Feel free to jump to whatever question you want answered the most.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
Why use JAADSM as an abbreviation of the course name?
- We created the acronym by taking the first letter of every word (which was very ingenious and innovative, we know)
- We’re lazy and JAADSM is simpler and easier for reviewing purposes
The full course name is 53 characters long, including blanks, while JAADSM is 6 characters long.
You do the math.
Okay, we’ll do the math. We’re saving 47 characters every time we use JAADSM.
So, just a heads up that we’ll be using this abbreviation sometimes, so you’re not left scratching your head and wondering what the heck we’re talking about whenever we refer to JAADSM throughout the remainder of this review.
To determine whether Colt Steele’s Udemy course is a good fit for you or not, ask yourself the following questions down below.
The more you answer “yes” to each question, the more likely it is that you’ll like this course.
Can you understand what Colt Steele’s course is about in 30 seconds or less?
This combo of title and subtitle should be enough to communicate the purpose of the training if Colt Steele is a good, clear communicator (which, of course, you want in a teacher).
In our opinion, if you still don’t know what JAADSM is about after looking at these two things, then this is a red flag, and you might be better off not taking this class.
Among other things, it means Colt Steele hasn’t clearly and accurately conveyed what the course is about and might not be the best teacher for you.
So take just a few seconds to read the opening lines down below and see what you think of them.
Opening lines of Colt Steele’s official description of JAADSM
Updated in November 2018 with brand new section on Dynamic Programming!
This course crams months of computer science and interview prep material into 20 hours of video. The content is based directly on last semester of my in-person coding bootcamps, where my students go on to land 6-figure developer jobs. I cover the exact same computer science content that has helped my students ace interviews at huge companies like Google, Tesla, Amazon, and Facebook. Nothing is watered down for an online audience; this is the real deal 🙂 We start with the basics and then eventually cover “advanced topics” that similar courses shy away from like Heaps, Graphs, and Dijkstra’s Shortest Path Algorithm.
I start by teaching you how to analyze your code’s time and space complexity using Big O notation. We cover the ins and outs of Recursion. We learn a 5-step approach to solving any difficult coding problem. We cover common programming patterns. We implement popular searching algorithms. We write 6 different sorting algorithms: Bubble, Selection, Insertion, Quick, Merge, and Radix Sort. Then, we switch gears and implement our own data structures from scratch, including linked lists, trees, heaps, hash tables, and graphs. We learn to traverse trees and graphs, and cover Dijkstra’s Shortest Path Algorithm. The course also includes an entire section devoted to Dynamic Programming.
(Read more about this course on the official course page.)
Does JAADSM pass the 30 Seconds Test?
If so, Colt Steele has done a good job and can be considered more trustworthy and a good communicator, which are important qualities for any teacher.
And, if not, maybe you’re better off looking at other Development classes that are more clearly defined and more tailored to your specific interests.
Now that you’ve done the 30 Second Test with JAADSM above, what is your gut reaction to this Development course with only the basic information of its title, subtitle, and the first few opening lines of its official course summary?
Did Colt Steele do a good job conveying its subject matter, and did it immediately get your attention and appeal to you?
If so, Colt Steele’s online course is certainly worth considering some more.
But if not, perhaps it’s in your best interest to consider some other Development courses instead, because clear communication and being able to hook and maintain your interest are two very important qualities for your online learning success.
Does Colt Steele sound like a course instructor you’d like to learn from?
You’ve already learned how to use The 30 Second Test to make a quick evaluation of whether the JAADSM course is worth taking.
We have a similar 15 Second Bio Test where you read only the first few lines of an instructor’s background — in this case, Colt Steele’s background — and then you make a quick, snap judgment as to whether you think the instructor would be ideal for you.
There is no right or wrong answer. It’s just about going with your gut instinct. What might appeal to one potential student might alienate another, and vice versa.
(FYI, all Udemy instructors, including Colt Steele, have a Udemy profile on their course page, so you can easily check for a bio and background on the Udemy website that way. We’re only including the first few lines of the bio down below for The 15 Second Bio Test).
Opening lines from Colt Steele’s Udemy bio
Hi! I’m Colt. I’m a developer with a serious love for teaching. I’ve spent the last few years teaching people to program at 2 different immersive bootcamps where I’ve helped hundreds of people become web developers and change their lives. My graduates work at companies like Google, Salesforce, and Square.
(Learn more about this instructor on the official course page.)
What did you think about Colt Steele after reading just the first few lines of the bio above?
After reading just the first few lines about Colt Steele, did it make you more or less interested in taking the JAADSM course?
Finally, overall, did you feel like you’d receive the proper training from the instructor of this Development course?
As always, we encourage you to listen to your gut instinct, which is different for every student.
Are the JAADSM lessons clear, specific, and organized well?
So it makes no sense whatsoever for us to list out all the modules and lessons in the JAADSM course here, because you can just as easily go to the Udemy course page and get all the up to date course structure as of right now.
We do, however, have some tips about reviewing Colt Steele’s course structure, so that you can get a better sense of whether this program is worth your time or not.
If the section names and lessons are clear, specific, and relevant, then it’s a good sign that JAADSM is potentially a good, useful course for you, and you can have more confidence in Colt Steele’s teaching abilities and lesson planning.
On the other hand, if the module names are confusing, vague, or irrelevant, then this is a red flag, which might indicate that the program is worth skipping.
Have you taken some free lessons from Colt Steele that you enjoyed?
Have you already learned something from Colt Steele that you valued or enjoyed?
But if you weren’t able to get any JAADSM lessons for free, have you perhaps watched a YouTube video by Colt Steele, or perhaps come across this instructor’s thoughts on Quora, Facebook, LinkedIn, Github, Reddit, or some other platform?
Or have you perhaps even taken one of Colt Steele’s free courses or free webinars? (Many online teachers offer these freebies, which is a great way to get to know them and evaluate their teaching methods before buying one of their courses.)
(P.S.: We strongly encourage you to seek out some free instruction from Colt Steele before purchasing this course, since it’s one of the best ways to determine whether JAADSM will be helpful for you.)
On the bottom of the JAADSM page, you can read student reviews of the class.
Prior to August 10, 2022, there were 28,241 students enrolled, 9,925 reviews / ratings, and it was overall rated 4.7 out of 5.
Obviously, the more highly other students rate JAADSM the better, but no matter what, keep an open mind when reading the reviews, since you might still like a course a great deal that other students dislike.
After all, everyone’s got their own opinion.
We recommend that you spend only a couple minutes scanning the JAADSM reviews to get an overall sense of them. You don’t have to read each one!
Is Colt Steele responsive to student questions in the JAADSM training?
You can see what other students have to say about this in their JAADSM reviews.
But, our simple all time favorite way of gauging an instructor’s responsiveness is to simply email the instructor and see if or how they respond.
In this case, Udemy has a messaging system for students / anyone who has an account, and you can send Colt Steele a message through this system quite easily, even if you haven’t bought JAADSM yet.
For example, you could say, “Hi, and I came across JAADSM while looking at Development courses on Udemy. If I enroll in your training, would you mind if I asked you any questions along the way?”
If you use this approach, the response (or lack of response) from the professor will tell you everything.
Obviously, the quicker the response the better!
Yes, you will be able to interact with the students and the teacher, Colt Steele, online, but it’s a different kind of experience than what you’d get if you were interacting with them in person.
This is not a big deal to most people, but it might be something for you to consider if you feel like you do better taking classes in person rather than learning online.
Do the pros / benefits of JAADSM make it worth your time?
- The purpose of JAADSM can be clearly grasped and understood, and its lesson structure is clear, specific, and well organized
- Colt Steele is well qualified to teach this subject matter, has good teaching abilities, and is responsive to student questions
- Other JAADSM students have great things to say about the program
Other benefits include:
- You get to go through JAADSM at your own pace
- You join a community of 28,241 other students taking the course
- You get lifetime access to the training
- All updates to the training are free
- You have a 30 day money back guarantee
Even if there are some things that you don’t like about the program, so what?
The question is simply this: do you think that JAADSM would be worth your time, even if there are some things that could be better about it?
Can you comfortably afford JAADSM?
This is an important question to answer, because even if you think JAADSM sounds like the greatest online class in the world, it’s still not worth taking if you can’t comfortably afford it!
Before August 10, 2022, the price was $12.99 before any Udemy discount, and you were able to pay with a credit card.
Keep in mind that this is a Udemy online course, and there’s a great chance that you can get a solid discount on JAADSM with Udemy coupons / promo codes, especially with the strategies we provide for helping you find the best, most popular coupons available.
We’ll cover that in greater detail in the next section, because at the end of the day, its important that you can learn whatever you want to learn without getting into a lot of credit card debt.
It will instantly give you the best coupon code we could find for Colt Steele’s online training.
We don’t believe there’s a bigger discount than the one we provided, but if for some reason you’d like to try find one, you can use the methods below to hunt for the best JAADSM course coupons and promo codes you can find.
FYI, the methods below will help you not just with getting JAADSM for a better price, but also with any other Colt Steele Udemy course that you’d like to get for cheaper.
How can Google help you get a JAADSM discount?
To use this method, do a Google search for the JAADSM training, but in your search query, be sure to add words like coupon code, promo code, deal, sale, discount, and Udemy.
Similarly, you can use the same combination of search terms with Colt Steele’s name and see what happens.
For example, you might do a Google search for “Colt Steele Udemy coupons” or “Colt Steele course coupon codes” and see if that helps you.
However, in general, it’s far more powerful to do a search for deals and coupon codes with the actual training’s name, than with the instructor’s name.
How can a Udemy sale get you JAADSM for cheaper?
Every once in while, Udemy will do a sitewide sale where they offer all (or almost all) their courses at a discounted price. For example, one of the best sales is where every course is only $10 or $9.99.
So, if you’re interested in saving as much money as possible, you could wait and see if you can get JAADSM for this cheaper Udemy sale price one day.
The problem is that these sales only occur sporadically, so you might be waiting for a while. Also, if Colt Steele decides not to participate in the site wide sale, then you won’t get a discount on JAADSM, even though you could get a great discount on almost any other class at Udemy!
To understand this, think of there as being two different coupon categories for the JAADSM course. Category one is an official Udemy coupon (which instructors can opt out of), while category two is a coupon offered directly by the instructor.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what kind of a coupon tag you’re dealing with (for example, “officially from Udemy” or “officially from the instructor”), as long as long as as you’re dealing with active coupons that get you a better price.
How can you get a JAADSM discount from Colt Steele?
To do this, you can use either the direct approach or an indirect approach to try to get your discount.
With the direct approach, the big idea is to simply get Colt Steele’s contact info in some way or another (whether it’s email, or Twitter, or whatever else).
On the other hand, with the indirect approach, you join Colt Steele’s mailing list, if you can find it, and then you hope that at some time JAADSM will be promoted to you at a discount.
By far, the more powerful approach is the direct approach, because it tends to get results faster. But you can experiment with the indirect approach and see if it works for you.
Can you get JAADSM for free?
Of course, the best possible price for the JAADSM training is free! As in, you pay no money whatsoever.
And guess what? Sometimes Udemy instructors provide coupon codes that enable students to take their courses for free. So, perhaps it’s possible that Colt Steele has done this.
Basically, if you’re trying to get this program for free, you will want to search for the course’s name along with other words like free coupon, or 100 off coupon.
But keep this in mind: often, Udemy teachers will offer a free coupon for their course when it first opens to get some publicity and reviews. And then, after a few days, they’ll make the coupon expired.
So even Colt Steele has offered free coupons for JAADSM in the past, the odds are likely they will all be currently expired. This is a common pattern that we have found.
What about a JAADSM free download?
It’s important to understand that there’s a difference between getting full access to the JAADSM training for free legally with a free coupon code vs. finding a way to download JAADSM illegally.
And if that doesn’t get you the results you want, you can add the word “free” to your search.
However, even if you get some results from these searches, we do not recommend that you take this course of action.
First of all, there are some shady sites out there that could be trying to infect your computer.
Second, Colt Steele created this course and deserves monetary compensation for it.
And third, if you go the free download route, you’ll be missing out on a lot of value, because you won’t be able to ask the instructor questions or interact with the other 28,241 students enrolled in the program.
Let’s say that you used our tips above, and you were able to buy the JAADSM training at a fantastic discounted price. So at this point, you’re super excited.
Then, you actually dive into Colt Steele’s course, and you discover that it just isn’t for you for whatever reason.
And now you’re super bummed, because you feel like it wasn’t money well spent.
Well, guess what?
Udemy offers a rock solid 30 day money back guarantee on all their courses, so you can get a refund on JAADSM no matter what. And this means there is absolutely no risk.
Indeed, even if you left a super negative, critical review on the JAADSM training, and then asked for your money back, you’d get a refund. For better or worse, there’s nothing Colt Steele could do about it, since it is simply Udemy policy.
To sum it up: yes, you can get a full refund, so at the end of the day, don’t worry about the possibility of purchasing JAADSM and not liking it, since you can always get your money back.
During this JAADSM review, you’ve learned about some of the unusual ways we like to evaluate courses, such as with The 30 Second Test and The 15 Second Bio Test.
So our overall review process is perhaps a little unusual and different from other reviews out there. Keep this in mind when you consider the overall rating / score that we have given this course.
Anyway, after taking a look at the JAADSM training, the instructor, Colt Steele, and reading what other students have said about this program, we give it an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5.
Ultimately, though, what matters most is what you would rate it based on the same criteria.
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TLDR: Just the quick facts about JAADSM
Okay, if all of this was Too Long Didn’t Read for you, here is the Cliff’s Notes version of what JAADSM’s online training is all about:
JAADSM coupon & course info
Subtitle: The Missing Computer Science and Coding Interview Bootcamp
Instructor: Taught by Colt Steele
Subcategory: Programming Languages
Provided by: Udemy
Price: $12.99 (before discount)
Free coupon code: Get Udemy coupon code discount at top of page (no charge for coupon, especially since we are compensated for referrals via affiliate marketing)
JAADSM review info & popularity
Prior to August 10, 2022…
Students: 28,241 students enrolled
Ratings: 9,925 reviews
Rank: ranked #217 in Udemy Development Courses in Udemy Development Courses
JAADSM final details
Skill level: All Levels
Lectures: 249 lectures lectures lessons
Duration: 22 total hours hours of video
What you get: Learn everything you need to ace difficult coding interviews
Target audience: Anyone preparing for programming interviews
Access: Lifetime access
Peace of mind: 30 day money back guarantee
Availability: available online, as well as on iOS and Android
Download options: check course to see if you can download lessons