I'd Like To Thank The Hackademy
This testimony via tweet was just one of hundreds of thousands of people who made their 2012 New Year's Resolution to learn how to write code. This one person, however, just so happens to be be NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and his pledge helped to inspire many others to do the same.
Codecademy even captured the imagination of the highest office in the U.S. who announced a condensed version of Code Year called Code Summer+. As an extension of Summer Jobs+, Code Summer+ will offer volunteer organized meetup groups all over the country, who will meet face-to-face and discuss the programming lessons.
People often approach me on and off of campus and ask "Where should I start?" Codecademy is one of the places I usually point folks to, but it is by no means the only place to learn. One of the best resources available online for learning about web programming is by far and away W3Schools.com. Their interactive Try-it-yourself editor is a fantastic way to start coding immediately, and to even experiment with other pieces of code you find elsewhere on the internet.
Take note #why_college'ers, the folks taking the pledge did not mention anything about going to school to learn how to program in 2012...