Start for Free
Nowadays there are dozens of online resources that’ll teach you to code for free. While I’ve had some success with Code Academy, there are some issues that come with self-study. You’re in charge of your own time-management and curriculum and often support is lacking. These free programs are a fantastic place to start if you want to get a taste of what it’s like to code.
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- Code Academy
Join over 45 million learners from around the globe. Learn to code interactively, for free.
- GA Dash
Dash is a fun and free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser.
- The Coder’s Guide YouTube Channel
Neil Rowe keeps over 63000 subscribers up to date on industry trends. I suggest you start with the basics, and evolve from there.
Start with Minimal Investment
I have only one instructor in my “minimal investment’ category and that’s because my personal experience with these programs was so incredible. I’ve taken these classes and they’ve taken me from coding zero to coding hero. Jonas Schmedtmann is creator of CodingHeroes and he offers his classes through Udemy.
While each of the courses below lists for $195 dollars I timed my purchases appropriately and bought them on sale for no more than $20 each. Udemy runs huge discount sales all the time, so while I believe the courses are worth full price I definitely recommend waiting for a deal.
If you’re serious about learning to code and you have minimal money to invest in web design classes my personal recommendation is to take all three of the courses below, in the order they’re listed below. There are many other excellent web development courses available on Udemy, but these are by far the best. Oh – and these are not affiliate links!
- Build Responsive Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS
- Advanced CSS and Sass: Take Your CSS to the Next Level!
Start with Larger Investment
If you’re looking to invest a larger amount of money in your web design education the below classes are all highly rated and might be right for you. The benefit of these larger programs is that whether you’re pursuing them full or part-time you’ll be expected to set aside a substantial amount of time for your program. You’ll be working with an instructor who you can reach out to with questions, and you’ll be guided through a comprehensive curriculum prepared by industry professionals. At the end of these programs you’ll get real certification to add to your resume, you’ll be left with a ready-to-go portfolio, and you’ll be connected to a community of professionals, which is incredibly valuable when you’re looking for your first job, or your first client.
Tuition Fee(subject to change): $12,000.
- Career Foundry
Tuition Fee(subject to change): $4,000.
- Hack Reactor
Hack Reactor’s has an evening and weekends-scheduled course, taught over nine month that’ll teach you fullstack software development without quitting your job.
You’ll learn: fullstack software development.
Tuition Fee(subject to change): $17,780