Wanna Learn Code?

Learning code can seem like a very intimidating task to do. There are  dozens of different languages, a multitude of platforms, and an insane list of commands and functions that make you think “is all of this really worth learning?”

The answer is yes. Learning to code can be very helpful in both you personal and professional life. It can help you learn how to create an app or program to help you perform certain actions; it can save time when preforming repetitive actions on a programs. Even if you have no reason to code at home, learning the basics and also really boost your resume and help you get that extra skill-set your employer is looking for. The best part: it’s not difficult to learn and you can have the basics down in a matter of hours. Today I am going to give you a couple different resources to use to help you start your coding journey.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos.

The coding videos are even better. Instead of just showing you how to perform certain functions on video, Khan Academy provides an interactive platform that will teach you coding step by step and will allow you to input your own commands and view the results as well. Its fun, easy, and interactive. You can learn anything from basic computer science to JavaScript and ProcessingJS.

Here is a quick overview:

Codecademy
Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 8 different programming languages including Python, PHP, iQuery, JavaScript, AngularJS, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. As of January 2014, the site had over 24 million users who had completed over 100 million exercises. The site has received positive reviews from many blogs and websites, including the New York Times and TechCrunch.

All you have to do is go to the site, sign in/make an account, select a language you want to learn, and start to lessons; within about 4 to 8 hours, you will be able to understand and perform complex functions in the program of your choice.

There are also tons of other ways to learn how to code (like picking up a book or taking a class), but these two websites are a couple of ways to get an amazing education for free and at your convenience. The only thing stopping you is YOU.

About Pradheeth R

"Data is the new oil? No, data is the new soil." - David McCandless, TEDGlobal 2010 Tableau Data Scientist/Analyst at Novedea Systems. Southern Methodist University graduate with a double major in Economics and Psychology.

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