Free Code Camp on a Chromebook

Free Code Camp on a Chromebook
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#1

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)?

Thanks


#2

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.


#3

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 http://amzn.to/2bppcPE. The newer model has some super amazing goodies http://amzn.to/2b4nr5k 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 http://amzn.to/2bB71mk. Before I had teh desktop now, I was working on a 2008 dell laptop which is slower than more chromebooks.

EDIT:

Here is info about crouton https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
Check which model is supported if you plan on going this way.

EDIT 2:

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


#4

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.


#5

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