Tl;dr at the bottom!
Codewars.com is a site that tests your algorithm creating skills similar to Free Code Camp’s algorithm challenges. That are many similar sites out there that gamify the challenges to varying degrees.
I recently came across a comment elsewhere that said sites like codewars may teach you how to code, but don’t really teach you how to build software. The author elaborated that such sites aren’t bad, but it’s always better to just build something because you’ll better understand how things work better at a deeper level and you’ll have more experience with real-world applications.
While I agree with that comment, it left me wondering how I should be using my free time, especially as someone working full-time in a position unrelated to coding. I spend most of my coding time doing Free Code Camp projects, but I sometimes like to do codewars on days I don’t have much coding time.
For example, today I only have an hour of coding time and I’m stuck on my current project. I feel like won’t gain much ground with my project in an hour, but I still want to code something, so I’ll try codewars’ challenges. I’ll resume my project tomorrow because I have a lot of free time.
Since I’m busy I want to use my coding time as efficient possible, I was wondering if I should bother with codewars and similar sites even if I only do them every now and then.
tl;dr: If someone has a limited amount of time to study and practice coding, would you consider it inefficient to sometimes use codewars and similar sites?