There’s been a lot of buzz over the last few months about a start-up that is supposed to make programming easy to learn and available to anyone. It’s an interactive web course that has you writing bits of code straight away called Codecademy.
It’s interactive, the lessons simple enough with step-by-step instructions and hints if you get stuck, and you get merit badges to show your progress. But how many people with no/minimal prior programing knowledge can sit down and build something once they’ve gone through all their lessons? From reviews and articles, it doesn’t seem that many can.
So it’s “fun,” has an appealing user interface and boosts our egos with merits, but if you’re looking to really learn programming, Codecademy isn’t going to get you very far. It’s a fun took but most helpful to those with existing programming knowledge.
Visit the site here, test it out (its free) and let us know what you think!