I only learned I'd be taking it through a third party when I went to redeem my purchase. In firm words under the course links, Stack Social reminded me "no refunds," because that was a question I was thinking about at that point.
Previously, I'd taken a course at Code School. I found the simple art style and music they employed to frame the teaching a bit cloying and clichéd at first, but the instruction was straightforward. I really enjoyed it, but it didn't have any classes in Java and it was a $30 monthly fee instead of the one-time $40 I paid for Udemy (Given my satisfaction with Udemy, that's probably a one time fee with a giant, hanging asterisk).
Just a little side-by-side:
- Slick presentation
- Integrated exercises that flow seamlessly from and into the lectures
- Variable-speed lessons
- A top-down lesson plan; you know what to expect across the site
- I don't care about the presenter's history; he's just the friendly mouth for a lesson plan
- A guy with a webcam - Seriously, that's it - I can hear him swallowing
- "I set up this environment on this web page. It'll probably be up when you take this lesson in a few years."
- One speed; frustratingly glacial
- The next course is done by a completely different person
- I know entirely too much about this guy
- Cold stops in the videos