Frontend Masters Membership - Is It Worth It?
First of all, I want to specify that I do not have any affiliation with them, and I do not benefit from anything by sharing my thoughts. I want to share my opinion on this platform for people that have not yet tried their services.
What is Frontend Masters?
Thus, do not be fooled by the name. Frontend Masters is not just for frontend developers or for people looking to become frontend developers. Let's look at different areas and see how good their services are.
For myself, the most significant selling point is that you are taught by professional developers that work in the industry. Some of them work for well-known companies such as Microsoft or Netflix, whereas others work for less-known companies. Nonetheless, they have experience in the industry.
What does that mean? First of all, it means the information is legitimate. It is not someone just re-wording the documentation or someone that teaches you wrong concepts. You have the certitude that the information is of top quality. Also, you get a lot more besides specific knowledge. You get to see tips & tricks you do not usually see in other courses. You see the best practices when writing code. You see the environment of a professional developer. Should I continue? I think you got the idea.
The quality of the tutorials is the best I have ever seen. Mind you; I did a lot of tutorials as I was trapped in tutorial hell. So I know what I talk about. They to go to the tiniest details, and explain them in a way that it makes the information click.
When it comes to other courses like the HTML, CSS or SysAdmin ones, I am not so impressed. Even though they are good, I believe other courses are equally good or better. See wesbos, for example. Once again, the courses are good, but they did not impress me in comparison with other courses on the internet.
This section is short and to the point. The membership is pricey, I must admit. Is it justified? Absolutely. 1000%. I repeat myself: you are taught by professional developers like Brian Holt, Bianca Gandolfo, Will Sentance, or Kyle Simpson. There are many more developers, but these are some that popped into my head. I doubt these names are new to you, but if they are, do a quick Google search.
With $40 per month or $390 per year, it can be off-putting for some people. Once again, it is worth it. Should you go for it? Absolutely.
Dry and long courses
Some courses are very dry, and it makes it extremely difficult to follow along. I found myself day-dreaming a lot of times while watching the videos. Having to rewatch the same video five times is not the most fun thing. But I suppose, there is only so much to build when talking about concepts like lexical scope, closure and so on.
Some courses are incredibly long as well. For example, I did a course which was more than five hours long, but I could watch the videos on 2x speed because the instructor spoke very slow. So you need to be aware of these things.
There are plenty of courses to choose from. And again, they are all taught by professional developers.
Another impressive and cool thing is that they have upcoming workshops all the time. That is, you can tune live and see the workshop before is added to the platform.
They are basically courses that will be edited and added to the platform once the workshops are done. You get never-ending courses for your money. I suppose that is cool, right?
What is the conclusion then? I conclude by saying that the membership is worth it. For a not-so-small but not-so-big price, you get:
- courses taught by professional developers
- continuous workshops
- a massive variety of courses
- quality information, best practices, tips and tricks
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