Learning Javascript at freeCodeCamp Nottingham


I’ve been going to freeCodeCamp in Nottingham for the last few months, with the local meets kindly organised by Will White. While I’ve got HTML/CSS and jQuery covered from the day job, I want to learn vanilla Javascript and then React Native so I can make an app I’ve got an idea for. freeCodeCamp Nottingham started off at Nottingham Hackspace, moved to the library at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus and last week we worked from Blend in Sneinton Market (one of my favourite cafes and a also good place to work from).

What is freeCodeCamp?

From Wikipedia: “freeCodeCamp is a nonprofit organization that consists of an interactive learning web platform, an online community forum, chat rooms, Medium publications, and local organizations that intend to make learning web development accessible to anyone.”

What does it cover?

The course starts off with basic HTML, CSS (including Bootstrap, bleugh) and jQuery before moving on to React and back end development. Many more modules have just been added too on accessibility, machine learning, computer science etc.

Once the tutorials and challenges have been completed, it’s possible to get a certificate from freeCodeCamp. While these might no be any help in getting a job, FCC are matching certified developers up with non-profit organisations that need development help in their “Open Source For Good” programme. This gives the whole thing a structure and purpose that I find helpful in motivating me to learn.

What have I done so far?

My portfolio page is at https://www.nick-hayward.co.uk/fcc/ and that shows the type of simple projects I’ve been working on so far.  I found the API projects hard as I’ve not done anything like that before, but now they are completed I’m confident I can include those features in my WordPress builds without needing plugins.

Join Us

It’s a small but friendly group and working with others is really helping me understand what I’m coding. Come join us!

Facebook group for freeCodeCamp Nottingham