4 Free Online Resources for Learning to Code
Want to learn some basic HTML to keep your company’s website updated? Need to acquire some advanced skills, such as writing APIs, so you can develop web and mobile apps? In either case, knowing how to code can be a valuable skill for any entrepreneur.
Fortunately, you don’t need to pay hefty college tuition fees to learn to code. Many free resources exist that enable you to learn web development and programming skills online
on your own time. Here are a few of the most popular options.
Codecademy offers free courses in website development and programming for students of all levels, from the absolute novice to the trained professional. Whether you want to learn the basics of HTML and CSS to help you build your first website or you’re eager to unravel the mysteries of Ruby on Rails, this site has something for you.
This web-based interactive game makes learning to code in HTML fun. In order to successfully complete the game, you must complete a series of progressively difficult coding challenges. You’re also competing against opponents in real-time, so you’ll need to be fast (and accurate) to beat them.
Although the game approach may not be the best strategy for getting a comprehensive overview of each concept, it can help you gain a quick grasp of coding and feel more comfortable with the process. The game is free, and you'll have to log in with a Facebook account to use it.
If you’re a visual learner, this site can help you get a better grip on the concepts involved in coding. TheCodePlayer offers a series of video tutorials that demonstrate how to build websites and apps using specific coding languages, such as building a vertical accordion menu using jQuery and CSS3 or using CSS3 to create a stopwatch.
After viewing the videos, you can examine the code itself to get a firsthand look at how everything came together. All of the video tutorials on the site are user-submitted; once you’ve successfully completed a coding project, you can share the results in your own case study.
Kathryn Hawkins is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.