A few days ago, I finished the jQuery Air: Captain’s Log by Code School. Though I’ve played with jQuery for quite some time, I decided to still take the course just to have it on my profile page. Turns out that I learned a lot more than I thought I already knew. Sometimes I like learning through doing. I’ll learn about a new function because I use it on a current project. But the great thing about this course was that I learned a lot about using live(), delegate() and even AJAX. AJAX is where I’m weakest since I don’t fully understand it. Having a level specifically for AJAX made things click. Another important lesson they had was code organization. Schools teach you a lot about how to code but code organization can be very beneficial to your development career. Coding efficiently can probably mean the difference between the job position going to you or the other candidate. Lastly, the wrap-up videos gave updates on some of the material like making me aware of the new capabilities of jQuery 1.7. The instructor also provide nice resources on Code TV with “Most Useful jQuery Libraries”.
If Code School keeps up with these types of tidbits like how to be a better developer, they will definitely be a great resource for both beginners and intermediate levels.