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The Odin Project – 2 weeks in

Aaron McCollum
Experienced sales and customer success strategist by day, software programmer by night. I'm from the US originally and currently living in Japan.
Originally published at codingwithaaron.wordpress.com ・2 min read

For the past two weeks, I have been learning through The Odin Project starting with their foundations course. I already know the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, however I figure it is good to review it from time to time.

After the first week actually, I had finished the HTML/CSS portions, mainly since I had just recently completed freeCodeCamp’s HTML/CSS course (again, for review), and had started the JavaScript portion of Foundations. At that moment, The Odin Project released a slew of new content for HTML/CSS and advised that it would be good to go back and complete the new exercises. Needless to say, the JavaScript portion has been put on hold until I finish the review.

The new HTML/CSS content for The Odin Project is really good, and I’m glad I’m going back through it. While it has separated itself more from freeCodeCamp, I find these new exercises and links are just as good at teaching HTML and CSS. What’s more, the new projects have made me practice the Git lessons I had learned previously – where the old lessons using freeCodeCamp didn’t require Git. If you want to feel awesome while creating a basic recipe site by using VS Code, the terminal, and Git, the new content covers it!

I do find that I don’t use The Odin Project’s discord channel very often, and in fact I muted the notifications. There is no shortage of activity on the discord channel, however I feel like it’s over-crowded at this point. I try to jump on there a few times a week to review someone else’s HTML project or post something I’ve done, however it’s very crowded and digitally “loud.” It is good when you want code reviews or troubleshooting, since you are almost guaranteed to get someone quickly if you post in the correct channel. But if you are looking for a community to meet people and develop relationships, I feel like this discord server is too big at this point. I have found another smaller community on Discord to interact with more.

This week I plan to speed up a bit and finish out the CSS portions of the lessons so I can properly get to the JS section and finish Foundations. I’m shooting to finish Foundations by Thanksgiving, then get to the Ruby/Rails/JS track. I’ve been taking some notes on CSS tricks I hadn’t learned previously on fCC, and I’m curious to see how the Grid and Flexbox lessons compare to freeCodeCamp’s.

I’d love to hear about what you’re learning this week – feel free to comment below with your focus!

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Tyler V. (he/him)

I do find that I don’t use The Odin Project’s discord channel very often, and in fact I muted the notifications. There is no shortage of activity on the discord channel, however I feel like it’s over-crowded at this point.

This (and the rest of your paragraph) sum up my feelings about Discord as well - I've seen people say they use it kinda like Twitter and just don't read back too far in chat, but at that point why not just be scrolling Twitter 🤷🏻‍♂️

The notifications from Discord are an absolute disaster imo, they're so frequent and overwhelming. I wish you could default all channels to muted and add back the channels you wanted, but as far as I know you cannot do that. They also make it so many clicks to mute channels because of the extra step where they ask for how long to mute for.

It very well could just be the way I want/try to use Discord, but I find it dreadful when communities are based on Discord.

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Aaron McCollum Author

Agreed. It also has to do with the amount of people in one server. If you have 15-20,000 people, that’s a small city lol. Hard to keep up.

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lenin jose mendoza espina

Gracias por darme a conocer este curso que de verdad no lo sabia que estaba publico.

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Aaron McCollum Author

You’re welcome! Yes it’s a free site and open-source. You do not need to pay for any of it.