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Why you should learn to code (and how to do it)

Lucy Hattersley | July 6, 2016
Coding is an amazing skill to have. Top 4 reasons to learn coding revealed, and how to learn to code online.

You get to understand how computers work. For better or worse, computers are now firmly part of everybody's life. "It just works" is something of an unofficial Apple mantra, and it's great to have computers that magically do stuff. But it is a shame to go through life and not know how computers work. Programming lifts the curtain and lets you peer behind-the-scenes. You get to learn how computers are all source code built on top of each other, each one boiling down to millions of electric switches being turned on or off.

Learning to code: online resources

Learning to code is one of the smartest moves you can make in the modern world (no matter what your age). Even a small understanding of HTML and Python will expand your horizons, both regarding work and outlook.

There are no shortage of people trying to teach you to code at the moment. Demand for coders has never been higher, and there are plenty of online resources to help you get started.

If you have absolutely no experience, then you should learn HTML and CSS before moving on to a more detailed language. Build Responsive Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS3Learn to Build Beautiful HTML5 and CSS3 Websites in One Month, and Learn Web Designing & HTML5/CSS3 Essentials in Four Hours.

Once you have a hand on learning HTML and CSS, then you should pick up some Python or JavaScript skills. Take a look at free courses from Codecademy. We also like courses from UdemyThe Code Club, and Coderdojo.

Following that, you should consider doing an MOOC (Massively Open Online Course). These courses can be challenging, but give you the experience of learning to program from a top-flight institution like MIT or Harvard. EDX is the place to go. We're fans of MIT's 6.00.1x and Harvard's CS50.

Learn to code: sign up for a Boot Camp

Learn to code at a boot camp

Another option that's increasingly popular is to sign up for a coding Boot Camp. Some courses are free, on others you work to cover your fees and others charge (sometimes quite a high fee).

Boot Camps are an intense coding experience, where you program with a group of other prospective developers and are coached and mentored. You need to be careful before handing over money, but they can help you move from enjoying programming to doing it for a living.

Course Report is a good place to go to find out what people think of the various programming courses around. Here are some other sites to check out

Source: Macworld 


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