Ok, this is a little bit outside of my normal posts on virtualization, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to put this out there. I was reading an article on my phone about how New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided that he is going to learn how to code in Java script in 2012. Is this a resolution that is going to still be standing by March, my bet is no. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg for at least attempting it anyways. I read further through the article to find out just how he was going to tackle this feat, it’s not just something you wake up and decide you are going to do. It’s not just cutting out a few calories here and there, or laying off the soda, it’s Java script. Come to find out there is a new campaign to help people learn to code in Java script. Code Academy was created by Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims, here’s why they created it:

Codecademy was created out of the frustrations Zach and Ryan felt with learning how to program. Tired with less effective text and video resources, Ryan and Zach teamed up to create Codecademy, a better, more interactive way to learn programming by actually coding. This is just the beginning. Join us as we make it easy for everyone to love and learn how to code.

If you want to learn how to code, or maybe you haven’t learned Java yet, here’s your chance. I’ve taken the plunge and I’ve already completed 51 exercises. It’s really addicting and actually fun to learn in the way they’ve presented the lessons. I encourage you to go and sign up today if you haven’t already. There are so many benefits to learning code which will open windows of opportunity to you that you never imagined you would have. Here’s a great quote from Paul Graham founder of Y Combinator:

If you want to invest two years in something that will help you, you would do better to learn how to hack than get an MBA

I couldn’t have agreed more. Let’s get even smarter in 2012, start learning code today!
Share your experiences with the rest of us, let’s get even smarter in 2012. Read more about Code Academy.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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