Codecademy was an early pioneer in online tech education, and they remain just as relevant today. If you’re considering learning to code through the Codecademy platform, read on to get the Career Karma perspective.
What Is Codecademy?
In the years since I first became aware of Codecademy, they’ve grown considerably, now covering a far greater variety of topics. Whatever your interests or skill level, there’s a good chance they’ll have something to offer you.
What Are the Advantages of Learning with Codecademy?
In my view, there are two major advantages to using Codecademy over books or lectures. The first is that Codecademy lessons are interactive. Coding is a living skill requiring the learner to experiment, make mistakes, and devise solutions to problems. Reading about coding isn’t enough. I’d argue that going a step further and coding along with a book still isn’t as good as what Codecademy offers. Having a guided, interactive environment in which to learn will do a lot to reduce the time required to gain real proficiency in coding.
The second advantage is that Codecademy offers structure. There are now so many coding resources out there that you could spend your whole life doing nothing but studying them. Unfortunately, that won’t pay the bills, and you have to choose things to focus on. The problem here is that, as a novice, you may not have any idea how to structure a learning path. Codecademy has removed the guesswork by creating skill paths that take you from raw novice to competent practitioner.
Without this guidance, you could spend months or years going down dead ends before you learn enough to see what your next step should be.
Is Codecademy a Good Fit for You?
It really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and what your alternatives are. The fact that Codecademy is online means you have the flexibility to learn a coding language when and where you want. Of course, this means you may get stuck on problems that you have to solve on your own. Many of the courses are free, and even the most expensive ones are still fractions of what a traditional college class would set you back.
Ultimately, my own verdict is that Codecademy is an excellent way to begin studying a technical subject and is best used in conjunction with books, videos, meetups, or a quality coding bootcamp.