Hurricane Electric Announces Interactive On-line Programming Tools provides free introductory courses in web-related programming languages

Fremont, California - November 14, 2011 - Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, today announced that it has opened its interactive programming site to the public after a year of internal use. Users can login to the free site using Google, Facebook or Hurricane Electric account credentials. The site offers tutorials on Perl, PHP, Ruby, Python, SQLite, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and XML – languages used frequently by web developers and designers.

Each language’s tutorial is divided into a number of exercises. Each exercise provides an introductory explanation and provides an exercise to the user. Users submit a response to each exercise, and the site grades the response. The site displays an overall tutorial progress bar and indicates which tutorials have not yet been completed by the user.

The HTML tutorial, for example, provides eleven exercises, covering different tag types like paragraph, header, anchor, image, line break, horizontal line and text formatting.

“Within just a few days of opening the service to the public, hundreds of people have already signed up,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “The layout is clean and inviting, and the content is perfect for beginner and intermediate skill levels. We want to introduce more people to programming so that they can discover for themselves it is fun.  People that already know a few script languages will find it a nice review.”

From the tutorial site, users can also access other services and utilities, like Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 certification, BGP toolkit and IPv4/IPv6 looking glass. For additional information on the new site and to sign up, please visit

About Hurricane Electric
Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric has 45 major exchange points with connectivity to more than 1,800 different networks.  Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California - including Fremont2, its newest 200,000 square-foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds exceeding 10 Gbps. 

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