We interviewed General Assembly’s co-founder and Chief Product Officer Brad Hargreaves who told us that initially Dash was meant to help its students get started in its immersive programs. It received such great feedback and the organization saw that it was being shared with friends through various social networks that instead of being an internal tool, it is now open to the public.
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Interested users can sign up for the service using their Twitter account or email. Oddly, Facebook Login isn’t being used.
After successfully authenticating, users can opt to undertake one of four projects, each one more complicated than the last ranging from building a simple website to creating a CSS-powered robot. The service also applies some game mechanics, awarding you skill points for successfully completing checkpoints in each lesson. Should you require any assistance, General Assembly also offers virtual office hours where instructors can review your code or provide feedback on your progress.
Just like what you have with Codecademy, Dash’s lessons guides you through the process. What makes it interesting is the fact that users can switch the display view from a computer monitor to a mobile phone, which will illustrate how the code will look across various devices.
Dash is free to use and anyone can sign up for an account.
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