Boomers, Learn Computer Programming with Easy Online Courses!

12 Popular Computer Coding Classes for Beginners
Posted by on Mon, Oct 5, 2015


Computer programming classes for beginners

“To my children:
Never make fun of having to help me with computer stuff. I taught you how to use a spoon.”  – Sue Fitzmaurice

If I say “mouse” and you  envision a furry little creature before you think of a computer accessory, then, like me, you’re probably over 50.  While our children grew up playing with computer games and googling their homework assignments, digital literacy is not native to those of us in the boomer generation. That’s why, when it comes to computers, we often find that our homes becomes flipped classrooms—our kids are our teachers. Computers, of course, have  become indispensable tools in the workplace and the generations that follow us are better prepared to fill the jobs that require today’s programming skills, but that doesn’t mean we can’t catch up.

Bill Gates once said that he studied computer programming by fishing operating system listings out of the garbage at the Computer Science Center. Thankfully, times have changed and an education in computer programming is readily available to everyone online. If you want to learn computer coding skills to advance your career, become an entrepreneur, create the next in-demand app, or even just for your own personal development, online courses are a fantastic solution; they help you become comfortable with computers while learning how computers work.

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Whether you’re a man or a woman, a working professional or a retiree, tech savvy or just curious, there are computer coding courses to meet your needs and your skill level in the LearningAdvisor database. The following list includes our most-viewed introductory computer science and coding classes as well as some of the top recommendations from our online providers.

12 courses for beginners to learn computer programming.

1.  Computer Science 101

This popular free course from Stanford University is one of the internet’s original MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Computer Science 101 is actually the first online course I ever took. It uses simple, engaging, fun exercises that help you begin to build basic code, and it’s self-paced so you can take your time. While I am in no way a “mathematical” person, I learned to manipulate image pixels using Javascript. Beyond that, I learned not to be intimidated by computers!

2. Introduction to Computer Science I

This is another free course specifically designed for students with no prior programming experience or background in Computer Science. By the end, you will understand the fundamentals of Computer Science and the Java programming language. Taking a course like this is a great way to gauge your aptitude for coding and your interest in exploring the field further.

3. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals

This course uses Javascript to provide the core knowledge beginners can use to program in any coding language. By writing and executing your first application, you can begin to understand how your computer works.

4. C# Tutorial For Beginners

Another highly-viewed course in our database, the C# Tutorial For Beginners class promises to be of help, “Whether you’re learning your first programming language, or you’re working with Microsoft .Net technologies for the first time.”

5. An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

This MOOC from Rice University is designed to help students with little or no computing background to build simple interactive applications using Python, a popular computer coding language. To make the course fun, students participate in mini-projects to code games like Pong, Blackjack, and Asteroids. If you like what you learn, this course is paired with Programming in Python Part 2 —one of Coursera’s most popular and highly recommended classes.

6. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

This MOOC is the first in a 5-part specialization from the University of Michigan. You can take this or any class in the series for free, or you can enroll in the series for a fee and earn a verified certificate at the conclusion.

7. HTML and CSS for Beginners

If learning HTML or CSS is your goal, take your cue from the 8729 students who have already enrolled in this course. It also has an impressive number of 5-star ratings making it easy to check it out for yourself.

8. Beginner PHP and MySQL Tutorial

Once you’re comfortable with HTML, CSS and Javascript, this class promises to present you with your next challenge: “The PHP programming language coupled with the mySQL database is the final step toward making a complete application.”

9. Ruby on Rails for Beginners

This course is for people with development skills in other languages, but who are new to Rails. Rails combines the Ruby programming language with HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create an application that runs on a web server. According to the Ruby on Rails homepage, it’s “an open source web framework optimized for programmer happiness.”

10. Learn HTML5 Programming From Scratch

With well over 180,000 enrollees and 800 5-star ratings, this is definitely one of the most popular beginner programming courses in the LearningAdvisor database. HTML5 is a programming language that is  used for mobile applications.

11. HTML5 Part 1: HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices

The next session of this popular MOOC sponsored by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) begins on October 5th: “Learn HTML5 and core Web technologies directly from the organization creating them!” Who can argue with that logic?

12. Learn to Program with C++

When you’re ready to create your own applications from scratch, you’re ready to learn C++: “As one of the most popular general purpose programming languages in the world, C++ can be used to create everything from small apps to complete video games and critical system drivers.”

Updating your resume with computer programming skills is an excellent way to show employers that your capable of learning anything and unafraid of new technology. It’s also useful for entrepreneurs who would like to create websites that are more sophisticated than the build-your-own templates typically offered to consumers. Have an idea for an app? Learning to code means you can build it the way you want it to work. Even if you only take one course, learning how computers operate can take the mystery, and the frustration, out of working with computers.

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