Learn to Code: Top 10 Free Resources

As the tech Industry continues to grow, more people have developed an interest in web design and web development. If you're interested in learning how to code, it makes sense to start by utilizing all the free resources available online. This way, you'll discover whether or not coding is for you before making a financial commitment. 

With so many resources on the internet, it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. To help you get started, we've compiled a list of the Top 10 Free Resources for web design and development.  

1. Codecademy

This is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages (including Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, SQL, and more).

2. Free Code Camp

This is a non-profit organization that consists of an interactive learning platform. freeCodeCamp also has an online forum, chat rooms, and a Medium publication for its users to communicate. 

3. edX

This online course provider host university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines (including Intro to Java Programming: Writing Good Code, JavaScript Introduction, and many more).

4. Codewars

Looking for resources to brush-up on your code challenge skills? Codewars might be the perfect site for you. This site is dictated by its users! Individuals can submit and solve code challenges in various languages. All code challenges are open source so participants can improve their skills and contribute to their GitHub. 

5. Coursera

 Coursera is a for-profit educational technology company that's partnered with several universities to make some of their content available online. They offer a few free courses in engineering, computer science, and other subjects. 

6. Udemy

Udemy is an online learning platform. Students can master new skills and achieve their goals by learning from a library of over 55,000 courses taught by instructors all over the world. 

7. Udacity

This is a for-profit educational organization. However, they offer a few free online courses to help students learn the skills they need to land the career they've always dreamed of. 

8. Khan Academy

This nonprofit organization provides online tools to help educate students. They offer short lectures (YouTube videos) and adult learning courses to anyone, anywhere, for free. Khan Academy offers computing courses such as Intro to HTML/CSS: Making web pages, Intro to SQL: Querying and managing data, Advanced JavaScript: Games & Visualizations, and more.

9. MIT OpenCourseWare

Created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this site functions as a hub for educational materials for undergraduate- and graduate-level online courses. MIT OpenCourseWare offers materials for over 2,400 courses and even offers translated courses in Traditional Chinese, Persian, and Spanish, just to name a few. 

10. The Odin Project

The Odin Project offers several free courses (Web Development 101, Ruby Programming, JavaScript & JQuery etc.) for students who prefer to learn at their own pace. The Odin Project follows a different curriculum for each course. The curriculum includes coursework and projects to help students build their portfolio on Github. 

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If you're looking for a quick resource to look up syntax, W3Schools is one of our favorite sites.

If you prefer videos, YouTube is another great learning tool. We recommend you check out LearnCode.academythenewboston, and of course, the DigitalCrafts channel. And finally, while they're not free, if you prefer books, we strongly recommend A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript & Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Set to get you started. Student favorites for sure!

 

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Zakia Whiteside

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