There are a lot of online platforms available to learn to code. You can learn anything for free these days since a plethora of material is available online.
But sometimes, the content you find on the Internet for free can be overwhelming. We can see a lot of low-quality and inaccurate materials available online. If you don’t have basic knowledge and some patience, it’s a pain to segregate the good content from the bad. That’s why several platforms provide premium online courses.
In this article, I want to introduce some of the high-quality online platforms available to learn coding skills. I’ll list down some of the big players in this field, based on my experience and opinion.
Without any further introduction, let’s jump into the content.
The first one on this list is Udacity. Udacity is a platform where you can find a lot of premium online courses, which are of the highest quality. I first heard about Udacity when this company tied up with Google to give a scholarship to students in Front End Web Development and Android Development, back in 2018.
I applied for the Front End program and got accepted to the Google scholarship. I already knew front-end technologies at that time. Hence, I didn’t continue the course after a week since there was no point in completing the entire program just for a certificate. But, I had a look at the content of the Udacity courses, and I can tell you that it was top-notch.
The course quality of Udacity is excellent. And that’s why it is a bit expensive. If you have the money to invest in learning the skills, Udacity is a great platform for you.
Udacity has an awesome user interface as well. The best thing I like about Udacity is the course content. The videos they provide are filmed very professionally. When I watched some of their videos, I really felt like watching a well-directed movie. When it comes to the quality of content, Udacity is one of the best out there.
Udacity has several free and paid courses. Obviously, the paid courses are a lot better in quality than free courses. The main attraction of Udacity is a program that they call the “Nanodegree”. They have Nanodegree programs for programming and development, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science, business, and autonomous systems.
The Nanodegree programs include technical mentor support, student community, personal career coaching, interview preparations, resume services, GitHub review, LinkedIn profile review, resumes shared with 95+ employers, real-world projects, project reviews, and project feedback from experienced reviewers.
They have industry lead programs built and recognized by top tech companies such as Google, Intel, AWS, IBM, Lyft, etc.
Since their programs offer this much amount of services along with top-quality content, the pricing is on the higher end. If you have the money to invest, it is a great platform to learn computer programming skills.
Some of my favorite courses on Udacity are:
- Introduction to Python Programming
- Intro to Data Structures and Algorithms
- Front End Web Developer Nanodegree
I think almost all the courses you can find there are of high quality.
Click here to go to the Udacity website and find more details about the various courses they offer.
The next one on this list is Coursera, which is yet another premium online course platform. The best thing about Coursera is that they tie up with the best universities in the world like Standford, Johns Hopkins University, etc., as well as tech giants like Google and AWS, and provide courses from the top lecturers.
Coursera provides hundreds of free courses as well as high-quality premium courses. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as course certificates upon completion. The pricing for premium courses starts from 39$.
I signed up for Coursera back in 2018, and I could find several excellent courses on the platform.
They have specialization programs in Python, Web Development, Deep Learning, Data Science, Machine Learning, and almost all other technology in the programming field. The other programs that they offer are Professional Certificates, MasterTrack Certificates, and Online Degrees.
You can find several courses for free. But you need to pay an amount to get a certificate if you need it. The premium content of Coursera is exceptional. It is a great platform to learn to code, in my opinion.
Some of my favorite courses on Coursera are:
- Principles of Computing (Part 1&2)
- Python For Everybody Specialization
- Data Science Specialization by Johns Hopkins
If you wish to give Coursera a try, click here to signup and take a course there.
edX is a platform that provides courses from top institutions in the world, such as MIT and Harward University. They have a variety of courses in computer science and related fields.
I first discovered edX when someone suggested the Introduction to Computer Science Course by CS50. That is an excellent course if you’re looking to learn computer science. The best thing is that you can take some of these top-notch courses for free and only pay if you need a certificate.
They have a MicroBachelors program, a MicroMasters program, a Professional Certificate program, and an online Master’s Degree for those who are looking for career advancement or a degree path.
Some of my favorite courses on edX are:
- CS50’s Introduction to Computer Science
- Micromasters in Data Science
The course content of edX is pretty awesome. If you’re looking to learn a new skill, take a course from edX. If you need a certificate from the top institutions, you can pay a small amount to get that. Click here to check the courses on edX.
4. Team Treehouse
Team Treehouse is one of the premium online learning platforms, especially for coding. It provides various courses and certification programs related to the tech industry. The Team Treehouse platform has an attractive user interface and high-quality video content.
I’ve heard a lot about Team Treehouse in the past, but I haven’t given it a try yet. This was because Treehouse is a subscription-based platform. I already learned a lot of stuff from college and other platforms before I landed on the Treehouse website. Hence, I didn’t take the subscription. But if I was starting from scratch, I could have tried it since a lot of experts are talking good about this platform.
In fact, I’m going to try it now. They provide a free trial for seven days. I’ll take that and do a complete review of that platform. If you want to take a free trial, click here and sign up. You can see the quality of the courses they have, and if you’re interested, you can become a paid member. But for now, let’s give it a free trial for a week.
Udemy is a comparatively cheap and entry-level platform. When it comes to quality, Udemy is not the best online course platform. There are plenty of courses available on Udemy, and almost all the YouTubers and content creators do create courses on this platform. And hence, there is a lot of noise on this platform.
However, that doesn’t mean that all the Udemy courses aren’t good. In fact, there are top-quality courses on Udemy, which are comparatively less expensive. If you don’t have the money to invest in premium course platforms like Udacity, Coursera, edX, and Treehouse, you can try Udemy.
I’ll recommend some of my favorite courses on Udemy.
- Beginner Full-stack Web development by Devslopes
- The Complete Python Programmer Bootcamp by Giles McMullen-Klein
- Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp by Jose Portilla
- Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python 3
- Automate the Boring Stuff Video Course
If you don’t have the budget to buy a premium course, you can try a Udemy course. Click here to check the courses available on Udemy.
LearnCodeOnline is a platform that I use a lot to learn new technology. This is a platform created by Hitesh Choudhary, a famous tech YouTuber. I personally enjoy his courses a lot, and they are pretty inexpensive as well. The main attraction of LearnCodeOnline is that you’ll get a chance to do a lot of projects when you take a course.
The content is awesome, and the instructor is a funny guy. I will recommend some of my favorite courses on LearnCodeOnline.
- The Complete Front End Web Developer Bootcamp
- Machine Learning and Data Science Bootcamp
- Mastering Data Structures and Algorithms with Python
- Android P with Machine Learning Apps – 26+ Projects in Total
Click here to visit LearnCodeOnline and explore the courses.
7. Clever Programmer
I’ve done a few courses on Clever Programmer, and I really enjoyed the experience. I’ve done the free Python course and Create Apps (OOP) course on Clever Programmer. I’ve previously reviewed one of their premium courses called Profitable Programmer. You can find the review here.
You can click here to check the Clever Programmer website and explore the courses.
One final thing I want to say is that you should select one course and stick with it until you finish it. Don’t jump around between courses. Do some research initially and find the best course suitable for you.
Once you select a course, stick with it until you understand it. Don’t think this one is not the right one for you. Once you finish a course, then you can move on to the next one if needed. Go to all these platforms and do some research by yourself before you take any course.
Also, do not expect that taking a premium course will guarantee you a job. But, taking a course will accelerate your learning process. You have to consider the course as a resource to learn and do as much hard work as you can to improve your skills.
What is your favorite platform to take online courses on coding or programming? If you have the experience of using any of these platforms, write down your thoughts in the comments below. That will help other readers who are looking to take a new course.
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