When comparing Code School vs CSS-Tricks, the Slant community recommends CSS-Tricks for most people. In the question“What are the best resources to learn CSS?” CSS-Tricks is ranked 3rd while Code School is ranked 4th.
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Pro Practice the code after each video
After each video, there are a series of challenges that give you a chance to apply what you just learned. The great thing about these challenges are that they force you to think through a problem, and use the new skills to solve it. It's not just regurgitating facts; it requires some effort.
Pro Fun and engaging teaching style
The instructors often use humour throughout the videos while letting their passion for the topic show.
Pro Paths for learning different skills
Pro Videos show how to build an app in real time
Soup to Bits is a series of videos that shows a developer creating an app from scratch in real time. It's easy to pause a video and follow along with the developer.
Pro In-depth courses
Code School is not just for beginners to programming, but provides plenty of intermediate and advanced courses for students as their skills grow.
Pro Video tutorials
Videos give an overview of the course/lesson plan before a single line of code is written. This gives context and a general understanding of what is possible and how teaching will be approached.
Pro Codepen makes code review easy
Pro Examples are well explained
All posts, whether they are written by Chris Coyier or a guest blogger, are very clear and well explained. Each example has code snippets with easy-to-follow explanations of the code and theory behind the specific concept. Possible issues you may run into with the code are often addressed, so you know how to tackle bugs that may pop up.
Pro Frequently updated
CSS-Tricks is extremely active, being updated every day or two with a new blog post. Despite the frequency of the posts, the quality always remains high.
Con A bit too basic
There is not a lot of advanced content.
Con Requires paying to complete courses
Although the beginning of each course is free and you can see if you are interested in pursuing it, to complete the course you must pay.
Con Not a good starting place for a complete beginner
CSS-Tricks does not follow the structure of a traditional tutorial, starting at the basics and gradually increasing in difficulty.
Instead, each blog post addresses a specific topic (such as responsive images, debugging keyframe animations etc.). Therefore it's better suited to someone who has already been introduced to CSS and is looking for more info on a specific topic, or wants to discover new concepts.