Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A New Way to Learn Code

So many coding guides follow a step-by-step nature. First, you make a "Hello World" program. Then a countdown. Then a countup. And so on.

But I always find myself wanting to work on my own projects. Who cares about "Hello World"? I'll never actually use that. I'll figure out some code syntax rules, but I can do that in other ways.

Unfortunately, these step-by-step guides aren't very experiment friendly: they just aren't set up to allow the user to flip back and forth looking for specific details.

That's why Learning by Coding is so revolutionary. Finally students can learn at their own pace, and learn what they want to learn. While geared towards the intermediate programmer, the guides have good learning curves for beginners as well.

What's really exciting is that anyone can contribute! As stated on the website, if you'd like to write a guide, go for it! Email it in and it'll get all set up so you and everyone else can benefit from it.

The site is very clean and easy to understand, and a handy glossary page keeps key terms clear.

So what are you waiting for? Start learning: start coding!

Full Disclosure: The author of this article is also the founder of Learning by Coding.

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