About Codecademy

Based in New York, New York, Codecademy (www.codecademy.com) is a relatively new online education company that offers free interactive HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, and API (Application Programming Interface) coding courses.

Codecademy is built around user-generated content, and provides training to students all around the world. The company states that they are wary of traditional educational models, which seem to be growing increasingly irrelevant as the world becomes more and more technologically savvy. At first glance, it seems that all modern companies claim something similar, so what is it that makes Codecademy different?

Codeacademy Features

Codecademy claims they are committed to creating the best learning experience possible. The company backs up their assertion by providing hands-on, modern and engaging content, which is created by implementing cues from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Zynga. They accomplish this by fostering community interaction, where users can not only learn from a wide variety of courses, but can also create their own for subjects they’re proficient in.

To begin using Codecademy, you will first need to sign up for your free account, after which you gain immediate access. To begin using their extensive library of content, simply click on the subjects of your choice, which are split into as many as 12 subsections, ranging from introductory to advanced.

After selecting an exercise, you will be taken to a screen that provides a set of instructions and the ability to write your own code, a glossary of terms, as well as a live demonstration of what you’re working on, which is where Codecademy earns its reputation for interactive and engaging content. Despite this, some users may find the lack of audio and visual accompaniment, as featured on competitor’s sites such as Lynda.com and Team Treehouse, to be somewhat of a detraction.

Before, during, and after an exercise, Codecademy offers a Q&A feature, which allows users to receive answers to their questions, as well as to provide answers to questions asked by others. You will also receive a “badge of achievement” showing course completion alongside your username, which is visible to other members. At this point, you can interact with other users via the interactive forum, where you can further share your skillset and achievements.

Why is Codecademy Free?

Codecademy is backed by a variety of investors, and as a result they do not charge a fee for any of their courses, nor do they ask for donations. According to the company’s website, they are looking into future revenue models, but fully intend to remain privately funded, as well as free of charge for all their users.

Although this may seem unusual in today’s profit-driven era, there have been no reports of “quality-compromised” content, nor any indications of scamming.

Pros:

  • Wide variety of learning opportunities within the programming industry, completely free of charge.
  • All content is user-generated, allowing extensive communication between users.
  • Earn achievement badges, show off your knowledgebase, and interact with other members via the online forum.

Cons:

  • No visuals or audio for exercise accompaniment as there are with competitors such as Lynda.com or Team Treehouse, which may present an issue for some individuals.

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2 Customer Reviews for Codecademy

Average Customer Rating: 4.5
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  • A quality FREE educational website! However…

    • Chicago, IL,
    • Feb 13, 2016

    This website taught me a lot of the basics about JavaScript (as well as html and a few other things) and I had seemingly little trouble understanding what the material was teaching me. However, something that this website lacks is that repetition that nails what it teaches you into your head. I found myself looking back to remember how to do almost everything I didn't learn elsewhere. Since this website is FREE there's no reason to disapprove! It's high quality for a free website. And I have to say, beggars can't be choosers. If you want to save that money, this is the best option for you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Amazing free resource

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Jun 20, 2015

    I used Codecademy to learn the basics of HTML and CSS. The lessons are very well structured and the app is really thought through. Learning is easy and even fun.

    And considering that it's free, I am really surprised by the high quality and the benefit that I was able to get out of it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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