My Experience with Code Academy

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I had the opportunity to take the Code Academy Java Script course over the summer for my graduate program, and it was quite an experience!

So, what is Code Academy? It’s a free online platform that offers classes on twelve different coding programs:ย Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

For my class, I was only required to take the classes in JavaScript, which is what I’ll be referring to specifically in this post.

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Was It Hard?

Yes. JavaScript starts out easy-breezy and gets complicated very quickly. By the fifth and sixth lessons, you will likely have to slow it down a lot to keep track of what you are doing. It is repetitive and cumulative, so what you learn in lesson one isn’t going to disappear – no, it will come up again and again later. It’s like with building blocks, each lesson builds on top of the next.

What Did You Learn?

That I have more patience than I realized! Just kidding. Patience level is still the same, still relatively low. But I did come to realize by the end of my JavaScript classes that this wasn’t even remotely as difficult as I feared it would be. Do not fear the technology. Anyone with a computer can do this and I’m not just saying that.

Anyone who has a general dislike for math might not enjoy it, because there are a lot of scary words thrown around like function, loop, array, and variable, but don’t let them discourage you! There is no math here at all. What you’re doing isn’t math, it’s simply coding little messages into Notepad ++ or TextWrangler and making nice little webpages. See, doesn’t its sound better already?

Final Thoughts?

I think everyone should take a moment to visit Code Academy and try out one of their classes, especially people who are new to coding, have no idea what JavaScript means, or have a general distrust of computers. Why? Because the more you know, the more powerful you become. Don’t fear the computer, and don’t fear technology. There is no reason to! If you take a few steps towards become more computer literate, you will likely feel much more comfortable in front of the screen, after knowing that you know what’s going on behind it.

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What the code will look like on your computer when you use a text editor, which in this case is Text Wrangler on a Mac (you would use Notepad ++ for PC)

 

Have you ever tried to learn coding? JavaScript? What was your experience like? Tell me in the comments!

3 thoughts on “My Experience with Code Academy

  1. Hi Hannah

    Thank you for posting about Code Academy, I’ll soon be posting too๐Ÿ˜

    I would like to know, to become a web designer, where should i start? I recently began with Visual Basic 6.0 (thinking it’s necessary for Foundation layout), soon I’ll progress to markup languages (Html and CSS) then I’ll see what’s next…

    With how i am going, is there a need for change, where, what should i do and how?

    Thank You

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      1. Thank you so much for your response. I believe you’re indeed correct, it is a great platform to put the skills i learnt to use, and I’ll commit to do that.

        Thank You again! I’ll continue reading your post, they’re awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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