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15 Best Websites To Learn Programming - Free Online Courses


Having a basic programming skills makes you to be ahead of others.

Especially, when these programming skills are based on latest programming languages like PHP, Javascript, HTML, Java, C++ and others.

I remember when I was completely a novice in programming, I couldn't even understand a single line of code talk more of writing a sequence of codes in any programming languages.

I spent a huge sum of money when ever i needed to write a simple program or twist an already written program. I had to hire a programmer to do all the work for me and the amount he charges me was so high. 

Till one day I made up my mind to learn programming online. I enrolled in different free online courses that teaches how to program in different languages. Today, I 'm glad that i did, because I can design and program anything I want. This really save me some cost.

If you can understand even the basic program, it will definitely have major impact in your life. If you can teach yourself how to write simple codes, you will gain a competitive edge over your mates, you can think more algorithmically and thus can tackle problems more efficiently and faster.

In this modern era, there is no justifiable reason why you shouldn't know how to write basic computer codes.

There’s no reason why shouldn’t know the basics of coding. You can write codes to automate your tasks, you can program your Excel sheets, improve workflows, you can extract data from Google and accomplish so much more with code. Although you may not be able to design heavy software programs but knowing the basics of coding will help you communicate more effectively with software developers.

To learn programming these days is very easy. You don't need to enroll in expensive computer training courses. There millions of  web-based free courses that will help you learn programming at your own pace in the comfort of your web browser.


The Best Sites to Learn Programming


If you are ready to take the plunge, here are some of the best websites that offer courses in a variety of programming languages for free.


1)    Code Academy:

Code Academy: is an online interactive website that teaches free coding courses in six different programming languages. These programming languages include  Python , PHP , jQuery, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as markup languages including HTML and CSS.



 Code Academy current has over 24 million users who had completed over 100 million exercises. Courses are created by community.




2)   W3Schools 

W3Schools is a free online information website that covers course tutorials and references relating to web development topics such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, and JQuery. They also teach Side Side Programming languages like ASP.NET, VBScript, and APPML.  XML Programming is also covered in there online courses. In fact you will learn a lot with this site.

W3Schools derives its name from the abbreviation for the World Wide Web; W3 is a numeronym of WWW. W3Schools is not affiliated with the W3C.



W3School provides a reference material covering all aspect of their online course. All their online courses are free.

W3schools presents thousands of code examples. By using the online editor provided, readers can edit the examples and execute the code experimentally. Also, they current have thousand of students who they have taught programming in different languages.




3)   Udemy

Udemy is an online marketplace for learning programming courses. Some people I know refer to their teaching as Online college course. If you are looking for a free online course that teaches you how to program,then  you need to visit Udemy

Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind both in programming and database to create special courses which can be offered to the public, either for free or for a tuition fee. Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student tuition charges.


Note: Udemy courses are quite different from course offered online. Courses that udemy offers are meant to improve your skills in programming. Some courses generate credit toward technical certification. Udemy has made a special effort to attract corporate trainers seeking to create coursework for employees of their company.

It is reported that Udemy has served more than 3 million students, and offers 16,000 course alternatives.





4)   Udacity

Udacity is more like a full online education Course. Here there are some many experts that specialized in different online courses, that will take you by hand and teach you programming and other course.

Udacity do not teach only programming but they cover all aspect of computer science which includes, Data Science, Web development, Software Engineering, Android, Masters in Computer Science.


Each course consists of several units comprising video lectures with closed captioning, in conjunction with integrated quizzes to help students understand concepts and reinforce ideas, as well as follow-up homework which promotes a "learn by doing" model.

Programming classes use the Python language; programming assignments are graded by automated grading programs on the Udacity servers.





5)   TreeHouse
 Treehouse is an online interactive website that offers courses in web, mobile and business development. Treehouse made learning of programming courses very easy by providing high quality interactive videos for beginners and advanced learners.

Some of the courses they offer are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Mobile Game programming, PHP and Design Principles. You will learn how to build an iPhone App From Start To Finish and Publish Your Dream App!


Treehouse also offers online courses in business education and marketing teaching students how to start and market a business in the technology industry.

The site uses short videos, interactive code challenges, quizzes and badges located on a user's profile to teach students.



6)  Lynda.com
Lynda is one of the outstanding Online Training Library teaches offers training in different computer courses. These course are comes in video format to members. Although Lynda has stopped offering free training, but the quality of skills you are going to acquired from the online resources can not be measured.



We listed Lynda here because with just a token fee, you get access to courses like Web development and deployment (which include HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, SQL), 3D Animation, Audio and music training, Business course, CAD, Photography, Mobile App programming, Online Marketing, Graphics design, like Photoshop, and so many others.


Lynda.com evolved from its original conception as a free web resource for Lynda’s students, to the site for her books on web design, to the registration hub for physical classrooms and conferences, to an online virtual knowledge library,where today, members may watch software and technology courses in several categories (3D and animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video, and web and interactive design).




7)   Kuato Studios
Kuato Studios is an interactive platform that specializes in Game programming. Here you will be taught how to develop high quality games that can capture and engage people.

Kuato Studios are games studio that inspires and engages learners by capturing the excitement of learning through video games.


Kuato Studios are pushing a new standard of educational games that combine high production values and pioneering learning methods with KAGE, our adaptive game engine. This creates highly motivating and personalized learning experiences for every user.



8)  Khan Academy

You can learn programming online from Khan Academy. They not only teaches programming, but other courses like Higher level mathematics, Science courses, Economics and Finance, Atrs and humanities.


 Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

In addition to programming, they also prepares you for SAT, GMAT, IIT, JEE, MCAT,CAHSEE exams.




9)   EDX

EdX offers interactive online courses from the world’s best universities, and institutions. Online classes are available from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many others institutions.




Topics include Programming, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a nonprofit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.




10)  Dev Bootcamp
Dev Bootcamp is an interactive computer programming course that usually last for a period of 19-week. After undergoing the traing for 19 weeks, the graduates will be ready to face any promming work that comes to them.


The program is 9 weeks of remote work and then 9 weeks of intensive onsite training in professional web development, including Ruby on Rails, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

 A week of career training follows the 18 weeks of technical training. The program takes students with little or no prior programming experience and teaches them the fundamentals of computer programming. The program's goal is to develop the necessary skills within the students to make them job-ready for an entry-level developer position.

Dev Bootcamp  offers no free course, (we included them here because of the quality of the teaching)




11)    Academic Earth 

Academic Earth  is an interactive websites which offers free online video lectures from universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.


The courses offered by Academic Earth includes Programming, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Statistics.





12)    Code.org 

Code.org  aims to encourage people, particularly school students  to learn to code.The website includes free coding lessons, and the initiative also targets schools in an attempt to encourage them to include more computer science classes in the curriculum.


Even if you don't know anything concerning programming and coding, Code.org will teach everything you need to know.





13)   Code Club 


Code Club is a voluntary initiative aimed at teaching children aged 9 to 11 how to code.

Code Club is meant for children how love to code at the very tender age. Here they have enough material and video courses that helps them to teach any child from the comfort of his or her room


 

14)   CodeHS 

  CodeHS is an interactive online learning platform offering computer science and programming instruction. CodeHS, which is used by individual learners and schools, is focused on spreading access to and knowledge of computer science by offering online instructional materials supported by remote tutors.

In the introductory learning module, students on the site practice computer science concepts and programming skills by giving commands to a dog named Karel.

  CodeHS also teaches other programming languages like CSS, HTML, JAVA, Java script. 








15   Coursera 

Coursera  is an interative websites that is in partnership with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

All courses offered by Coursera are "accessible for free". The website provides courses in a variety of areas, including Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, and Computer Science. Each course includes short video lectures on different topics and assignments to be submitted.


As you can see, these are top sites where you can learn coding.  You can share this post with anybody who is looking for websites that teaches programming very well. Although some of these sites do not teach only coding , they teach other courses for free.

What other  Free Online Course Websites do you know that teaches programming?

Thanks for reading.

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