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Learn programming APIs with Codecademy

Last year we featured an article about how the world of online learning was quickly outpacing conventional methods of learning and transforming  into the main gateway for students who want to learn new subjects quickly and at their own pace.


For those who wish to learn programming, Codecademy is another example of such online learning sites; it focuses mainly on programming languages. It offers free detailed lessons in programming focusing on these languages; JavaScript, Web Fundamentals, Python, Ruby, JQuery, Projects and more recently API’s. It keeps track of learners progress and also features a discussion forum where student can get help on tough questions.

Traditional programming tutorials focus mainly on the semantics of the languages being studied, but Codecademy’s new lesson plans use APIs to help students build more complex projects earlier.  The new lesson category the site introduced Wednesday lets students tackle complex projects by incorporating services from YouTube, SoundCloud and others.

What are APIs?

An application programming interface (API) is a protocol intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other.  An example of an API is when an external program connects to Facebook or Youtube; it makes API calls to the respective services.  APIs make it easy for developers to use existing services in new apps, but sometimes the instructions for implementing them can be complex.

The rationale behind the founder’s thinking is that people spend too much time tinkering with programming languages without achieving any tangible results.  So if you are like me and you desire seeing immediate results when you are programming then give Codeacademy a try. Just keep in mind you need an active internet connection.

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5 thoughts on “Learn programming APIs with Codecademy

    1. Only that they charge for some “major” courses. Beginner ones are generally free. Code Academy is free through and through

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