Every other day, you get a project to work on, 1-3 short lessons that provide some background, and a template to help you get started.
On the in-between days, I share my approach to the project and some of the common challenges and “gotchas” that students often run into.
If you get stuck, there’s a 24/7 private Discord community exclusively for students, where you can share your work, ask questions, and get help.
Tired of tutorials? Want to really dig in and work with other developers on how to become a vanilla JS badass? I can't tell you how much I've learned from Chris Ferdinandi and his Vanilla JS Academy.- Ben Rudolph
What You’ll Learn
Modern JS (ES6+) essentials
How to structure and organize code
DOM manipulation and injection
How to save data locally
Ajax and Promises
How to work with APIs
async and await
Array and object destructuring
Framework-free web apps and games
How to transform and edit strings, numbers, arrays, and objects
How to debug broken code
Web accessibility fundamentals
🧠 Multiple formats for different learning styles. Lessons include both written text and streaming HD videos (with captions). Watch or read on any device.
Best investment and course I have taken. If you want a bite sized course that will hold you accountable take this course. I have reduced the amount I Google and use Stackexchange by 50% and actually feel like I understand what I am coding.- Walter Jenkins
Module 0. Getting Started
Variables, functions, and comments
Developer tools, the console, and debugging
Tools of the trade: recommended browsers and text editors
Tips for working on projects
Module 1. DOM Essentials
Getting elements in the DOM
Listening for events and user interactions
Looping over elements
Getting and setting text and HTML
Working with custom HTML attributes
Module 2. APIs & Asynchronous JS
Working with fetch()
Parsing and manipulating API data
Promises and chaining API calls
Making multiple API calls and structuring code
Cross-site scripting attacks and sanitizing third-party data
async and await
Module 3. Arrays, Objects, Strings, & Numbers
Looping over and manipulating arrays and objects
Advanced array and object methods
Adding and removing items from arrays and objects
Converting strings to numbers and numbers to strings
Module 4. Browser Storage
Storing data locally in the browser
How to convert objects to strings and back again
How to build local apps using browser storage
Serializing form data
Dynamic status messages
Across all of the sections, you’ll also learn about web performance, debugging, and web accessibility.
In terms of knowledge gained per effort expended, this course is hands down the best I've ever tried. More than just the content, it is the growing confidence that maybe even I can actually do this. I feel like I am beginning to know what I don't know. That is huge. Well done.- Stewart Davis
Bonuses & Goodies! 🎉
In addition to over 100 lessons, 18 projects, and the 24/7 chat community, you also get...
The Q&A videos include captions and a full text transcript for people who are hearing impaired, don't speak English as their native language, or simply prefer to read.
Lifetime Access 🦄
You get lifetime access to all of the workshop lessons, projects, and community. This includes free updates as I continue to make the workshop even better.
Need a refresher on something you learned? Jump back in to the specific module, or go through whole the program again. You can work at your own pace, or join an upcoming session if you want that community feeling.
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.
Imagine being able to just sit down and build whatever cool project you wanted!
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I was confident that I'd get something valuable from the Academy. The only only hesitation I felt was from knowing how many false starts I had with JS in the past and questioning my own commitment.
I now feel pretty confident in reading other's scripts and figuring out what's going on. That's in large part due to your clear bite-sized lessons and the active discussions in Slack that quickly surfaced questions and issues that I was also experiencing. Seeing how the same problem was solved by so many others was also helpful in letting go of the pressure to get things right and shift my focus on getting things to work and adjusting later as needed.
I really liked how the lessons were broken up into quickly consumable chunks. I loved having a clean, unopinionated project file to start from that I could wreak design havoc on. :)
The Slack community was priceless.
I've taken other online classes that include a slack community and never found them to be quite as welcoming and my involvement felt much more transactional. In this community, I enjoyed seeing everyone's dedication and investment in each other. It was welcoming, inclusive, helpful, and encouraging. That made a huge difference.- Leticia O'Neill
This program is super hands-on. I always wanted to learn how to make my own libraries, or to know how jQuery library works. Async, Promises and Fetch was another huge one for me, that I used in my projects right away.
It gave me a lot of confidence as a developer, I wish I had a training like this when I started. It got me much closer to my goal of becoming a senior front-end dev.
The material covered in the Academy translates right away into my day-to-day tasks at work, which is amazing. I loved that we could share our solutions in a very supportive group, and that you were there in that group all the time. That's rare with other teachers. Having the official solution the next day was fantastic.
It's an amazing product for all the reasons listed above. I recommend it to everyone.- Maria Blair
After going through this program, I found that using vanilla JS, you can accomplish A LOT more than the larger dev community would lead you to believe.
I really liked the open-endedness of the weekly projects. I think having fewer restraints in solving the task made me focus more on the specific topic for that week and how I would apply it to the given project. Combining this with the Thursday office hour and then having your approach shared on Friday made for a well-rounded overview of the material.
My biggest concerns before joining Academy were cost and my experience with other online classes. Most other classes are follow-the-tutorial type and you build a project but don't really understand what you built. Had I understood that your course emphasizes fundamental knowledge of why things work, I probably would have joined a year earlier.- Stewart Davis
I can honestly say I am not sure how I ever thought I could learn JS WITHOUT the Vanilla JS Academy. And trust me I have tried other courses.- Izzi Koning
I’m loving the Academy and I don’t want it to end! 😢 For me this is priceless. I don’t work in tech yet and to be able to do those mini projects and discuss the code and best practices with you guys is a great learning experience. The pace of the course is nice too because it keeps me busy and that helps me feel more comfortable with the syntax and methods. 💯- Giamma Carioca
I found and bought Chris's books and have gone through most of them. But I was still looking forward to to talking to someone, so I joined the Academy :-) and I'm happy that I did.- Kumar Sucom
Initially it was very challenging. I found I often hit walls with things like finding the best method for iterating over an array, or finding the right way to target DOM elements, most if it was practice though. As the course went on, a picture started to emerge and things started to make more sense.
I am thoroughly looking forward to every morning because of the Academy!- Kieran Barker
I had a great time learning through your Academy. The community is great and it is phenomenal the way you run it. I appreciate the kindness and welcoming feeling I get in a community and the Vanilla JS Academy community is just that.
I had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it, whether it was the Slack channel, office hours, or just going through and learning. Thank you, it was money well spent.- Todd Libby
Having your interaction is priceless. Such added value.- Elliott Porter
Your course provided the impetus to knuckle down and challenge myself. You got me writing code (not merely reading about it or watching videos).
Having a caring, well-spoken guide such as yourself made it fun to work through the projects. Having that in a group all tackling the same projects added that dynamic aspect that also got me moving.
Some specific things I liked: The fabulously well-crafted projects/challenges. The clarity of your teaching (videos, in-code comments, etc.). The supportive Slack channels. The feeling that no question is a dumb question -- and the thrill of having a dialogue going permitting sharing tidbits with others.
No Lynda.com tutorial or other tutorial provides that environment.- Ron Amick
Honestly, the projects so far plus seeing your examples have helped me learn so much faster.- Craig Haggart
How much of a time commitment does the Vanilla JS Academy involve?
The amount of time required varies a bit from the beginning to end of the program, and based on how much experience you have already. Generally speaking, expect each project to take 30 minutes to an hour (plus maybe 15 minutes of reading with the lessons) near the start of the program, and up to two or three hours near the end.
What happens if I miss a day or have a vacation planned?
Life happens! You get instant access to all of the projects, lessons, and the community.
While the workshop follows a suggested pace, you can move faster or slower as need, including pausing for a few days and starting back up back when you have time. It happens all the time!
How does it work if I'm in a different timezone?
You get instant access to all of the lessons and projects, and the entire workshop is online and asynchronous.
You can complete the projects whenever you want, and the Discord community is available 24/7.There are people from around the globe in the program.
Will you (Chris) be available to help me if I get stuck?
Absolutely! I want to make sure you succeed, and actively participate in the Discord community answering questions and helping students get unstuck.
I have a disability. Will I be able to follow the lessons and projects?
Yes! Every lesson includes a text-based version as well as streaming video with captions, and the workshop has been attended by students with various disabilities.
If there's anything else I can do to make the program a better experience for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the Vanilla JS Academy cover new ES6 methods?
What happens after the program? Do I still have access to the lessons?
You get lifetime access to all of the lessons from the program, including future updates.
Do you offer any discounts?
Absolutely! There are three discount programs available:
Location-Based Pricing. 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 email@example.com, and I'll send you a discount to make it fair for where you live.
How do I access the training program materials?
After you sign up, visit the Student Portal and create an account with the email address you used to make your purchase.
You get instant access to all of the lessons, projects, and bonuses.
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, captioned 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?
Ideally you're comfortable working with HTML and CSS already. Experience with another library or framework (like jQuery, React, and so on) is helpful but not required.
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?
If you've already read the pocket guides, you'll be able to focus more on thinking through problems and less on, "what method do I need to do this?"
Are there any rules or requirements for participating in the Discord community?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old, and read and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.
Do you have a refund policy?
Absolutely! If you’re not 100% satisfied with the Vanilla JS Academy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a full refund.