General Assembly

General Assembly Partners With Tumblr to Teach the Cool Kids to Code

The lessons are incredibly self-explanatory — enough handholding for just about anyone to make it through. (Screengrab via Dash)

Remember back in the day, when you had to jerry-rig your Myspace layout with sloppy HTML in order to stand out from the crowd? Kids these days have it so much easier.

As of this morning, General Assembly (GA) is partnering with Tumblr to offer free lessons in how to build Tumblr themes. Tumblr has always offered its mostly-young userbase themes to customize their layouts, but now Tumblr users can to dig into the actual code that drives those layouts. Read More

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Onswipe Announces Its First Hackathon, Encouraging Devs to ‘Hack Their Way to HTML5 Glory’

(Photo: Eventbrite)

Hey you, what are you doing next weekend? Would you like to flex your HTML 5 and Javascript skills with the potential to win some sweet prizes? If the answer is yes, Onswipe has a hackathon for you! If the answer is no, what’s your problem anyway?

On October 19th, Onswipe is holding its first ever 48-hour hackathon at the company’s Union Square-based HQ. The startup assures us, in bolded font, that there will be beer. The theme of the hackathon is HTML5–unsurprising given Onswipe’s own underlying code infrastructure. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Zuck’s Boring Wardrobe Edition

You get what you pay for. (Photo: Killer Hip Hop)

Microsoft invited a rapper named “Machine Gun Kelly” to performer at one of its stores and then got butthurt when he acted like someone named “Machine Gun Kelly.” [BuzzFeed]

Here comes that mini iPad. [Wall Street Journal]

When the TODAY Show asked Zuck if he wears the same thing everyday he responded, “I have one drawer. Like men everywhere. Like men everywhere.” Smoke then began to rise from his neural computer as it neared malfunction. [TODAY]

Here’s what it would be like if Hemingway wrote Javascript. [Svbtle]

Oh good, here’s that Microsoft phone nobody wanted. [WP Central]

Program or be Programmed

More than 14,011* People Resolved to Learn Code This Year with Codecademy

The fun thing about writing this headline is that more than 100 people are currently signing up to learn to code this year with Codecademy’s new email program. So expect that number to grow rapidly. It’s at 14,011 right now, we’ll let you know where its at when we end this post.

Codecademy is a service that hopes to teach users to program over the web. They graduated from Y Combinator and raised $2.5 million from an impressive group of investors.

Today they introduced a new feature pegged to New Years. It’s called Code Year, and it’s a year long cycle of lessons that arrive in a weekly email. Read More

Laptop Rappers

Nodejitsu Investor “Will Money” Raps on New Nerdy Javascript Track

Mr. Squires.

Marak Squires of Nodejitsu, the node.js hosting platform based in New York and San Francisco, likes Javascript. A lot. And he likes to rap about it. The latest, “The Stack Trace Boyz present a parody of David Guetta ft. Akon – Sexy Chick,” features one of the startup’s investors as “Will Money.”

“That’s our support team and investor,” Mr. Squires told Betabeat. “Our team is so agile I was able to pivot our support team into a Javascript boy band in six hours last Friday. But that wasnt working out, so we pivoted back to node.js hosting.”

Check it: Read More

Nerd Alert

This Is a Rap About Javascript

Marak Squires

“I started a project to learn javascript and node.js through rap,” Nodejitsu co-founder and New York expat Marak Squires told Betabeat over Gchat. Mr. Squires has a well-established tradition of rapping about Javascript. Nodejitsu is a hosting platform for apps that use node.js, which allows for server-side use of Javascript, normally a browser-side language. Read More