When comparing Code School vs Thinkster, the Slant community recommends Code School for most people. In the question“What are the best websites to learn to code?” Code School is ranked 5th while Thinkster is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose Code School is:
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.
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Pro Practice the code after each video
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 Real-world projects
The tutorials walk you through building different apps such as a Slack clone and simplified Google+ clone.
Pro Available online, as a PDF and screencast
Depending on your needs or wishes you can get the ebook, screencasts, sample code on thinkster.io.
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 Monthly subscription to access videos
With a free account, you are able to view all the text in a tutorial. However to view the videos, you have to sign up for a monthly subscription ($19/month).