Free Code Camp on a Chromebook

Anyone have recent experience working through FCC using a Chromebook (or suggestions for something small, light, and cheap to bring with me on the train to and from work)?


I downloaded cloudready, which is chromeos for a pc. FCC is totally doable. You can download editors to edit files on the filesystem if you want. It took me a bit to figure out the OS and realize that your apps basically reside within Chrome. But it was fine for FCC.

I use it on my chromebook rather often. I have a desktop and any time I want to work outside or on the couch I grab chromey and I am good. Sometimes with the help of C9, sometimes just with the console and google chrome dev editor, sometimes a notepad :slight_smile:

Depending on your model, you can also get crouton installed. I have Toshiba 13 inch that is a bit on the expensive side but has AMAZING screen. I do not think I had ever been so happy with a gadget over a year after I got it. My model is the old Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3 Inch Chromebook (Intel Celeron, 4GB, 16GB SSD, Silver) Full HD-Screen The newer model has some super amazing goodies like back-lit keyboard, i3 processor and Full HD IPS Display. These go for about 280/300/360 for the (old/celeron new/i3 new) models. A friend of mine does back-end on chromebook, with node.js, but I had not gone that far yet. He has an old acer with 11 inch screen and actually gets paid as a freelancer. So it is possible. You definitely do not need a 900+ mac or PC, but if you can spare a bit extra I was very happy with the amazing screen Toshiba comes with. If you cannot, some $150 will do the job too Before I had teh desktop now, I was working on a 2008 dell laptop which is slower than more chromebooks.


Here is info about crouton
Check which model is supported if you plan on going this way.


AND ONLY SSD!!! Once you go SSD, you never go back. Chromebooks with HDD are a joke.

I’ve done web dev on a chromebook in the past, and it’s doable. I’d personally go with a cheap $200 laptop or 2-in-1 running windows if it were me. The advantage is that, with ChromeOS, you’ll have to use a webservice for things like git or FTP. With other operating systems, you can run them natively and that’s pretty nice.

But you can absolutely do work through FCC on a chromebook.

FCC newbie here!
I’ve been coding 100% on a cheap Chromebook since the beginning of my route. Jumping to JS now, and completed first two challenges without any problem. Codepen, Brackets and Caret are your friends! Hahaha

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