Learn programming with coding games and apps

Hey guys, It’s Christmas. As we wind up, a rather very busy year, it is good to let y’all know that

‘Coding is the New Literacy!’ 

Honestly, you should find a language that suites your needs and try to learn to write computer code.

[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap] am a web developer, but also with a focus on oracle database, now, keep the oracle database aside for now and we focus on my web development experince.

As far as web design and development is concerned, I have managed to learn, HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript! I really never learnt all these at once, but as technology kept advancing and the internet became more relevant, I became more drawn to hypertext mark up language html which led to css, php and javascript and the tools I need to design and develop webpages then mobile apps.

I now understand these programming languages and moved on to use this skill in being able to deploy products on Opensource (am so fond of wordpress , Joomla and Moodle my clients could confirm on that). As time went by, I ‘updated’ myself (and still am learning) how develop themes and application on opensource especially wordpress, reason being that, learning the coding language, I am now able to  develop custom  websites and apps for my clients that suits their specific needs. So despite having an inclination to Content management systems, I can now comfortably configure and program to suite specific client demands.

Coding has so many incredibly useful, important applications in many facets of business and marketing.

Here are just a few of the business reasons people learn how to code:

  • As Steve Jobs famously said, coding teaches you how to think and solve problems.
  • You can do more for yourself online, which is a huge plus for cash-strapped startups.
  • Communication with programmers and IT improves as you can speak their language and understand their challenges.
  • You’ll gain more and better insight into product development.
  • You’ll have a better understanding of the increasingly technology-driven world around you (and your company).
  • It makes evaluating software and apps you might use in your businesseasier, and your insights more meaningful.
  • You just might develop your own timesaving, automated solutions to make life easier.

Let’s rid ourselves of the idea that only geeks and techies need to learn how to program — it’s just not true.

Coding isn’t trendy or some kind of fad. It’s the language that drives much of our world today, from the wearable devices we’re now sporting, to the tools we use in the workplace, to the smart appliances in our homes.

Now, let us look at ingenious ways to learn programming in 15 minutes or less per day: with coding games and apps, you could try either of these for the great experience…

1. Udacity

Videos, quizzes, and expert instruction by programmers from Google, Facebook, and other major companies make this a valuable app. Download it free for Android from Google Play.

2. Lrn

Lrn is a powerful app that teaches users to read, write, and speak the languages of HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby, and Javascript on either Android or iOS.

3. Tynker

Designed with graphics for kids but great for people of all ages, Tynker uses puzzles to teach coding basics, then lets users build their own games. Get the app from iTunes.

4. Lynda Apps

A $25 subscription gets you access to as many Lynda.com courses as you can handle, and they have apps for all kinds of devices. These courses are great for time-pressed people, as you can do what you can when you can, and pick up later where you left off.

5. Swifty

Swifty for iPhone offers over 200 bite-sized tutorials across 14 chapters on learning Swift.

6. Javvy

Javvy is another resource designed specifically with the time-crunched, mobile learner in mind. It’s available for both Android and iOS and includes over 150 short and sweet Java tutorials you can do on the subway or at coffee break.

7. Codecademy Hour of Code

I like this app for its split-screen setup, which shows you what it is you’re trying to do in one section and the code required to make it happen in the other.

8. CodeCombat

One of the more popular coding games out there, Code Combat is designed for groups of learners. Useful in the classroom or the workplace, it has courses for all ages on specific languages as well as computer sciences as a whole.

9. CodeWars

Once you’re getting comfortable with the basics, challenge yourself to achieve coding mastery with real-life challenges against other programmers!

Coding games and programming apps make it simple and even fun to learn how to code, regardless of your age, time constraints, or location.

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Parts of this article was authored by Larry Kim, founder of wordstream and originally appeared on inc.com

kivuti kamau

Data Modelling, Design & Development

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