MEXICO: Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately.
And while being a programmer might not be for everyone, there is a lot to be said about gaining a better, more educated view of how all those pixels get moved around all those screens.
Even if you think the buzz around “learning how to code” is overkill, you have to admit it’s here to stay.
Just like it’s easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you’ll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don’t plan on becoming a software developer.
The key, though, is making the learning process interactive. A favorite catchphrase of those who advocate coding education is “learn by doing,” and Sims repeats the sentiment. In the past few years, this has led to a surge in educational tools that favor project-driven learning over lectures. The good news is, there aren’t any prerequisites.
Start off easy with these five online resources, for kids and adults alike, to help on your way to becoming well-versed in code.