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There are SO many resources out there that it is incredibly overwhelming for someone who is in a different career to pick out where to begin. I know that I am not the only one who feels completely drowned in information and material for learning how to code. Every click or search leads to a new Code tutorial or school, and after a while I just want to grab them all and try to do them all at once. I fret about what school will make use of my limited time the most and what school I can get the most out of. Here’s the secret: there is no right place to go learn, you really just have to pick a link, school, or site and start.

Good news–I have done the overwhelming part of picking out sites and code learning platforms, trying to figure out the lingo and see what the difference was between all the languages. I have narrowed it down to my top three places to start at the absolute beginning. If you are new to code and want to skip the headache, start here!

This is a list of three places to start that are not completely overwhelming, so you can dip your toes in without drinking the Kool-Aid.

  1. Ten-day Bootcamp at Skillcrush was really my first commitment to
    learning how to code. It was quick, informative, and fun. By the end of ten days of 10 minutes per day, I had a simple project already, and a conceptual understanding of HTML and CSS. Skillcrush markets to women who want to change careers, so the course really puts “techie terms” into digestible material for self-motivated working professionals. Price: FREEScreen Shot 2016-01-08 at 9.24.03 PM
  2. Code School is a great online collection of courses that continues to grow each month. It has great beginner courses for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (plus a whole library of languages) with short video tutorials and a coding exercise to practice. Price: FREE for most Level 1 courses. After that, $29 a month. WORTH IT for those who want to learn to code but feel stuck or discouraged.Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 9.28.26 PM
  3. Free Code Camp is a unique opportunity for newbie coders to hone their skills by doing the challenges that introduce a little more complex coding. It walks you through every step, just like Code School, and it is so huge that there is a forum for all the “Campers” in your community, and they have meet-ups to talk about code and network. By the end, you have a Full Stack Development certificate. I just began and it is fun to figure out the code and push my way through. Price: FREE, but they ask that you donate to a non-profitScreen Shot 2016-01-08 at 9.08.08 PM

Pick one and GO sign up! You will never know if you can do it if you don’t even try! Stick with one of these for a month, and then move on to other platforms. New to code and want to do a little research before jumping in? My favorite blogs for this are Learn to Code With Me and Skillcrush.

Are you an expert coder and have any advice? Or are you a n00b and feel my pain? Comment below!

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