How Code.org Relies on New Relic to Reach Millions of Students [Video]

code.org logoNew Relic has been a proud supporter of Code.org since its inception in 2013. Co-founder and CEO Hadi Partovi was a keynote speaker at FutureStack14, our tech and user conference in San Francisco last year, and we highlighted the group’s Computer Science Education Week in December, noting their amazing work and how New Relic employees got involved to support the cause.

But like any good relationship, the association between New Relic and Code.org is a two-way street, and it’s important to understand how Partovi’s organization relies on New Relic to help tens of millions of schoolkids get an introduction to computer science. “We wanted to be very, very sure that nothing would go wrong during the Hour of Code, and that’s why we chose New Relic.”

Maximizing Code.org’s impact on students

hadi partovi headshotThe challenge was significant. To date, more than 97 million people have tried the Hour of Code, and at times, “We had as many as 500,000 students every hour coming to our website to learn how to code,” says Partovi. “New Relic helped us handle that load without a single hitch.”

New Relic monitors each transaction that passes through the Code.org website and the insight provided into its users’ experiences helps Code.org to

  • Enable the engineering team to rapidly optimize its website and platform to support intensive usage during Hour of Code events
  • Free up engineering resources, allowing the team to focus on product development—delivering an incredible product to introduce students all over the world to the fun of coding
  • Scale its environment to handle as many interested students as possible

Code.org relies on New Relic APM, New Relic Browser, New Relic Platform plugins, and New Relic Servers to monitor its website, the Web-based tutorials on the site, and backend processes related to the website architecture. As Partovi notes, “I can’t count all the problems we solved thanks to New Relic.”

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