There is not much left that is free in this world. Because of Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski from Codecademy, learning how to code still is.
Codecademy was introduced less than a month ago, and since then, more than 550,000 people have used the site, completing more than six million exercises. Mr. Sims said most users do more than just peruse the site; they spend time working their way through the exercises.
“These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur,” he said.
Mr. Sims admits that it would be difficult for someone to build the next Twitter or Gilt after running through the exercises on the site. But the company hopes to add to its collection of classes by crowdsourcing them from the Web. Already, more than 800 developers have submitted sample lessons, which the Codecademy founders hope to add to the Web site soon. In addition, they’re working on adding a diverse catalog of languages that will add to the international appeal of the site. Mr. Sims said the company plans to always keep the lessons available for free. Eventually, he said, the company will add an element of the site that matches newly schooled programmers with companies looking to hire developers — a service the company could charge for.
“Eventually anyone who wants to learn will be able to on the site,” he said.