Lrn

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Johannes Berger — Founder, Hello Code
Hey there makers! Love the concept! Really do! But wait! I think I have seen this somewhere. Yeah this looks like my app Swifty (swifty-app.com). The main menu, the chapter menus, even the code view and the output view looks exactly like my app. Even some of the text looks like my text. I wonder how much creativity went into your app.
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@triplejberger We're big fans of Swifty and it was definitely one of the many inspirations we found when putting together a mobile solution. Don't think any of the content would be similar to you guys though! This is just a V1 for us, excited to see where you guys and ourselves go in the future! Happy to chat sometime as well.
Johannes Berger — Founder, Hello Code
@earemu @triplejberger "it was definitely one of the many inspirations" - looks like it. Don’t get me wrong here. I really want more people to learn how to code. What bugs me is that everything looks exactly the same. Everything.
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@triplejberger You are entitled to your opinion of course, but we are huge fans of apps like Codecademy: Code Hour, Swifty, Duolingo & Code School and they all contributed to the product design! I don't see any content overlap between us, we are both doing unique, interesting ideas. We will always hold Swifty in the highest regards :)
Ben Wheeler — Developer, independent
@triplejberger This is an interesting question that the indy video game community has had to address and continues to address. Whether or not this particular example crosses a line of similarity, it would be helpful for @producthunt to comment on whether they feel there is a line beyond which they would not be comfortable promoting an app. Has this been an issue for video game hunt?
Mary Green — online marketing strategist
@nathantbernard @triplejberger It's interesting to think there is no content overlap if the coding and design is quite similar. Coding is content (in my mind) and design definitely is content- see logo trademarks. I guess what I'm saying is it's better to tred the line of inspiration/copy by avoiding it.
@triplejberger Though I see the similarities in term of UI and such, its main function is different. This app targets JS developers while yours targets SWIFT. I already downloaded your app because I love SWIFT. Unless of course you hold a patent on the UI design or think this apps developer somehow got a hold of your source code.

Speaking of your app Swifty, did you think of making an ad based model. Learning is one of the few things you need to be sit down for a few hours to do it all the while ads would be running. Only a hand full of categories can make you do that. I use an ad based approach for my app Chronic Timer because again its an app you put down in front of you while working out or such and therefore have a continuous flow of ads.
Simone Brunozzi — VP, Chief Technologist
@nathantbernard @triplejberger I can't believe this answer. Are you serious?
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
Thanks for posting @ericfriedman. We are really excited to launch Lrn on Product Hunt today!

Lrn is a mobile app that teaches you to code through interactive mini-quizzes. You only need internet to download then you can use the app without a connection (even on the NYC subway!). We want to make the most immersive mobile coding experience possible.

Over the last year I have spent many hours teaching myself everything I can about programming. That journey, as well as the NYC subway :), has inspired myself, @jain_chirag04 and @_hoodsy to build this product and company. You can read more about the story via our blog post on Medium here (http://bit.ly/1JNJRS1).

We'd love to hear your guys feedback on our product!
Andrea Hernández — Founder, Merienda
@nathantbernard This is amazing! I will definitely be using this and spreading the word. Thanks for coming up with such an awesome concept!
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@think_andreah @nathantbernard Thanks so much for checking it out! We really appreciate it. Much more to come.
Aditya Shirole — Student
@nathantbernard The app looks great. Waiting for the android version.
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@aditya_shirole @nathantbernard Thanks :) you can sign up for our mailing list that will provide updates on Android at lrnapp.com
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Eric Friedman — GM at Expa
I have been advising Nathan and team from my own interest in learning to code, and spending so much time commuting in the subway without connectivity. They have built something great for business people like me, who want to learn on the go via mobile app. I am a very visual learner and learn by example, and Lrn is a great combination of the two, which I wanted to share with the PH community.

What are some great ways to learn coding fundamentals via mobile?
Blake Samic — Head of Product Ops at Uber
@ericfriedman can't wait to try it!
Colin Whooten — Product Guy
I'm with @triplejberger, this is shockingly similar to http://www.producthunt.com/tech/... except it's a different language. Curious if Product Hunt has a clear position on how to handle situations like this?
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@cwhooten You can see what we said about this topic yesterday with @triplejberger. As we said, there were many inspirations for the app, one of them being Swifty, a product we deeply respect. We don't agree that these apps are similar, we'd say keep watching both our products iterate and progress :)
Karsten Gresch — hacker::lawyer::father::founder
@cwhooten @nathantbernard @triplejberger So far the only differences I can see are a) different programming language b) slightly different design (font, colors). But all the details (entering values through bubbles, displaying results, chapter organization => the entire UX) are 1:1 Swifty. I wonder which >>details<< come from DuoLingo, Code Hour et al???

As I cannot see how Codeacadamy, Codeschool, Duolingo influenced Lrn so far (no gamification or platform element), in my opinion it would be at least more than fair giving full credit to Swifty at least in the Medium article and, more importantly, in the app itself.

That said, we all know that the product value not lies in the idea, but in the execution. If Lrn manages establishing a mobile gamified platform for learning to program, that'd be completely different to Swifty focussing on a single language.
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@ericfriedman Thanks for posting. One big reason we went with mobile is the ease of getting into a daily routine. Learning to code (or anything that matter) is reliant on daily repetition and we wanted to make that easier for people.
jari — Frontend @ Oberon.nl
Really like this idea of the mobile aspect of this, makes the entry barrier much lower.
I can see my non-programmer friends picking this up while bored during their commutes, and hopefully, sparking their interest.
I'm afraid I'm gonna have ask the inevitable question: Is there something similar for Android?
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@jarizwarts Glad you like the product! We definitely built it with beginners in mind. The commuter use-case is something we are focused on for early adopters, we were partially inspired by the NYC subway :). Android version is coming very soon!
This is a neat idea :) Gonna have some non-coder friends try it out!
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@gragtah Glad you liked it. Thanks for checking it out. Hope to hear some feedback from you and your friends. we definitely wanted it to be easy for beginners.
Love the hands on approach hope It will be the thing I need to be the coding master I dream of becoming.
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@kevinjonas Thanks for reviewing the app! Keep using it and you'll be a coding guru in no time. Definitely let us know how we can make the experience better for you as well.
Sumeet Shah — Senior Associate, Brand Foundry Ventures
@nathantbernard @kevinjonas You know you've made it when Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers gives you kudos, bud :-)

(Also, Kevin, @mitchellcandrew says hello!)
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@pe_feeds @kevinjonas The goal was get a jonas brother to start coding, so I guess we have succeeded! ;)
Jean Meyer — CEO Once Dating, AG
I'd love to have this for GoLang. Are you working on other languages?
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@oncejean Golang is definitely on our list. We will be working on multiple language once we have a solid product for one language(Javascript).
Zoli — CoFounder @waivecar
Cool app guys! What languages are currently available in the app?
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@zolihonig Thanks for checking it out. Right now it's javascript but in future we look to expand on more languages.
Rutger Teunissen — CEO, 24sessions
Hopefully this will help all of us non-coders and learn the basics with the app. Great idea! Also, are you guys planning to release an android app?
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@rutgerteunissen Getting the basics right is definitely the focus of the app. Glad you liked the idea. We are currently working on the android version. Will keep you posted as soon as we launch on android.
Dorian Dargan — Product Manager, YouNow
This idea reminds me of Duolingo - making learning of "languages" fun. Very lightweight and well-designed.
Not too hard, but hard enough to make you think!
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@doriandargan Thanks for the kind words! We definitely aspire to the level of quality Duolingo has achieved and will keep building towards that. Can't wait to keep you updated.
Goran Jakovljevic — Developer
super awesome product. My gf is in process of learning javascript and this came in just right time especially as she also has long ride to her work. Looking forward to more lessons and more languages. I am advertising you everywhere :)
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@frenkix So happy to see somebody using it while commuting. More lessons and languages coming soon. Thanks for spreading the word. you rule :)
Glen One N — CEO of HappiJar, Runner & Designer.
Ahhhh! Looks ace! Downloaded, and will try it out. Looking good so far :)
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@cute_life Looking forward to hear your feedback. happy learning. :)
Gabriel Reynard — Business Lover ✌
Subscribed to receive the Android version, looks like a cool product.
Misbah Ashraf — Product Growth @exacly_me
Lovely idea. i'd love to see the scale ahead @nathantbernard
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@misbahspeaks Thanks man! We have a lot in the pipeline for the app. Excited to keep you updated
Menj Villalobos — designer
More more updates on JavaScript please :)
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@himenjil We will be releasing new content and features very soon, we're so glad that you like it <3
Matt Wei — Student, entrepreneur, & developer
This looks really cool but this market has many competitors? What makes you stand out?

Also, I looked Lrn up on Google and it seems like you are getting some good press, how did you go about doing that? Good luck to you guys!
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@itsmawr There are a lot of great options to learn to code on the desktop. We want to focus on mobile. We have a lot of features in the pipeline that will make the experience even more immersive. Excited to keep you in the loop :) As for the press, I guess its because the only other thing anyone is covering is donald trump :P
RocketClub — founder, RocketClub
This is awesome @nathanbernard! I think JS is a great choice, the key now is to figure out how to make sure you retain people people who signed up with intent to learn

EDIT: whats your email btw? would love to get in touch
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@rocketclubco Thanks man, glad you like it! We definitely have some solid features on the roadmap to make the experience more engaging and increase the longevity of a users lifespan. My email is nathan@lrnapp.com if you want to catch up sometime more in depth.
Kori Handy — Design Founder @designfirstapps
I like what you're doing, I really do, but I have never been a fan of trying to code on my phone. I tried Codecadamy iPhone app and I was too busy retyping words I fat fingered than actually learning. The other reason was super small screen, this would be a great iPad app. Good Luck :)
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@koridhandy We actually tried to eliminate typing from the app (for the most part). If you end up checking it out let me know if it's a better experience for you!
Cinzia Pinamonti — Marketing Director, Peeptrade
Maybe I could even lrn to code on the bus! Cool idea guys!
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NB — CEO @ Lrn
@cinziapinamonti Thats the plan! Commuters are a great target audience for us and the app was actually inspired partially by the NYC subway :)
Can't wait till it's also out for Android! Any idea on the date yet? :-D
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chirag — Cofounder, Lrn
@dominicquentin We are working on android. Don't have a set date yet. You can subscribe on lrnapp.com to get updates. :)
Alex Plat — Founder Maraquia.com
@jain_chirag04 any news on android version release? Can't wait to start using it.
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