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CodeGym is one of the best platforms to learn Java programming that offers 1200+ practice tasks. Its gamified and fun story way of teaching Java makes it completely different from other Java learning platforms. If you are a beginner in Java Programming, you may consider its Premium subscription course. Or, if you need mentor support from Java experts, you better go with CodeGym University.
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Since I have experienced the Premium Pro of CodeGym, I can give you a better guide and review of it.
If you’re intending to learn Java programming, you must have heard the name of CodeGym. And, today I’m going to put this Java learning available platform to the test.
We’ll be talking about each and everything that you should know about the CodeGym, including the Pros and Cons.
- What is CodeGym?
- What is CodeGym University?
- CodeGym Course Vs CodeGym University
- Which Course should you go with?
- CodeGym Content Quality
- Pricing and Value for Money
- Interface and Ease of use
- My Views about the CodeGym:
- What I Like about the CodeGym [Pros]:
- What I don’t Like about the CodeGym [Cons]:
- CodeGym Alternatives:
- CodeGym FAQs
Let’s start with a fundamental question…
What is CodeGym?
CodeGym is an online Java learning platform, founded on July 8, 2018, by the company HiTech Rush Inc.
Whether you are a beginner or an average at Java Programming, this platform offers you courses in all levels and 1200+ Java practice tasks.
This platform believes Programming is all about practice and getting your hands dirty with it, which is certainly true. That’s why it offers 20% for theory and 80% for practice tasks. CodeGym offers most of its courses in written forms and for some lessons, you’ll get video content added with that.
However, to get proper training with the mentor, there is a CodeGym University available for students. We will talk later about it.
CodeGym has a gamified way of teaching Java through stories. The stories include Quests, Levels, Lessons, Characters, and rewards.
The whole course is divided into four units, or quests: Java Syntax (Java Basics), Java Core, Java Multithreading, and Java Collections. There is two more Quest in development- JSP & Servlets, and SQL & Hibernate. Each quest consists of a number of levels, and each level contains 10-15 lessons and 20-30 exercises.
For each task you complete, you’ll be rewarded with a few units of dark matter. To progress in your quest, you’ll need dark matter to unlock new levels and lessons.
To enjoy Java courses thoroughly and stay connected with other Java learners, CodeGym also offers Games, Surveys & Quizzes, Forums, Articles, Success Stories, Activity. These all are active communities where learners engage frequently.
What is CodeGym University?
CodeGym University is made for learners who need mentor support from Java experts. This University provides step-by-step learning with an experienced mentor, helps you track your learning progress, and quickly gains a solid knowledge of the basics of Java development.
CodeGym University offers two types of courses Java Fundamentals and Java Developer Profession (for India). Let’s talk one by one…
This course at CodeGym University is dedicated to learning Java Fundamentals. If you’re an absolute beginner in programming and just starting to try your hand at software development this Java Course is worth pursuing you.
It contains 3 modules: Java Syntex, Java Core, and Final Project which is designed to last 3 months, with lessons, homework, and coding practice.
These 3 modules include a lot of things that can make your Java Fundamental stronger. During the course, you will solve 576 practical tasks. This course costs $99/month. You’ll also get a free subscription of Premium pro added with that.
This Java Fundamentals course provides regular lessons with a mentor who is an experienced Java developer, Chat-based support where you can ask questions on Java theory and Java experts will promptly provide answers on weekends.
Along with this, you also get an Interactive online development environment where from the first lesson, you write programs yourself, and in the end, you’ll earn a Course Completion Certificate issued by CodeGym.
CodeGym Unversity India offers a Java Developer Profession course which claims a 100% job guarantee also.
This course contains 6 modules: Java Syntex, Java Core, Java Professional, and Working with Databases. Hibernate, Spring + Spring Boot, and last Final Project. To finish this course and become a Java Developer the duration of this course is for 12 months.
If you’re an absolute beginner in Java or want to enhance your Java skills and make a career as a Java Developer, this course can be the right option for you.
Similar to Java Fundamental course, this course also provides regular lessons with a mentor, Chat-based support, an Interactive online development environment, and a Course completion certificate in the end.
Furthermore, this course also provides Job placement assistance where CodeGym career center will polish your resume and prepare you to find suitable job openings and pass interviews.
If you don’t get a job after finishing this course then you will get a refund as per the CodeGym guarantee policy.
Oh! I forget to tell you about its pricing…This Java Developer Profession costs you INR 6,700/month and is applicable for Indian students.
CodeGym Course Vs CodeGym University
Let’s compare and contrast CodeGym’s general written gamified course and CodeGym University and see what makes them different.
CodeGym Course Premium Plan
- $29/month (INR 1499) or, $99/year (INR 5499)
- It contains Java Syntex, Java Core, Multithreading, and Java Collections.
- Written Theory Content (Gamified Story)
- No Certificate!
- No Job Guarantee!
Java Developer Profession Course
- INR 6700/month
- Free access to Premium Pro subscription.
- Duration 12 months
- Includes: Java Syntex, Java Core, Java Professional, Databases. Hibernate, Spring + Spring Boot, and Final Project.
- Regular Lessons with a Mentor
- Course Completion Certificate!
- 100% Job Guarantee!
Java Fundamentals Course
- Free access to Premium Pro subscription.
- Duration 3 months
- Includes: Java Syntex, Java Core, and Final Project
- Regular Lessons with a Mentor
- Course Completion Certificate!
- No Job Guarantee!
Which Course should you go with?
So far, you’ve understood the different types of courses that CodeGym offers you. If you’re on the fence about these courses or have no idea which course should you choose… here is my little guide for you.
As I told you, the CodeGym Premium subscription course comes in written content with gamified and story versions. If you’re better at learning through written content you must try its Premium subscription course. It won’t only save you lots of money but also make you an independent learner.
Don’t worry! If you take this plan, you’ll get full support from CodeGym members in your zeal to learn Java, however, you can’t expect live mentor training or any certificate and placement. This is where CodeGym University courses come.
CodeGym university courses- Java Fundamentals and Java Development Profession (applicable only for Indian students) are perfect courses for you if need regular lessons with a mentor. You’ll also get free access to a Premium Pro subscription which generally costs $99/month.
If you want to strengthen your fundamentals of Java with live mentor training, you may choose the Java Fundamentals course.
However, If you belong to India, I would recommend you to choose the Java Development course which can make you a perfect Java Developer in 12 months and you’ll also have a professional job in hand as per their guarantee.
Moreover, this course costs you lesser than the Java Fundamentals course while adding more syllabus and Job or refund guarantee.
Till now, In this CodeGym review, I’ve told you the important features and which course you better consider for your Java learning.
Now, it’s time for the actual review of CodeGym where I’m going to tell you my honest views on its Content Quality, Pricing & Value for Money, Ease of Use, Support, and more as I promised at the beginning.
CodeGym Content Quality
(Since I’ve experienced the content quality of the CodeGym Course which is written content so here I’m giving my opinion based on that course.)
Now CodeGym offers so many services for its users like Forum, Chat community, and Games but what about its content quality? Will its courses help you to learn Java? And, what if you’re a beginner in Java?
The answer is Yes!
To determine the content quality of any online learning site, we need to experience it first and I’ve experienced the CodeGym from a beginner approach. I set 4 content quality factors as always…
- Content Clarity
- Content Depth
- Content Usefulness
- Presentation of the content
After examining each factor thoroughly, I would like to rate it 4.8/5 for its content quality.
Now, CodeGym has a unique and gamified way to teach Java. It creates a story and starts by explaining how a Robot ‘Amigo‘ is learning Java. Reading these stories certainly helps you to learn Java Programming effectively.
You must have fun while learning. In fact, the Gamified version of lessons also keeps engaged those learners who have a short Attention Spam. In every lesson, you get interaction with practice tasks and exercises, which I personally like.
You see, Programming is all about practice, that’s why this platform has only 20% for theory and 80% for practice tasks to get command instantly what you learn.
I would’ve rated it 5/5 for its content quality but due to a lack of video content, I’ve had to decrease the rating. However, I really enjoyed learning from CodeGym from the beginning with its written theory. And, I’m pretty sure you will love it too.
Now If you ask me about its university’s courses’ content quality and live mentor training, It’s unbeatable.
A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to participate in its free live webinar where one of Codegym’s trainers was explaining the Basics of Java, How’s future and opportunities in Java Programming, and more.
The webinar was amazing indeed. On behalf of that, I can say, CodeGym live mentor training must be great. You’ll have a proper environment for learning Java.
Pricing and Value for Money
There is something great about CodeGym, you can take the first few lessons for free without even signing up. This free trial can help you to determine whether CodeGym is good for learning Java or not.
Once, you start enjoying CodeGym then you can take its subscription. Let me explain to you what are its pricing plans, and what these plans include, and then we will talk about whether Is CodeGym worth for money.
CodeGym has three subscription plans: Free, Premium, and Premium Pro in gamified courses.
As you can see from the above image, the Free plan offers you the course for a just trial along with that you can also take advantage of CodeGym community content, Q&A about learning Java, and the games section.
As soon as you sign up for a free trial, you’ll have the Dark matter to unlock the next lessons. The more dark matters you’ll earn the more lessons you can unlock. Apart from this, you may also be known by your name in community forums and Q&A sections.
Once your dark matters will be zero then you have to purchase any subscription plan to keep learning.
A premium plan could be the best plan for you if you’re serious about learning Java with Gamified version. This Premium plan costs you only $29/month (INR 1499) or $99/year (INR 5499) and includes everything that you need to have for learning and enjoying Java Programming with CodeGym.
With this plan, you get access to all CodeGym quests, task verification results, Instant task verification, task hints, mini-projects (big tasks), and a few more. You will also get access to the IntelliJ IDEA plugin which is one of the most convenient and popular IDEs for writing Java programs.
This Premium subscription is completely worth the money. However, I’d not recommend you to go with the Premium Pro subscription course that I’ve experienced.
The reason is that this plan contains all the Premium plan features and offers two additional features only Style check and ReCheck. Moreover, it costs you more than enough money i.e. $99/month (INR 7351) or $209/year (INR 14999).
You better start with a Premium plan and when you find any need for a Pro plan, you may upgrade to it also.
However, In my opinion, the CodeGym university’s Java Development course is best for you if you belong to India.
Is CodeGym worth the money?
You’ve understood the different CodeGym subscription plans and what they include. You must have also understood which plan is worth considering for you.
Now the big question remains, Is CodeGym worth the money?
You might have not any idea but Java programmers are in high demand worldwide and the salary for a Java programmer is $69,722 per year, with an average salary range of $47,169 to $105367 per year in the United States.
And, you can acquire most of the Java Programming skills by paying just $29/month. And, if you consider the Java Development Profession course then it’ll only cost you INR 6700/month. I know big companies frequently look for software engineers or degree graduates.
But you should also not neglect the importance of skills, especially where skills are in demand. With the right skills, you may also develop something of your own or provide services as a Freelancer.
And, I have no doubt that CodeGym can make you skillful in Java programming. And, if you take a Java Development Profession course, you don’t need to worry about the placement and job even.
You might have no idea but CodeGym is also far cheaper than Udacity’s Java Programming Nanodegree which costs you $399/ month.
Interface and Ease of use
If you have already taken a tour of the CodeGym site, you must have been satisfied with its easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate interface.
Or, If you’ve not, then visit CodeGym and make a free account first. Now, I’m not going to tell you how to make an account because I’m sure you’re smart enough to do these things by yourself.
(There is also a dark and light interface to use CodeGym and write programs.)
Once you make an account you can see the sidebar of CodeGym which contains all the features it offers. In the Course section, you can see the Quest map and Lesson. Select any quest that will show you the total levels included in it. These levels are further divided into Lessons.
While learning with lessons, you can also write comments and ask questions. You may also share your progress on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
Initially, you get access to a couple of lessons. If you want to access other lessons then you need to earn dark matters after finishing the previous lessons and tasks.
If you want to know more about dark matters and how to use CodeGym, you better check out its Java Syntex Level 1, Lesson 1 which will give you enough guidance to using it.
Let’s talk a little bit about the tasks because programming is all about practice. And, you must be glad that CodeGym provides you with 1200+ practice tasks to nail the Java.
The first task you will come across in New Java Syntax, Level 1, Lesson 3 after learning what classes, Methods, and Commands are.
Here is how a task looks:
As you can see in the above image, the task requirements are on the left side, and the program you have to write on the right side. Also, notice if you’re unable to write a program or make mistakes then there are four helping options available for you.
Try it by yourself…
If any platform provides support, you can trust that. How about the CodeGym support system?
In one simple word, It works great! Here is why?
CodeGym provides support in different ways to its users. The best and easy way to get help is via the support page which is added with your My Account section. You can directly send your issue to the administrator and also make a conversation with them.
This platform also has a Chatbot to ask questions. There are many articles added in CodeGym for FAQs like Do you issue diplomas/certificates? or, What are task recommendations?
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive the response within a few hours. You can also ask a question on its Facebook page. No need to much worry about the support, I’ve personally experienced and asked for certain help. It’s commendable.
If you become a student of CodeGym university, you get Chat-based support and on weekdays, Java experts will promptly answer your questions on Java theory or solving tasks.
My Views about the CodeGym:
Now I’m going to put my final views about the CodeGym here. It is well-known for Java Programming courses. Its gamified and fun story way of teaching Java makes it completely different from other Java learning platforms.
The course that I experienced in CodeGym was fruitful. Its Premium subscription course is best if you engage and learn better with written content and 1200+ practice tasks. It also makes you an Independent learner.
If you need live mentor training and want to make a career in Java Programming then the Java Development Profession course would be the best investment for you. However, in my opinion, its Premium Pro and Java Fundamentals course costs more than enough.
All in all, I really enjoyed learning with CodeGym, I would recommend it to all students who are beginners at Java Programming or those who want to improve their Java Programming skills by solving 1200+ practice tasks.
To finish up this CodeGym review, below you’ll find a summary of the key pros and cons of CodeGym and some queries that you might have in your mind before making up the final decision.
What I Like about the CodeGym [Pros]:
- This platform is best for people who have zero knowledge of Java programming and for those who want to brush up on their programming skills.
- A nice and unique way of presenting content through stories that keep you engaged in learning Java.
- Programming is all about practice. This platform provides 1200+ practice tests with 4 hint options which are pretty good.
- To make your Java learning captivating, CodeGym has a Forum community, Chat groups, Java Programming Games, and Success Stories. Moreover, you may also make friends with other Java learners.
- Its Premium subscription and Java Developer Profession course prices are not only affordable but worth the money. You may also take a free trial of its few gamified lessons.
- Easy-to-use and navigate interface where you may also switch to a dark theme to code better at night.
- The last and the best part is its Java Developer Profession course claims a 100% Job guarantee which is amazing for those who want to make a career in Java Programming.
What I don’t Like about the CodeGym [Cons]:
- Lack of video content in written theory content. Sometimes just keep reading the theory without visuals can make you bored.
- Besides the Premium subscription and Java Development Profession course, its other courses are quite expensive.
- CodeGym’s most courses and lessons can make your Java Fundalments strong but It doesn’t provide courses on an advanced level.
My rating: 4.7
As you can see clearly, the list of CodeGym pros is higher compared to its cons, nevertheless, they are worth considering before making up your final decision. Hence, now I’m going to put some alternatives to CodeGym that you may also look at.
If you’re inclined to learn Java Programming, CodeGym is not the only platform out there. Let’s take a look at these platforms and how they are different from CodeGym. Make sure, you also check them out.
This is also one of the best Java Learning platforms. Apart from Java, It all offers courses in many coding languages HTML & CSS, Python, SQL, Bash/Shell, Ruby, C++, and whatnot in written content. This platform offers most of the programming courses for free, however, there is also a pro plan that costs only INR 416.58/month and provides Real-world Projects, Step-by-step Guidance, Certificates of Completion, and more.
As I mentioned earlier in the article, Udacity also has many courses in programming languages. If you want to learn Java in Udacity, you may pursue its Java Developer Nanodegree. Remember, this course is not ideal for beginners in Java. You must have Intermediate knowledge of Java. Recently, I published a Udacity review where I covered all the things like the quality of courses, pros and cons of it, and more. Hence, you better check it out first.
Udemy also offers many courses in Java programming in form of video content and articles. There are many individual instructors who upload their courses on Udemy so it’s difficult to find a series of sessions if you’re not sure what to learn in Java. However, many beginner-level courses you may take on it. Udemy keeps changing its price but you get lifetime access to all the courses you paid for. You must read our Udemy review before considering learning Java through it.
Last but not least, we have on the list is Coursera which is also a great online learning platform that offers courses in all ranges. Its courses are provided by top universities and companies like Google. It’s most Java Programming courses are offered by Duke University. If you’ve no idea about Coursera and its certificate courses you better read our Coursera review.
Is CodeGym good for learning Java?
CodeGym is one of the best platforms for learning Java. It’s gamified and the fun story way of teaching Java makes it completely different from other Java learning platforms. To make your Java learning captivating, It also provides a Forum community, Chat groups, Java Programming Games, and Success Stories.
Does CodeGym cost money?
You may take the first few lessons for free in CodeGym. You also get a few Dark matters to unlock the next lessons. Once your dark matters will be zero then you have to purchase any subscription plan to keep learning.
How long does it take to complete CodeGym?
It depends on the course you take and how much time you give to your learning in CodeGym. On average, Its Java Fundamentals course is designed to last 3 months and the Java Development Profession course is for 12 months. Whereas, with the Premium subscription either you may take month by month or 12 months straight.
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