We just unlocked a new Free Preview of our Intro to Programming Nanodegree program! Is 2018 the year YOU learn to code? Say yes, and explore your new life and career, today!

New Year New Skills - Udacity

1. “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
—Bill Gates, Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Founder, Microsoft

2. “I learned the fundamentals for programming, which is just what I needed as a first step for my career change!”
—Takayoshi Y., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

3. “I quickly came to understand that code is a superpower every young woman should be able to access. Understanding that code is the underlying (and invisible) framework of tech means that we do not have to be passive bystanders in our ever-changing digital world.”
—Karlie Kloss, Founder, Kode with Klossy Scholarship

4. “I could not have gotten this far without the support and encouragement of this course and the community that made this course happen for me! Thank you!”
—Krystal M., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

5. “Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post

6. “I came in with near zero programming knowledge and halfway in, I’m quite confident of what I can achieve.”
—Kelechi I., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

7. “We salute the coders, designers, and programmers already hard at work at their desks, and we encourage every student who can’t decide whether to take that computer science class to give it a try.”
—Michael Bloomberg. Former Mayor, New York City

8. “When you throw yourself out there great things happen. Just take this course blindly and dive into the world of programming starting from scratch.”
—Prajwal A., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

9. “Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities.”
—Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

10. “I have been working in tech for 10 years now, and always had a feeling that I am missing the foundation of software development & computer science. If you know that feeling, this is the perfect course for you! You are not a full-stack software developer after the course, but you have built the foundation to become one, or continue on a management path in tech, but with a huge confidence & knowledge boost.”
—Sebastian M., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

11. “Coding is the language of the future, and every girl should learn it. As I’ve learned from watching girls grow and learn in our classrooms, coding is fun, collaborative and creative.”
—Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code

12. “I started off this Nanodegree program with no prior formal knowledge in programming. By the end of the course, I have a clearer understanding of what programming is about and the almost limitless things one can do with programming. I am also confident to say now that learning a set of new skills (in middle age) is something absolutely do-able.”
—Shanfu L., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

13. “Computer programming is quickly becoming an essential career skill. Learning to code is a fantastic opportunity equalizer—if you’re good at it, it can help you achieve your dreams.”
—Cory Booker, U.S. Senator, New Jersey

14. “This has been the best, most structured approach to teaching people how to program in my life. I’d tried multiple alternatives before, and a lot of them left me not wanting to learn, largely because they were all about syntax, and gave little to no direction or purpose to becoming a programmer. This has been wonderful, and I recommend it to everyone.”
—Alexander C., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

15. “To be prepared for the demands of the 21st century—and to take advantage of its opportunities—it is essential that more of our students today learn basic computer programming skills, no matter what field of work they want to pursue.”
—Todd Park, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer

16. “I learned a lot and finally confronted my fear of programming. Now I feel much more confident.”
—Elias C., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

17. “Learning to code is learning to create and innovate.”
—Enda Kenny, Taoiseach, Ireland

18. “Thanks, Udacity. Fantastic program that brought a lot of light into my life.”
—Josh L., Lifelong Learner, Intro to Programming Student, Udacity

19. “Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.”
—Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author

Learn to Code in 2018!

As is  hopefully evident from all the wonderful quotes above, learning to code is an indispensable skill in our modern world. But if somehow you remain immune to the power of the words you’ve just read, there’s always this:

20. “Support tha American dream n make coding available to EVERYONE!!”
—Snoop Dogg, Rapper, Actor

Making coding available to everyone is exactly what our Intro to Programming Nanodegree program is all about. Explore the Free Preview today, and make 2018 the year you learn to code!