If you ever want to do anything with technology, and you don’t have a coding background already, use Codecadamy.org. Let me explain to you the five reasons why there’s no excuse not to use it.
- It’s easy. I started with no coding skills whatsoever beyond making paragraphs and headings in HTML. Within three days of starting Codecadamy, I already had a proficient knowledge in CSS and HTML. It’s not always going to be easy, because topics gradually get more advanced, but it’s a really easy starting place, and the pace of teaching is just right so that you’re not bored, but you’re not overwhelmed.
- It’s valuable. What has this done for me in month one? I’ve always had several design changes in mind for my site, but I was always too intimidated to do anything about it. With the knowledge I picked up, I was able to make some big changes in minutes, and without fear.
- It’s free. It’s literally 100% free. There aren’t even ads. Codecadamy is a non-profit, which means that there’s absolutely no barrier to entry.
- It’s fun. Codecadamy is based upon an educational principle called Gamification. Completing goals, projects, exercises, and challenge moves you up the progress bar of a track, earns you points, and badges. The fun of watching these accumulate really helps me persevere through even the hardest activities.
- It could land you a job. I’ve got a ways to go, but plenty of people have already gone from zero to hacker in months, and landed jobs at major companies like Google and Facebook, and startups like Square.