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Review of Codecademy, an online code learning platform based in the United States
History Of Codecademy
Codecademy was founded in August 2011 by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski. Sims dropped out of Columbia University to focus on launching a company, and Bubinski graduated from Columbia in 2011. The New York City-based company raised $2.5 million in Series A funding in October 2011 and $10 million in Series B funding in June 2012 The latest funding round was handled by Index Ventures.
On July 22, 2014, the site appeared with a new redesigned dashboard.
In August 2015, Codecademy partnered with the White House to host in-person meetups for 600 students from disadvantaged women and minorities over a twelve-month period.
In August 2017, Codecademy CEO Zach Sims officially announced the launch of the new paid "Pro" product. A paid "Pro Intensive" offer was also launched in August 2017, but as of 2020 it appears that this product is no longer offered.
In December 2021, Skillsoft announced that it would acquire Codecademy for approximately $525 million in cash and stock, with the sale expected to close in 2022.
In September 2017, Codecademy partnered with Amazon to provide free Alexa skills training.
As of October 2018, the company employed 85 people, up from 45 in 2016. It had also raised $42.5 million from groups including Union Square Ventures and Naspers.
Features Of Codecademy
The platform also offers courses to learn command line and Git. In September 2015, Codecademy, in partnership with Periscope, added a series of courses designed to teach SQL, the predominant programming language for database queries. In October 2015, Codecademy created a new course, a class on Java programming. As of January 2014, the site had over 24 million users who had completed over 100 million exercises. The site has received positive reviews from The New York Times and TechCrunch.
As part of Computer Science Education Week held in December 2013, Codecademy released its first iOS app called "The Hour of Code". The app focuses on the basics of programming, including the very content of the website.
In April 2019, Codecademy partnered with Adafruit for a course on programming hardware and electronics.
In December 2019, Codecademy launched a new course on Swift, a language developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, watchOS, macOS, tvOS, and more.
Codecademy Pro by Codecademy
On August 3, 2017, Codecademy Pro was released. It has three levels:
- Codecademy Pro
- Codecademy Pro Intensive
- Codecademy Professional Mentors
- Codecademy Pro costs $39.99 per month, or annually at $239.88 per year ($19.99 per month).
Code Year, Codecademy
Code Year was a free incentive program from Codecademy aimed at helping people make a New Year's Resolution to learn to code by introducing a new course for each week in 2012. More than 450,000 people took courses in 2012, and Codecademy continued the program in 2013. Although the course is still available, the program has been stopped.
Codecademy Awards and Honors
- Best Educational Startup, Crunchies Awards 2012
- 2015 Skillies Technology Award