I originally completed this course myself in September 2017. Here’s the review that I originally posted on freeCodeCamp back then (with a few minor edits to bring it up to date):
This course may well be one of Udemy’s most popular courses by far with over 560K enrolled students as of today, beating out its nearest competitor, The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 (which I previously reviewed as Worst Online Courses #1), by almost 200% of that course’s student enrollment. Created by Colt Steele, who’s worked at some of the biggest names in coding bootcamps and MOOC platforms including General Assembly, Galvanize, and Udacity, it’s a very extensive and wide-reaching course that more than lives up to its name as a virtual bootcamp and is elevated by its instructor, whose experience with coding education is clearly evident throughout its 46.5 hours. That’s certainly a big time investment, and most people will likely take at least a couple of months to get through it (if not longer)—it ended up taking me just about the whole summer of 2017 and I made the effort to make at least a little bit of progress almost every day.
But despite the differences in subject matter, Steele’s course simply ended up being a huge improvement over Percival’s, so much so that it’s honestly just a no-brainer to take Steele’s course instead of Percival’s. Not only did Steele cover a dizzying array of topics from the front-end to the back-end, along with foundational and intermediate concepts like the DOM, JSON, RESTful APIs, authentication, authorization, and deploying web apps to Heroku, but he also explained all of his code line by line in plain English and made sure to cover some of the essential topics that every front-end Web developer should know, like using MDN as a reference, understanding the DOM, and knowing what the CSS cascade and box model are. None of these important topics were covered by Percival in his course, which contributed to making Percival’s course less comprehensive and distinctly inferior.
Conclusion: For the most part, Colt Steele’s “The Web Developer Bootcamp” is an extremely well-crafted and well-rounded crash course (or comparable virtual “bootcamp”) on both front-end and back-end Web development using the MEAN stack—minus Angular (or React for that matter), of course. You’ll need to take a separate course for either Angular or React if you want to learn those! Steele is an effective & exceptional instructor and ties everything together so well by the end of the course that you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come once you get there. Combine this with Brad Schiff’s “Git a Web Developer Job” course also on Udemy to form a one-two punch that will help you to truly begin to get job-ready as a Web developer!
Rating: 4 out of 5 (-1 for various technicalities detracting from the thoroughness of the material and demonstrating some poor practices)