I've been attending this course for a few weeks now, and everything seems so clear and smooth. I knew almost nothing about Node.js, and now I feel confident enough to create any web app that comes through my mind. Kudos to Thinkful!
To lead with the positives,my assigned mentor Denis was fanastic. Extremely knowledgeable, and further was available both for our scheduled meetings and via email, which was a big help for a number of questions that I had. He was an excellent guide in understanding how Node.js works in real life. Thinkful itself did a very good job in facilitating the class, and when I initially had problems synching up with my first mentor, they readily extended the course availability until a new one was assigned. The curriculum itself though I found to be a little lackluster. I appreciate that it was building a project, but I feel that it was a level of instruction below that which I've gotten at Codeschool and Treehouse. In fact, both of those sources were used for certain parts of the course. Thinkful's own lessons were fairly quick, and I don't feel really went into depth the way I was expecting. Also, there were some typos and other issues in the course that made it seem that it wasn't quite ready for primetime (though I'm assuming these have since been improved, as I did report them to Thinkful). Overall, this course felt like it was second fiddle to their more premiere front-end offerings. Given the strength of my mentor, correspondingly high quality instruction material could have really made this course shine. I wonder if it's just biting off a little more than it can chew, as backend programming really seems to require more depth than can be delivered in a short term online course.