136 Places to Learn to Code for Free in 2020

136 Places to Learn to Code for Free in 2020

Lists from the Past

The first list I compiled was a list of online sources for parts for a Honda CB750 motorcycle. My first motorcycle was a 1975 CB750 and quickly realized it was the Volkswagen Bug of motorcycles: they were imported, a lot were sold in the United States, and a huge aftermarket sprouted around them that stuck around for decades.

This was before the days of Google. So I wrote a scraper that went through the varous results of Excite, Altavista and half a dozen other search engines and gave me all the unique urls. Then I went through them one at a time manually, checking the results.

I realized nobody else would be that OCD about data. I had spent a lot of hours on the project. I had over a hundred links to everything you could think of for the motorcycle. So I sold the list on eBay for $10 a pop and made $100-$200 a week for a couple of years. It funded all my motorcycle trips in Arizona and all the states surrounding it, at least once a month.

When this blog was more about SEO and online marketing, I compiled a lot of lists that used to be here when any link was a good link and it would increase your rank in Google. Those lists were at one time responsible for 1500 visitors a day, because I kept them current and updated.

A New List for Learning How to Program

This is the first list I have compiled that has to do with programming. I learned to code online with the help of a few physical books. Now that I have a few languages under my belt, I know the territory enough to do most of my learning in bite-sized chunks from Google search results.

But I figured if you are just starting out, you may not know an array from an object. When I started, I tried Python. People said it was easy. I tried Python for a while but I couldn’t figure out where the windows were. Up to that point, I had only used a Windows machine and to me, all software had a GUI, though I didn’t know that term yet. So I went to Visual Basic and stayed there until I learned web development. It helps to have a place to start rather than stumbling around for a few years like I did

Today there are a lot more resources that will start you off on a more solid path. A few will take you from beginner to a job interview in a year or less.

They were hard to categorize. The way I see it, is if you are a complete beginner, chose from either Online University, Online Learning Platform, or maybe Web Development, because there are usually a lot of entry-level jobs for web developers. If you already know the basics of one technology, then chose a specific language to learn about. If you already know JavaScript, HTML and CSS, maybe learn some Python or SQL. And if you just want to stay up to date, checkout the News, Blogs, Podcasts and YouTube Channel categories.

Categories

Blogs

A List Apart

This site began as a mailing list in 1997 and the website has been around since 1998. I don't know how many times a Google search on a programming topic sent me to this site.

Tuts+

Thousands of free tutorials and videos that will help you learn the basics of various programming languages.

David Walsh

A blog by the Mozilla senior software engineer.

CSS Tricks

A well-known blog on web development technologies.

Sitepoint

Frequent blog posts from top programmers.

C#

Codeasy

Learn to write C# code by playing an adventure game that requires you to write code to finish.

Coding Challenges

Code Chef

Practice the coding challenges to become a better developer, compete with others to see how you rank or finish quizzes that could land you a job.

CodingGame

Learn to code, practice your programming skills and compete against other developers in the language of your choice.

Project Euler

A series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve.

Codility

A software platform designed to test coding skills for tech recruiters and hiring managers, but open to the public so you can test your own skills.

Hacker Rank

A coding platform designed to improve your coding skills and help you find a job.

Coderbyte

Improve your programming skills with a library of over 300 challenges. Also prepare for interviews.

Command Line

Conquering the Command Line

Free online version of the book "Conquering the Command Line".

Command Line Power User

A video series for web developers on learning a modern command line workflow with ZSH, Z and related tools.

Learn Enough Command Line

Full online book that will teach you how to use the command line.

Learn Command Line Basics

Get started using the command line with this course.

Cybersecurity

Cybrary

Free courses in cybersecurity, with the option to pay for certificate based courses.

O'Reilly Security Books

Free ebooks on cybersecurity from O'Reilly.

Data Science

Elite Data Science

EliteDataScience.com helps busy people streamline the path to becoming a data scientist.

Springboard

Learn data analysis with this free curriculum covering statistics, data wrangling, and visualization by an Airbnb/MIT alum.

Dataquest

Dataquest will teach you data skills. Learn Python, R, SQL, data visualization, data analysis, and machine learning. Try any of their 60 free missions to start your data science journey.

Free Ebooks

Launch School Open Book Shelf

A dozen free books on programming.

Free Ebook Foundation

There are over 3000 links to free programming ebooks in this list. You should be able to find out about any topic you can think of.

Git

Try Git

Multiple resources that will teach you Git, hosted with Github.

Git Immersion

A guided tour that walks through the fundamentals of Git, inspired by the premise that to know a thing is to do it.

Learn Enough Git

Complete online book that will show you how to use Git.

JavaScript

JavaScript for Cats

A simple tutorial you can complete in an hour or two using the console of your browser.

JavaScript Essentials

A free course from Udemy on the basics of JavaScript.

Learn JS

Learn JavaScript with an interactive online tutorial.

Jquery Learning Center

Jquery may not be used as much now when there are JavaScript frameworks, but sometimes you only need a little JavaScript, so it is good to know some Jquery.

VueJs.org

Learn VueJs at this site.

Watch and Code

A JavaScript course that promises to take out all the fluff and teach you exactly what you need to know for real life projects.

JavaScript.com

A basic intro to coding JavaScript brought to you by Pluralsight.

Learn React for Free

Learn React with 57 online screencasts.

Node School

Open source workshops that teach web software skills. Do them on your own or at a workshop nearby.

A Better Way to Learn Angular

Angular is not AngularJS. Learn the new Angular.

Watch and Code JavaScript

A free online course that will teach you JavaScript.

Learn ReactJS

A 7 hour long beginner course on React.

Sololearn JavaScript Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of JavaScript online or from your phone.

W3Schools JavaScript Tutorial

Learn JavaScript from the site I tend to land on pretty frequently when I have coding questions.

Microsoft Channel 9 JavaScript Fundamentals

21 episodes from Microsoft Channel 9 that will teach you JavaScript.

Eloquent JavaScript

This is an online book. I love this book. It really was a turning point in my knowledge of JavaScript.

React Armory

Learn React without everything else that makes it confusing.

Kids

CodeHS

CodeHS is used as part of the curriculm in high schools across the country. Home learners can also sign up.

Code.org

I put this under the kids category, but they actually have free course up to university level, organized by grade level. It's goal is to make programming a part of the regular educational curriculm.

Code Avengers

This site, based out of New Zealand is designed to make learning to code fun.

Crunchzilla

Interactive tutorials that will teach you the basics of programming.

Machine Learning

Machine Learning Mastery

A site dedicated to simplifying and teaching machine learning to developers.

Google AI

Learn machine learning from the experts on the subject at Google.

Mentors

Hack.pledge()

This is a community of developers who have signed a pledge to mentor new developers.

Mobile Development

Google Developer's Training

Learn how to develop Android apps even if you are new to programmings.

Google Android Training

Learn to develop Android phone apps from the company that created the platform, Google.

Android Developers

The official docs for Android.

Start Developing iOS Apps

Learn to develop iPhone Apps from Apple.

Swift Playgrounds

A gamified app-based way to learn about iOS app development.

Design and Code a Cool iPhone App

A tutorial on the easy way to create an iPhone app with just HTML5.

News

Hacker News

Dev.to

A site like Medium with just articles on development.

Medium Programming Category

I wasn't sure about the News category and how to seperate that from Blogs. This is here because I am considering any site that aggregates a bunch of blogs as a news source, a place to find something new you might want to explore. You an usually find high quality content on Medium.

Lobsters

A site similar to Hacker News, where users vote on popular programming stories.

Online Learning Platform

Skillcrush's Free Coding Camp

A course for the total beginner that can be completed in 5 minute increments. Great for getting for feet wet and deciding if development is for you.

Bento.io

This site curates online learning courses from across the web and combines them into full curriculms.

Course City

An aggregator for courses hosted on other platforms.

Scotch.io

Build real world projects by following these online video tutorials.

Hackr.io

This is actually a searchable, votable list of coding tutorials submitted by users that are hosted elsewhere. So if my list is not enough for you, go there to find more.

Simpliv

A paid online learning platform that offers some free courses.

Sololearn

Millions of users are active on SoloLearn. Each course is geared toward a specific language or technology with complete lesson plans and frequent quizzes.

Microsoft Learn

Learn about Microsoft technologies and prepare yourself to pass Microsoft certifications online.

W3Schools

I often end up here when I search for a programming related issue on Google. The site has been around for a long time an houses a wealth of programming information.

After Hours Programming

Basic site to learn about various programming languages.

Udacity

You can access all courses for free or pay to earn a nanodegree.

Upskill

Upskill is a free online code boot camp that is project-based which means you will be building a portfolio as you learn.

The Odin Project

Learn coding and get hired while interacting with fellow students.

Code Conquest

A great site to learn the basics of programming.

Code Wars

Kata style learning platform for a bunch of technologies.

BitDegree

At BitDegree you can take courses of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL. And they have free certifications.

Khan Academy

Learn to code at one of the original and most well known learning platforms.

freeCodeCamp

I think freeCodeCamp is one of the best programs I have seen. I wish it was around when I was getting started. I think I would have made a big difference in my career. It is 100% free. There are a lot of technologies covered. You can follow a frontend developer roadmap, backend developer roadmap, or a devops roadmap. You can even get a certificate. They have coding interview prep. They will even help you get a job. You can even work on projects for non-profit organizations to build a portfolio. Currently over 40,000 people have gotten jobs after freeCodeCamp.

Agupieware

Agupieware is a suite of courses created by an independent software developer who surveyed the courses of some of the top universities in the United States and created a similar curriculm

Udemy

Udemy is one of the largest online learning platform with some free courses. Note that they have frequent sales on paid courses with really deep discounts, sometimes over 50% off.

Code Academy

At Code Academy you can learn basic programming skills for free. They also have pro courses available for a monthly fee.

Free Pluralsight Courses

Pluralsight is a staple of on the job learning for tech companies. I have worked at two companies so far that bought licenses for all the developers. The whole Pluralsight platform is top notched. Most of the courses cost money, but there are a few free ones.

Edabit

Learn to code with interactive code challenges.

Online University

MIT Open Courseware

You can audit the MIT courses online for free.

Coursera

At Coursera, you can take courses from universities around the country and some of them are free. You can even earn a degree or certificate.

edX

edX is an online university similar to Coursera with some free courses. You can also earn a degree or certificate.

PHP

PHP the Right Way

An online course that will teach you PHP.

Killer PHP

‘Killer’ PHP Lessons for Non-Nerds!

Learn-PHP.org

Whether you are an experienced programmer or not, this website is intended for everyone who wishes to learn the PHP programming language. Learn online in the browser.

Learn PHP

Learn the fundamentals of PHP, one of the most popular languages of modern web development.

W3Schools PHP Tutorial

Learn PHP at W3Schools.

Develop PHP

Learn not only PHP here, but JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Flash.

PHP Buddy

This site is designed to help you learn PHP programming here you will find high quality PHP articles, Quick Start PHP tutorials and scripts that will help to you learn PHP quickly.

Podcasts

Learn to Code in One Month

Each week Chris Castiglione interviews successful business founders, startups and programmers and asks them how they learned to code.

Developer Tea

ShopTalkShow

A podcast about building websites, covering development, design, performance, accessibility and more.

Learn to Code with Me

A podcast by Laurence Bradford, who taught herself to code and you can too.

Python

The Python Foundation's Beginner's Guide

A list of links to Python courses and tutorials.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python

The full book online along with links to other Python books and courses online.

Learn Python Programming by Example

Learn Python by working with real-world examples.

LearnPython.org

Learn Python with an interactive online tutorial.

Google's Python Class

Learn how to write Python from Google.

Learn Python the Hard Way

This is the complete book on published online for free.

A Byte of Python

A free online book on programming using the Python language.

W3Schools Python Tutorial

Learn Python at W3Schools

Learn Python

A free 25 hour course that will teach you Python.

Ruby

Learn Ruby On Rails

Learn the basics of building applications with this convenient and powerful web development framework.

Learn Ruby Online

This website is intended for everyone who wishes to learn the Ruby programming language.

Rails Girls

These guides are built to provide tools and a community for women to understand technology and how to build their ideas.

Ruby Koans

Learn Ruby with interactive tutorials.

W3Resource Ruby Tutorial

A course on Ruby.

Ruby in 20 Minutes

A free, quick course from the official Ruby site.

Learning Ruby the Hard Way

This is the complete book on published online for free.

Rails Tutorial

A complete online book that will teach you Ruby on Rails.

Ruby Monk

Free, interactive tutorials to help you discover Ruby idioms, in your browser.

Ruby On Rails Tutorial

This tutorial has been designed for beginners who would like to use the Ruby framework for developing database-backed web applications.

SQL

MySql Tutorial

Learn basic MySql, advanced MySql, even learn how to interact with MySql using Python, Perl, PHP or JavaScript.

UI/UX

UXPin

Free ebooks on UX design.

UX Beginner

Learn how to get started in UX design.

The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction

Full book online. There are also a few other good books available for free.

Web Development

MarkSheet.io

Learn HTML, CSS and SASS.

The Code Player

Learn to code by going through real-life case studies of projects.

HTML5 Rocks

As the name suggests, you can learn HTML5 at this site.

HTML Dog

Free HTML tutorial. If you plan on doing web development, HTML is where you start.

Learn HTML & CSS for Free

Learn HTML and CSS, neither of which are actual programming lanuages, but we're not counting.

Web Fundamentals

Learn the basics of web development from Google

Mozilla Developer Network

Learn Web Development from a company that helped to set some of the standards.

Learn HTML for Free

If you know you are going into web technologies or you are unsure of what type of programing you might like, chances are that you will have to know some HTML. And if you know HTML, you will need to know some CSS to layout and style that HTML. This is the perfect place to get your feet wet.

Dash General Assembly

Learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

WordPress

WPBeginners WordPress Tutorial

This site will teach you the basics of Wordpress for free in a week or less.

WordPress.tv

A site that hosts videos and Wordpress is the only topic.

Beginner's Guide to Creating a WordPress Site

A really long form blog post on creating a WordPress site.

Learn WordPress

Learn the basics of using WordPress. Not necessarily about coding, but if you have no experience, WordPress can be a good place to get your feet wet.

YouTube Programming Channels

Derek Banas

Derek makes tutorials based on your requests. He will cover any topic you can imagine. New programming videos are uploaded on Saturday and Wednesday morning. He live streams at 8PM EST on Monday and at 7PM EST on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

thenewboston

Tons of sweet computer related tutorials and some other awesome videos too!

LearnCode.academy

100% FREE Web Development tutorials, web site design tutorials and more.

Programming Knowledge

Dozens of videos that will teach you how to code.


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