It’s the 10th of January and I would wager that most of you reading this have set yourself some New Year resolutions. I would also wager that the majority of you have already broken one or two or them. I know I have.
However, one resolution that I intend to keep is to learn to code in 2012. It may seem a daunting challenge but I won’t be doing it alone. The folks over at Code Academy are offering a free(Free!) weekly course. I urge each and every one of you to give it a go. Whether you have had past experience and want to brush up your skills or you are curious about how people make websites do what they do then sign up here.
Make your New Year’s resolution learning to code.
Sign up on Code Year to get a new interactive programming lesson sent to you each week and you’ll be building apps and web sites before you know it.
Last year a report was published by Ian Livingstone (Life President of Eidos, co-founder of Games Workshop) and Alex Hope (Managing Director and Co-founder of Double Negative Ltd, the UK’s largest film-only VFX company) which they hoped would set the path that the UK needs to take in order to become the world’s leading talent hub for video games and visual effects.
One of the conclusions of the report is about the school curriculum that:
.. focuses in ICT on office skills rather than the more rigorous computer science and programming skills which high-tech industries like video games and visual effects need
Speaking to BBC News, author Alex Hope stated that:
“coding should be the new Latin”
The lack of coding skills is not just in the UK with Codecademy (the people behind code year) being launched due to the “frustrations” that it’s founders had with learning how to programme.