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By Curricular Staff Published: June 15, 2023
Scrimba is an interactive tech skills learning platform. Scrimba positions itself as a solution for aspiring software engineers - a lower-cost alternative to coding bootcamps.
Scrimba's pro subscription unlocks over 60 courses, including the comprehensive 77-hour Front-End Path, at a flexible subscription plan. As of the time of writing, the subscriptions start at $39 per month. They offer discounts for purchasing semi-annual and annual subscriptions, which fit with the typical recommend study plan.
Compared to other online coding courses, Scrimba offers a unique learning experience with interactive screencasts and live events that set it apart from other online coding courses. Scrimba's courses are self-paced, allowing students to study at their own pace and schedule. Students can also attend weekly support sessions with instructors to stay on track.
Many of Scrimba's foundation-level courses are available for free. But while the free versions include the entire curriculum for these free courses, Scrimba's free learning option does not include code reviews or the full community experience. From our experience, these features are worth paying for.
Scrimba's authors are some of the best. Kevin Powell, Bob Ziroll, and Cassidy Williams are among the featured instructors, and are each excellent teachers.
The material on Scrimba is legitimately some of the best on the internet. The care and consideration going into every section is evident.
The screencasts are really good. The instructors are typically polished, there are very few, if any, errors left in the screencasts that aren’t there for educational purposes.
The “i do, we do, you do” format is an educational best practice, and here it’s pulled off very well.
The projects are actually legit. You’re going to sweat creating the functionality.
6-month pricing option is super helpful; especially since they say you can become a web developer in 6 months.
The times listed are significantly less than it’ll take you to actually complete the material. If you're putting in the work to practice and solve the coding challenges, and to complete the projects, you'll probably spend 2-3 times longer than the time listed. This can be difficult if you're trying to learn the material in a specific timeframe.
We recommend budgeting twice the listed amount of time.
Aim to be consistent with regular learning (preferably daily), but try to avoid binging. You could complete an entire course in 1 week; but splitting it up over 2-4 weeks will help you make sure you really grasp the concepts.
Curricular Guides are written by a team of technical professionals, course developers, and lifelong learners.
For this guide, the team spent over 40 hours testing and evaluating the Pluralsight platform, its core features, and some of its highest-rated courses.
The lead of this project, Brian Green, has worked in developer education since 2009. He built the content development teams at Pluralsight and Udacity, in the process working with hundreds of authors to build courseware, and developing quality standards and tutorials to improve course quality. As of writing, he estimates he has spent nearly a year of his life taking or reviewing online courses, on topics ranging from Web Development, Networking, Server Administration, DevOps, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.