So as a user and member of Pluralsight, I received an email this morning announcing Pluralsight had acquired a company called HackHands.

HackHands you say? Truthfully I had never heard of them, but the name intrigued me and wanted to know how this ‘hacking’ company was a good fit for Pluralsight, an online training platform.

Fortunately, Pluralsight prepared a video on their announcement page which perfectly summed it all up for me (as somebody like myself who likes to scroll past walls of text for explanatory pictures and/or videos :p ).

‘similar to Uber, but for programmers’

So in a nutshell, HackHands is described as ‘similar to Uber, but for programmers’ and ‘the fastest way to get live programming help’. A service where anybody around the world can, with a click of a mouse button, you call out for mentor support from a variety of industry professionals around the world to help walk or talk you through a problem you might be having in your code.

Not a bloody bad idea, I say!

So how what would something like this cost a person, and how does Pluralsight fit in?

So generally a session with a mentor costs you $1 per minute of time, but, like all good services, they offer the first 5 minutes at no charge to make sure you’re with the right mentor. So don’t be too afraid to send out the bat signal at the fear it might immediately not be your thing.

Pluralsight believes user’s of their service would find incredible value from this. No longer would you be watching one of their courses, having to try follow a complicated piece of learning with no way to reach out to someone to help you through a difficult concept. Now you would be able to call out to people who have completed the same courses and/or who are generally experienced in the field at hand who can personally help you through it.

A global, on-demand dev buddy network. Smart idea!

So who is HackHands for?

People who would find services like this useful would be – students and bootcampers, entrepreneurs and startups, freelancers and consultants, as well as small-to-medium businesses and enterprises. So pretty much anybody out there in the development space!

Services and tools like this are incredibly valuable and amazing for the huge push around online learning, especially in the code and development space. Learning to code is such a valuable skill to have, and these days you no longer need to spend a fortune a college tuition to gain the skills that are so widely available and accessible on the net for mostly free, or at real student budget costs.

Now you can teach yourself to code and if you ever get stuck on a tricky concept, call on an instant mentor or experienced professional to make sense from all the 1 and 0’s. I know that I feel a little more confident and excited diving into more complicated code, knowing that help is now even easier to reach for than before. :)

If you guys have used HackHands, what are your experiences? Would love to hear!