5 Free Apps That Help You Learn to Code Like a Pro

The IT industry has become one of the loudest international industries.

The Internet has opened amazing doors of opportunities and the continuous technology breakthroughs are constantly revolutionizing the way the world works. IT is the phenomenon that was born under the marriage of the Internet and computer technology.

What does coding involve?

Coding is the skill and art of understanding and leveraging technical languages. Coding can generate unlimited outcomes, depending on the coder’s intention, expertise, and system. Since most people look at coding superficially, the entire mystery behind code quickly starts to vanish.

If you’re a passionate coder, I’m urging you to hold your passion for what you’re doing and stay away from corruption like financial greed, inactivity, and laziness. I can ensure you, coding is more than that. I also believe that it’s critical that young coders use this ideology, too.

Here’s what I propose. I’ll play an imaginary game with you, and in the end, I’ll ask you a simple question. Ready, set, go:

You are at the beginning of your coding journey. You’re scared because you’re confused and overwhelmed right now. You are just a very small fish in a big ocean of sharks.

Nevertheless, growth is attainable as soon as you start learning how to fight (learning to code) and by eating the fishes you defeat (seizing the opportunities that bring challenges).

Back to this world. Becoming a master programmer is mostly about intention, strategy, and resources. The resources you leverage can make a huge difference in your learning experience and your professional results.

My question is – how are you going to change the world through code?

In today’s post, I’m proposing the idea that coding tools should be carefully taken into consideration (if not carefully used) by most IT beginners and newbie programmers.

For that reason, I will present the main reasons for this statement and the best apps to learn programming, which every programmer who is starting off should use.

  • Coding apps are specially designed to serve the basic needs of new programmers.
  • Coding apps bring great potential, as they improve the confidence of individuals who are often encountering issues, challenges, and
  • Coding apps are one of the best ways to improve your coding skills. You can read several articles at EduBirdie.com that has proven this statement through various studies that explored and measured the learning processes of IT academicians.

Here are the best coding apps you should leverage to learn to code better and faster.

SoloLearn

SoloLearn is not just a coding tutorial or program, but one of the largest communities of passionate mobile learners. Everything you could ever need to kickstart your coding journey is on this program.

  • SoloLearn offers amazing quality courses that cover the most important coding languages like Python, C++, Javascript, Java, PHP, CSS, HTML, SQL, jQuery, Swift 4, or Ruby.
  • The brand has over 29 million learners, 1500 lessons, and 13.000 quizzes.
  • SoloLearn has a Q&A discussion page where coders can discuss problems and ask various questions.

Programming Hub

Programming Hub’s motto suggests that this coding app will immediately become “your personal programming companion”. Both their mission and value proposition are simple, similar, and very clear:

The Programming Hub aims to provide every newbie coder with access to private tutoring experiences through mobile-based technology. Simply put, the app serves as a third party between learners and educators, and it does its intermediary role extremely well.

  • It aims to discover and promote the interactive side of coding
  • They provide bite-sized quality content
  • Over 5000 programs and code snippets.

Encode: Learn to Code

Encode: Learn to Code is a mobile app that makes learning easy. I believe that this might be the best app to learn to code, based on subjective experience. This simple yet efficient app proposes the idea that “everyone can learn to code”, and the app serves as a personal teacher for the user.

  • The app makes you feel like you’re playing
  • Great for absolute beginners
  • Great task system that engages the user to accomplish more

 

Codecademy

Learn to code, for free – Codecademy claims to have developed what they call “the best app to learn to programme” in modern times. Their system’s positive results have been tested and proven by over 45 million learners over seven years, so they’re worth having a look at.

  • The app prioritizes the choice of the user, providing diverse learning journeys.
  • Codecademy teaches you how to learn by taking real action.
  • One of the best coding apps you can get your hands on

 

Tynker

Tynker is the best app to learn to code designed for kids. If you’re a parent who’s looking to improve his child’s coding knowledge and skills, Tynker is your best choice.

  • Tynker aims to make coding easy, fun, and educational
  • It is aimed at children over the age of 7
  • Every parent can empower their children to become “designers” and “makers” of brilliant solutions and applications

Takeaways

Learning to code is just like learning to play an instrument. It is both an art and a skill, so its complexity cannot be described in very precise words. Nevertheless, a programmer and coder will be able to express their own ideas, intuition, and solutions through an effective language that generates material effects.

How to Start Making Money with Code Before You Quit Your Job

By Ryan Robinson, Skillcrush

A version of this article previously appeared on Skillcrush, an online education program for creatives, thinkers, and makers that gives total tech newbies the tools to make major career changes.

 

No matter how rewarding a full-time job in tech may be, for plenty of entrepreneurial spirits out there, there’s one thing that’s even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits: working for yourself.

Choosing the path of entrepreneurship is without a doubt riskier than holding a 9-5 job, and requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and making significantly more money than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will all have been worth it.

The question I’m asked the most (by far) when I meet and speak with fellow tech entrepreneurs is, “How do I know which business I should start?” This is always quickly followed by, “How do I start it while I’m still working my full-time job?”

This makes perfect sense. With how many apps, online tools, and businesses that already exist, it can be difficult to come up with the right idea you should be spending your time on. The majority of us don’t have the luxury of being able to quit our day jobs to pursue starting a business today, without having to worry about how we’re going to meet our financial obligations moving forward with no immediate income.

And if you’re new to tech, you’re probably a little unsure about exactly what business you as a beginner can start. Well, it turns out that lots of tech companies were launched by total beginners. In reality, you’ll learn best by doing. But it’s still understandable if you’re nervous about putting your life and income on the line for a brand new business venture.

That’s why I’m a huge advocate of always starting a business while working full-time, so that you can test your way into your new product or service, get feedback, validate the business idea, and start generating income before you quit your job.

When I set out to start a new business, I always make sure it aligns with both my core competencies and my passions. In other words, I need to be good at it, and love doing it. It’s how I make sure I’ll be engaged, even when the going gets rough.

With that in mind, I put together this list of 14 Businesses You Can Start with Your New Tech Skills to help give you some starting points on proven business ideas that can be executed on. All of these can also be pulled off while you still keep your day job—and primary source of income. And the good news is that a lot of these businesses are actually excellent for honing your tech skills and transforming you from a beginner to an expert.

If I missed any good ones, please share your best ideas for tech-related side businesses in the comments below! If you’re ready to get started on a business while you’re still working, join my course on launching while working.

1. Web Design

Web designers are incredibly valuable for technology companies. Web design is all about mastering the art of creating a beautiful, value-driven experience for the people using a website or app. There are always new websites popping up in need of professional web design, and Skillcrush offers a very in-depth Web Designer Blueprint you can complete in just 3 months, to build your foundation as a web designer.

2. Online Courses

If you’re an expert at something, there’s going to be an audience of people online who would be willing to pay to become self-sufficient in your field. If you do development work for a client who’d like to learn how to cover the basics on her own, so they can stop paying you for ongoing work, why not embrace that reality and offer her access to a set of online courses that’ll teach them the basics of what they want to accomplish? Even if you just have a client you’d like to start lessening your workload with, offer to put together a customized package of content for them to learn how to satisfy their own needs after you’re gone and place a premium value on that content.

A great concrete example of how to do this is to create a guide for your clients on how to use and update the WordPress site you built. Then you can sell that package as an online course or resource!

3. eBooks

Packaging your new skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that delivers value to those seeking to learn in your field, advance in their careers, or start their own businesses, makes for a strong value proposition if you target the right audience. Check out Leslie Samuel’s great guide to selling eBooks online and start building your strategy.

4. Freelance WordPress Developer

Countless small businesses start out their web presence using a WordPress hosted website before needing to upgrade to other solutions for various reasons. Many of them will pay several thousands of dollars for someone to get them set up online, especially if they need customized features outside the scope of a limited template. You’ll be able to set your own hours, select the clients you want to work with, and work remotely from wherever you choose. Enroll in the Skillcrush WordPress Developer Blueprint and to get the skills you need to make it happen.

5. Online Coaching

As with online coaching and selling eBooks, when you have something you’re skilled at and very passionate about, you can turn that winning combination into offering your services with one-on-one online coaching. Regina Anaejionu will give you a step-by-step plan for putting your skills and experience to work by developing an online coaching business. Check out her content for a jump start on this career.

6. Web Development

As a web developer, you’ll have incredibly valuable skills that are in extremely high demand. Once you command a knowledge of HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript, you can start taking on freelance projects to build your portfolio while you still hold your full-time job. In the Skillcrush Web Development Blueprint, you’ll learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, and even get a start on the much-loved Ruby programming language.

7. Podcasting

If you can create a regular audience for your podcast that teaches others how to advance their tech skills, this is a great way to get sponsors. At CreativeLive, I regularly pay $50-$250 (or more depending on audience size) per episode for a 30 second advertisement on relevant podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, the #1 business podcast right now.

Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from building successful businesses on the back of podcasting and offering free content on specific topics. Listen to this great episode of the Conscious Millionaire podcast for an interview with John Lee Dumas on how to make money podcasting.

8. Affiliate Sales and Marketing

If you already have a website that’s driving in targeted traffic, a great way to make passive income from the content you’re already creating is through affiliate marketing.

Perhaps your blog content is geared toward teaching others how to build their own WordPress websites or create custom plugins, or you offer free tutorials on building a mobile app. You can monetize the traffic to your website using ClickbankSkimlinks, and Rakuten—all great affiliate marketing tools and networks that can help you make money from the content you already produce.

9. Tech Blogging

Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Thousands of bloggers creating content around the applications of tech skills are launching self-employed careers thanks to a combination of collecting blog subscribers, affiliate marketing, sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Start with Amy Andrews’ ultimate free Guide to Making Money Blogging.

10. Landing Page Specialist

If you have a way with words and know how to make the keyword-friendly, beautifully designed, SEO-optimized landing pages, why not charge others for your services? Even a short, customized landing page is worth a couple hundred dollars or more in most cases. Just check out what Freelance Copywriter Mike is up to for some inspiration.

11. Develop an App

Sometimes it seems like there’s an app for everything. Yet somehow, new ones keep popping up and selling for lots of money, all the time. If you spot a niche that hasn’t been filled to its potential just yet, and you can learn the coding skills, you could be onto something. Just make sure you validate your app idea before jumping too far in.

12. Copywriting for Websites

It’s not for everyone, but if your tech skills can get you through the door for doing work with a client, and you also have a knack for writing compelling copy, this is a great add-on service. With experience and a great portfolio, you can charge just as much for your copywriting services as you can for your time developing. Pick up this free guide to launching a freelance writing career.

13. Start a YouTube Channel

If you can create value-driven, entertaining video content around tutorials and actionable tips and tricks, people will be happily subscribe to your regular free content. If you can grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers, your videos can start generating pretty substantial income from ads being displayed on them. Many YouTube users make well into the millions each year.

14. Online Subcontracting

Once you’ve established yourself as a freelancer, subcontracting your jobs out to other freelancers can help you significantly grow your client list and revenue generating possibilities.

15. What Did I Miss

Share in the comments if I’m missing any great business ideas that you can start with your tech skills. Bonus points if you’ve already gotten started on it, and share the link to your website.

 

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How to Find Your First Web Developer Role

So you’ve decided you that you want to start your career in web development. Whether this is your first job or you’re looking for a career change, there are several steps you need to follow to land your starting role in the industry.

To help you out, Resume-Library has pulled together some top advice for preparing and conducting your job search, so you can find your first web development role in no time!

 

Make Sure You’ve Got the Necessary Skills

This might seem an obvious point to make, but it’s essential. Most professionals that want to work in the industry will have learnt, or spent time strengthening, their coding and web development skills. Therefore, you’re going to have to prove you’ve got what it takes and stand out from the competition.

Make sure you’ve got the basic skills along with a strong set of transferable skills to back these up. If you feel like there’s more you could learn, you might consider an online course to help bolster your skill set and stand you in good stead for your job hunt.

 

Get Experience While You Search

Just because you’re searching for a job, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to look for experience or work on your skills. While you look for a permanent role you might choose to freelance, volunteer your skills, undergo a work placement or even work on your own project.

Not only is it good to keep practicing and sharpening your web developer skills, but it also gives you some experience to talk about on your resume. You can do this alongside your job search until you find a more permanent role that’s right for you.

 

Perfect Your Resume

This one is very important. If you hope to land a web developer role, you’ll need to write an outstanding resume that’s going to get you noticed. Spend some time getting this right and remember that you must tailor every resume you submit to the specific role and company you’re applying for. A generic resume just won’t cut it.

Be sure to carefully list all the transferable and technical skills that make you right for the role: from HTML and CSS, to JavaScript and PHP. You must also outline any previous experience you have in the field, even if that’s from working on personal projects. This all counts towards showing you’re a great fit for their company.

 

Network On and Offline

Networking is important during all stages of your career, but it can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re meeting people in person. To help you feel more at ease, here are some tips for networking that will help you land a job.

Be sure to network both on and offline. Joining web developer groups on professional platforms like LinkedIn can be a great way to connect with others in your industry, so make sure you fill in your profile as best you can. In addition, be sure to attend industry events, where you can find out about any exciting job opportunities on offer or any emerging trends.

 

Search for Jobs in the Right Places

When it comes to finding jobs that you actually want to apply for, you need to make sure you’re looking in the right places. There are a whole host of opportunities online, so start by signing up on  job boards like Resume-Library. These offer access to a wide range of roles across a vast number of locations – so you’re bound to find an opportunity that is right for you!

You might also want to search on industry-specific job sites, or use social media during your job hunt. Once again, sites like LinkedIn offer job search options, but you can also connect with groups or hashtags on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that will help you to find a job.

 

In Summary

In order to find and land your first role as a web developer, you need to perfect your skills and be able to sell these on your resume. Search for jobs in the right places, whether this is using an online job board, social media or networking at industry events.

Investing time in your search is key, but it’s also vital that you’re always working on your skills and putting them into practice. Do this, and you’ll find the right role in no time.

 

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