Learning to program isn’t an easy process, it is a fairly complex aspect to grasp but once everything suddenly clicks and suddenly it all makes sense, you’re pretty much set. Having the right tools for the job is paramount because in order to be a good and effective programmer, not only must you know how to write code and applications but you must also understand the code you write at a low level and what exactly it is doing.
So, today we are going to look at some of the best online options for learning how to program. We’ll start with one of the best names in the tech world learning store which is Lynda.com. Lynda is a website which can give you access to literally thousands of different courses in the form of step by step but very in depth training videos with source files to accompany. The amount of content Lynda has available to learn is just awesome, I’m pretty sure if you watched every single training course start to finish you’ll be the next Bill Gates no problem! (Don’t hold me to that).
From personal experience I have used Lynda to teach myself how to use Adobe Flash, AutoDesk 3DS Max as well as the PHP Programming language so I can vouch for Lynda, it’s an epic service.
Prices are actually very reasonable for the service, considering what you’ll gain from them could potentially be a job. You can either purchase each course individually for around £65 or subscribe to the website on a monthly basis for £16 a month where you’ll then get access to EVERYTHING. If you’ve got a month free then and want to learn something new, subscribe to Lynda for a month and do as many courses as you can!
The next website is great for learning how to program from having next to zero experience. Codeacademy is which is a free, online tool which gives you access to heaps of learning information.
The websites describes themselves best in their own words: “Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. We’re determined to succeed in realizing our mission to turn a world of tech consumers into one of empowered builders.”
The courses (unlike Lynda) are all text based so for some this will be much more suitable to their needs because you’ll can learn your course anywhere you have a web browser! If you are on the train with your tablet say, you could be learning to program on your way to work. The website offers engaging ways to motivate you to learn with badges to collect along the way.
If you are really serious about learning to program then I’d commit and purchase one of Lynda’s products since they are just brilliant. If you are currently unsure then use Codeacademy to get you started and learn a few of the basics because it is free, then if you want to take it all a little more seriously log on to Lynda! Happy programming.