With technology always advancing and the automation all types of routine jobs, there’s never been a better time to learn to code and pick up some specialist skills. The demand for these skills has never been higher, and what’s more, you can master them from the comfort of your own home.
In this article, we’ll be discussing some free and premium resources to help you get started with learning for starters and more skilled coders also. Most of the following resources will cover wider areas, which adds even more to our value.
My favourite website to read articles on is: SitePoint
SitePoint shares articles very frequently, has various tutorials for both beginners and experts. The articles are all free to read, but SitePoint has premium content also called SitePoint Premium, with video tutorials and top-quality books to learn from.
Next is: Tuts+
As part of Envato’s creative ecosystem, Envato Tuts+ contributes to the mission of “helping people learn and earn online”.
Envato Tuts+ tutorials are available to you completely free—all 23,360 of them!. Based around specific projects, they include step-by-step written instructions and screenshots to help you practice and master the skills needed to create a practical outcome.
Standards for developing flexible, durable, and sustainable HTML and CSS. Really handy basics that should be followed, written based on years of experience.
High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS. Harry Roberts is a CSS specialist, who does lots of presentations in conferences, worked with well known companies such as Adobe, Google. This guideline is a bit more advanced, but will truely be a turning factor in your CSS writing.
More advanced: Sass guideline by Hugo Girauduel
Sass is an extension of CSS that adds power and elegance to the basic language. Sass’ ultimate objective is to fix CSS’ flaws. CSS, as we all know, is not the best language in the world . While very simple to learn, it can quickly get quite messy, especially on large projects. This is where Sass comes in, as a meta-language, to improve CSS’ syntax in order to provide extra features and handy tools. Meanwhile, Sass wants to be conservative regarding the CSS language.
Starting with: Treehouse
Learn from over 1000 videos created by expert teachers on web design, coding, business, and much more. Their library is continually refreshed with the latest on web technology so you’ll never fall behind. They have free trial for two weaks, after that it costs 25 $ / month.
Two more I like: Codecourse & Codecademy
Codecademy provides a wider area of knowledge. They extend their video courses with useful resources for developers such as: version controlling with Git, command line tutorials, more advances topics like Sass & AngularJS. They have many free to watch tutorials, and some premium content for 20 $ / month. I would recommend their free tutorials for starters since it’s really well organised and makes the user follow up a real life example.
Codecourse gives more attention to framework specific tutorials, I would recommend their free courses for coders who have already mastered the basics.
Final personal favourite one: Laracasts
Learning to code positively affects all areas of your life and gives you a newfound sense of energy to really pursue the goals you want in life.
A lot of people think that this positive impact is limited to improving your technological skills and ability to use a computer, but it’s so much more than that. It changes your whole life, from lifestyle, through social life, to career. Wish all of you starters good luck!