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6 Free Online Courses to Learn Coding

Posted September 22, 2021 in News

Written by John Shea III, Xpanxion Technical Writer


It is National Online Learning Day!  

Here at Xpanxion we are passionate about education for those interested in a career in IT. Have you thought about a career in programming? Are you looking to learn how to code but are overwhelmed by all the different resources available?  

We did the homework for you and have provided a list of 6 FREE resources to get started.

On the Code Academy main page, you will need to sign in, or if just browsing, you can see their catalogs: Java, Python, Web Development, and Data Science. Not sure where to begin? They have a simple 5-minute quiz you can take. Or you can just browse their course catalog: Languages: HTML &CSS, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Bash/Shell, Ruby, C++, R, C#, PHP, Go, Swift, Kotin. Subjects: Web Development, Data Science. Computer Science, Developer Tools, Machine Learning, Code Foundations, Web Design, Game Development, Mobile Development, Data Visualization, Interview Prep, Cybersecurity, For Business, Beta Catalog, Full Catalog. They also have links to what courses are the most popular. 


HackReactor immediately lets you enroll in Software Engineering Prep Programs. especially for JavaScript. They offer many javascript excerises for you to expand your knowledge of the fundamentals. This is a self paced course allowing for flexibility and growth as an independent coder.  


At freeCodeCamp, you can learn to code for free, build projects, and earn certifications. There’s a Get started—it’s free button to click to start you on your way. Scroll down and read testimonials, then see where you can earn free verified certifications, another Get started—It’s free button and down a little further, a list of hyperlinked Trending Guides. 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy’s Computer programming page has a course summary on the left, and on the right are the chapters for each course, starting with the Intro to JS: Drawing and Animation and its first chapters about an Intro to programming, Drawing basics, and Coloring. After this section, you move on to Making web pages (with HTML and CSS), querying and managing data with SQL, Advanced JS: Games and Visualizations, then Natural Simulations, then making web pages interactive., then with JQuery, and finally you meet the professional. This seems like a very thorough education. The main page shows student examples and how to meet the community of programmers just like you.  

The Odin Project

The Odin Project is dedicated to web page development and is supported by the open source community. You can immediately view the full curriculum with the click of a button. You learn, you build, and you connect with the community. You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a web developer: HTML & CSS, JavaScript, GIT, Databases, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, NodeJS, and most importantly after you’ve paced yourself through these topics, How to Get Hired. You can read personal success stories. All you have to do is click Sign Up or Get Started. 


Udemy is an online learning market, with over 155,000 user-created online video courses on all sorts of topics (including over 2,000 coding-related classes). Some of Udemy’s courses are fee-based (costing $20-$200 per course). Don’t worry. Udemy has plenty of free classes as well, including some shorter Tech 101-type courses that teach code for beginners. 

The basics are HTML & CSS and JavaScript. Master these and their applications and you can open many career doors. Xpanxion also has an apprenticeship program called Step IT Up for those interested in starting a career in IT. Learn more here 


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