Lean How To Code For FREE
Updated August 13, 2019
Are you familiar with the new craze for learning code? Kids to middle aged adults are getting behind this trend all across the US, but what exactly is encompassed in coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this blog – they’re all made with code.
Developers are currently in high demand. So high, in fact, that the average developer in Los Angeles, California has an annual salary of $82,000! So if you’ve been on the fence about taking the plunge and learning to code, this is definitely the right place and the right time. Below (in no particular order) you will find five FREE coding websites for beginners to experts!
You may be reading this knowing and already know how to code and that’s okay too! Practice makes perfect, and most of these sites are compatible with every level of experience.
Top Free Coding Sites for 2019-
“Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.” While school-aged children and women are their target audience, you will also find course catalogs for any age including a category titled “Beyond K-12”. This site offers one hour beginning coding classes with some lessons even taught by common Disney characters for younger learners, and the art of building your own apps for the older learners. This is a fantastic resource to take advantage of no matter your exposure to coding.
Most people have heard of Khan Academy from grade school. It’s primary function is for online tutoring, but like code.org, they also provide free online coding classes! While they do have less “lessons”, Khan Academy is favorited by a multitude of new coders. If you’re looking for more after your first course, they also offer longer lessons that go beyond an hour. One con to this site is that it is mainly for beginners, there is no way to change the experience level so if you already have an idea how to code or what coding is, we recommend looking elsewhere.
Opposite from Khan Academy, Code Wars is a website for mid-level to expert coders. Codewars users consist of creators – authoring kata to teach various techniques, solving kata with solutions that enlighten others, and commenting with constructive feedback. The advanced coding leaders among the site moderate the content and community. This site also helps achieve code mastery through technical challenges, whether on teams or individually. If you are up for a coding challenge – codewars.com is the place to be!
What sets Codecademy apart is their subject catalog. From web development to data science, Codecademy has a lesson plan for any code imaginable. They also have each program in various coding languages (i.e. Python, HTML, PHP). Another impressive component Codecademy offers is the interactive learning approach the lessons take, this allows users to automatically apply what they have learned after each lesson. The only downfall we have found regarding Codecademy is they really push their “pro” accounts (for obvious reasons), therefore the more in-depth or experienced lesson plans may come with a price tag…
Free Code Camp is another nonprofit who’s mission is to help people learn to code for free! With thousands of coding lessons from beginners to experts, Free Code Camp is certain to improve your coding skills. Free Code Camp also offers two note-worthy features that other coding websites may be lacking. The first being the Chat Forum feature that allows you to discuss with other coders the issues that may arise during lessons, and the second being the “Coding Interview Prep” lesson plan. It is highly unlikely to go to an interview for a Web Development job and not be asked to show off your skills. By taking the interview prep course, you may have a leg up on your competition!
We hope this points you in the right direction no matter your current coding ability. Even if you’re not looking to code full-time, you can become a freelance developer and code part-time, or just for fun! If you’re looking to make a little extra money, coding can be quite lucrative too.
Along with the countless amount of free coding websites, some communities offer free coding classes! Try checking your local city’s website or call the local library for more information!