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9 websites to help you learn how to code

Entrepreneurs possess dozens of skills on personal and professional levels. There is no just one combination of abilities and knowledge that define the success of certain startup. Take Sir Richard Branson for example, who has constantly shared his entrepreneurial advices and experiences with us, and Steve Jobs, who has broken every single one of Branson’s rules for success. Both of them are colossal examples of extraordinary entrepreneurs, but again both are so different in their approaches.

There are some specific skills and abilities that an entrepreneurs must have and here we will not talk about the personal qualities like leadership and the ability to take risks, but the one very important technical skill which has been playing key role at the development path of many tech and non-tech startups. If you guessed that we are talking about coding, you were right.

Running a startup requires you to speak the language of tech and even though your startup might be not tech-oriented unquestionably it will have connection with technology. Knowing how to code (here we are not talking about becoming a coding guru or the master of the code), will improve your performance at your work environment. Understanding more deeply the subjects of coding, you will have better communication with your team and the people who you have actually had hired to do the job. You will be able to participate more actively in the work process, to improve your critical thinking skills, to save time and sometimes money, to react when unexpected situations occur. So basically the positive outcomes from the process of learning how to code are many more than the negative ones.

You may wonder how exactly you can find the time to learn how to code when running your business is extremely time-consuming by itself. I have some great news for you. There are many online platforms which provide coding classes and courses, mostly based on the method Learn by doing. It is scientifically proven that learning by doing is the most successful approach when it comes to memorizing new things by actually creating specific chunks of information in your long-term memory.

By making accessible great courses from top universities based all over the world and covering huge variety of subjects, Coursera, Udemy and Alison platforms are wonderful source of information, especially for entrepreneurs located out of the USA or Western Europe.

Try out these online platforms and learn how to code in order to improve your business.

Codecademy  – learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Ruby, Python, API.

Khan Academy  – learn Programming Basics, Canvas Drawing, Animation, User Interaction.

Code School – learn HTML5, CSS, CSS3, jQuery, Ruby, iOS, Objective-C.

Code Avengers – HTML, CSS, JavaScript beginner courses.

Udacity –  Web Development, HTML5, Python, Java, Computer Science, Algorithm, AI.

Treehouse – HTML, CSS, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, iOS, Android, UX, Database.

CodeHS –  Problem Solving, JavaScript, Animation, Game Programming.

SQLZOO – Everything that you need to now about SQL.

Coding For Entrepreneurs – A programming series for non-technical founders. Build and launch real projects step-by-step. Learn Python, Django, JQuery, HTML, CSS, and more.

 

─ November 4, 2014