Codecademy just pressed enter on a complete makeover. Learning how to code? Visit the popular programming language learning platform and test the completely new look. What you get to see is a more unified “visual language” across all the different areas of the site – from the layout to even the business cards, postcards, and posters. But what does the new layout do for you, the user?
The critical area – the methodology of learning how to code has undergone a change. You can still follow the linear approach of learning a language by starting at the first step. But now, you can also quickly use a “project” to learn coding while doing something useful with it (as the screen below shows).
Codecademy says –
The first fruits of this effort are an experience that gets you from knowing nothing to building a website — in this case, Airbnb’s homepage. Along the way, you’ll experiment with blocks of code, see the results of adding and subtracting different parts of a page, and use the real terminology that developers and designers all over the world over use to create websites just like Airbnb’s.
Students and learners can build a portfolio of projects and showcase it with the help of the site. All your projects will exist under the “Learn” tab on the site. A new feature called Codebits, will also enable learners to share completed projects with the rest of the community.
Looking for inspiration? Hear about Tommy Nicholas and how he started his coding journey. He built Coffitivity which made TIME Magazine’s Top 50 websites in 2013.
Dive into Codecademy and tell us if you love (or hate) the new experience. If you are interested to learn more, the Codecademy blog also chronicles the entire redesign process.