Enough of you guys are interested in expanding your skill set to include some basic programming/coding that I had to tell you about this one-day-only deal. This morning I got an email from AppSumo with their deal of the day. Most of the time their deals involve things that make it easier to run an Internet-based company or what have you. But today they offered a deal on something everyone can use.
You guys know I'm a big fan of MOOCs and I love that you can find top notch education online for free in many cases. The problem with a lot of it, however, is that it's really high-level stuff when it comes to programming. For example, the MIT Open Courseware CompSci series and the Stanford Java Course are available for free on YouTube and they're fantastic, but they're not ideal for someone just starting out with no background.
That's where today's AppSumo deal comes in. They're offering a one-year Gold membership to Treehouse which normally costs $490 for just $49 - but for today only. For those who don't know, Treehouse is one of the most popular services for learning to program everything from HTML to Ruby to mobile apps - all from a standing start with no computer science background.
The structure of the Treehouse learning tracks are similar to those found at CodeSchool for $25 a month, but you get so much more. Treehouse is video-based learning as well as in-browser coding, and the Gold membership gives you access to a bunch of useful extra stuff. They even have a track on starting your own company, if that's something you're interested in.
Bottom line for me was this: at $490 there was enough other stuff out there that I could cob together to meet my learning goals. But for $49 this is an absolute no-brainer.
Anyway, this is a really great deal on a really useful service and it's only for today, so I thought I'd let you guys know about it. If you've been wanting to learn to code and have been looking for a fun way to do it, you're not going to find a better opportunity.
Oh, and Treehouse has career services, of sorts. If you mark on your profile that you're looking for work and you finish the Treehouse learning tracks, they'll help place you with employers looking for folks with those skills. I can't say what their success rate is with job placement, but as far as I know they're the only MOOC offering it, so there's that.
Let me know what you guys think.