So you’ve left Tech Month feeling inspired to start learning to code, but where do you start? Here’s a list of resources from some of our brilliant contributors to help you on the right track.
- Institute of Coding – blog posts on entry into industry, and site also includes a directory of paid/unpaid courses on a range of subjects in tech
- Coursera – lots of courses on tech stuff including one Jamie took when starting out which he really recommends. (Disclaimer: he wasn’t working for the University of London at the time so completely impartial, promise!)
- Codewars – not for the faint-hearted, but gamified challenges for your chosen programming language. There are also more structured collections, e.g. this one on Ruby for beginners.
- CSS Almanac – useful glossary for CSS with visual examples
- CSS Reference – similar to above
- Type Scale – Modular type scale for Google fonts (fun to play with for type fans)
- The Net Ninja – Patreon-supported producer of free youtube videos on various tech topics, including crash course in HTML & CSS (useful for those starting out)
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- The best money decision you can make today: start learning to code, by Adda Birnir – Lucy read this article when she was considering a better career whilst also being a parent, and she quickly began to explore coding
- Founders & Coders – an intensive, immersive coding course Lucy took to kickstart her career in coding
- There’s No Such Thing as Objective Technology, by Sarah Gold – software is made by humans, so is riddled with biases. Tech can give you the tools to change this.
- The power of vulnerability, by Brené Brown – how embracing vulnerability and abolishing shame can help us become more confident and proficient coders.
- Makers’ Academy & Codecademy – Ruth found that both Makers’ Academy and Codecademy worked for her when she first took her first steps into coding
- Miro – an online whiteboard app you can use to collaborate on ideas with your colleagues, wherever they are
- Slack – a direct messaging tool you can use within teams to work more effectively
- Trello – a visual planning tool and calendar to help you track tasks
- Anna touched on her most useful tools she’s found useful on her ongoing coding journey: Brilliant, W3 Schools and Udemy
- Side Project Summer – a fantastic online community of coders started by the wonderful people at Consonance especially for publishing professionals