20 comments

  • Agnimitra Pathak, 1 year ago

    Yes, I have taken the course. To give you an insight before you decide on buying it.

    A quick guide on starting with your own website built on react. Covers mostly aspects of css and animations before you actually dive in on react. No theoretical understanding, learn as you build. Then explore more by your own. Most important you'll be paying for the all the tutorials that Design + Code has created till date and not just the react courses. Lot of resources that come along with it. Very basic.

    6 points
  • Jed Lehmann, 1 year ago

    I bought it a couple of days ago. It's well presented, but I'd say less than half of the course is about React. Lots of it is about CSS.

    It's also very basic. So I guess I would only recommend it if it's literally your very first introduction to it. I had already run through some tutorials and other courses, so I found it too basic.

    I did Wes Boss' React for Beginners, and found this much more useful personally.

    3 points
  • Edgar Chaparro, 1 year ago

    I can honestly say that what @meng has had done with this entire platform is truly amazing. Some of it may be very basic for some but IMO its one of the best places you can learn a handful of awesome skills. You will not walk out of this completely knowing react however you will have a solid understanding of how it works and the ability to take that and run with it.

    3 points
  • Sebastian Winther, 1 year ago

    Just finished it, yes. I wasn't very impressed—definitely less impressed than by Design+Code's other courses. It's super basic, introduces GatsbyJS as well as React, but doesn't do that good of a job explaining why and how the two work together.

    The introduction is more or less just a lot of copy/pasting lines in the terminal until you have a project folder, so if you aren't familiar with npm or JS frameworks in general, you won't be after this course.

    I'm pretty proficient in HTML+CSS, so I was disappointed in the fact that styling was given more attention and explained more in-depth than React itself.

    I like the learning by doing approach, but I think this course was too light on theory. I like to do, but I also like to understand what and why I'm doing. I'd say the $50 is still worth it, but mostly for the rest of their courses.

    3 points
    • Florian GrauFlorian Grau, 1 year ago

      How does the After Effects chapter compare? More useful?

      I cannot stand courses, which tell you exactly what to do without explaining why or what it will do. The results may be spectacular but I won't have learned a single thing because I just blindly followed a guide. Sounds like the React chapter is like this, but what about AE?

      0 points
      • John Williams, 1 year ago

        The AE chapter looks like the worse tutorial in the group. What people really need are UI tutorials, not character animation.

        1 point
        • Florian GrauFlorian Grau, 1 year ago

          Okay, thanks for the warning! I thought this was specifically targeted at UI animation ... at least it is advertised as that.

          0 points
          • Daniel NisttahuzDaniel Nisttahuz, 1 year ago

            Hi Florian, The first four sections are more focus to introduce AE to the readers and to show its potential, on the 5th section we talk about how to prepare your animation to be used with the Lottie library, and the last 3 sections will show you how you can create awesome UI animations using as base the D+C IOS APP, I think you will like that part.

            0 points
        • Daniel NisttahuzDaniel Nisttahuz, 1 year ago

          Hello John, Thank you so much for your feedback. You may love the 3 last sections of the AE, chapter it is all about UI and how you can create cool prototypes with it.

          0 points
    • Meng ToMeng To, 1 year ago

      Hey Sebastian, I'm the author of the course. Super happy to hear that you finished the course. Thanks for the valuable feedback.

      Regarding the copy and pasting, I'm very much against copy and pasting in my courses -- the only part that I did was for Homebrew, which is 200 chars of code. I firmly believe that npm and installations should be out of the way as much as possible so that designers can start their project and build something asap.

      I understand that many would be already super familiar with CSS, that's why I added a note in the video that they can skip those sections about Basic CSS, CSS Grid and SVG animation. At the same time, a lot of designers have never used them, and it's required to build a site, so that's why I put a strong focus on them. Perhaps I should have toned down a little. :)

      As with all courses on Design+Code, we want to be light on theory and focus more on the entire workflow of building an entire site/app. Like this, even if we discuss about advanced topics like states, styled components or even Netlify functions, stripe, our readers won't have a huge barrier to get it to completion.

      Planning to cover a lot more advanced topics like Redux, page transitions, login, etc.

      Meng

      2 points
      • Sebastian Winther, 1 year ago

        Hi Meng

        Thank you for taking the time to reply. I guess I just had different expectations on what a React course would contain. I'm looking forward to the more advanced topics, and—as I wrote in the other comment—I still think that your combined chapters are worth the cost.

        Best, Sebastian

        0 points
  • Lucian .esLucian .es, 1 year ago

    Good thread and insightful comments. As I'm super new to React, and this provides a "learning by doing approach" it's just what I need. I get easily bored by too much theory, but definitely will look into udemy and wes bos afterwords.

    Thanks a lot DN Community for the guidance :)

    2 points
  • Peter Vogt, 1 year ago

    I recommend learning vanilla JavaScript and programming fundamentals before you jump into React. I'm seeing a ton of designers jump into React right now and you are better served learning the basics first. You can do this free on CodeAcademy or FreeCodeCamp.

    Then buy Design+Code because it's phenomenal.

    1 point
  • Philip A, 1 year ago

    No

    1 point
  • Topher Hammond, 1 year ago

    It sounds like there are a few responses that will likely be similar to mine. I'm about ~80% through the react section (and have gone through several of the other designcode sections). Overall, I found it worthwhile for a few reasons:

    • As Agnimitra mentioned, it covers a bunch of aspects around css animations, which can be helpful for someone that isn't super fluent with css
    • Meng's teaching style tends to opt towards skipping the theoretical and more nuanced mechanics of react and leands towards starting to build things right away. As a novice coder, one tough part about learning something new is building the motivation/discipline to get started. In a number of other courses, it sometimes takes hours to before you start to see what you're building. In this course, you start to see what you're building within the first 30 mins.
    • The style of build and then explore can be useful in this context and while you won't be a pro, you'll at least feel comfortable navigating your way around the framework

    I recommend his course to anyone as there are numerous other sections that valuable in addition to his course. I also imagine Meng and his team will be adding more advanced content based on what people want to learn more about. They're constantly adding new things so it's a purchase that will continue to keep on giving.

    1 point
  • Stefan Göllner, 1 year ago

    I bought the Design & React Course, but went with another course, which was just perfect: https://www.udemy.com/react-2nd-edition/

    The course is one of the best video trainings I've taken.

    1 point
  • Florian GrauFlorian Grau, 1 year ago

    Highjacking the thread (a little): How are the chapters on After Effects?

    I bought the older version and was kinda underwhelmed with the Sketch and Xcode intros ... but also offering React and AE basics in the new version makes me think about purchasing it again.

    0 points
  • Michael FMichael F, 1 year ago

    I almost purchased this but then noticed Wes Bos has a free Javascript in 30 days course (https://javascript30.com/) and I figured it would be more logical to do this first, I loved it so much I purchased the ES6 course (https://es6.io/) which I'm now most of the way through and feel very comfortable working with modern JS.

    I've now purchased the React course ready to start after the ES6 course.

    I love Wes' teaching style, I'd say he's up there with Jeffrey Way (for those who dabble in Laravel/PHP) who is my all time favourite.

    0 points
  • Spencer HaizelSpencer Haizel, 1 year ago

    If it's a course on how to make your site as slow as https://designcode.io/react I think I'll be avoiding it.

    0 points