You’ve been saying it forever — you need to learn how to code. But with a busy schedule and a demanding work week, you just haven’t had the time or money.
Like it or not, coding is becoming a prominent skill in the workplace, and it’s popping up on more and more of candidates’ resumes. To keep up with the competition, now’s the time to hit the keyboard.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a genius at MIT to know your way around a computer. These free sites and programs can help you pick up the skill on your time:
1. Swift Playgrounds
Coming this fall, Apple’s iPad application teaches kids, and adults, how to code using Swift. The language is what the company’s developers use to program the majority of iOS apps created today. Users learn to code through a series of lessons and games.
2. Code Academy
As one of the more popular and well known resources in the coding community, Code Academy offers a series of tips, how-tos and tutorials to get your creative coding juices flowing. Since its multiple resources and vast libraries are free — there’s no reason you couldn’t open an account and start learning how to code now.
3. Stack Overflow
Though Stack Overflow doesn’t exactly provide tutorials or a step-by-step how-to guide, it’s a great resource for specific questions or examples. The community of developers and coders can also help you to find bugs in your code when you’re just not sure where you went wrong — or learn from other’s mistakes.
4. Free Code Camp
This free program offers a series of courses and tutorials for you to get started. Then — when you’re ready — will have you learn in real time by putting your knowledge to the test and assigning you projects and coding assignments for actual nonprofit companies. Don’t worry too much about messing up, the site has a community of more than 300,000 developers.
5. LearnCode.Academy YouTube Channel