Codementor vs Airpair vs HackHands: Coding Services Compared
If you need help with coding, either for yourself or through recruiting someone else, there are plenty of options available online these days. Here are some examples of code resource services including how they match up one with the other.
Codementor allows you to get help learning to code, but you can also use it to just hire a developer or general coder directly. They boast the ability to give you help live from more than 5000 experts which include expertise in over 100 categories. They’ve been reviewed by Hacker News, Forbes, Mashable, and others.
- Flexibility-If you need to hire a coder for helping you through just one particular part of a code, by telling you how to do it, you can do that here.
- Live Help-You can get help live, instead of just asking a question and having to wait a long time for an answer to come back to you.
- Refund-The service has a 100% satisfaction guarantee where you can get a refund if you don’t like something about what you paid for, though the service will want to try to make it right before that.
- Tool for Choosing a Language-If you click on the “what language is best for me” option in the bottom corner of the page, you can take a quiz in order to find out. You’ll answer questions on this quiz about your preferences, including what you want to be able to do with a language, and it will spit out advice for a language you can learn.
Airpair focuses on giving software advice. It appears to be a newer site with not as much review or criticism available online as some of the others, though there is at least one or two out there, including Tech Crunch.
- Software Classes-Classes available o Airpair include about Ionic, using and optimizing Python, navigating in Angular versus react, using Neo4j, and others.
- Variable Pricing-You have a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing the price you want on the site since it can go up or down based on many different factors including privacy, level of expert, and other factors.
- Hire Outside the Service-Most companies have it so that you have to hire all people you find through the service only through the service or you end up with penalties. According to Tech Crunch, AirPair makes it so that you can work with a coder for 10 hours, pay a finder’s fee, and then hire them outside of the service if you find that they are a good fit and you want to engage their help for your service over the long term.
Hackhands is a solid choice for those worrying about guarantees since it has plenty. This includes both a general one and a 5 minute trial for each session.
- Unique Products and Languages-You can learn stuff like Python and Django, Haskell, Ruby on Rails, Coffeescript, Metor.js and others.
- 5-minute Grace Period-Once you connect with a coder, you have 5 minutes to see whether you think they can really help you with your problem. If you end before this time, you will end up not being charged. Keep going though, and you’ll be charged for it all, the first 5 minutes included.
- Guarantees-There’s a guarantee through the site include the risk-free first 5 minutes, as well as the 100% money-back guarantee which means that you can get a full refund from the session even past the first 5 minutes if you think it went really badly.
Head to Head
Airpair can be a difficult site to navigate since it’s not super intuitive. It’s not so hard if all you want is tutorials, since you can search by subject identified through the icon for each language or product. One useful aspect of the site is that the pricing is real variable and you have a number of options often not found on other services, such as Codementor. An example of this is how you can give the OK for the coder you’re paired with to record the remote session including the code that you have shared. If you do this, then the cost will go down. Or, if you really want privacy, you can actually have the coder sign an NDA, which will make the price go up, of course. But if you’re working on a highly sensitive bit of proprietary code, or if you just really need to make sure the code doesn’t get out for whatever reason, then it will likely be worth the extra cost to you. In order to hire someone you actually have to click on “login” and then make an account, followed by clicking on the “Get Micro-consulting” link, again it’s not especially intuitive and it takes way longer than the other options.
Hackhands has a lot of guarantees for features including the 100% money-back guarantee and the risk-free five minutes one. You essentially get a free trial with everyone you connect with on the site for the first 5 minutes. You can also end sessions with any expert who joins immediately if you don’t like the one that shows up once you start your project. In addition, reviews say that the experience is smooth and above all else, fast. All you do is set your language, type up a title of your request and a description of it, put in a few tags, and then the system will connect you to an expert who feels that they know enough to help you with the issue. This is all done smoother and quicker than many of the other similar sites that you’ll see out there in many cases, as at least some reviewers attest.
Overall, Codementor is ideal for quick fixes to bugs that are plaguing you. After all, it may be that there’s only one tiny issue, but you could take forever to find it on your own, whereas someone with experience may know what to look for right away. Airpair is a better choice if you want to work with a long term option under your own terms, since they sometimes have the option for you to do that by paying a finder’s fee after working with the coder you hired for a time through the site.
The Pricing for Codementor is definitely going to vary since it’s actually an open market where experts can come up with their own prices. The average is around $10 for 15 minutes. This can get as high as $50 for 15 minutes, however, so there’s definitely some variation. Codementor has set a minimum charge at 15 minutes, and then you go by the per minute rate after that point.
According to review sites online, such as Tech Crunch, pricing at Airpair varies starting at $60 per hour, which gives you access to about 15% of the site's experts. These experts are mostly knowledgeable about basic coding stuff. This goes up to $90 an hour if you want help from people who have experience coding for more than a few years. They can handle some much more difficult issues. The high end pushes up through $300 per hour for those who have written books on coding and are among the best around. There’s a customer satisfaction measuring apparatus on the site to make sure coders are being paired with customers properly according to required level.
Hackhands measures price per minute instead of per hour. This starts at $1 per minute, which is the exact same as both Codementor and Airpair at the low end. It goes up to $5 per minute, which again, is compareable with the high end for Airpair, though Codementor mentions $200 per hour being more the high end. This works through you creating a budget, and then having people bid on the cheapest price possible. You set a max price, and then start the bidding out low, essentially.
Overall, pricing options for the different services are all fairly similar, and the exact price is going to depend on the coder that you connect with, generally. It is true that the price for Airpair could be a bit lower if you allow them to record the session, given their option to lower costs if you do this. It is important to make sure that you only pay for the coder at the level that you need, so you might want to check to see how advanced the problem is before committing to any particular level. You don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars an hour if you’re issue would be solved through the application of basic programming skill. This is especially the case if you have no programming skill or knowledge yourself. Airpair seems to emphasize making sure you’re paired correctly in this way.
Codementor has fairly sparse reviews online as of yet, but examples of some of the reviews that are available include the android app for Codementor which gets a 4 rating out of over 20 reviews. The reviews here commend the site’s web interface, constant updates, and good interaction with those at the service. Reviews indicate that you just post a request on the site, and then choose from among responding code mentors. This includes a shared coding screen, for example, so they can look through your code and help you debug your particular issue. This is definitely a quicker way to solve some problem that’s been plaguing you then randomly asking forums on the Internet with a screenshot. Because, for one thing, fixing one problem can sometimes reveal that there was a greater one. This way, you have a coder right there to see what happens to the code when the first problem is fixed. It’s more efficient and quicker, and this is often important if you have deadlines.
AirPair has a 4.3 out of 5 with over 30 reviews from Skill Share. They also have reviews from Tech Crunch as well. This review is largely positive, and recommends using AirPair for the right service. It turns out that AirPair actually makes it so that you can pay an extra “finder’s” fee after you’ve worked with a coder that you found on AirPair for at least 10 hours in order to just hire them on your own without going straight through the AirPair system.
Hackhands doesn’t have many formal reviews online, but there are some more informal ones. This includes from Learn to Code with Me, for example, and Easy Counter. The reviews indicate that it’s a relatively good site, at least by the opinions of those on WOT, for example. Other informal reviews include those on Quora which indicate that it’s a good option for beginners.
Overall, Codementor seems to have the most information about their functioning through reviews, with Airpair coming in second. Hackhands doesn’t have a lot of information about it online, and a lot of what is available is coming mostly from secondary sites like Quora or Yahoo Answers. In general, the reviews are positive, and it really does seem as if the experience is fairly similar across all of the sites, especially when it comes to pricing, the video and code remote access features, and the general knowledge sets asked for, with some variation available.