All of the courses were worthwhile, providing a good return on investment for my time (considering, of course, that I paid no money for them…) It did take me longer to get through the courses than I’d hoped, but for focused learning, a good video-based course, coupled with hands-on experimentation with the concepts, is hard to beat.
I’m a bit torn on whether I think this sort of content is worth paying for. I’d love to have access to it for “free”, as it would be if I was employed by a company who offered Pluralsight as an educational benefit. But for a self-employed guy, with limited funds at the moment, $29/month, or $299/year, seems a big chunk of change.
Alternatively, I have a membership to the ACM which provides access to a huge library of online learning content, including thousands of books and online training resources. It costs $99/year, and I’ve kept it around since just after I graduated. I have used several of their online books, and have really liked the access to relatively up-to-date content, but I haven’t been through any of their online courses. I’ll try out one of them in the near future and compare it to the experience I had with Pluralsight.
For now, I think I’ll head back over to FreeCodeCamp, and ramp up a real live project of my own.