The Best Online Resources for Learning Code

Coding has become a valuable skill for just about everyone involved in web industries, as the lines between design, programming and marketing continue to fade. Even if you never write a single line of code professionally, your design choices will be reinforced by knowledge of the programming languages that bring them to life.

Learning code has never been so accessible either, with a collection of online tools at your disposal, designed to teach people from all levels. So even if the thought of code brings you out in a cold sweat, the tools we’ll be looking at today will have you writing your own code in no time.


Free interactive courses

The best way to learn code is by getting your hands dirty and working with the programming languages themselves. Learn by doing is the phrase you may hear people mention and there are some cracking free interactive courses that throw you into practical coding situations.



Codecademy is possibly the go-to choice for new code learners and it’s infuriatingly addictive too. You work your way through the courses of your choice, in some of the most widely used web languages, and the practical tasks ensure it all sinks in.


You can learn:

  • HTML + CSS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Ruby
  • Python


Khan Academy

Screenshot of Khan Academy code learning tool

Khan Academy ties a number of the basics together for real life uses, including interactive webpage course using JS and jQuery. You also get an introduction to SQL, which may be a step too far from front end of most designers, but a handy resource onen the less.


You can learn:

  • HTML + CSS
  • JavaScript
  • HTML + JavaScript
  • HTML+ jQuery
  • SQL


Other free resources

Not all of the free tools available are as practical as the first two we looked at, but there are plenty of other valuable freebies out there.


Android Training

If you fancy developing for Android as your next step in the tech industry then you’ll be glad to know Google offers up everything it thinks you need to get started.


HTML5 Rocks

Screenshot of HTML5 Rocks web page

HTML5 Rocks is a Google project that allows developers to document guidelines for HTML5 and other essentials of developing for the modern web. You won’t find interactive lessons like the options we’ve looked at so far, but this once certainly earns a place in your RSS feed.


Other resources to look out for


Paid courses

Not all tools are freebies of course; you have a wealth of paid options to choose from and these specialist courses are tailored to help you transform your career.



Screenshot of Coursera homepage

Coursera is the first paid option on our list, but these are open-university style extensive courses, designed to teach you professional skills.


You can learn:

Here are a couple of examples from the course collection to give you an idea:


iOS App Development with Swift
  • Intro to Swift Programming
  • iOS App Development Basics
  • App Design and Development for iOS
  • Build Your Own iOS App


Full Stack Web Development Specialization course
  • HTML, CSS + Javascript
  • Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools
  • Angular.js
  • Multiplatform Mobile App Development with Web Technologies
  • Node.js



Screenshot of Udemy website

Udemy is another paid option that lets you buy access to tutorial videos for a huge range of topics. The development section is filled with practical tutorials for you to follow (12 hours is fairly typical) and they’re good value for money. Once again you only pay for the courses you want to study, rather than a full subscription up-front.



Screenshot of Udacity courses

Udacity’s Nanodegrees aim to give people employable skills that the biggest names in tech are looking out for. AT&T and Google are among the tech names involved in the scheme, designed to produce the next generation of tech experts.


Subscriptions and other paid types


Screenshot of Treehouse website

I think Treehouse was the first tutorial site I ever used for learning code and it was cracking back then – even with a much smaller collection of courses, compared to now. These days it’s jam packed with different coding languages, design tutorials and business courses.


You can learn:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • iOS
  • Android
  • and so much more


Code School

Screenshot of Code Scool

Code School is another option that takes the learn by doing approach, similar to Codecademy and Khan Academy. The difference here is you’re paying a monthly fee for more in-depth practicals that will take your coding skills the next level. This makes Code School a great choice once you’ve mastered the likes of Codecademy.


Code Avengers

Screenshot of Code Avengers homepage

Code Avengers is on a mission to make learning code as much fun as possible by offering incredibly practical courses that have you building websites, apps and games in no time. You can get life-time access to all the courses for $165 (just over £100) or pay for them individually as you go.


And there you have it – no excuse to put off learning code any longer, when you have so many tools to help you jump into programming. Add front-end development to your existing design skills and your entire career has a different look about it. You’ll become a better designer for your efforts too, by seeing how your design choices impact the coding process and performance later on.

So, if you haven’t already, take a look at the tools and resources we’ve mentioned today and reinforce your design projects with some practical coding skills.