The rise of websites like W3Schools means there are a lot of resources out there to help you learn how to code. But how do you know which ones are worth your time? There are thousands of tutorials and tons of other online resources that advertise themselves as helping you learn how to code.
Learning how to code online is becoming increasingly popular. There are thousands of courses, tutorials and full courses, which can be overwhelming for beginners. I created this post to showcase the top 10 sites that will teach you how to code for free.
You may have heard the saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
But I think there’s a great corollary to this, for our purposes: If you can dream of learning something, and you can find a YouTube video that teaches it, then you can totally learn it.
I’m not kidding. YouTube is a fantastic resource for learning a lot of stuff for free, or at least for getting started on the path to learning something without having to pay anything.
If you want to code but don’t want to spend too much money on classes, YouTube is one of your best options. You can learn how to code from just about any programming language without spending a dime.
To help you find the best coding channels, I’ve put together a list of the top YouTube channels for learning how to code.
- Programming with Mosh
- The Net Ninja
- Traversy Media
- Clever Programmer
- Coding Tech
- FunFunFunction (No longer producing new content but great stuff)
It is a free learning site that offers MOOCs courses from well-known universities. All Coursera courses contain pre-recorded video lectures that you can watch when it is convenient for you. This site includes courses that are often taught in college, so they’re very thorough and intense. It also has plenty of resources for beginners and novice programmers who want to learn some basic skills. You get a lot of free courses. This is good for people who prefer a classroom style approach to online learning. You can take some courses for free, or get 7 day free trial for most of the courses.
Check out some of the courses:
With edX’s course options comes the opportunity to earn a certificate from the platform upon completion of your chosen course or program. While there is no free certification option available for coding courses at this time on edX, there are several paid certification programs geared towards preparing you for careers in web development or data science.
Check out these free courses:
Edx was acquired by 2U. Check out the link to find out more.
Udemy is a fantastic resource for learning how to code.
Although it does not offer as much as some of its competitors, PluralSight is a great resource for video-based learning. It has a huge variety of courses on technology and software development. The courses are created by experts in this field, so you can be sure that the content is up to date and accurate.
The downside is that most of these courses are paid. However, if you pay for their monthly subscription ($29/month), you will have access to all their courses. You can also get a free trial for 10 days to see if the website works for you before signing up for the subscription plan. There are also plenty of free courses available on PluralSight, which don’t require any subscriptions or sign-ups.
Whether you want to learn to program or improve your web development skills, CodeAcademy has something for everyone!
Hey! So, I’m sure you all know what LinkedIn is. I bet a lot of you have a LinkedIn account, or at least have one but don’t update it anymore because you haven’t gotten a job through it or something. Well, I am here to tell you that LinkedIn isn’t just for job hunting anymore. It’s also for LEARNING!
LinkedIn bought Khan Academy and now has all their videos on programming and technology available for free if you have a LinkedIn Premium account. You can do a free trial for one month to see if it’s something you want.
Without an active premium account, you can still take some courses for free.
Guess what? That is not all. Microsoft is providing an opportunity through LinkedIn Learning to become a Software Developer, Data Scientist and more. See opportunity here (Valid till 30th June)
SoloLearn is a great resource to learn to code.
Udacity offers both free and paid courses. The free courses are self-paced, but you’ll have to pay if you want the mentorship and project-based learning that comes with most other options. Udacity’s Nanodegrees are a good choice if you already know what you want to learn, as they’re often focused on a specific subject or job role. The Nanodegrees also include mentorship and career coaching; these programs range from about $100 to $300 per month for three to six months of instruction.
There are so many ways to learn, you just have to find the one that’s right for you.
But it’s important to remember that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to learning code. There are so many different ways of learning, you just have to figure out which ones work for you, and then go with it.
For some people, classroom learning is the best way to learn, with a teacher present to help them when they get stuck. Others might prefer self-guided learning using online tutorials or books. And still, others will prefer hands-on practise by building their own projects.
And some people might find that they need a combination of the above approaches before they really feel ready to start coding in their careers.
All the best. If you need some handholding or advice on getting into Tech, feel free to drop me a message on Twitter