Learn to Code in 2012

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to finally learn how to program? If you did, or if you think you should’ve, Code Academy launched a free Javascript learning experience: Code Year.

Code Year is different from learning from a book. Each lesson requires you to write a bit of code, and you can’t move on to the next lesson until your code is correct. Hints are available if you get stuck, and if you get really stuck you can ask questions in the forums. It’s fast paced enough that you feel like you’re actually learning something, but there’s no so much work that you can’t get it done on the side of your full time job.

Each week, you’ll get an email reminding you to go through that week’s lesson. You can also join the , or even better, head to HacDC and work on the lessons at {S,Th}oftware Thursdays.

New Area Meetup Group: Geeks and Depression

Are you a geek? (If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes.) Do you or have your struggled with depression? HacDC member is launching a new meetup group for geeks who are affected by depression for support.

We’re geeks. We do strange and interesting things with technology for fun as well as for profit. We also get depressed to varying degrees from time to time, and sometimes it becomes a lot to bear. In the past year we lost a few of our friends and colleagues to depression, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You’re not alone – none of us are. The purpose of this meetup is to help one another through the rough times and enjoy the good times. If you’re a geek of some kind and have or are prone to depression then we would love to have you. -the group’s description.

The first meeting will be January 18, 2012 in Rockville. Click here for more information and to join the group.

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Microcontroller Mondays are Awesome

James and I stopped by last week to check out the what members were doing at Microcontroller Mondays! We talked to several people working on cool projects. Pictures below you can see someone knitting. You might wonder, as we did, what that has to do with microcontrollers. They are actually working on a piece of installation art where the piece of knit will be controlled by the microcontroller.

Special Guests


As you can see, we love having visitors at the space. Dale Dougherty (pictured on right), the founder and general manager of Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc., and Gareth Branwyn, Editor in Chief: Make Online, stopped by the space on October 18th for a surprise inspection. Both were impressed by what they saw. That is all.