reFa
With so many better alternatives out there, I went off. I put together a list of the best free and reasonably priced resources that I know about.
You want to learn to code?
Scrimba is all front-end code but the big draw is that the video tutorials are synced up to the lab environment. You can branch off from the code the instructor has on the screen from any point in the video. It’s a really cool way to learn and I’ve never seen any other platform go that far.
Pluralsight is a very large library of courses related to coding and IT. Check out Pluralsight’s free courses.
Also, until the end of 2022, Pluralsight says they’re offering free cloud courses from their platform and from A Cloud Guru, a company they bought. Cloud cert offer
Microsoft Learn is huge and free. For your programming journey, check out the .NET Developer learning paths, particularly Take your first steps with C#. Don’t be afraid to branch out if something else catches your interest though. Microsoft Learn is like a giant book store to walk through and stumble upon exciting new things.
Like the sound of freeCodeCamp but someone convinced you that Ruby on Rails is where you want to be? Try Odin Project to get started with Ruby and Rails.
You want to learn cloud?
Cloud Resume Challenge
A lot of paths lead into working with cloud tech. For someone looking for a way to learn skills and get hired ASAP, the Cloud Resume Challenge is the best I can recommend. You could even complete it for all 3 major cloud providers. Everything after this is just gravy to pad your skill set and experience.
Tutorials and exercises are nice, but sometimes you want the challenge of being assigned a task that you may or may not know how to solve yet, like in a real job. KodeKloud Engineer gives you that. It’s intended to be a supplement to KodeKloud’s paid training but anyone is free to sign up.
TechWorld with Nana
If videos are more your thing, Nana’s great at all things cloud. Anytime I need to look up what something is or how to work with it, odds are there’s already a TechWorld with Nana video in the search results.
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021
Want to have your mind blown and watch a whole cloud conference?
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021
Check out O’Reilly Katakoda interactive labs. They offer a chance to learn and practice even more cloud-native technologies.
This is THE tutorial for containerization. Take the Docker Tutorial from Docker themselves.
AWS training from Amazon
Ready for something vendor-specific? AWS is the obvious place to start for cloud. They show up in more cloud job listings than anybody else. AWS free training
GCP training from Google
Google Cloud Platform is another great option. Get started with GCP free training.
Azure training from Microsoft
You’ve spent a lot of time learning how to build cloud native systems. How do you see what they’re doing though? Honeycomb is an excellent resource for all things observability. Want to see something really cool? Check out Bubble Up. Honeycomb
Another tool that looks great on your resume is Splunk Cloud. Splunk
New Relic is another option. Broaden your horizons. New Relic
No listing of popular cloud monitoring tools would be complete without a mention of Datadog. If you haven’t met their sales force yet, you soon will. Datadog
Hashicorp makes very popular cloud native tech that you’ll hear about all over: Packer, Vagrant, Consul, Terraform, Vault. Follow their certification paths and make yourself familiar with the how and the why. Hashicorp Cloud Engineer Certifications
Tutorials and docs are great but I want a school
Western Governors University ($)
Picture a non-profit online university that’s not a diploma mill but instead matches curriculum to what the industry wants most. That’s WGU. For less than the cost of the boot camps we were dragging at the beginning of this post, you can attend WGU for a year or more and complete several tech-related certifications. Check out WGU’s IT degrees that earn certifications. Tuition is less than $4000 per 6 month semester and you can complete courses as fast as you can learn the material. There’s no waiting for the next semester to start to begin a class.
While WGU is real college, edX is closer to auditing college courses for no credit. There are options on some courses to get certificates of completion. Some even lead into applying for a degree program. On their own however, edX courses are generally just for your own learning.
Moving past that, edX courses can be a great way to tap into college-level courseware for free. Harvard’s computer science intro class is a great example.
Try some of these:
Just beware the section where they try to pull you back into the “bootcamp that’s supposedly associated with a college… but you don’t get credits or a degree” zone. You want to stay freely auditing courses, unless you want to verify some of the courses for the quizzes and exams to test your knowledge.
Wrapping it up
Everyone’s career and journey into tech is unique. Your progression is more likely to look like a fly buzzing around a room than the series of ladders people picture. Mine has been all over the place. Most folks experience a number of big changes. That’s normal. Just stay persistent.
Sometimes you’ll branch out too much and need to focus again on a single subject to really develop it. Other times you’ll find an area that you need to branch into to cover a weak spot. It’s normal. Keep at it.