'Code Year' Promises to Teach You Computer Programming in 2012

The website's founders promise that you can start building your own game within a month.

Is it possible to learn the basics of computer programming in one year? That's the hope of the more than 281,000 (and counting) people who have signed up to participate in Code Year, a New Year's resolution challenge that promises to teach users enough code to build their own apps and websites by the end of 2012.

The effort is a project of Codecademy, a New York City-based startup launched last August by two young tech gurus, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski. With demand for STEM professionals outpacing supply, the duo believe basic programming skills are as essential to 21st-century life as being literate. But in a world where tech-savvy people are deemed nerds, it's not easy to convince the average person they can learn programming.

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