By: Michael,

Developers are the 21st-century carpenters…or so they say. It’s been argued many times before that the best thing a person can do right now is learn how to code. Coding can be applied to almost any field and industry, any job and any position.

Well, good news. The folks over at Codecademy took it upon themselves to make sure learning how to code is easier than ever. What’s even more cool? Alongside other great API providers, like TwilioSendgrid, and Stripe, we’ve teamed up with Codecademy and designed a new simple way to teach you how to use Dwolla’s API. If you’re just getting started, you might be wondering what an API is. Well, in short: an API is a way for you to interact with our products and services programmatically (read: using code). The possibilities are endless. For example, Dylan Staley used our API to create an app that automatically puts a chunk of money away every-so-often, until you can buy that cool new gadget you’ve been wanting.

In honor of this announcement, we’d like to issue a challenge: build a Dwolla hack that impresses us, and we’ll reward you with some Dwolla bills and feature it in DwollaLabs. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Stand-alone moneygram. Make a birthday card and email it to a friend or relative (just like Evite or Paperless Post) but it includes a Dwolla link redeemable for cash.
  • Somebody build us an IFTTT trigger pleeeease (or Zapier)
  • Scheduled payments on any future date and time.
  • Micropayment plugin to let content owners sell articles for $0.25 or $0.99 each

So lets recap: Learn to code. Learn to use Dwolla’s API. Build a Dwolla hack, move money, make money, be happy. We’re only 2 months into the new year. If you too made a new-years resolution to learn how to code – now would be a great time to start. Checkout our API course on


Dwolla API Course on Codeacademy


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Dwolla, Inc. is an agent of Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank and all funds associated with your account in the Dwolla network are held in pooled accounts at Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank. These funds are not eligible for individual insurance, including FDIC insurance and may not be eligible for share insurance by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. Dwolla, Inc. is the operator of a software platform that communicates user instructions for funds transfers to Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank.