New Year's Resolution to Learn to Code? There's a Site for That

@paminottawa tweeted last week:
Been wanting to learn to code. Had a friend post link to www.codeyear.com which sends you one lesson a week, free. #totallyDoingThis #cool


I thought: that sounds like a great resolution! So naturally, I checked out the website and promptly signed up. And based on the tweets I've been seeing over the past few days, it looks like a number of other tweeps did so too.

In fact the website shows that (as of January 9th) over 280,000 people have signed up.

If you haven't heard of Code Year, according to the website they'll send you:
a new interactive programming lesson sent to you each week and you'll be building apps and web sites before you know it.
The first lesson arrived earlier this week and it's an introduction to programming, including JavaScript. They've also a sample project that you can test your skills on.

I love this program for 2 reasons:
  • it makes coding accessible. You might not be developing complex apps at the end (who knows, maybe you will) but at least it will explain the basics and give you a better understanding of what's involved in developing those tools you take for granted use on a daily basis -- on your computer, your phone, your tv, etc.
  • I'm tempted to put the Dude in front of these to see if he gets the bug (ha! Pun not intended). The lessons seem so simple (at least for now) that he could probably understand them. I think it might be an experiment next time he asks to play on the computer.
And you? What do you think? Are you up for a challenge? Gonna get your geek on? Sign up at CodeYear.com.