More than 120,000 people sign up for Codeacademy’s Code Year

4 Jan 2012

Codeacademy, the innovative website that teaches ordinary folk how to become programmers, has achieved great success with its new initiative, Code Year, that provides weekly coding lessons and will turn users into app builders and creators in no time.

At the time of writing, Code Year has attracted 121,006 people.

Codeacademy assumes you know nothing about software programming and goes on to teach you the rudiments of coding and gets you to a point where you can build your own applications.

Spawned from Codeacademy, Code Year provides users with weekly lessons that will ensure within a year they will be pretty competent programmers.

At a time when software coding is becoming the lingua franca of 21st-century business, achieving these skills will be useful.

As you go through the lessons they get harder and sometimes require you to try again and again until you unlock distinction badges. Fundamentally, it’s a great way to learn how to code.

Codeacademy launched in August of last year and is used in more than 200 countries.

The site has raised US$2.5m in venture capital so far from investors that include Union Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech and Michael Arrington’s CrunchFund.


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years