The Inspiration

Most people don’t learn to program and design for the web by reading a book. Real learning takes place when you start experimenting with code in the browser and using design concepts in a website. In our opinion, the best way to learn is by doing. Code School opens the door to a new way of learning by combining video, coding in the browser, and gamification to make learning a new technology fun!

What is it?

Code School is an online learning platform that teaches a variety of programming and web design skills. Courses range from beginner to advanced levels and you get to earn rewards and badges as you learn. Our courses use screencasts and interactive exercises to guide you to better code. Each course has at least five levels. Each level begins with a 10-15 minute screencast, followed by a series of code challenges you must solve to make it to the next level. Once you complete the course, you will:

  • Unlock the final video. This will assist in the continued learning of the subject.
  • Receive a badge. Show your friends that you've completed the course.

What do I need?

For most of our courses, you just need a modern web browser. We rely on the latest browser technology to deliver our courses, so we suggest using an up-to-date version of your preferred browser. Each course has suggested prerequisites for the content. Many courses are prepared for absolute beginners, while others assume an intermediate or even advanced knowledge of the topic.

Who's to blame?

Code School is the brainchild of the mad scientists at Envy Labs. We already do a lot of educating in the Rails community through things like screencasts, podcasts, and conference training.

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