A review of egghead as a web dev resource

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now industry mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers and web developers to help them land their dream jobs in tech. Check out my review of egghead.

What does egghead do?

egghead is an online resource for software engineers and web developers. It has information on JavaScript and React tools and frameworks, including Express, Gatsby, AngularJS, and much more. Experienced developers create concise video courses for the egghead platform that teach users about the most in-demand industry tools. Each course take ~2 hours to complete.

Their courses cover the fundamentals of various frameworks and tools, such as React. They also have more advanced topics, such as web security, common Git mistakes, designing GraphQL schemas, and more. Users learn through short video lessons and code walkthroughs. While they provide access to a community discussion board, egghead does not offer instruction or mentorship. 

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Who is egghead for?

Intermediate and advanced software engineers and web developers who work with JavaScript tools and libraries can benefit from subscribing to egghead. They do not offer 1-on-1 instruction or hands-on projects. Therefore, users should have a strong understanding of the fundamentals. Self-motivation is also important.

What does egghead cost? How much work is involved?

egghead uses a subscription-based model and offers 2 options: monthly and yearly. The monthly option costs $40 per month. The annual option costs $350 per year. However, many of the courses are free and do not require a subscription. 

To create an account, users can register with their GitHub account or email address. Once they have an account, users can add their payment method (credit card or PayPal) and start learning.

Ratings and reviews

In general, online reviewers praised egghead as a resource for learning intermediate and advanced JavaScript and React tools and frameworks. 

1stWebDesigner praised egghead for their React fundamentals course, noting that “egghead video quality is also exquisite.” Similarly, Linguine Code listed egghead as one of their top 5 resources to get you started with React. 

One Medium blogger recommended egghead as a resource for experienced software engineers and web developers interested in learning Redux and React. He highlighted the following egghead courses as especially helpful: “Getting Started with Redux” and “Building React Applications with Idiomatic Redux.”

Experienced software engineers on this Reddit thread benefited from the egghead tutorials on React. They recommended the resource as long as you are somewhat experienced. One reviewer said, “I really like their React guides. However, I feel like it’s not the place you go to learn JavaScript. It’s more the place to pick up current frameworks and tools.”

Echoing this, another Reddit user who discontinued his subscription after 1 month said that “their videos are not as beginner friendly as most other sites” but “on the flip side, if you really need to learn React Native, they are way ahead of anyone else on that. That’s the main thing I used them for. I would subscribe again if I was building a React Native project.”

Another user on the thread advised, “If you’re a complete beginner, you will probably find it a little frustrating because they tend to assume basic working knowledge” of the languages and frameworks. 

Alternatives to egghead

If you decide not to use egghead’s exercises, there are a number of alternatives to help learn programming.

  • You can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • edX is one of the largest online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Those who are interested in online learning platforms can also try Coursera and Udemy to learn different programming languages. 
  • Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They provide free courses on many different programming languages. They also offer membership options ranging from $20 to $40. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • Or, consider GoRails, which is a resource for Ruby on Rails knowledge.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering as well as data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, Nashville Software School, Clarusway, and Codeup have courses in full stack web dev and data science.
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How does egghead compare to Pathrise?

egghead is a useful tool for current software engineers and web developers looking to deepen their knowledge of tools and languages that fall under the JavaScript and React umbrella. Though they provide access to video lessons and a discussion board, egghead does not offer job-seeking resources or 1-on-1 mentorship of any kind. 

Pathrise is a full service organization that works with software engineers and web developers on each step of their job search. We place a big focus on preparing for technical interviews by providing workshops, 1-on-1 mentoring, and pair programming sessions. We also assist fellows with resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more.

Because advancing technical skills and learning new languages is an important aspect of landing a job as a software engineer or web developer, fellows in our program can use egghead, as well as our technical workshops, to deepen their programming knowledge.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.

If you are interested in optimizing your job search by working 1-on-1 with a mentor, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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