Four of my Favorite Websites for Learning Code so far

As a web development student, I’m always on the lookout for websites that can increase the quality of my learning. Here are my favorite four so far for learning different topics, reference, and building applications. If you have any gripes with these websites, maybe drop a comment saying why you don’t like them or maybe there are better alternatives (but if there’s one thing that really annoys me, it has to be sites that are difficult to read and understand).

1. Codepen

Codepen is a way of creating and sharing applications online. Codepen only supports HTML CSS and JavaScript, but if you are creating an application with those languages you can use Codepen to work on your program right from the browser while taking advantage of its convenient interface. Your application is stored in Codepen’s servers so you can access your project from any computer that has an internet connection. There’s also a whole online community and you can check out other peoples’ projects. This is a CSS Pikachu that I really enjoyed by the user simoberny.

Link: codepen.io

2. Codecademy

Codecademy is a self-teaching website for all things code-related. The main highlight is the courses: Codecademy offers many free courses in topics ranging from HTML & CSS to jquery, SQL, debugging and machine learning. There are also paid courses that are more comprehensive but you have to pay a fee. I wouldn’t use Codecademy as my only resource but I think it’s great to use during summer break or other times you don’t have school. The courses I took were easy to get into and follow (but then again, you don’t learn how to run certain languages but you’re always coding in Codecademy’s coding environment).

Link: codecademy.com3

3. W3Schools

Codecademy is a self-teaching website for all things code-related. The main highlight is the courses: Codecademy offers many free courses in topics ranging from HTML & CSS to jquery, SQL, debugging and machine learning. There are also paid courses that are more comprehensive but you have to pay a fee. I wouldn’t use Codecademy as my only resource but I think it’s great to use during summer break or other times you don’t have school. The courses I took were easy to get into and follow (but then again, you don’t learn how to run certain languages but you’re always coding in Codecademy’s coding environment).

Link: w3schools.com

4. CSS Tricks

CSSTricks is a blog website that has tons of educational resources on CSS. Yes I know there’s a lot more to learning code than just CSS, but the quality of the articles in this website are some of the best I’ve seen on the web. The articles are easy to follow and understand and have plenty of examples as well. I constantly find myself going back to CSSTricks whenever I need to refresh my knowledge on how to do certain things.

Link: css-tricks.com

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