Codecademy Review

Posted by admin on June 23, 2012 under Review | Read the First Comment

Codecademy reviewsCodecademy has been championed as ‘the future of learning’ in some quarters and the speed with which it’s gathered followers and students suggest that an increasing number of people believe this to be the case. This website is dedicated to turning even the most computer illiterate individual into a computer programmer via a series of interactive online tutorials. Basically, it teaches people how to use programming code. Codecademy was launched in August 2011 and within two months, it had over 750,000 users. This number increased beyond the 1 million mark soon after.

How it works
Codecademy doesn’t require you to pay a single cent and you can begin the process of learning code in a matter of moments. All you need to do is click the ‘Learn’ option on the website and your introductory lesson begins immediately. When founders Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski said that they were intent on teaching people programming code from scratch, they really mean it! You begin from the very beginning by typing in your name and working from there. Obviously, the difficulty level is ratcheted up as you move along but there is a description of what to do next every step of the way. As things get more difficult, the hints may not be enough and you’ll have to go back and take a previous lesson once again. This is all part of the learning process.

Despite the fantastic popularity of the site, it didn’t have the tools to teach the most basic programming languages: HTML and CSS, until April 2012. Those with programming knowledge will tell you that CSS and HTML are the basic building blocks of all webpages. These languages are learned before all others and but until April 2012, this wasn’t an option for genuine beginners.

This led to major criticisms of the site, especially the $2.5 million that was invested in Codecademy as of the end of 2011. At that time, the only option available was JavaScript which can be extremely difficult to learn for those with no previous coding knowledge and people without a background in mathematics or engineering. Thankfully, this problem has been rectified and now, Codecademy is useful for everyone with a desire to learn coding.

Another issue faced by Codecademy in its early days was the fact that its content was not increasing fast enough to cope with its increasing user base. This issue was solved in January 2012 when a new teacher tool was created and allowed absolutely anyone to submit a lesson. This enabled experienced coders to provide their own lessons and turn Codecademy into a community-type project. Thousands of lessons have since been added by users which is great news for beginners.

Overall
The fact that Sims and Bubinski are so young probably explains why the whole experience feels like a video game. There are achievement badges given whenever you successfully complete a few steps. The entire process makes the sometimes laborious process of learning how to code seem like fun. In actual fact, it is almost addictive which is a testament to the ingenuity of its creators. Codecademy is a marvelous creation and should be used by anyone looking to learn how to code in their spare time.

  • Triboulet said,

    I found the Odin Project first, which utilizes Codecademy quirk a bit. It has proved to be a great help. I have no math, or engineering background and limited education. I am in my 30’s and am active duty military with very little time. Within a month I went from never hearing about html to building a webpage, styling it with css, and now I’ve taken on Ruby and Javascript. Codecademy is definitely addicting, but it works, as far as I can tell.

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