MOOC Company Acquires Coding Education Tool
Shawn Wasserman posted on April 10, 2014 | acquires Compilr, a platform to write, compile and test code in a browser.

This week,, an MOOC education company, announced their acquisition of the software company Compilr. What seems most interesting about this acquisition is the possibilities it holds for software and computer engineers alike.

Compilr developed a tool that helps users write, compile and test code within the safety of a browser. Essentially, engineers can learn and test new software without risking their own system. The platform is able to target both experienced and novice programmers and has access to over a dozen languages. The current focus of the language library is on smartphone, tablet and web apps.

According to Eric Robison, President and CEO of, “The acquisition of Compilr reflects our dedication to providing members the best way to learn across a variety of segments, whether we build or buy to achieve those goals … We recognize the growing market demand for programming language instruction and are committed to providing a broad range of high-quality computer programming courses. This aligns with our learning philosophy and allows us to maintain and grow our market leadership.”

The computer world is ever-changing and engineers need to do all they can to stay ahead of the curve. Coupling Compilr with the educational literature of’s MOOCs might offer engineers the edge they’ve been after. Ideally, engineers will now be able to quickly, safely and easily learn new code from the beginning, as opposed to playing catch up months or years later. has offered many programming courses in the past, and this new move should compliment their educational library. They also offer courses on technology, business and creative learning. Access is gained via subscriptions at the government, academic, corporate or individual level. For the time being, courses are available in English, French, German and Spanish.


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