Review: The Odin Project

 The Odin Project is a free open source learning resource created in 2013 by Erik Trautman. It’s a structured web development learning programme focussed on Ruby-on-Rails and associated web technologies.

I’ve taken some time to work through a large chunk of the course curriculum. It’s very strong on web fundamentals, Ruby, Ruby-on-Rails, HTML and CSS, and Javascript. Teaching resources are complemented with course projects to develop the skills learned.

The Odin Project is innovative and has undoubtedly driven the development of a number of the structured free web development learning resources now available online.

I found the resources to be of a consistently high quality. Learning is supported by an active community of learners participating through the chat and networking platform.

The emphasis on learning the back-end first seems counter-intuitive. While this is a good way to develop your understanding of the full-stack, many (myself included) will find the long study period needed before you actually get to produce good quality websites a disincentive.

I believe that the time it takes to get from a beginner level to being a competent web developer makes it not the best choice as a first step if your focus will be on the front-end.  However, if your focus is primarily Ruby-on-Rails back-end or a broad full-stack skill set, this may well be the right site for you.

While I won’t be continuing with it at this time, I will be revisiting in the future to build my back-end skills.

For more information, visit the Odin Project website.

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