Code Year: Is This The Year You Learn To Code?

Is 2012 the year you take on learning to code?

I hung up my coding shoes in 2006, but that hasn’t stopped me from hacking on a project here and there over the last few years. But over time, my skills for specific programming languages have become outdated with the slew of new technologies available.

With that said, I know many startup founders over the last year have taken to coding to launch their startup.  New York-based entrepreneur Nate Westheimer helped develop oHours, and San Francisco-based entrepreneur Nick O’Neill learned how to build iPhone apps to develop the latest Holler application.

This year, rather than going the conventional self-taught route, you can turn to Code Year by the Codecademy to learn how to code. Code Year will send a new interactive programming lesson to you each week.

Founded in New York by Zach Sims (a former AOL Ventures summer associate) and backed with $2.5 million in funding from investors, which include Union Square Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder Collective, CrunchFund, Joshua Schachter, Dave Morin, and Naval Ravikant among others, Codecademy has made a huge splash in the first few days of 2012.

Tied to a special New Year’s resolution promotion called Code Year, Codecademy has already signed up more than 104,o00 subscribers in just 48 hours – all looking to learn to code this year as part of their New Year’s resolution. If you have the time and have been on the fence about learning to program, this might be a good time to start (you won’t be alone).  Not to mention that chances are you won’t be judged….How many people actually follow through on their New Year’s resolutions anyway?  :)

Happy coding.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.
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