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March 31, 2015

The Truth About the Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 by Rob Percival

This is my review of Rob Percival’s Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 on Udemy. I’m writing this review because I had, for awhile, planned on creating a course like this myself but after going through Rob’s course, it felt redundant.

Here’s my review of the course:

Overview

The Complete Web Developer Course is meant as a one-stop shop to learn all the essential skills a web developer needs:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • APIs
  • Mobile Apps

A comprehensive list to say the least. With that massive list of topics, the course boasts 235 lessons and 28.5 hours of content. You also build 14 websites as a part of the course.

Teacher

The course is taught by Rob Percival. Rob has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and spend the first part of his career as a math teacher.

After building websites in his spare time for friends and family, he realized he enjoyed web development and it was a lucrative career so he gave up teaching to become a web developer full-time.

Here’s what I like about Rob’s teaching style:

  • He’s well-spoken and clear in his communication
  • As a former teacher, he can communicate complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms
  • He’s very knowledgeable regarding web development
  • He’s active in the course chat and answers questions promptly
  • He’s to the point and doesn’t drone on and on

Here’s some things I wish were better:

  • I think he speaks a bit too closely to the microphone and there are some “pops” in the audio
  • You catch some of the background mouse clicks, etc.

The audio is crisp and clear and there’s no concern about hearing what he’s saying… but after 28.5 hours you start to notice the few minor audio hiccups.

Who Is the Course For?

I believe this course is a great fit for developers who fall into the following categories:

  • You’re brand new to web development and want the fastest learning path
  • You’ve learned a handful of languages but want to round out your skill set
  • You’re an intermediate developer and want to double-check all your learning to make sure you’re on track
  • You’re self-taught and looking for clear outline of what you need to learn
  • You’re just out of college and feel like you’re missing some of the in-demand skills

Who Is the Course NOT For?

I believe the course won’t be useful to developers in the following categories:

  • You’re an advanced developer looking for very advanced topics
  • You’re dabbling with code and not yet sure if web development is something you’re interested in
  • You prefer written tutorials over video tutorials

Pros and Cons of the Course

Here’s a list of the pros:

  • It really is complete covering all the essential topics
  • Rob is a talented teacher who explains things well
  • The course is laid out intelligently
  • The video quality is excellent
  • You build 14 real websites during the course
  • Rob is active in the chat and answers questions
  • It has a large student base (88,000+) so you have lots of other developers to learn with

Here’s a list of the cons:

  • The small audio issues I mentioned
  • I’d learn the topics in a bit different order than what they’re presented in

How Do You Get the Course?

The Complete Web Developer Course is available on Udemy for a fee of $200. The good news is that I’ve worked out a deal with Rob for my online audience and he’s agreed to offer you a 75% discount on the course.

If you purchase his course through my affiliate link, you’ll get the 75% discount:

Click here for the 75% discount

Full disclosure: I will earn a small commission if you purchase the course through that link. I wouldn’t recommend the course if I didn’t believe it would truly help you. The small commission is just a side benefit.

Special Bonus

I believe strongly enough that this course will really help most up and coming web developers that I wanted to eliminate as many of the cons as I could. While I can’t do anything about the audio, I was able to convince Rob to give the 75% discount I mentioned above.

On top of that, if you purchase the course through my affiliate link I will send you my revised Web Developer Learning Guide where I outline the order in which I would learn the various skills necessary for a web developer.

This fixes the con I mentioned about how I’d learn the topics in a bit different order. To get the bonus, follow these steps:

1. Purchase the course through my affiliate link 75% off

2. Forward your Udemy invoice to cwdc at johnmorrisonline dot com and I’ll email you the Web Developer Learning Guide PDF.

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