The Vanilla JS Academy
The Vanilla JS Academy provides a structured learning path, lots of fun projects, and the support you need to work through challenges.
🚀 Returning Soon! The next session of the Vanilla JS Academy is starting on May 1. Register starting on April 1.
How It Works
- 1. Watch and Read
- 2. Build Awesome Things
- Along with your lessons, you’ll get two fun projects to work on that reinforce everything you learned in the lessons. I don’t give you the answers. You’ll use what you learned that week to solve interesting problems and build cool stuff.
- 3. Connect & Share
- To help support your learning, you can join weekly video office hours and collaborate with your fellow students in an exclusive private Slack workspace. Ask questions, share what you’re learning, and get unstuck.
What You’ll Learn
Work on Fun Projects!
Don’t go it alone! Get the support you need to build amazing things.
Private Slack Access
Get access to a private Slack channel where you can chat with other students, get feedback on code, and ask questions in between office hours.
The Program Schedule
Here’s exactly what you’ll learn each week.
- Week 1: DOM Basics
- How to request data from APIs, turn it into HTML, and inject it into the DOM.
- Week 3: Manipulating Data
- How to manipulate strings, arrays, and objects. You’ll dig into some of the newer ES6 methods, too.
- How to write code that’s more resilient and reusable, and that can scale to a variety of use cases.
- Week 5: Debugging
- How to figure why your code isn’t working (and how to fix it).
- Week 6: Browser Storage
- How to store data locally in the browser and use it later.
- Week 7: JS Apps & State Management
- What state is and some different approaches for managing it.
- Week 8: JS Apps & Routing
- Learn modern best practices and code patterns.
- Spend less time Googling and more time working on cool stuff.
- Follow a structured learning path to grow your skills more quickly.
- Work on real projects and build your portfolio.
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About the Instructor
Ready to join?
- 8 weeks of focused lessons made for beginners
- Weekly video office hours
- Exclusive Slack access
The Vanilla JS Academy returns on May 6.
Registration opens on April 1. Get notified the moment it does and get exclusive discounts. Enter your email below.
Want your whole team to attend the Vanilla JS Academy? I offer private training programs that can be customized for your team.
Your team of up to 20 people can attend the 8-week program as a private group for $8,250. You’ll receive your own private Slack channel and lifetime access to the course materials.
I only run a limited number of these a year. Email me at email@example.com to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What’s the difference between the Vanilla JS Academy and your pocket guides?
- The guides try to cover all of the important details on a particular topic, then walk you through a project to help you remember what you learned. Academy is about learning from doing, and gives you just enough information to get started on projects without giving you all the answers.
If you learn best from experience and building things, Academy is a great fit. If you learn best by being guided through a problem, Academy would probably be a waste of money.
- I already purchased your pocket guides? Will I learn anything new from the Vanilla JS Academy?
- How much of a time commitment does the Vanilla JS Academy involve?
- When are office hours held?
- Office hours are held every Thursday at noon US Eastern. They’re recorded for people who can’t attend, and you can submit questions ahead of time if you can’t make it.
- Does the Vanilla JS Academy cover new ES6 methods?
- Yes. Where applicable, I cover new ES6 functions and browser APIs. I also include polyfills when available to push browser support as far back as possible.
- What happens after the 8-week program? Do I lose access to the lessons?
- You get lifetime access to all of the lessons from the program.
- Do you offer team training?
- Yes. If you want your entire team to attend the Vanilla JS Academy, I offer a private version of the program just for your team.
- Do you offer a student discount?
- Absolutely! This applies to anyone in any type of schooling, including evening classes and coding bootcamps. Learn more about student discounts.
- I have a poor exchange rate in USD. There’s no way I can afford this.
- I totally get that in some countries salaries and cost of living are such that the Vanilla JS Academy is unaffordable. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a discount to make it fair for where you live.
- I’m not a student. Any other discounts?
- Yep. I’ve had a lot of helping getting where I am, and I want to pay it forward. If you’re a member of an under-represented group in tech, you can get special pricing. Learn more about discounts for under-represented groups in tech.
- Do you have a refund policy?
- Absolutely! If you’re not 100% satisfied with the Vanilla JS Academy, email me at email@example.com within 30 days after the program starts and I’ll give you a full refund.
- After I sign up, how do I access the training program materials?
- Visit https://courses.gomakethings.com and create an account with the email address you used to make your purchase. The program has fixed start and end dates, so not all material will be available at once. You’ll get a few emails from me when the program is about to start.
- Are there any restrictions on the training material?
- Nope. I trust you to do the right thing. My content is 100% DRM free. If you think others might enjoy the program, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about team pricing.
- Do I need any special tools or equipment for the Vanilla JS Academy?
- All you need to go through the program and work on the projects is a modern web browser and a text editor (I recommend VS Code). The program materials come in a mix streaming HD video and plain text, so you can read and watch any device you own.
- Do I need any prior knowledge or experience to participate in the Vanilla JS Academy?
- Are there any rules or requirements for participating in the office hours and Slack channel?
- Yes. You must be at least 18 years old, and read and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.
- I have another question.
- No problem! Send me an email at email@example.com.
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