Programmers Passport: The First Look
Some time ago I signed up for Programmer’s Passport at Grox.io and just recently finished first language, so I though I will write a small review.
What is Programmer’s Passport?
Following theory that every good programmer should be polyglot (not master in every language, but know a few) Programmer’s Passport is a online place to give you a knowledge about interesting languages, so you can grow. As for the time of writing there’re 4 languages: Crystal, Pony, Prolog, Elixir. You can see that the selection is.. unorthodox - and I like it! Possibly that will interest you, dear reader, as well!
I just finished Crystal, so my review is based only on that.
As there are way less bad things (spoilers!) I will start with them.
- With the books and projects I didn’t get to experience low level stuff that Crystal is capable of
- The projects seemed a bit too tiny
- There’s one error in instructions I found - when cloning repo to CrystalLife there’s wrong repo
crystal-life-board. This wasn’t a big issue, bit broke the flow
I don’t know if that’s me using Safari, but website on projects view was a bit wonky. Projects kept hiding, but I don’t know if that’s me - I still keep accidentaly using touchbar as I’m not used to it.
- It was a good overview of language. The book was really well written, with good examples. I may be really biased, because I like to read about programming.
- Projects may were bit short, but they were really fun!
- Exercism exercises were well chosen - with some warnings what not to take to be disencouraged. It made introduction to language smoother.
- A LOT of materials. And really good ones.
- Seeing happy Bruce doing something wonderful - sharing knowledge.
- Reminders that new chapters are ready, but sitll being able to progress at your own pace.
- Projects themselves. I wrote about them being fun, but they required to use knowledge gotten during the course of whole course.
- Focus on tests, even testing your web part of an app. Nice!
First look conclusion.
Did I have fun? Yes! Do I regret spending money? Absolutely no! Will I continue learning with Programmer’s Passport? Hell yeah! There were some little things, but for first course/language this was a really solid run. I can surely recommend it. I will now jump to Prolog or Elixir to see how they progressed and return to Pony later.
Adn thank you Bruce for this, you rock!