Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Learn to code in "Codecademy"

Codecademy - usually pronounced as "Code Academy" is an education start-up to learn programming.

For a long time, I wanted to learn programming / coding but most of the time(s) I fail in the setup or not able to understand/grasp what that program is intended to do. :)

Codecademy is really a different way to approach programming. You do not have to get in to the hassle of setups. They have the simulator in their website, where you will code for each and every lesson/exercises. Every course is progressed with multiple small and simple examples and exercises. Don't be scared when I say exercises. They have the hint's right there to help you. I love it learning by doing, because it sticks with me more that just reading.

The exercises or courses are not designed with basic training in mind (for people like me. :)) People with any age can learn and grasp it easily. And if you are intermediate/advanced programmer, they have Codecademy Labs

They have courses in web fundamentals (html + css), javascript, ruby, python and jquery. All courses are free. They have a lot more than courses, a very big community presence, where you can:
  • ask help for the exercises you stuck on
  • discussion forum on any of the course related topics
  • individual interest groups which you can join and participate
  • and so much more
I like their formula for constant self-motivation by showing:
  1. exercise points (day & total),
  2. streak (for continuous days you learn coding)
  3. badges (for different activities being completed)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Add any website as Default Search Engine in Chrome

It is easy to add any website as you default search engine in Chrome. We can do this in two ways.

1) Open a new tab / new window in Chrome and right click on the address bar. Select -> Edit Search Engines


2) Open Chrome's settings window and click on Manage Search Engines

This window will show your default search engines and a lot other available search engines.
Scroll all the way to the down and add any of your favorite website and Click OK.

Open Manage search engines window and hover over your website and Click Make Default.
Now any keywords you search in Chrome's address bar will be searched on your website.