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10 Websites that Teach Coding and More

10 Websites that Teach Coding and More

So you want to learn to code, do you? Well, you happen to be in luck, as it has never been easier or cheaper to learn that new skill, and there are plenty of websites that teach coding and more. They will help turn you from zero to hero, as long as you stick to it and practice, practice, practice!

1. Codeacademy

learn to code

    Codeacademy leads you through the process of learning to program web-oriented languages. Here you can learn Javascript, Python and Ruby, etc. The free environment provides a safe place for experimentation, as you can try things out without needing a web server or any other hardware or software. If you are starting from scratch (or have limited experience) then Codeacademy is a brilliant starting point. Not only are you provided with access to the courseware, but having the ability to test things is incredibly useful for safe try out.

    2. Lynda.com

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    Lynda.com

      The online tutorials offered by Lynda.com are recognized as some of the best e-learning courses out there. You need to pay for a monthly subscription, but this will give you access to over 2,000 courses covering over 140 different skill areas. Lynda.com isn’t just for learning to code: you will also get access to courses covering areas as diverse as 3D animation, business, video editing, and design.

      3. Udacity

      Udacity

        Udacity aims to be the future of online higher education. Courses are pitched at high schoolers who wish to get ahead, college students who want to broaden their understanding, and professionals needing to brush up their skills. There is a lot of excellent courseware that you can access once you’ve signed up, covering business, sciences and computer science.

        4. Coursera

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        Coursera

          Coursera provides you with course materials created by a number of reputable worldwide universities. The courses tend to be introductions to subject areas and lend themselves to those who wish to gain a general understanding before going further. This is great if you wish to study further and start on a new path. Coursera is one of the 10 websites that teach coding and more as it goes beyond learning to code, or, indeed, learning new technologies.

          5. W3Schools.com

          W3Schools.com

            If you wish to learn the majority of the web-based languages, then W3Schools is an indispensable reference site. The site shows you how to code with and use HMTL, CSS, HTML5, Javascript, PHP and ASP, amongst others. What is great about the site is that if you search for a particular element of code it returns an example of how to use it practically. As a result you get something that you can adapt and put together to make a cohesive whole.

            6. Apple Developer Program

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              This is the place you start if you plan to develop apps for iOS and OSX. Whether you wish to develop apps for iPhone, iPad or Mac you should sign up for the Apple Developer Program. This allows you to get access to the latest documentation and code examples. Not only that, but it is the recommended way to get your apps and applications into app stores. There are many well-documented examples with code that you can run to get you started. You get shown how to use the XCode environment and start creating your first app. One prerequisite of developing for iOS is that XCode only runs within OSX, so you will need a Mac of some description.

              7. Developer.Android.com

              Developer.Android.com

                For app developers wishing to learn how to code Android Java apps ready for the mobile platform, this is the place to start. Here you will be able to download an Android-infused version of Eclipse IDE. There are buckets of code examples, which will get you running apps in a virtual environment or on your device.

                8. Developers.Google.com

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                Developers.Google.com

                  Learn how to expand some of the coding skills you’ve picked up along the way into extending Google products at developers.google.com. Whether it be Chrome extensions, interacting with Google Drive, or creating applications that utilize Google Maps, there are well documented APIs and lots of example material to get you going.

                  9. MSDN.Microsoft.com

                  developer network

                    Microsoft provide lots of material on their developer network for the free and paid editions of their Visual Studio products. Learn how to master Visual Basic, C++ or C# for Windows environments using the .Net Framework. As with many of the others there are lots of tutorials and example code for you to build, run and play with. If you are wanting to develop apps for Windows, then this is a really great starting place and may well be the only stuff you ever need.

                    10. Instructables

                    Instructables

                      Instructables shows you how to get things done. This might involve getting an Arduino to communicate with the world, starting making use of a Raspberry Pi, or just generally hacking things together. There are many inspirational instructables, all created by the community. If you have a good set of instructions yourself, this is also something that you could contribute to. This finds its way into the 10 websites that teach coding and more as it does a lot more than just show you how to code.

                      Summary

                      If you want to learn some new skills, then spend some time looking through these websites that teach coding and more. You will no doubt find a mine of useful information and this can set you on a new path.

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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