Programming knowledge is fast becoming the world’s strongest currency.

With just a modicum of training you can begin creating your own projects in code. But where do you begin?

There are many programming languages out there. Some are more practical than others, but each has it’s own specialities. In this article we will walk you through some of the most common languages, and provide you with the web-based tutorials and resources that will help you get started. Let’s dive in!

Where to Get started with coding

Programming Language and Logic

We recommend starting with a common and useful computer language before getting into something more specialized.

But the matter of choosing a language to start is secondary to understanding the mechanics of programming language in general. It is important to become familiar with the logic and structure of coding, as it will be relevant for any other language you encounter. Once you get the idea of ‘how things work’ it will be easier to pick up other languages.

Quick Language Guide

Here is a breakdown of some the common computer languages out there:

For web development, there is HTML, CSS and JavaScript. These are the languages that makes things go in webpage. HTML and CSS are not true programming languages, but are still essential for page structure and style information.

JavaScript is the magic that makes things happen – stuff that the web page users will interact with. For some dynamic server action, you will need languages like PHP, Python, and Perl.

If you want to write a program, you will be working with the command line. C, C++ and C# are used for this purpose. Python is also a great choice – it is a versatile language that is used across multiple platforms.

Are you looking for develop mobile applications? Then start with Objective-C for iOS, and Java for Android. For video games, you should go with C++.

If you are still lost, never fear. Python is widely regarded as the best programming language for beginners!

Most popular programming languages

GETTING YOUR LEARNING ON

Now that you have chosen a programming language, it’s time to start learning. The internet is littered with community-created resources, courses by accredited professionals, and tutorial videos. Dive right in with this comprehensive list of some of the more popular resources out there!

#1 Codecademy

Codecademy is one of the most popular websites for learning how to code. Featuring a user-friendly interface and structured courses, you will be able to jump right in with a variety of different programming languages. The courses will provide the necessary instructions for you to write the code in another panel, and will provide helpful corrections if you made a mistake.

#2 OpenCourseWare Consortium

Do you only believe in the power of actual schools? Bask in the glow of learning with OpenCourseWare Consortium, which offers free courses from higher education institutions from all over the world. You’ll be left to your own devices with the course material, but the sheer amount of resources that this website offers is astounding.

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#3 Coursera

If you value paper qualifications, Coursera is a great balance between free courses and certifications. Like OCW, it offers college courses online – but only the cream of the crop. You will be able to find plenty of free courses here that are not available at OCW. However, you’ll have to pay for certifications and proctored examinations.

#4 Code Avengers

Are you easily distracted? Do you love kitschy mini games? Well, Code Avengers is for you. It only offers HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript at the moment, but the courses are designed to teach and entertain at the same time. After finishing with the interactive lesson, you will be rewarded with… A mini game!

#5 Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a shining example of the online learning movement, a site for that is suitable for both beginners and professionals. The tutorials comes in bite-size videos, making lessons easy to comprehend. Instead of teaching a particular computer language, the lessons use JavaScript to demonstrate concepts that apply to coding in general. At the end of each lesson, you will be given the opportunity explore and duplicate code, accompanied by useful hints.

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#6 TreeHouse

If you are a busy person who wishes to learn on the go, TreeHouse offers a mobile app. The courses are mostly project-oriented, making it suitable for programmers with a specific goal in mind, such as web development or building apps. You do have to pay a monthly fee to access TreeHouse’s courses, but they also provide additional resources, such as training videos, a members-only forum and cutting-edge workshops with industry experts.

#7 Code School

You already have some knowledge of programming, and you are prepared to take it to the next level. Rather than entry-level tutorials, Code School offers in-depth courses that will take your skills to the next level. There are 4 genres of programming courses to choose from: iOS, Ruby, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS. The courses are polished, and features informative screencasts and interactive challenges. Most of the offerings are free, but some will require you to pay a monthly fee to access the full course.

How to learn to code

Computer programming has a reputation for being dense and inaccessible. But once you get familiar with programming logic, you’ll start to see similar patterns popping up everywhere.

Rather than fussing over which programming language to start with, think of something you would like to create-a website, a mobile application-and work backwards. What skills and concepts do you need to make this project a reality? Passion will take you further.

 

 

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