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One of the best and easiest ways to start learning how to code programming languages is with the widely popular, and free, online site, Codecademy. This week the academy added the simple syntax language Python to its course offerings, which also include self-directed lessons in HTML, JavaScript and Web Fundamentals, and JQuery.

In addition to this new course, the online academy also hired author and CNN columnist, Douglass Rushkoff, whose book, Program or Be Programed helped kickstart the “code literacy” movement back in September of last year. Rushkoff was hired, he says, to promote code literacy and digital education–sort of like the marketing guy for the company and the movement.

The new Python course consists of 88 lessons, starting with an introduction to Python, followed by projects for creating a tip calculator, Date and Timer, PygLatin, and a Taking a Vacation web application. The course lessons can be taken at your own pace, and you don’t receive poor grades for incomplete lessons. As you work through the course, you get points for completion of each lesson, and there is also a glossary of terms to supplement the course assignments. The course is based on Python 2.7 syntax, which the company’s blog post says is used by developers worldwide, including developers at Google and NASA.

The course description says that Python is a good code language to start with, especially if you’re unsure which programing language you should learn. Python is used to build web applications, in game development, and a variety of other disciplines.

Source: TechCrunch

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  1. Neha Mehta
    October 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Yet another coding website, all these sites collectively give me a better grasp of these languages. http://www.learnstreet.com

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Hey Neha, thanks for sharing the link. I'll check into it.

  2. Charlie Player
    August 2, 2012 at 6:18 am

    aawesm..i m learning python programming at school ..its fun

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 4, 2012 at 5:17 am

      Cool, Charlie, so could Codecademy be a good supplement?

  3. Nguyen Tran
    August 2, 2012 at 3:00 am

    It's great sound, thanks a lot!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

      You're welcome.

  4. Richard Borkovec
    August 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Sweet! Never really got into any deep programming stuff, but this just might be the push to do it.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Yeah, Richard, I think you'll find it pretty easy to use.

  5. Mila Kun
    August 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Ahhh, finally! I've been waiting for this a long time :D

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Cool, Mila. I thought the site had offered Python from the start. But great to see it's finally on there.

  6. Harry G
    August 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

    good place to recap my previous Python knowledge

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Harry.

  7. Stefan Hariton
    August 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Thanks a lot...
    Now I am learning C++ in college...
    I think it will be usefull for me during the year, so I won't be the third at Programming

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Cool, glad you find it useful.

  8. Suman Acharya
    August 1, 2012 at 2:46 am

    it's good.
    i am learning python as my first programming language from http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/ , it's the easiest way i found.
    and Thank you for your Basic photography guide on MUO too, read it a year ago and of course knew something - now i became an intermediate level photographer.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Hey Suman, thank you for sharing the LearnPython site, and your comment on my Guide. It was the first one I wrote. Glad you found it helpful.

  9. Jay Iyer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    This is interesting. I have always used w3schools which is very useful for any web-based technology learning. Codecademy seems to be right up there. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Cool, Jay. Sounds like the site will be useful to you.

  10. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Definitely one of the best places to learn online. I'm finishing the course of JavaScript and has been wonderful. Thanks Bakari for the info

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Hey Rigoberto, my son and I also worked through JavaScript lessons. He actually taught me a few things. Wish I had more time to do more lessons.

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