The Best Websites to Learn Coding Online

The Learn to Code movement has picked up momentum worldwide and that is actually a good thing as even basic programming skills can have a major impact. If you can teach yourself how to write code, you gain a competitive edge over your peers, you can think more algorithmically and thus can tackle problems more efficiently.

Learn Programming
Don’t just download the latest app, help redesign it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it. — Obama.
There’s no reason why shouldn’t know the basics of coding. You can automate tasks, you can program your Excel sheets, improve workflows, you can extract data from websites and accomplish so much more with code. You may not be in the business of writing software programs but knowing the basics of coding will help you communicate more effectively with developers.
Gone are the days when you had to enroll in expensive computer training classes as now exist a plethora of web-based courses that will help you learn programming at your own pace in the comfort of your web browser.

The Best Sites to Learn Programming

If you are ready to take the plunge, here are some of the best websites that offer courses in a variety of programming languages for free. I have also added a list of companion ebooks that will give you a more in-depth understanding of the language and they don’t cost anything either.
Online Courses & Screencasts Programming Books (Free)
JavaScript Code AcademyLearn Street,Code CombatCode Avengers Eloquent JavaScript,JavaScript Guide,Speaking JSJS The Right WayOh My JS,Canvassing
HTML & CSS Code AcademyDon’t Fear The InternetTutsplusLearn LayoutA to Z CSSDashWeb AccessibilityThe Hello World,Khan AcademyHTML5 from Scratch MozillaDive into HTML520 Things I LearnedHTML Dog,HTML & CSSHTML5 for DesignersDOM EnlightenmentHTML Canvas
jQuery Code AcademyTutsplusCode School jQuery Fundamentals,Learn jQuery
Python Code AcademyGoogleLearn StreetPython Tutor,IHeartPY Python for You and Me,  Dive into PythonLearn Python the Hard Way,Think PythonPython for FunTango with Django,Django
Ruby & Ruby on Rails Code AcademyTryRubyCode LearnRailscastsRubymonk,Learn Street Why’s (Poignant) Guide to RubyLearn Ruby the Hard WayLearn to ProgramLearn Rails by Example
PHP Code Academy PHP Programming,Practical PHP
Also see: How to Learn Regular Expressions (RegEx)
Google Apps Script Getting StartedOffice HoursGoogle Scripts Examples,Learning Apps Script
WordPress TreehouseWordPress TV
Linux & Shell Scripting Stanford.eduExplain Shell Conquer the Command Line
Node.js NodetutsNode School The Node Beginner Book,Mixu’s Node bookNode Up and Running,Mastering Node.js
Angular JS Code SchoolEgg HeadLearn Angular Angular JS Tutorial,Thinking Angular,Angular TutorialGetting Started (Adobe)
Also see: Learn Touch Typing & Code Faster
Git (version control) Code SchoolGit Immersion,GitHub TrainingUdacity Pro GitLearn GitGists in Github
Objective-C (iOS & Mac) Code SchoolStanfordiTunesU
Chrome Dev Tools Code SchoolDev Tools SecretChrome Dev Tools Tutorial,UdacityBuilding Browser Apps
Go Language Golang.orgGopherCasts Programming in GoGo by ExampleLearning Go,Building Web Apps with GoLearning Go
Java Learn JavaCoding BatJava UdemyLearneroo Programming in Java,Thinking in JavaO’Reilly Learning JavaThink JavaJava & CSJava for Python Devs
Android App Development Udacity (Google Developers), CourseraThe New Boston,Google UniversityApp Development EssentialsCode Learn,App Inventor (Visual)
D3 (data visualization) Data Visualization for the WebDashing D3D3 Tips & Tricks
Also see: Learn VIM, the text editor for programmers
SQL (Databases) SQL ZooSQL @StanfordEssential SQLSQL for Nerds,Intro to SQLSQL BoltPHP & MySQL
Everything Else UdacityedX.orgCourseraUdemy$Lynda$Pluralsight$,Treehouse$Open ConsortiumOne Month Rails$

Teaching Kids to Code

If there are kids in the family, you should download either Tynker (Android/iOS) or the Hopscotch app for iPad and they can learn the basics of programming through games and puzzles.
There’s also Scratch, an MIT project that allows kids to program their own stories and games visually. Scratch is available as a web app or you can download it on your Mac/Windows/Linux computer for offline use. Microsoft TouchDevelopBlockly and Alice are some other web apps that will introduce the concepts of computer progamming to your children.
On a related note, the following chart from Google Trends shows the relative search popularity of various programming languages over the last 5 years. The interest in PHP has dipped over the years, JavaScript has more or less maintained its position while the popularity of Python & Node.js is on the rise.
Popularity of Programming Languages
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