Learn to Code for FREE | Top 10 Online Courses for aspiring programmers

“Coding is the new literacy”, say Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, both founders of well respected technology giants which have changed the way we look at personal computing and online socializing, respectively. Coding, the input of a computer language to generate desired functions, may prove difficult to learn in the beginning, but in the long run, there is perhaps nothing more important than knowing the lines that are poised to become an integral part of the human experience.

To get a head start though, why not start as soon as possible? Why not today when you have the time? We suggest these 10 fantastic online resources, that would help you be the next coding champ.

1. Codecademy

Codecademy is the perfect place for aspiring coders to start learning. Interactive projects and quizzes let you get the hands-on experience you need to really grasp the concepts you’re being taught. There are separate courses for each topic: you might start out with Make a Website or Learn HTML & CSS, and progress to JavaScript, SQL, and more. It is also object based, giving short assignments to complete to improve mastery of language.

Codecademy also provides forums for discussion, programming language glossaries, and blog posts and articles to help you as you learn.


2. Free Code Camp

At Free Code Camp, you’ll learn powerful skills while (eventually) building real-world projects for nonprofit organizations. It’s an open-source community that provides hundreds (well, thousands) coding challenges, projects, certificates, and connections for aspiring coders--and it’s not a boot camp, so you learn at your own pace. It’s all free, and through it you can even get connected to other up-and-coming coders in your city.


This educational portal is the online repository for courses and seminars conducted in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, locates in Boston, MA. It offers free download of course work and assignment material of a long list of courses aimed at computer hardware and programming.

Their online library includes every topic taught at the school; computer science courses can be found under the School of Engineering (grouped together with electrical engineering). Going through this material will require lots of discipline, since the homework, tests, etc. will all need to be self-administered and self-graded.

Learning from the MIT faculty is indeed a dream come true!


Coursera, also an online education portal allows users to learn various language in various languages and options include English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese.The courses are taught by professors from many universities and institutes around the world.Exploring non-graded material and watching lectures is free, but you have the option of paying for a more in-depth experience and a verified certificate.


Khan Academy is another large education platform that has content on subjects from math to music--including, of course, programming. Start with beginner courses like Intro to JS or Intro to HTML/CSS, then move to the advanced levels once you feel ready. As you learn, you’ll encounter in-browser challenges that require hands-on application of what you’re learning.


Tutoring students with a library of videos and updated with recent standards, treehouse offers one of the most comprehensive programs for online tutoring for website development and coding. The site provides learning opportunities for iPhone and Android app developers and website developers alike.


Udacity is a project based education oriented website that helps people from all age groups learn the coding language of their choice through interactive projects. The sites’ coursework is designed in collaboration with tech firms to reflect industry needs and help students glean career boosting knowledge and information.

The only pitfall here is most courses are not much related to each other, so Udacity is probably not your starting point, but a virtual university to further your study.


The Mozilla Developer Network is an open platform for accessing and developing the free and open source software for various Mozilla associated products. The site includes tutorials for various languages including JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS for first time developers.


No previous experience is required to learn with Upskill, a free bootcamp which takes you from beginner to advanced. A series of video episodes leads you through a variety of portfolio projects, with a laid-back, conversational style. The main focus is on full-stack web development, so you’ll learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, Git, Bootstrap, and more along the way.


HTML5 Rocks is a google project with various contributors that work for technology big-wigs. The site hosts tutorials, seminars and material on HTML5 coding and lets you contribute as well! HTML5 is the source language for a large bulk of websites created and maintained by new webmasters and coders.

Have you studied at any website we showcased above? How’s the experience? Or have we missed certain interactive learning sites with rich assets for budding programmers?

Let us share your experiences and resources to help and inspire each other then!

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