If you’re looking for a new skill to learn. Or boost up your resume. Then learning to code would probably be the best way to go. It’s a useful skill to have, whether or not you’re looking for careers in professional fields of web design, gaming, big data, artificial intelligence, etc. By learning how to code in at least one programming language, you not only broaden the scope of your own opportunities. But you also improve certain functional aspects of yourself, which you didn’t think was likely. Studies have reported that learning how to code helps you hone your problem-solving techniques, improve cognitive thinking skills and teach you to think out of the box.
And because of the magic of the internet, it’s possible to learn to code from the comfort of your home. There is a number of websites which offer both paid and free online courses in coding. Top online learning websites like Khan Academy, Udemy, Udacity and Coursera offer some of the best content if you are a beginner. They teach you right from the ABCs, to more advanced techniques.
There are also a number of mobile apps who offer quick bite-sized lessons for coding. While some of the websites mentioned earlier do have mobile app versions, their courses do not focus solely on the art of coding. So here are a couple of cool apps dedicated to teaching beginners how to code. As well as help them practice and test out their own code.
1. Code Monk by Hacker Earth is a curated list of topics to help users improve their programming skills. They offer a series of weekly tutorials which cover concepts like the basics of programming, algorithms, implementation of the code, data structure, maths and more. You can choose to learn various programming languages like C, C++ and Java. And to test your understanding of what you have learned, there are regular coding contests and challenges for you to take part in. The app is not only cool for beginners but is also a great way for experienced coders to practice and brush up on their skills.
2. CodeHub is a minimalistic, modern and comprehensive app. It compromises of several courses, of 50 small lessons each, which takes you through the entire process of coding. An interesting feature of CodeHub is that it categorizes its lessons into 4 difficulty levels. You can select whichever level suits your preference and divide the lessons accordingly. If you already know the basics, you could easily skip the beginners’ levels and move on to higher levels. Currently, the app offers courses for Web, HTML 5 and CSS3, but plan on including more languages soon.
4. Programming Hub offers lessons across the biggest range of programming languages. Put together with the help of experts from Google, the app has course material which covers more than 20 languages, and over 5000 programs and code snippets. The creators of the app emphasize on making the process of learning coding fun, interactive and personalized for the users.
5. SoloLearn is actually a series of apps, each of which aims to teach you a specific coding language. The collection of apps has been described to be dynamic, interactive, simple and easy to use. Another great app for beginners, SoloLearn helps you learn the concepts of programming and coding by making you follow a lesson plan. The lessons compromise of short texts and quizzes, and learners are individually scored. The app is completely free, and compatible with both iOS and Android, making it a super accessible app.