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The 7 best ways to learn how to code

The 7 best ways to learn how to code
It’s never been a better time to pick up programming. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools are available to get you started or to help you refine your programming chops. Best of all, many of those resources are free. You no longer have to spend countless hours trying to deconstruct new programming languages with no help beyond sparsely updated message boards and the good graces of patient IRC chat buddies. (In my day…) Now there are expertly written tutorials, helpful videos, and a wealth of other resources online. Maybe you’re just curious about what all this programming stuff is about. And, if you’ll forgive us for tooting our own horn, you should also check out an eighth resource: our upcoming DevBeat conference, Nov. 12-13 in San Francisco. Codecademy Perhaps the most renowned online training resource — and for good reason, Codecademy offers easy-to-understand interactive tutorials for popular languages like Python and Ruby. You won’t be going it alone either. Coursera

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