“Code Monkey learn how to program!”
Ever been secretly envious of your friends that understand how code works and know how to program?
Code Academy is a free website that offers lessons in how to program.
I’ve always wanted to know a bit more about how to write programs, or
“code” as it’s commonly called. So, I headed over to Code Academy to
Upon first landing at the Code Academy,
I was greeted by a message telling me that coding is interactive, fun,
and I can learn it with my friends. Well that sounds right up my alley!
To the left of that message was a window with a command prompt and some
instructions, asking me to introduce myself. I did so, and was rewarded
with a new message in the window, giving me another instruction. Within
about two minutes, I had taken my first lesson in coding and learned my
first command. I could now declare and define a variable. Two minutes
ago I had barely understood what a variable was. I hadn’t taken any
programming lessons since learning Basic as a teen.
As I continued with the little flash based command window, I was
eventually asked for an email address to register for the Academy so
that I could continue my education. I gave it, and moved on with the
lessons. So far, Code Academy offers two different courses. A beginner’s
course named “Getting started with programmin
Code Academy is relatively new, so those are the only two courses
they have so far. However, they are always working on more, and are
even taking suggestions for what courses to make as well as taking help
from users to design new lessons. They are even looking to hire an
engineer, as of the time of this post. They are a fun, and completely
free, web site that looks to have a great online university someday. Now
might be the best time to get in on it and start learning. In their own
words, “We (Ryzac, Inc.) run an online service called Codecademy. We’re
excited for you to try it out. Everything on Codecademy is currently
free, with premium services a possibility in the future.” so now might
be the time to jump on it.
already know how to code in other languages. I followed the beginner’s
course. After all, who doesn’t want to be a Ninja? Each lesson took from
10 to thirty minutes up to an hour. I was enjoying it because it was
simple as well as entertaining, just like the program had promised. It
offers the option to keep track of the progress your friends re making,
as well, so that you can try to stay ahead of them if that kind of
competition appeals to you. It also shows your own progress via a screen
much like a report card, showing what lessons you have taken, how many
achievements you have made, etc.