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How You Can Learn to Code Right Now for Free

How You Can Learn to Code Right Now for Free

Learning how to code is the new black, except that you can’t wear it. But it’s about the most fashionable thing you can do for your resume. If you learn to code it can be a step toward a higher income, a second career, or even a life-changing product. If you’re thinking you need to go back to college for a computer science degree, remember that some of the most famous programmers never got one. Look at Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. If you’re a writer, learn to code can so you can reposition yourself as a website designer or front-end developer. If you’re a nurse, learn to code so you can build a platform for nurses to network. If you’re a carpenter, you can build a website for your business.

It’s easier than ever to learn how to code. Coding can:

  1. Help you build something on a basic level in as little as 3 months
  2. Increase your income with new job opportunities
  3. Get you a freelance side-gig coding for others
  4. Build your online product to take over the world
  5. Help you meet new people and make “coder” friends
  6. Increase your self-confidence
  7. Enhance a blog or website you created
  8. Develop your cognitive and problem-solving abilities

Here are several free, self-paced platforms to get started:

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Codeacademy

Here, you can learn anything from HTML to Python. You have access to free courses via screencasts. Codeacademy also lets you build an interactive website or learn how to use APIs like YouTube and Box to create your own applications. There are some active forums for peer-to-peer help and some support. If you are self-disciplined, this is an excellent bet.

Udemy

Choose the right course and instructor, and you’ve hit the goldmine. Courses in web development, Swift, website building, and WordPress customization are popular, and many are free for a test run.

MOOCs

MOOCs stand for “massive open online course.” Anyone on the web can access them. Top universities like Stanford, Wellesley, and UPenn, as well as Udemy, Coursera, and Udacity offer courses in computer programming, data science, app development, and a variety of coding languages.

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Rails Guides

Rails Guides offers a complete, free course and instruction on how to use Ruby on Rails, the program that Shopify, Groupon, and AirBnb use to build their own sites. Follow each step of the Getting Started guide, block out several hours and get to work! It will show you how to install Rails and start a Rails application.

MIT Open Courseware

You can learn from one of the top institutions in the country. Most of the courses are older computer programming classes, but for the basics and a self-paced experience you can’t go wrong.

Mozilla Developer Network

The Mozilla Developer Network offers a load of coding tutorials to get you up and running fast. You can learn the basics of web development, like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more. Once you get the basics down, you’re pretty much ready to start learning some languages like PHP, Ruby, or Python.

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Codewars

If you need to “learn by doing” and feel like you’re working with others, take a look at Codewars. Codewars lets you strengthen and master languages like JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Ruby, Python, Clojure, and Haskellas as you build in a collaborative community. Codewars is a good next step after you’ve learned some basic programming, or as reinforcement to a language you are currently learning.

Ourcodeblog

Ourcodeblog has a wiki resource for “women of color who are learning to code, design, and program.” Check this out for easy, free access to MOOCs, videos, and guides to effectively plan your self-paced learning objectives, while saving you lots of time on research.

When you are learning how to code on your own, a mentor is invaluable. Attend meetups and meet other coders face-to-face for support. Don’t let finances get in the way. If you don’t have $12k for a coding school, a free course can very well be a powerful new beginning in your personal or career trajectory.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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