The new jQuery lesson is the first to be contributed by a member of the Codecademy community, and the scratchpad tool will let people see what the code they’ve created in action.
Codecademy is a free site where people who are interested in learning programming can take lessons through an interface that makes the whole process like a game.
“It really takes people back to the exciting part of programming, which is building things, breaking things, and seeing how they work,” Codecademy co-founder Zach Sims told VentureBeat. Codecademy recently passed the 800,000-user mark, and Sims says that jQuery is just the beginning of what’s in store.
“It sort of goes back to the learning by doing that we’ve espoused from the beginning, says Sims, “We just figured we’d put an editor there so people can just free-form experiment, and actually implement the things they’re learning,” says Sims. The new features are part of a greater effort to make the site more of a destination, and to expand the ways in it is serving visitors.