When comparing Udacity vs Thinkster, the Slant community recommends Udacity for most people. In the question“What are the best websites to learn to code?” Udacity is ranked 4th while Thinkster is ranked 16th.
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Pro Courses taught by industry professionals
Pro All courses are self-paced
Courses are always made available which means there is no waiting for the specific course you want to run. You can work through the courses as fast or as slow as you want.
Pro Offers Nanodegrees
Udacity offers a few different Nanodegrees which provide access to various different courses, project reviews and coaching support for $200/month.
Current options include Front End Web Developer, Data Analyst and Android Developer. See the full list here.
Pro Courses are easy to understand
Pro Actual feedback on coding projects
You get actual feedback from developers on your code, which is useful. Yes having your sites/apps do what it is supposed to do is important, but you need feedback to learn industry standards/best practices and other gotchas that are much harder to learn on your own.
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 Nanodegrees are expensive
Udacity is quite expensive at $200/month if you want to do a nanodegree.
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).