Which are the best coding platform to start your Journey ?
Charles Babbage cranking his Analytical engine in the London room would have never imagined that one day we would be able to hold the PC in our hands. The determined Alan Turing made us enter into the world of binary, which has given us the power to create 700 programming languages designed for specific tasks.
So, how do you decide as a kid, professional and a freelancer on which languages are suited for your interest?
Before you start your journey, it is necessary to understand the world in which you are entering, therefore we would recommend you to take a pre-programming course by Evan Kimbell at Udemy. com.
https://www.udemy.com/course/pre-programming-everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-code/ (Total Time-6 Hours and 17 minutes), which would lay the foundation on which you can build your coding knowledge.
Let us list out the available platforms which have made it easier for each individual to learn languages and then you can decide how will you contribute to solving the problems of the real world.
Codecademy started by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski in 2011 offered a platform of 12 different programming languages to business and schools to jump on the wagon of learning code. Codecademy extensive programs have over 45 million users who have completed over 200 million exercises.
Codecademy offers a freemium version where the premium features include plans, quizzes and projects. The lessons are highly interactive and the vast experience of teachers in coding gives you the added advantage of understanding concepts easily.
Codecademy has helped a lot of professionals to transition their careers into developers and entrepreneurs and apply those skills in solving some real-world problems. Codecademy constantly updates its Catalog by adding new relevant languages which are pertinent to the current scenario.
2. Lambda School
Lambda School has manufactured a new approach to education by betting on the students to land the job and then pay for the tuition later. The business model works on ISA- Income Share Agreements where the student pays 17% of his income if he earns more than $50,000 for two years.
Lambda school started by Austin Allred in 2017 wanted to solve the impending problem of high tuition fees and create an equal opportunity for each learner to compete on a Global Scale. The School offers programs in web development and Data Science for 9-18 months of commitment promising more than 1200 hours of coding. The student gets a firm grip by working on live projects and establishes a foundation to build upon his career.
Lambda School recently received a $74MN funding which indicates that the school is coming close to fulfilling its promise of launching in India.
If you are looking for alternative schools in India, check out this article by Abhay Jani on Medium.
Coding has become the basic literacy in the digital age, therefore it has become necessary for kids to develop their creativity from a young age and approach the challenge of technology with confidence.
CampK12 started by Anshul Bhagi takes this challenge head-on by launching his services to be rendered at different schools across India teaching coding to more than 50,000 students and inspiring young innovators to contribute their part to the ecosystem. The platform divides the online courses into three clusters starting from Grades 1-4, Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12.
The course structure for the first cluster of students is mostly in the form of storytelling and animation while for the higher grades it progresses into understanding the basics of web and app development into the world of 3D coding, Virtual and augmented Reality, Game development and machine learning. Campk12 launches Bootcamp, drone programming events and company visits to expose students to the corporate world.
4. The Hacking School
Meeraj Faheem, the man behind the idea of helping young entrepreneurs become the best product developers and use their skills to make our life easier launched the first Bootcamp in 2013. The challenge was to pull the students from a plethora of online platforms and offer them a 13-week extensive curriculum to expand their knowledge in the right direction.
The Hacking school emphasis on developing a product idea from the first week and then give 7 hours a day to make it resourceful for consumers. The programs are offered in Full-stack web and App development, Blockchain Development, Digital Marketing and trillion Fellowship program, which helps you turn your idea into a product.
The recent collaboration with Australia and NewYork based schools increases the opportunity for students to get placed after graduation and small batch sizes along with affordable pricing make it a great choice to start your journey.
Coursera is an online education provider started by Stanford Computer science professors in 2012 to provide a platform for universities to offer curated courses to students. Coursera has partnered with universities, governments and non-profits and offers more than 3200 courses in 13 different languages.
Coursera even offers courses designed by leading tech companies under various domains, therefore Coursera is beneficial if you are looking for a specific course. Coursera is one of the few platforms that provide a freemium version model, where you can enrol in the course for free and then decide later whether you want to continue.
The only disadvantage with content available on Coursera and the School's mentioned above is that Coursera doesn't provide hands-on experience and the projects are limited in scope. It is beneficial for a student who just wants to get upskilled but for transitioning.
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