Codeschool is the author of <a href=”http://tryruby.org” target=”_blank”>Try Ruby</a> and <a href=”http://try.github.com” target=”_blank”>Try Git</a>. I just watched the first video in their <a href=”http://www.codeschool.com/courses/jquery-air-first-flight” target=”_blank”>jQuery: First Flight</a> series, and attempted some of the follow-up exercises.
Verdict: I’m impressed! I like the polished look, the try-it-yourself exercises, the gamified set-up (you “earn” points for answering questions correctly and “spend” points on hints), and the fact that you can <a href=”http://courseware.codeschool.com.s3.amazonaws.com/jquery_air_slides.pdf” target=”_blank”>download the slides</a> from each video for reference as you complete the exercises.
I’m not certain yet whether I’m up to paying the $25/month subscription fee for access to their other videos, though; maybe after I’ve completed their three free series, I’ll take a look at the other course offerings.
Bonus: I think they mighty’ve gotten the pianist from <a href=”http://www.mertonshow.com/about” target=”_blank”>The Merton Show</a> or something to front all of their introductory videos. The intro songs are all hilarious.