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    I was recently introduced to the concept of Code Year, which challenges people to learn how to program by taking one mini-class a week throughout 2012. The first course goes out today. I'm a bit skeptical, but I've signed up (it's free) to see what kinds of things they're offering. It might prove useful for users who don't know the next step in the learning process or are looking for challenges to test their programming ability.

    Code Year is a part of a larger site called Codeacademy, which apparently offers free programming tutorials and allows you to compare your progress through the exercises to your friends' progress, all through a slick-looking interface.

    I haven't looked into it in that much depth just yet, but it seems like a neat idea. I'm thinking it might be a good "check this out" type response for people who are looking to flex their emerging programming muscles (like Project Euler). So far everything seems to be in javascript, but hopefully they'll branch out to other languages as the site grows in popularity.

    Anyway, I'd be curious to hear if anybody has used this site or is doing Code Year!
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    Default Re: Codeacademy + Code Year

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    I was recently introduced to the concept of Code Year, which challenges people to learn how to program by taking one mini-class a week throughout 2012. The first course goes out today. I'm a bit skeptical, but I've signed up (it's free) to see what kinds of things they're offering. It might prove useful for users who don't know the next step in the learning process or are looking for challenges to test their programming ability.

    Code Year is a part of a larger site called Codeacademy, which apparently offers free programming tutorials and allows you to compare your progress through the exercises to your friends' progress, all through a slick-looking interface.

    I haven't looked into it in that much depth just yet, but it seems like a neat idea. I'm thinking it might be a good "check this out" type response for people who are looking to flex their emerging programming muscles (like Project Euler). So far everything seems to be in javascript, but hopefully they'll branch out to other languages as the site grows in popularity.

    Anyway, I'd be curious to hear if anybody has used this site or is doing Code Year!
    Hmmm.... seems interesting.... Let's wait for the Java release. I am using it too for now.
    Thanks for such an update.... And i guess i missed first lecture.... Can you post here the first lecture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.777 View Post
    Hmmm.... seems interesting.... Let's wait for the Java release. I am using it too for now.
    Thanks for such an update.... And i guess i missed first lecture.... Can you post here the first lecture?
    I'm not sure there will be a Java release. It might be all Javascript. That's okay, since I don't know anything about Javascript and should probably learn it anyway.

    I don't think there are lectures per se. You just dive right into the first lesson by following the directions and using the online command prompt-esque control. Here's a link to the first lesson: http://www.codecademy.com/courses/programming-intro
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    I was recently introduced to the concept of Code Year, which challenges people to learn how to program by taking one mini-class a week throughout 2012. The first course goes out today. I'm a bit skeptical, but I've signed up (it's free) to see what kinds of things they're offering. It might prove useful for users who don't know the next step in the learning process or are looking for challenges to test their programming ability.

    Code Year is a part of a larger site called Codeacademy, which apparently offers free programming tutorials and allows you to compare your progress through the exercises to your friends' progress, all through a slick-looking interface.

    I haven't looked into it in that much depth just yet, but it seems like a neat idea. I'm thinking it might be a good "check this out" type response for people who are looking to flex their emerging programming muscles (like Project Euler). So far everything seems to be in javascript, but hopefully they'll branch out to other languages as the site grows in popularity.

    Anyway, I'd be curious to hear if anybody has used this site or is doing Code Year!
    Thanks for sharing.

    I don't think I've seen this, but I remember the "what is your name" example from somewhere else. I think ruby's site. From the looks of the Labs site Codecademy Labs, python and ruby are next on the list, no Java. :/ Reminds me of Programr | Code It Online (lemme know if you want an invite ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melawe View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    I don't think I've seen this, but I remember the "what is your name" example from somewhere else. I think ruby's site. From the looks of the Labs site Codecademy Labs, python and ruby are next on the list, no Java. :/ Reminds me of Programr | Code It Online (lemme know if you want an invite ).
    Very cool, I think I'll keep up the lessons, if only to get some slight experience with unfamiliar languages under my belt. I'd be curious to compare my results with other people going through with it, since part of that site is for social networking and friendly competition.
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    I just registered to use it and I think I love it so much although I already know some basic Javascript. It is very interactive. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    Very cool, I think I'll keep up the lessons, if only to get some slight experience with unfamiliar languages under my belt. I'd be curious to compare my results with other people going through with it, since part of that site is for social networking and friendly competition.
    Yea, it would have been great fun if it were in Java. I plan on learning JS sometime soon, maybe in the next coming months, when I've learned HTML. You might find this site helpful: http://w3schools.com/. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elisha.java View Post
    I just registered to use it and I think I love it so much although I already know some basic Javascript. It is very interactive. Thanks for sharing.
    Oh yeah, its interactivity, coupled with the meta-gaming aspect (earning points and achievements for finishing lessons) really up the addictive aspect of the site. Some lessons to be learned there, perhaps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melawe View Post
    Yea, it would have been great fun if it were in Java. I plan on learning JS sometime soon, maybe in the next coming months, when I've learned HTML. You might find this site helpful: W3Schools Online Web Tutorials. Good luck.
    Eh, it wouldn't hurt to dive into Javascript in the mean time. And yeah, w3schools is my first stop for my many questions about html and css.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    I'd be curious to compare my results with other people going through with it, since part of that site is for social networking and friendly competition.
    Check Programr then. Its getting better everyday. You can win cash prizes in some competitions.
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    It is a good idea to double check your links before posting them here. Does that [programr.com] really exists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elisha.java View Post
    It is a good idea to double check your links before posting them here. Does that [programr.com] really exists?
    I think it exists, at least it does for me. Try adding a www. before it, which firefox seems to do automatically. It seems like a neat idea, although I haven't had time to really check it out yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elisha.java View Post
    It is a good idea to double check your links before posting them here. Does that [programr.com] really exists?
    Yes it does, try this instead Programr | Code It Online. Or google "programr.com" if it still doesn't work.

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    Thank you. I actually tried it earlier with Firefox but it was not working. Let me try it one more time and I really appreciate your efforts in sharing such important resources with some of us here.

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    Thank you for sharing, I have now joined the site and I love it so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elisha.java View Post
    Thank you for sharing, I have now joined the site and I love it so much.
    Glad you liked it. What is your name there?

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    http://programr.com is the best so far. You sign-up and get a free course - if you are new to Java but you can buy an advanced one with your accumulated points from doing challenges. It is just plain awesome. I have been there almost all day solving problems and learning new stuff.

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    You can find me by searching - if enabled by the site designers : Eenvincible and we could exchange some ideas and codes there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elisha.java View Post
    You can find me by searching - if enabled by the site designers : Eenvincible and we could exchange some ideas and codes there.
    Yes, I found you, but I couldn't find a add friend button. :/

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    Let me try and check in. I will see if they have such a capability on that site.

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