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where can I learn coding without school program?

Where is a place i can learn how to code so i can be prepared for my dream job?

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Carson’s Answer

Hey Haley,

There are tons of resources for self-taught programmers. You can try and learn the basics from Youtube videos and follow a curriculum from a non-profit coding website such as freeCodeCamp. There is also another similar website called the Odin Project which provides a curriculum to for learning programming from scratch.
Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. haley
Thank you comment icon Girls Who Code have some great coding exercise on their website: https://girlswhocode.com/programs/code-at-home. You can also get more involved in various programs they offer on their website (https://girlswhocode.com/) Richard Hojel
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Sara’s Answer

Hi Haley, I agree with the resources above but since I see the tags of "video game" to your post, I assume you want to code for video games.

In this case, I would recommend learning any programming language that you can use to develop video games in. I would recommend C++ or C# programming language but JavaScript is a good option as well.

Please research anything related to Unity or Unreal Engine.

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Jennifer’s Answer

There are many great online resources for this! The first that comes to mind because I used it to learn some basic coding is Udemy.com, but if you google "Online coding courses" you will see many websites come up that offer coding courses.
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Elisa’s Answer

Depending on where you live, your local library can have many great resources, like free subscriptions to learning platforms that include coding. Don't underestimate learning from books. Let people around you (teachers, family, friends) know what you're interested in learning and you might be surprised.
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Mir’s Answer

Hey Haley,
There is a ton of material to learn programming by yourself. Apart from great tutorial videos on Youtube where you need to know where to go next, there are many free courses offered by renowned universities (like Harvard, Univ of Toronto etc.) which are self paced and available on platforms like edx / coursera.

A few eg. to consider below:
1.Hardvard Computer Science : https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x
2. https://www.coursera.org/learn/learn-to-program

Besides, once you sign up on the self learning portals below, you can also get free days wherein you can sign up for any paid courses for free.
* coursera.org
* udemy.com
* pluralsight
* edx.org

Hope this helps!
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Adrian’s Answer

Hello! There are so many free online resources for learning coding, I recommend finding a coding language you want to learn more about and then searching for it (ex: Free python coding courses, or something like that) using Google or any other search engine. You’ll have many options and it will open your eyes to all the free resources available.
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Ashlyn’s Answer

Hi Haley,

I'm not a coder, but I work in the data and have close friends and colleagues who have learned to code without learning a degree in it, so I would like to pass along their insights! There are MANY online resources (and free) to help you learn a new skill!!

Free:
- Check out this article with free sources: https://skillcrush.com/blog/64-online-resources-to-learn-to-code-for-free/ for a great list of resources!
- If you decide you want to take a class from a formal institution like a school, many universities and community colleges offer audit classes that you can take for free (I believe or at a discount) - it won't count as a credit and you don't need to apply, but check on a school basis. For example - https://pll.harvard.edu/catalog/free, https://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.

At a cost:
- There are also coding bootcamps you could join - https://bootcamp.cvn.columbia.edu/coding
- If you want to take a step further and certified [in place of a degree], it might help you be more marketable on LinkedIn. For example...https://www.guru99.com/best-online-coding-courses.html

I hope this helps and happy coding!!! Best of luck :)
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Ziyu’s Answer

Hi Haley,

Here are a few online resources that I found super helpful when I was practicing coding for job application:

- Foundation building if you have no coding experience
DataCamp: it will be a good starting point to learn how to code from 0. It provides courses and exercises of SQL, R, and Python.

- Enhancing for applying a job
Leetcode/ HackerRank/ QuantHub : it provides the same/similar coding test exercises when applying for a tech role

- Inspiring for data project
Kaggle/Medium: it provides the data projects introduction and how to tackle the problem with data analysis/modeling. Kaggle even gives the raw data for you to play with.

- Debug
Stackoverflow: it provides you the answer of how to debug on specific questions

Ziyu recommends the following next steps:

Leverage the resource based on your coding level
Keep practicing is very important~
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