We're a few months into 2016 now - anyone have "Learn to Code" as a New Year's resolution? If you're one of these people and have been meaning to learn to code but you're not sure where to start, no need to fret, we wrote this guide for you.
To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together a list of 10 free tools to help you learn to code, whether you want to become a web developer, build a game or app, looking to advance your technical skills for your resume, and become a better web designer. Let’s get started!
Khan Academy may be best known for their interactive videos with a burst of personality to help you learn to program. As you begin creating your own projects, you can always post in their project feedback forum for help from fellow students. Also, be sure to take advantage of their “hour of code” to learn core programming concepts in just one hour.
Although Code.org is geared toward children, adult programmers can also benefit from its visual learning method as well. Learn to code by dragging and dropping commands into a work area. You can see the effect of each new command in real time as you program.
Once you have started to write some codes, you may want a place to store it or have a hassle-free way to share your code with someone else. Bitbucket gives you cloud storage — dedicated to code — that allows you to share your code with your mentors and friends. With a strong emphasis on collaboration, it is an excellent tool that can help novice coders learn how to improve their programming skills.
If you’re thinking of programming professionally, Udacity offers a series of “nanodegree” programs put together by industry leaders like Facebook and Google. While these programs are often premium, paid services, Udacity also offers a series of free courses ranging from Android Development for Beginners to App Marketing.
With its Monty Python-style animations, TryPython can guide you through concepts ranging from the mechanics of Python Math to the creation of basic games like “Rock-Paper-Python.”
eDX offers users hundreds of free courses from the world’s leading universities. Try Harvard University’s CS50: Introduction to Computer Science or CS For All: Introduction to Computer Science and Python Programming from Harvey Mudd College.
Trello can help beginning as well as advanced programmers stay organized and visualize their tasks, especially when they are working on group projects. Users can create virtual whiteboards for cards and checklists. Trello also provides users with tools such as due date clocks, labels, attachments and group management features. Using any combination of these tools can help you jump-start your coding career in fun and efficient ways.
That’s about it for the 10 free tools that will help you get started with learning to code. Wish you the best of luck in your coding endeavors.
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