Hello! I thought it would be helpful to create a beginner coding resources/tools page that you can reference for any of your coding needs.
The following list contains many of the best websites to learn coding, courses, tutorials, guides and books that I have personally worked through or use as a reference frequently.
As I continue to learn more, I’ll add more beginner coding resources to the list. So check back again! ^-^
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Price: $25/month – $49/month (free 2 week trial)
One Month: One Month keeps adding new courses, which cover topics like Ruby on Rails, iOS, content marketing, and more. Each class is designed to be completed in one month, hence their name. They now have a subscription model where you can get access to one course per month for $49, or as many as you’d like for $99/month.
Price: $29/month – $299/month (sign up for One Month here)
Udemy: Udemy is an online learning platform where anyone can create and upload courses. There are over 35,000 courses on the platform from cooking to coding. You can find beginners' coding courses or more advanced ones there. Some of their popular coding classes include Learn and Understand AngularJS, The Complete Web Developer Course – Build 14 Websites, and others. They have programming courses on almost any language and framework imaginable. However, you can check out 15 of the best web development ones here.
Price: varies based on course (typically free – $300)
Coursera: Offers a multitude of online courses taught by actual college professors, all for free. So far I have only taken one course through the platform, Programming for Everybody, which is a coding-for-beginners course that I really enjoyed. I assume different online classes have different formats, but Programming for Everybody combined video lecture, coding assignments and quizzes.
Price: varies depending on course; there are also “specializations”, which are like bundled courses
Price: varies depending on course
Pluralsight: In my opinion, Pluralsight is a lot like Treehouse. Treehouse has more courses, but Pluralsight has more interactive challenges. (I know some people like more than multiple-choice quizzes.) Pluralsight also offers some completely free courses, which is nice.
Price: $35/month or $299/year
Lynda.com: Lynda is great for people who want to learn about a variety of topics. It has thousands of courses that range from Photoshop to negotiating skills to typography…and of course, web development.
Price: $29.99/month or $24.99/month billed annually (seven-day free trial)
Codecademy: Codecademy is entirely free, and it’s where many people get their start. (It’s actually the first place I started learning, back while I was living in Thailand.) Instead of having video lectures, they offer interactive learning; you type the lessons into your desktop, and it shows you the results almost instantly. They recently have added a Pro account in addition to their existing free material.
Price: Free or $19.99/month for their pro account
Udacity: With more of an academic bent, Udacity has courses that don’t just relate to web development, but also cover data science, business, and more. Also, they offer “nanodegrees,” a type of credential program that helps you learn career-targeted skills and develop a portfolio. Udacity partners with companies like Google, AT&T, Salesforce, and others to create their courses. If you’d like to learn more about Udacity, read this review of mine about one of the Udacity Intro to Programming courses.
Price: Free – $200/month per nanodegree program
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CSS-Tricks: Chris Coyier, the creator of CSS-Tricks, is basically a CSS god. When I first began teaching myself HTML and CSS, his site was one of the first I came across. While his blog reel goes far back (he began years ago, in fact), his latest posts are always extremely relevant and up-to-date.
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Programming for Non-Programmers: As the One Month team says, this coding-for-beginners course will teach you how to “speak geek”. It goes over the basics of web development: how to hire a developer, how to read code, how to set up web project deliverables etc. Great for project managers and entrepreneurs.
Interview Cake: Interview Cake is a website that allows you to run through technical interview practice questions. You can practice programming-language specific questions, plus see what some of the common interview formats are for major tech companies.
Break into Tech: Created by former Apple and LinkedIn employee Jeremy Schifeling, Break into Tech offers resume, cover letter, and interview advice for those looking to break into the tech industry. Want individualized help with your job hunt? Look into a coaching call or application review with Jeremy.
Unix for Mac OS X Users: I enjoyed this online class on Lynda.com. It's a great way to familiarize yourself with the command line. The instructor also covers things like the history of computing. It's always nice to understand the past to realize how we got to where we are today.
Command Line Crash Course: A great guide by Zed Shaw (mentioned below). Understanding the command line is crucial when it comes to learning how to program. In this crash course, Shaw goes over all the command line fundamentals over and over again to get it in your brain. By the end, you will gain some level of familiarity with working in the command line. (Find out more about the command line here.)
Git and GitHub
GitHub On Demand: A free class with step-by-step instructions that aims to get you started using GitHub in less than an hour. Lessons are taught through text, videos, and activities – perfect for any kind of learner. They also offer a community chat option where GitHub trainers will help those in need.
Learn Python the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code: A book by Zed A. Shaw. It may take a while to go through all 200+ pages in this book, but I guarantee you will learn twenty times more with it than by doing a few free Python exercises online. It's not easy, but it works.
Price: $17.70 new (get the book on Amazon)
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Ruby on Rails
Launch School: Launch School is an intensive learn-to-code program that has been created for aspiring software engineers. Focusing on programming fundamentals, it is for serious beginners only; not the faint-hearted.
One Month Rails: I just finished this online course and I loved it. It's perfect for someone just starting out and looking to learn to code simple web applications with Ruby on Rails. Read my more in-depth review of the online course here.
One-on-One Coding Assistance
Codementor: Codementor is comparable to HackHands, but is more focused on long-term mentorship than instant help. On Codementor you can look at different mentors’ profiles, similar to LinkedIn. Also on Codementor you can schedule appointments in advance. Read my review of the service here.
Price: depends on the mentor you choose. (Use my referral code 9H5Z7PV4E2 to get $10 in credit.)
HackHands: Any beginners coding for the first time will hit roadblocks now and then! If you're stuck on a particular coding problem and want some one-on-one help, definitely look into HackHands. They connect newbies to experienced programmers online, for just one dollar a minute. Even better, it's 24/7 – great for night owls. Read my take on HackHands here.
Price: Depends on workshop and location; typically from free to $90
Bluehost: Bluehost is really easy to use with WordPress because it offers a one-click installation. They also have pretty awesome customer service online and over the phone. You can even add multiple domains to your hosting account, which is great. Because it’s so cheap, it’s a good beginner-friendly option (and where I got started!).
Price: From $3.95/month (host your site on Bluehost now)
ConvertKit: ConvertKit is an email service provider geared toward podcasters, and other businesses who are building audiences. Unlike other competitors in a similar price range, ConvertKit offers advanced email marketing automation features. (Think tags, segments, triggers, drip emails, and more.) If you’re a blogger and would like to automate your email marketing, check out ConvertKit.
Price: From $29/month
Kinsta: With this robust WordPress-only host, you can rest assured that your site will be able to seamlessly handle a ton of traffic (with plans ranging from 20,000 monthly visitors to millions). You can also use one account for multiple WordPress sites if you choose. Kinsta is the host I use now for LTCWM. While it’s more expensive than Bluehost, it’s definitely an upgrade. Features include free SSL certificates, built-in analytics, and more.
Price: $30/month to $900/month
Buffer: Schedule your social media posts in advance with Buffer. The service has other awesome tools, like the ability to add multiple users to accounts, suggested posts, ability to add various RSS feeds, etc. Free and paid plans are available.
Price: Free – $399/month
Teachable: Similar to an online classroom, Teachable is a learning management system for creating and teaching courses. With millions of students and over 20,00 active courses, content creators can effortlessly create an online course and upload them with powerful features for selling your course, such as discount codes and affiliate tracking.
Price: Free – $39/month to $499/month.
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Design and Multimedia
Lucid Chart: In-browser program where you can make all different kinds of charts and diagrams. It’s great for wireframing and mind-mapping. They also offer premium and enterprise memberships so that you can collaborate with others on a team—in real-time, even.
Price: From $4.95/month
Adobe Photoshop and
Illustrator: There are two premium Adobe design tools that I use. (There are many others that I don’t.) These two—Photoshop and Illustrator—are often found in the designer’s tool box. Photoshop is meant more for photo editing, whereas Illustrator is for creating vector graphics or SVGs.
Price: From $29.99/month
Canva: A free alternative (with some paid options) for people without the budget for Illustrator. Canva gives you dimensions for social media imagery (like cover photos), and pre-made layouts. It makes designing easy for the non-designer. They now have “Canva for Work”, which is essentially a pro plan.
Price: free or $12.95/month per team member (if using Canva for Work)
Screenflow: Great for screen recording and editing. With Screenflow, you can record through your desktop and through your webcam at the same time. However, it is available on Macs only. I use it to give out project instructions sometimes, too :)
Price: Free trial, but videos will be watermarked. $129 one-time fee.
Asana: A project management tool that lets you keep track of tasks, set deadlines, and collaborate with others.
Price: Free – $8.33/month (per user)
Google Drive: Create and store documents, spreadsheets, and more with the convenience of the cloud.
Price: Free (15 GB) – $99.99/month (10 TB+)
Dropbox: Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to store files online and synchronize files between devices. It comes with visibility controls, so you can choose to keep files private or share them with others. You can access Dropbox via computer, tablet and smartphone, making it simple to do work on the go. Even better, Dropbox is free up to a certain point; you can store up to 2 GB free of charge. More than that will cost you, but it’s affordable.
Price: Free, $9.99/month for personal plan, or $15/user/month for business plan
Electronics and Office
13.3″ Macbook Pro (Retina Display): This was my first Macbook ever. Before I began coding/designing, using a Windows computer was perfectly suitable. It got the job done. But nowadays, having a Retina display really helps when it comes to web design. Plus, Macs run on Unix—which is more common for my purposes. I don’t think I can ever go back to Windows now!
Price: From $1,899
Apple Wireless Keyboard: This keyboard works using Bluetooth. I put off buying this keyboard for months. But after going through a few keyboards and losing USBs, I figured it was time for an upgrade. It has been so worth it! The keyboard can be used on other devices, too, like your iPad. It is pricer for a keyboard… But I am so happy I invested in this!
Price: From $35.97
Apple iPad Air: I know this is dangerous…but I mostly use my iPad while at the gym. It’s a way for me to handle an inbox full of emails and burn some calories at the same time. (I do this by riding a stationary bike or walking slowly on a treadmill and multitasking.) Of course, an iPad also comes in handy when traveling or going to events, as it’s lighter and smaller than a laptop.
Price: From $323.60
Apple Watch Sport: A sport band with heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope. I use it primarily to track my steps and be able to receive notifications while not looking at my phone.
Price: From $196
Traveler Folding Standing Desk: Speaking of staying active…I stand more than I sit when working. This desk is particularly awesome because the height is adjustable and you can travel with it. (I actually keep it in my trunk…) I actually have two other standing desks—but neither are as portable.
Price: From $39.98
Stay tuned! As I continue to learn more, I will be updating this list of my favorite beginner coding resources. I hope you find these useful!
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