Learn JavaScript with Code Year

Learn JavaScript with Code Year web usage

Code Year achievements

I recently fired off an email to my staff announcing some CSS (very simple stuff — a drop cap, a few types of subheads, a shiny new pullquote) I wrote to create a few new styles for our website. In doing so, I wrote a brief explanation of CSS.

I love doing that stuff and I think that to be an interesting journalist right now you have to be a little curious about code of all kinds. That’s why I’ve been really excited about Code Year, which is a year’s worth of free code tutorials from Codecademy. They’ve started it off with JavaScript, which I’d taken a crack at learning a little while ago. The Codecademy approach is really fun and I highly recommend it.

It is free, after all, and it’ll tickle the Foursquare part of your brain, if you need additional motivation.

Got other favorite methods of learning such things? I’m also a fan of w3schools.com — though that’s got substantially less hand-holding and is better for folks who are great at motivating themselves. That was my original resource for JavaScript (along with Eloquent JavaScriptLearn JavaScript with Code Year web usage , which sort of reads like JavaScript for English majors and is available on your Kindle) and continues to be a nice resource for CSS and plenty of other things.