By Awais Qazi
Technology is an immense field that is slowly making its way into other, more prominent fields. It has become evident that the field of technology can provide for immense overhauls of the healthcare industry, research industries, and almost every other industry that currently exists. Because of the plentiful opportunities that technology can provide, it is becoming almost imperative for students, who wish to be successful, to know a thing or two about technology. One of the most useful things to learn is how to program websites and software. Although this task seems a little challenging, CodeAcademy (http://www.codeacademy.com/) is a website that aims to make learning these skill fun and less intimidating.
CodeAcademy allows you to learn different programming languages, such as HTML, CSS, Python, and more, in an interactive way. It breaks the language down into smaller bits and pieces, which allows you to learn the basics in a simple manner and put it all together to make more complex programs. Throughout the courses, it will often backtrack with a small assignment that allows students to refresh their memories on what they have learned. At the end of each course, they give students a sort of final project, which ties in everything they learned. The final assignment also showcases how students can put together all the seemingly simple bits that they have learned, and create a complicated program that is extremely powerful and practical. The best thing about CodeAcademy is that it is completely free. Students are given an opportunity to build on some very marketable skills, and all it takes is a bit of their time. CodeAcademy also automatically saves progress, so students can start on a lesson and spread it out over the course of a week, month, or even longer. A lot of the courses only require about 12 to 15 hours of total work, and they can be worked on at any pace. Once you finish a course, students are always welcome to do it again to touch up on their skills are review something they may have missed. This website is an extraordinary resource for anyone in any field that would like to have a competitive advantage on the job market.