The first thing to know about learning how to program is where to go to take courses and what you’ll need. Here are three of the best spots to take a course.
Is it possible to learn software development on your own?
The short answer to this is yes, there are plenty of tools out on the internet for you to go out and learn how to be a software developer. The long answer to this is that although it is possible you may miss out on learning certain things that you would possibly learn by taking a class with an actual instructor at a college or at a coding camp. Both options have there advantages and disadvantages, like how likely you are to get a job from self teaching or with a degree. There is also the cost factor into this, if you don’t have the money or don’t want to take loans then the best route for you would be to learn online with the tools we outline below.
What are the top 5 places to learn software development?
1.) Codecademy ( codecademy.com)
Codecademy is a great place to start if your not sure what languages you want to learn. The best part is they have a free version to get you started on basic classes that aren’t to advanced. With the paid version you get premium classes and this starts at $39.99 a month, but if your serious about becoming a developer that is a small price to pay and is much cheaper than going to a four year college. What is great about this service is that they don’t just have you watch a video and do it while following along, they have you do some practice exercises showing you every step of the way on what to do and then test your skills to make sure you understand what you are learning.
Treehouse is another learning resource that you can access, unlike Codecademy there isn’t a monthly free option that you can select but they do give you a free 7-day free trial to give the service a try. They have three tiers of pricing, first being $25 a month for there basic plan, $49 a month which is there pro plan and gives you more learning curriculum and then there $199 a month for there tech degree program which gives feedback on your code and real-time support. With Treehouse you get videos that have you follow along with the instructor, the cons to this is that the instructor can sometimes go to fast and you may have to pause the video over and over again.
3.) YouTube (youtube.com)
Everyone knows what YouTube is, there are millions of videos uploaded to the platform every single day. That is why it is a great free resource that you can use to find a tutorial in order to learn programming skills. The only problem with this is you may have a hard time finding the best video that fits with what you want to accomplish, but it is free so it could pay off if you learn the skills needed.
There are many more places to learn how to become a software developer, but no matter where you go you can learn the skills that you need in order to become a great software developer. United Software Technologies is a software/website development company located in Ohio that helps new developers gain some experience in order to further there career, if interested in helping us out contact us.