The Learn to Code movement has picked up momentum worldwide and that is actually a good thing as even basic programming skills can have a major impact. If you can teach yourself how to write code, you gain a competitive edge over your peers, you can think more algorithmically and thus can tackle problems more efficiently.

Gone are the days when you had to enroll in expensive computer training classes as now exist a plethora of web-based courses that will help you learn programming at your own pace in the comfort of your web browser.

Best Websites to Learn Coding Online

If you are ready to take the plunge, here are some of the best websites that offer courses in a variety of programming languages for free. I have also added a list of companion ebooks that will give you a more in-depth understanding of the language and they don’t cost anything either.


Online Courses & Screencasts Programming Books (Free)
JavaScript Code Academy,
Learn Street,
Khan Academy,
Code Combat,
Code Avengers
Eloquent JavaScript,
JavaScript Guide,
Speaking JS,
JS The Right Way,
Oh My JS,
HTML & CSS Code Academy,
Don’t Fear The Internet,
Learn Layout,
A to Z CSS,
Web Accessibility,
The Hello World
Dive into HTML5,
20 Things I Learned,
HTML5 for Designers,
DOM Enlightenment,
HTML Canvas
jQuery Code Academy,
Code School
jQuery Fundamentals,
Learn jQuery
Python Code Academy,
Learn Street,
Python Tutor,
Python for You and Me,
Dive into Python,
Learn Python the Hard Way,
Think Python,
Python for Fun,
Tango with Django,
Ruby & Ruby on Rails Code Academy,
Code Learn,
Learn Street
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby,
Learn Ruby the Hard Way,
Learn to Program,
Learn Rails by Example
PHP Code Academy PHP Programming,
Practical PHP
Google Apps Script Getting Started,
Office Hours,
Google Scripts Examples,
Learning Apps Script
WordPress Treehouse,
WordPress TV
Linux & Shell Scripting,
Explain Shell
Conquer the Command Line
Node.js Nodetuts,
Node School
The Node Beginner Book,
Mixu’s Node book,
Node Up and Running,
Mastering Node.js
Angular JS Code School,
Egg Head,
Learn Angular
Angular JS Tutorial,
Thinking Angular,
Angular Tutorial,
Getting Started (Adobe)
Git (version control) Code School,
Git Immersion,
GitHub Training
Pro Git,
Learn Git
Objective-C (iOS & Mac) Code School,
Chrome Dev Tools Code School,
Dev Tools Secret,
Chrome Dev Tools Tutorial,
Building Browser Apps
Go Language,
Programming in Go,
Go by Example,
Learning Go
Java Learn Java,
Coding Bat,
Java Udemy,
Programming in Java,
Thinking in Java,
O’Reilly Learning Java,
Think Java,
Java & CS,
Java for Python Devs
Android App Development Udacity (Google Developers),
The New Boston,
Google University,
App Development Essentials,
Code Learn,
App Inventor (Visual)
D3 (data visualization) Data Visualization for the Web,
Dashing D3,
D3 Tips & Tricks
SQL (Databases) SQL Zoo,
SQL @Stanford,
Essentail SQL,
SQL for Nerds
Everything Else Udacity,,
Open Consortium,
One Month Rails$

$ Indicates Paid Site.

Teach Kids to Code

If there are kids in the family, you should download either Tynker (Android/iOS) or the Hopscotch app for iPad and they can learn the basics of programming through games and puzzles.

There’s also Scratch, an MIT project that allows kids to program their own stories and games visually. Scratch is available as a web app or you can download it on your Mac/Windows/Linux computer for offline use. Blockly and Alice are some other desktop apps that will introduce the concepts of computer progamming to your children.

On a related note, the following chart from Google Trends shows the relatively search popularity of various programming languages over the last 5 years. JavaScript clearly has maintained the lead.