Resources for people wanting to start getting into coding

My daughter asked me for good on line resources for people interested in learning about programming. I’ve collected a number of them here. If you know of any more, please let me know.

  • Code School and Codecademy are both well done sites that teach the basics of programming. I’ve used Codecademy and liked it alot. People say good things about Code School too.  For example, at Code School they came up with this fun way to learn Rails: Rails for Zombies.
  • Code.org is another highly publicized site that teaches programming, though it seems aimed more at younger people. Still, a good site:  Code.org
  • Other good sites I found were The hard way to Learn Python and The Hard Way to Learn Ruby. I honestly didn’t find them that hard. For people who find the other sites I mentioned too slow or not for them, try “the hard way” sites.
  • If you want to focus more on HTML and CSS, then there are good tutorials on HTML, CSS, and more here: W3Schools Online Web Tutorials. I have a big fan of w3Schools for a long time. There’s also this: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Tutorials, References, and Articles over at HTML Dog. As well, the other sites mentioned above have lessons on HTML, etc.
  • There are tons of  of programming references here -> Become a Programmer, M—–F—–. (Yeah, that word is what you think it is. Still, that site has alot of great links.)
  • What language should you learn? Well, here are the top 10 languages of 2014, according to Mashable. It really depends on alot of things, but I think you can’t go wrong learning Javascript, then maybe Ruby or Python. Some SQL is good to know.  But hey, I still use Perl and PHP. Java and C have their strengths. If someone made me choose one, right now, it would be Javascript.
  • Last, but not least by any means is a great story for anyone learning to program but is worried about it.  So How Did You Learn How to Program? : A Cubicle Of My Own. I highly recommend this to anyone who thinks “I really want to code and use computers” but is put off by the culture or the attitude of other programmers or for any reason is thinking that they can’t do it. You can. Really. Give it a try.
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