No more excuses: Learn to code with these free resources

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There are no more excuses: “Learning to code is fast becoming a necessary life skill,” Larry Kim, WordStream founder, posted on Twitter. He is one of several startup leaders that encourages learning to code.

Including Sam Altman, the American entrepreneur and venture capitalist, who realistically pointed out that coding is not for everyone, but everyone should at least have the opportunity. 

Even President Obama is pushing for coding lessons in schools, business angel George Howard shared on Twitter.

That is why we compiled six online resources that are an easy way to venture into the world of coding. CSS, HTML, Java… it’s all there. The only thing missing is self-discipline.

Kahn Academy is a learning resource for multiple different subjects, including computer programming. The academy is partnered with prestigious organizations, like the California Academy of Sciences, MIT and NASA. And that’s not even the best part. All the courses are free, but they do ask for donations.

Codecademy is an interactive platform that offers courses on programming. The courses cover CSS, HTML and Java, and are often available in more than one language. Did we mention it is free?

The Odin Project is a collection of videos, blog posts, tutorials and courses on all things web development. From Javascript to JQuery to tips on securing a career, the Odin Project is another free resource to help learn the basics needed for a career in web development.

MIT OpenCourseWare is a platform that shares of all the teaching materials used at one of the world’s most premier universities. The materials cover multiple subjects, including business, health and medicine, mathematics and computer science. Specialties include algorithms and data structures, artificial intelligence, data mining, coding languages, cryptography and many more. And guess what? It’s free, too.

Dash is an online course that teaches the basics of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. The course has you completing projects step-by-step for a solid foundation in web development. Guess how much it costs? Zip. Zilch. Zero.

Free Code Camp is unique in that it offers free classes and certificates, while helping non-profit organizations. Students who complete 1,200 hours of challenges (it is self-paced, don’t worry) can then build real solutions for a non-profit organization. While developing these coding solutions the students are under the supervision of a project manager and an individual from the nonprofit.

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