It never hurts to increase your skill set, especially in this economy. And when you can do that for free, so much the better. And when you can learn something for free that is in demand all over Wall Street, well that's just the icing on the cake. So I wanted to let you know about a new course that
Codeschool is offering called Try R as an introduction to the R programming language.
For those who don't know, R is quickly gaining steam among the quant trading set on Wall Street and was recently listed among top skills on Wall Street's wish list . The way it's been explained to me is that R isn't really Excel on steroids, it's more like Excel got exposed to a near-lethal dose of gamma radiation and morphed into the Hulk. So if you have a head for coding, it's definitely something you'll want to check out.
One of the cool things about Codeschool (and several other training sites, to be fair) is their in-browser programming environment. So you don't need to download anything and clog up your hard drive with DE's and a bunch of other junk. In fact, you do all your programming right there on your screen within the course. Now that I think about it, Khan Academy offers the same set-up in their new Computer Programming track.