I’ve had many folks ask me how to get started coding over the years. There are so many resources available that it is sometimes difficult to point them in a single direction. Newcomers can easily be frustrated by having too many choices or by the girth of many programming books.
A great resource for anyone who is interested in programming, but needs help, is here. If you know someone intimidated by programming, or anyone who just wants to learn how to program on their own, there are unlimited resources on the Internet. The Code Academy is a shining example. It has interactive lessons with instant feedback, tips, help, and progress tracking. They will even award you with achievement badges. After you join the site, you’ll get a welcome email letting you know a lesson a week is going to be on your agenda.
You can skip the schedule and jump right in. Well, what are you waiting for? Get coding!