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Learn to program: Make a free weekly coding lesson your New Year???s resolution. – Slate Magazine



If you???re looking for a New Year???s resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach neophytes the basics of programming over the course of 2012. Code Year was put together by Codecademy,* a startup that designs clever, interactive online tutorials. Codecademy???s founders, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, argue that everyone should know how to program???that learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write. I concur. So if you don???t know how to program, why not get started this week? Come on, it???ll be fun!

Code Year???s minimum commitment is one new lesson every week. The company says that it will take a person of average technical skill about five hours to complete a lesson, so you???re looking at about an hour of training every weekday. That???s not so bad, considering that the lessons are free, and the reward could be huge: If you???re looking to make yourself more employable (or more immune from getting sacked), if you???d like to become more creative at work and in the rest of your life, and if you can???t resist a good intellectual challenge, there are few endeavors that will pay off as handsomely as learning to code.”

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