Last fall I raved about Codecademy, a startup offering super-simple—and brilliantly designed—interactive programming lessons. It was the first time I’d seen a "teach yourself programming" tool that actually looked engaging enough to use myself. Since then Codecademy has landed $2.5 million in venture capital and become the hot startup du jour. Not bad for a site whose main feature is a text box with a command line interface.
But Codecademy isn’t resting on its laurels. It has unveiled a new iteration of its service called "Code Year 2012." Like the standalone site that preceded it, Code Year is no loud, flashy breakthrough in interaction design. In fact, it’s basically just the same content as before, hooked up to a mass-emailer that sends out links to new lessons once a week, every week, for a year.
If the idea that Bloomberg can code and you can’t fills you with shame, head over to Code Year and remedy the situation. You’ll be passing the vaunted Fizz Buzz test in no time.