We live in a digital world and the impact software and technology have on our lives becomes daily more evident. Ordering the latest fashion from a digital business, attending online seminars, ordering an Uber or getting qualified with the help of online courses and schools… all from the comfort of your phone or laptop.

Technology must, however, reinvent itself on a continuous basis to remain relevant and to survive. The continuous advancement and the more modern application of machine learning is what keeps something like Facebook going nowadays and any smart entrepreneur will tell you that the best way to move their business forward is by appointing smart people.

Technology brands, online businesses, apps … they can all have a product and a vision, but without a platform and support from a programmer and/or developer it will remain only a pipedream.

Luckily, it’s cool nowadays to have the coding skills, experience in mobile app development or to learn a programming language that sets all these new and innovative technological advancements in-place.

Whether you are in the beginning of exploring programming languages and coding skills or trying to decide whether programming is something you’d like to make a career out of, the best way of finding out is to get your hands dirty. With enough free coding courses online, you can get off to a good start before spending money on a professional course, coding schools or certifications.

Technology has democratised education, especially when it comes to qualifications and learning in the field of data and technology.

Here’s how you can learn to code online from anywhere in the world. Whether you choose one of the free online coding courses on the web, download apps for coding, attend online coding classes and or get the help of one of our expert Superprof programmers, you are about to discover a brand-new world that keeps on changing.

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Decoding Coding

What exactly is coding? If you are a beginner at computer programming or coding it’ll benefit you to develop a clear understanding of what it is.

Coding is a programming language written specifically to get computers to respond to a set of instructions.

Computers will thus scan the code provided and perform certain tasks or actions related to that. In other words, code is a computer language and there are quite a few languages out there in the digital world. With time you’ll learn how different industries tend to migrate to specific code or programming languages. You'll find out why Ruby, Javascript or Java, HTML or C++ are all different, and like learning a new language you’ll get better the more you master.

When you learn to code you will also learn about ‘all things computers’ to the benefit any modern business who recognises the importance of technology in creating a thriving and sustainable future. Coding skills can also help you to better manage websites, conceptualise innovative apps and project manage other digital projects with greater ease.

Interested in teaching yourself to code?

What is coding?
Essentially, programming or coding is writing instructions for a computer to follow. (Source: Pexels)

Grab your computer and get ready to code.

Every developer was once a beginner and it is ok to feel uncertain about how to approach it at first. Online learning and education has enjoyed massive growth over the last couple of years and most of them offer formal qualifications for computer science if you plan to make a career out of coding.

To help students we’ve put together a selection of our favourite online learning options. Most of them offer free online coding courses or coding classes.

Coursera

Coursera was one of the first, successful online learning platforms to make online studies accessible and practical for people from across the globe. As a South African you can now learn Python through one of the top university programs from anywhere in the world. Most of their once-off diplomas or coding courses are free, but students will have to pay to get their diploma while the formal degree qualifications have a set term, curriculum and includes your certification.

This is a great option for a diploma or a formal qualification at an international university.

Another benefit is most of these are completely online and if you are interested in using a similar online learning platform you can also have a look at Udemy or edX.

Codecademy

Codecademy guides new coders through a basic quiz to determine whether they would be more interested in learning code for Data Science (Python & SQL), Programming and computer science (Python & CMD Line) or web development (HTML, CSS & Javascript).

This is a great platform to find coding courses with a practical implementation and testing angle.

With over 50 million learners they’ve developed a practical system where you learn to code by doing. You also get instant feedback and the opportunity to apply your learning to tailor made quizzes.

OpenClassrooms

OpenClassrooms has a range of over 500 free courses and these include how to use HTML and CSS to build a website, Learn Programming with JavaScript, Python Basics for Data Analysis and How to Think Like a Computer (The logic of programming).

What differentiates OpenClassrooms from other online platforms is the opportunity to network with other students and they offer a weekly on-on-one class or mentorship session by professionals in the field of IT, Data, Coding and Programming.

They also offer apprenticeship programs that will help strengthen your CV, build relevant experience and help you earn a bit of income while you learn to code.

Find out how you can learn to code for free.

Hackr.io

This website was developed purely with the objective of providing programming courses and tutorials for those who want to learn a programming language. You can learn to code as a beginner or take an advanced coding course.

Are you unsure how to develop yourself towards a specialist web developer?

They also have an exciting roadmap feature which is ideal for beginner coders. It will help you to plan your studies as you go and their upvote system will ensure you invest your time in courses that are rated as ‘good’ by the community they create on this website.

If you are interested in Programming, Data Science, Dev Ops or Design, Hackr.io has some fantastic free coding options for those who want to learn and explore coding for the first time.

Which are the best coding websites?
The internet is home to many useful websites for programmers. (Source: epicantus)
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Tristan
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Lewin
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Robert
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Robert
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Mikaela
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Mikaela
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Tiara
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Tiara
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Charlton
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Charlton
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Tristan
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1st lesson free!
Lewin
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Robert
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Mikaela
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Tiara
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Tiara
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Coding Apps for Beginners

We live in a world that’s constantly on the move, and you can make the most of your coding learning journey by using your mobile phone when you are not in front of your computer. With a range of Coding apps for beginners on both the Android and iOS platforms there's something for everyone:

  • Enki
  • CodeHub
  • SoloLearn
  • Encode
  • Programming Hero
  • Programming Hub
  • Mimo
  • CodeMurai

Whether you want to learn CSS, Ruby, Java, Python or C++, there’s an app that probably has both a web and mobile interface to help your learn on the go.

Which is the best way to learn to program?
Practice makes perfect! (Source: hitesh0141)

Online Coding Videos on YouTube

Students have different ways of learning and luckily with the help of platforms like Youtube you can now also learn to code in a visual way. Experienced coders use their coding skills to create videos in support of students and their online learning journey.

With so many available options of videos online it can be tricky to select the correct channel. With time you’ll find your favourites, but here are some the top channels to get you started: Treehouse, CSS-Tricks, Programming Knowledge and Derek Banas

Using videos is a useful and cost-effective way to learn, but be sure you apply the learning while you learn and put code on screen. If you run into any problems you can search YouTube or google to solve that specific issue.

Find out more about learning to code with video tutorials.

Which are the best YouTube channels for programming?
YouTube is a valuable resource for any new developer. (Source: StockSnap)

Learning to Code Through Practical, Online Tutor Training

Videos, schools and online courses are great and practical tools to get you started. You'll have to get comfortable in finding solutions on the web as this will become part and parcel of your work if you decide to become a professional coder.

Knowing why you are learning to code will inform which industry you want to focus on and the required programming language you’ll need to learn first.

Because you are learning a new, technical language you might however have those moments when you wish someone could simply explain something in layman’s terms. Problem-solving, identifying patterns in your code and understanding complicated software frameworks can become tricky for any beginner and one of the best solutions is finding an expert coding tutor or programmer to support you.

On Superprof we have a range of computer programmers and coding specialists who enjoy working with beginners. They will know where you can start, which coding language is best for your intended career path and will guide you towards the best resources and blogs to read.

Learning tip: Start a student coding group with your friends. You can split the costs of your weekly class and work together on your coding skills and programming.

Do you already know you want to learn HTML, Linux, Java, Python, Ruby or C++? Be sure you check out our Superprof tutors to see whether they have the experience and background to develop a customised study plan for you.

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Mauritz

Writer and qualified yoga instructor, who is passionate about health and well-being.