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CodeAcademy is a website where you can learn to code JavaScript for free, in your own home environment, and be social about it. It was made by a couple of guys, Zach and Ryan, who were frustrated with the less effective ways of teaching how to develop codes.

First off, what is JavaScript? It's a scripting language usually implemented in websites to make the site experience more user friendly and enhanced. It's also used in desktop widgets, PDF's, etc. It popped up around '95 with Netscape and was influenced by the Java programming language. To this day, JavaScript is still one of the most popular programming languages on the web.

On Codeacademy, your lessons are personalized. You can use your own words for the lessons and chapters, and whenever you get past certain points, you earn badges! Being an avid FourSquarer, Steamer, GetGlue'er and such, I find this a wonderful concept that really sucks people in. The lessons aren't written in geek-speak, so anyone can do it. Seriously, what classroom setting is going to say "it's time to become a coding ninja!"?

When I was in college I took one coding class, Intro to Java. That's it. I have no coding ability whatsoever, but after taking a few lessons at Codeacademy, I know how to write a few simple Java Scripts. So if you are new to coding, this would be a great place to start. It'll get your foot in the door so you can have a head start in more advanced material.

So, I'm impressed! Being a beginning coder, I'm not expecting to walk away from this site with the knowledge of a genius but after a few hours, I'll understand JavaScript a whole heck of a lot better.