Where to Start Becoming a Software Developer
I’ve been teaching people to code for 5 years. Here is what you can do to start learning today for free.
Download SublimeText 3 (5 min) — (free text editor) You’ll need this to look at and edit code.
Code Academy — Command Line (2 hours) — As a developer you’ll usually use the command line interface to interact with your computer. This tutorial gets you started.
Try Git (2 hours) — Git is a process used by Github.com to track and manage code as you update it, and it facilitates many developers working together in open source projects. It is a fundamental skill of any aspiring developer.
Code Academy — Git — Another Git tutorial!
Make School — Online Academy (5–40 hours)— Everything you need to know from zero to hero on mobile Swift iPhone development. Free! (They also have an immersive 2 month summer program and a 2 year college)
Front End (How Websites Look and Work)
Code Academy — HTML/CSS (15 hours)— another awesome one
Code Academy — jQuery (10 hours)— jQuery is the most popular JS library out there. Learn it!
My AngularJS 1.4 Tutorial Screen Casts (10 hours) — Angular 1.4 is the most popular front end framework. These screencasts take you from literally an empty HTML file to a full Angular front end.
LearnCode.academy — ReactJS (10 hours)— Great ReactJS tutorial
LearnCode.academy — ReactJS & Redux (1o hours) — Once you do the ReactJS tutorial, keep going by learning Redux.
Back End (How Data is Saved and Served Up)
Large Framework (Rails)
Try Ruby(2 hours) — Learn the basics of the Ruby langauge
Rails for Zombies (10 hours) — Learn the MVC pattern
My Screencasts on Beginning Rails 4 (10 hours) — Build a basic Rails app
Rails Tutorial Book (200 hours) — Build a sophistocated big rails app (100 hours of work!)
My Screencasts on Beginning ExpressJS (10 hours)— Follow my screencasts to keep learning express.
Flask (Python) (10 hours) — Learn some Flask (like ExpressJS but in Python)
Get a Project
Now you need a project! Build something!