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5 Best Ways to Learn to Code for Free

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If you’re just learning to code, you might be overwhelmed with all the resources you have at your fingertips. Should I enroll in a boot camp, or should I stick with free resources? Or, you might not even know where to start. Either way, don’t worry! Here, I’m gonna talk about the 5 best resources you can use to learn to code for free or to level up your skills even further. These are in no particular order, so choose whichever one you like.

1. Codecademy

Codecademy is a website that I’ve personally used to learn to code. It’s totally free, and features tons of languages and programming topics to choose from. It’s beginner friendly and has courses on introductory programming. Each course there is made by a professional, and each lesson is handcrafted to fit in the course. Every lesson on the site requires that you write some code on the site’s IDE, which lets you get hands-on experience with coding, without the hassle of setting up your own IDE. Even though the lessons and the websites are totally free, there’s still a paid option you can use to increase your skills further. Unless you really want to dedicate yourself to coding, I would say it’s not worth it. Overall, Codecademy is a great resource for beginners to learn new languages.

2. Codewars

Codewars is a great resource to use if you want to learn to code for free. Although it won’t directly teach you any language, you can use it to improve your existing coding skills by getting you out of your comfort zone. The site itself has tons of exercises and practice problems you can solve with your preferred programming language. Each problem has a rank from 1 to 8. 1 is the hardest level possible, and 8 is the easiest level possible. The problems are made by the users, and the solutions are also available if you need to look at them. Sometimes companies like to put their interview questions on the website to see if anyone will answer them, which makes the website a valuable resource to practice for job interviews. Overall, I’d say that Codewars is a great site to practice your coding skills for free.

3. FreeCodeCamp

FreeCodeCamp is a great way to learn to code for free. At Free Code Camp, they focus on web development. It has courses for a lot of in-demand programming languages, such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, React, and Bootstrap. You learn these languages through their online editor, which makes their lessons interactive. Once you finish learning a language, they give you a project to work on.You can put these projects in your portfolio to make yourself look more attractive to employers. Free Code Camp is entirely free and is accessible anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Overall, I’d say that if you’re looking to be a web developer, you should give Free Code Camp a go.

4. Youtube

I’m sure you’ve heard of Youtube, so I don’t think it needs an introduction. Youtube is a great resource to use if you want to learn to code for free. There are lots of channels that will teach you how to code or improve your coding skills. There is a ton of content in terms of variety on Youtube because there are just so many Youtubers. Their lessons are in video format, so if you’re a visual learner, you should give Youtube a shot. ProgrammingKnowledge is a great channel to watch for beginners. The channel is aimed towards beginners and has lessons using Java, Python, and C++. If you’re want to learn about computer science, Computerphile’s got you covered. TheNewBoston’s channel has videos about tons of different languages, including Angular and Python. If you’re confused on anything in a video, post a comment. I’m sure someone will read it and help you. In conclusion, I think that if you learn visually, you’ll love using Youtube.

5. EdX

EdX is a great website to use if you learn better with lectures. Their website has tons of college lectures on programming. They have courses on algorithms, web development, app development, and much, much more. These courses also come in different skill levels, from the most beginner to expert. If you find a course you like, you can enroll in it for free. Their courses have assignments which you can do to get some practice. Sometimes, these assignments will be peer graded, and you can get direct feedback from another student on how you’re doing. If you get stuck, leave a comment and a peer or instructor will help you. You can even get a certificate for completing a course. If you choose to pay for it, you can show it to employers to show that you’ve completed the course. Overall, EdX is a great resource to use if you want to learn to code for free, and want to show proof that you can.

If this article helped you be sure to share it on any social media you might have. If you have any questions or comments, or have learned to code for free and want to share your own suggestions, post them in the comments section, or shoot me an email.

I can’t wait to see you around!

Ethan

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