Learning to code… again – with Codecademy

Before taking my University education in Copenhagen to become an Architectural Technologist, I was studying at UCLAN in Preston on a ‘Computer games programming and design’ course. During this time my interest turned from the actual programming of games to the surroundings and buildings involved inside a computer game. My development and research of ‘game buildings’ as I called them, sparked my passion for architecture and more importantly making me want to change directions completely towards building construction. 

Aside from my passion for design and my newly found interest in Architecture, I found the programming side of the degree to be a real challenge which was one of the factors for me wanting to change direction. Years down the line and my Architectural Technology degree completed, I suddenly have the urge to learn how to program again! I have a few reasons for this:

1. I don’t want to be beaten by it – second time lucky.
2. I would like to learn some more about the API development side to Revit. 
3. I have found a site called Codecademy.com which makes it simple to learn!

Codecademy is a website which anyone can join for free. ‘Hands on’ tutorials and exercises are written by the founders and advanced members of the community for other members to learn from. Through guided exercises you learn the very basics of programming all the way up to advanced code which you will be able to write yourself to create small programs – with this fundamental knowledge you will have the skillset to go on to writing bigger programs. – That is the idea anyway!

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Above is an example image of the console in Codecademy where you will write your code – You will be given written exercises on the left side of the page, and have this console on the right side. You will be given tips and prior knowledge to help you learn. The console itself will also give you tips as to where you have made mistakes. Once you have entered the right code, you can ‘Run’ it and it will give you a progression link to the next exercise. 

“Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. We’re determined to succeed in realizing our mission to turn a world of tech consumers into one of empowered builders.”

 The website has a whole bunch of different courses to choose from, for example the Javascript course which I am currently working on. A python course and a website builder course covering CSS HTML etc. I would definitely recommend Codecademy to anyone who is interested in learning more about programming or wants to test their current knowledge. Beware, it can get quite addictive!

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About Ben Malone

Information Manager for BIM.Technologies in London

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