Web design is a daunting prospect for any beginner. The number of programming languages available to choose from alone makes it hard to know where to start. Thankfully, Bath resident and entrepreneur Ryan Carson has given all newbies a solid foundation in which to make those first vital steps towards becoming a capable web developer.
Treehouse is an online educational service to teach web design, web development and iOS. Users can watch video tutorials on their chosen topics, then complete short quizzes and coding tests to reinforce their knowledge and unlock badges.
The site itself has a very clean, easy to use interface and the videos are comprehensive yet broken down into manageable chunks. This is definitely a major contributing factor to Treehouse’s success. When I first began designing the front end of websites I wasted hours reading forum posts and watching tutorials containing either too advanced or irrelevant content. Treehouse provides a clear pathway to guide users from the very basics or jump straight in at a relevant experience level.
The service is provided on a monthly subscription fee which ranges from $25 to $49 per month depending on your membership level. Students get a fantastically cheap deal at only $9 p/m but even on the higher price plans I would strongly recommend Treehouse if you are just starting out in web design.
Ryan Carson kindly gave me a quick interview in which I asked for his thoughts on learning to code and starting a Business here in Bath.
So why should a complete beginner join Treehouse and take up web design or coding?
I think, really, coding is becoming the new literacy. In the future, for kids, it will become an essential part of their high school diploma. It is very important to have an understanding of programming as these days almost every device and business is connected to coding in some way.
At the moment treehouse is being used mainly by beginners, we don’t expect you to have any prior understanding of programming so it’s really people who haven’t had any experience before. However, we will be expanding to more advanced material soon.
I think Bath is becoming a good place for tech. My best advice is to try to have lunch with as many people as you can and get involved with the scene wherever possible. Even though it can be hard with work and family commitments, you really need to get out and socialise. Location doesn’t always matter, I started Carsonified in Bath then sold it and started Treehouse in Bath too.
I think Bath needs to have its own established incubator programme with seed-funding such as YC or seedcamp. There’s a lot of people in Bath such as Chris from TED or Peter Gabriel who could really throw their weight behind Bath projects. David from Bath Digital is doing really great stuff at the moment. But definitely for Bath to get national credibility it really needs an incubator programme.