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6 Proven Ways to Learn Programming for Free

6 Proven Ways to Learn Programming for Free

You have tried to learn programming from scratch. But every time you think you are making a substantial improvement, you find yourself back at the starting point. It is not your fault. Learning to code is a complicated path on which it is easy to get lost. With unlimited resources to learn coding, it is easy to find yourself lost. But, you can utilize the initial struggle in many ways and transform it to grand success. When it comes to programming, there is no sure shot path. So, what does a beginner do?

A beginner can follow proven ways to learn programming for free. It doesn’t matter which aspect of programming you are interested in; the proven techniques will always help you to improve your skill. So, without much delay, let’s get started.

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1. Broadcast your learning process.

With Internet and technology moving at a rapid pace, it is not surprising to see people broadcasting their product development on Livecoding. For example, Inkblotty from Denver, Colorado, in the US, broadcasts her learning process to her channel followers.

As a beginner, you can also take advantage of the website and share your learning process with the whole world. Livecoding boasts a community from 194 countries worldwide. Furthermore, you can get feedback from experienced, professional engineers working at Google, Facebook, SAP, etc.

2. Practice, practice, and practice!

Learning to program is not an easy task.The number one proven way to learn programming is to practice a lot. Programming requires patience, resilience, and a ton of practice to become good. Initially, you will find yourself struggling to do the simple problems. But with time, you will come to solve problems on your own.

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Eventually, you will be able to think of the solutions by yourself without any help from Google and this is where you will start transitioning into the intermediate level. This is where you can finally move to the next stage of programming.

3. Do tons of projects.

When you start online, you will find small problems to solve. They will surface at that particular moment, but you need to shift your focus to projects. It doesn’t depend on which type of project you are working. It can be simple, complex, small, big—it will help you garner your skills.

Always try to find projects that interests you. For example, you can use a project discovery tool to find projects based on different technologies. Fiddling with the projects will help you build something that has real value. It is also vital to find a motive in your learning. Always look out for real-world problems that you can solve through your programming skills.

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4. Get on the collaboration train.

Developing a project is not a one-man job. It requires collaboration on multiple levels, including design, development, testing, and documentation. When you start to learn programming, you would probably handle one project yourself. But, with time, you need to find team members to help you manage the different aspects of the project.

Also, it is vital to get feedback from other beginners or peers who are more experienced than you. It doesn’t matter which stage of learning you currently are; you can always find people with whom to collaborate on your project, and even learn a thing, or two, from them. Inversely, you can teach them something new. Livecoding, a social hub for engineers, allows you do just that. You can watch other broadcasters, and also start your own broadcasting.

It is also a good chance to meet other beginners who are learning in collaboration with others. For example, Kreskow from Poland, is building an iOS mobile apps with Santi from San Francisco, and Karmarr from Germany.

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5. Open source contribution.

Open source contribution adds tremendous value to your programming skills. To get started with open source, you need to get familiar with GIT, and then choose an open source project on which to work. Most of the open source projects come with a guide on how to get started. If you are not familiar with open source contributions and the approach to get started, read through this amazing Quora post to get an idea.

6. Competitive programming.

Competitive programming is an excellent way to explore your love for programming. Competitive programming platforms such as HackerRank, HackerEarth, TopCoder, etc., lets you try out problems for free, and also gives you the opportunity to engage with world class programmers. With competitive programming, you can improve your algorithmic and problem-solving skills.

Anyone can become a master programmer with the help of the Internet. The resources are free for everyone, but it is up to the individual to take advantage of it. The six ways above will surely help you to master programming and become a professional software developer.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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