These last two weeks have been fun and informative, but the real work definitely began before May 28th at nine am (five thirty am if you are me). Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about Codecademy.com. Codecademy has been the ‘go-to’ source of information and learning that make up the fundamental building blocks that this fieldschool has been built upon. It has been extremely valuable and a great learning tool; however, I think it would have worked better to go over the lessons in class and then have done Codecademy as homework.
Codecademy made me so frustrated at parts that I wanted to pull out my hair and throw my laptop from my second floor balcony onto the cement parking lot below. At other times I appreciated the information so much that I thought everyone should go to the site if they were interested in learning how to input code or create websites. The site starts with Web Fundamentals covering both HTML and CSS. These two went relatively quickly and easily without very many mishaps or confusion. Most of the trouble came with JQuery.
I too have tired CodeCademy. Great concept of giving free coding tutorials, however I too was very frustrated at the lack of content and consistency in quality of lessons. There are so many other “learn to code” websites that I have found much more useful. For example http://www.codeavengers.com is perfect for the novice programmer (like myself). It teachers the basic concepts very well, and is also very fun and engaging. This would be my recommend site for beginner programmers.
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