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26
May
2015
Written by:
Ciprian Hirlea

The 5 Best Online Coding Courses

Managing your own website without some basic knowledge in HTML and programming language can be like driving a car without knowing how the hand break and gears work, you could risk it but the chances are you’re going to crash – or in online terms crash your website.

Luckily, the Internet is full of tutorials and courses that can teach you how to ‘talk’ to your website and make the most out of your software and design. The only issue is that in today’s digital world there is an enormous amount of these sites and deciphering which one works best for you. Luckily for you, we’re here to guide you through some of our favourites to help decide which one works best for your skillset, time frame and requirements.

 

Codecademy

 

Codecademy is by far the most famous website when it comes to learning everything you need to know about programming language. Once registered, you have at your fingertips dozens of hours of interactive courses in HTML & CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, jQuery, Python and APIs. Inside each course there is a panel with instructions and some example code. Another panel enables you to ‘get your hands dirty’ by writing some code yourself. In case somehow you get stuck, you can always take a peek in the help section or ask for help from the many professionals and previous students in the forum section. Courses range in difficulty from beginner, intermediate and expert so you can gradually build up your level of expertise. The ultimate site to hone your coding skills.

 

Code Avengers

 

The main purpose of Code Avengers is to make you love coding. Created by a family of educators from New Zealand, each course is carefully designed to keep you entertained and engaged while you’re learning. After you’ve completed each lesson, Code Avengers will help you relieve some stress by playing a small game. There are online courses in HTML5 & CSS3, JavaScript and Python with the first level free before you pay £25 for the next 2 levels. To purchase all 8 courses it costs £95, which is considerably cheaper than many online resources.

 

Code School

 

Code School is the complete destination for any existing developer to improve and take their skillset to the next level. Say you’ve just completed some of the courses in one of the previously mentioned websites but you feel like there’s still much more you could benefit from learning then Code School is the place for you. The website is extremely well structured into 6 different paths: Ruby, JavaScript, HTML & CSS, iOS, Git and Electives. As well as the courses, the Code School offers a load of screencasts and shows, a detailed and consistently up to date blog and an in depth support centre. The pricing is based on a monthly fee of £19 so you can base your learning around months you are available and pause your subscription if you are particularly busy another month.

 

Treehouse

 

Treehouse is an easy to use learning resource where you can pick and choose specific courses along a path to achieve your optimised goals. Courses cover everything from HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP and app development as well as applications like Photoshop and Lightroom. Additionally, there are also modules in business, digital literacy as well as access to conference recordings, videos and workshops. The main teaching method they use is a combination of video tutorials and a learning environment where you exercise your code in workspaces. To help you translate what you’ve learnt into practice, every once in a while, you’ll be asked to take a short test that covers the particular topic you’ve just completed. Basic plans cost just over £16 per month and Pro plans with bonus content and talks from industry leaders is priced at a little over £31 per month.

 

CodeHS

 

CodeHS is a little different to the above websites as it is focused on helping schools and parents teach their students and children the basics of coding and computer science, however it is the best at what it does so we had to include it. Started by two Stanford graduates who lead lectures in their final year CodeHS provides simple and fun lessons in JavaScript, animation, game design and also how to teach all the previously mentioned. Prices vary depending on what you want to achieve and there are also very competitive plans for schools.

And there you have it, our 5 favourite online development learning resources. Try one for yourself and let us know what you think.

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