Pearl's Guide to Learning Web Development in 2020

By pearl - February 05, 2020

I get asked this question a lot by friends and people trying to get into Software development. Though it really has been a long time since I left college, I still feel super new to web development. partly because I have only been doing this for three years or so, and also because it is a constantly changing and growing field. I am constantly learning. So here are the top resources I will recommend to someone wanting to learn to code. Most of these are free resources. Please note these recommendations are all based on my personal experience and non of them are sponsored. 

1. W3Schools

This is for the absolute beginner and gives you basic fundamentals on HMTL, CSS, Javascript and much more. This site also has a phone application which comes pretty handy for learning to code on the go. I really like the try it yourself feature because a big part of learning to code is practicing. It is absolutely free to use. 

2. Code academy 

This is one I have personally used recently to learn ReactJS. It has more in-depth coverage of a wider variety of courses including python, git, and NLP. I will recommend this once you are ready to invest a little more into your coding career, especially since it comes at a price tag of ~ $19.99/month. Just like W3Schools it has the opportunity to practice coding and always has a few projects you need to complete to move on to the next step. 

3. Coursera

I remember using Coursera a whole lot back in my college days. They actually have courses thought by university professors most (if not all) of them for free. They sometimes have a curriculum and class times you have to stick to. This is really great if you like accountability. They also have certificates for courses completed.

4. Udemy

I love Udemy. They have courses for almost everything you can think of including photoshop and social media marketing (I probably should sign up for that 😏) It, however, is not free, but usually, you can find courses at discounted rates. They are video thought lessons and usually have access to a community of other learners, including access to the professor. There are lots of courses that will work you through building a website. The courses are also usually heavily rated. So you can look at course-ratings before signing up.

These are just 4 of a wide variety of ways to learn how to code out there. I strongly believe if you are super driven, you don't need to pay to learn how to code. But I also think, investing in it financially might keep you on track and make you take it more seriously.

Are you a self-taught developer? I will like to learn of your favorite ways to learn how to code.  

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