Code School is an online learning tool for aspiring developers. The application provides four practical path options to its student users. These include Ruby, Java Script, HTML/CSS and iOS. Visitors can click each path to view the tree of courses related to it. Some courses are labeled as free to whet the user’s appetite for knowledge. Each tree shows a recommended order along with relationships between some courses so the user can see what they need to complete to reach their learning goals. Users also earn badges for successful completion of courses. The Code TV area gives users access to a collection of supplemental video material. Each video features a screencast focused on subjects related to the main paths.Show more screenshots »
Code School was founded in February of 2011. The application has earned many complements. Some users and reviewers noted that access to all courses is a nice touch. Courses also utilize a different layout than the others, which makes the experience more unique and authentic as the user works through each. Some users felt that the fee for some of the individual courses was a bit high, but this is offset by the all-in-one subscription option.
Code School is a unique application that gives users a great learning opportunity. The service has lots of personality and includes a few of the most highly sought tech subjects. The interface is user friendly and modern with unique visual elements that don’t distract. Users have more flexibility by choosing to buy a specific course or subscribing to get them all. Code School provides a versatile way to learn on a budget.
Code School has an upbeat look that is very original. Vibrant graphics and interface elements make the experience more personal and interesting. The material is generally reliable. Many sleek fonts and graphs are used and really enhance the visual appeal of the application. It takes no time to learn how to access video content and course material. The user can focus more of their energy on the actual learning process and less on figuring out how to get to class.
A new user can click the teal “Create Free Account” button in the upper, right corner of the Code School homepage. The short form on the following page requires an email address, username and password. The user is automatically signed in to their new account and can access their dashboard. Three round icons are available below the registration form for users who prefer to sign up with a GitHub, Facebook or Google Plus account.
Code School gives users two ways to access courses. The first way is to purchase individual courses. The al la carte version can get rather costly because some courses cost upwards of $50 each. The second option is better for the frugal student. Users can subscribe for $25 per month to receive access to all courses. There are no contracts so the user can cancel their subscription at any time.