Gone are the days when programming languages could only be learned and mastered by programmers like Bill Gates, who later got to dominate the world by storm. Now, everyone holds the same potential, and the chance to learn and even master the programming language is no longer that difficult.

Today, you can finally say goodbye to complicated setups and black, cold command prompts that make you want to quit before you’ve even started. In this article, we will highlight 10 interactive and educational websites that will teach you programming languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby and even iOS. You’ll also learn some pick up tips, screencasts, and even the best practices from industry professionals.

Enjoy and happy learning!

 

Treehouse

Treehouse

Treehouse courses are more project-oriented so they’re ideal for novice programmers with a planned purpose such as building a website or a web app. The website course, for example, is all about building a responsive site, interactive site or even a theme for WordPress – a practical and effective way to master related languages. Each Treehouse course is divided into different stages or modules, and beyond every first stage, the learner will pay a monthly subscription fee of $25 to access all course with 650+ videos, and an exclusive Treehouse Members Forum as a bonus.

 

CodeHS

Code HS

CodeHS has simple and fun game programming lessons that involve problem-solving, JavaScript, animation, data structures, game design and puzzle challenges. To continue your learning journey, you must sign up with $25 monthly subscription fee. It’s the perfect site for learning basic game programming.

Code Avengers

Code Avengers

Code Avengers has a gradual approach to interactive learning, and is tailored to make you love programming. Though it only offers HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript courses, each of these is carefully designed to truly entertain you while levelling your programming skills. At the end of each lesson, you’ll get to play a mini-game to release stress, and keep you going for longer. It is carefully crafted with the beginner’s comfort in mind.

Udacity

udacity

Udacity is a combination of insightful video lectures and improved quizzes to achieve the interactive feel for students. It’s perfect for those who don’t like to read and prefer to get explanations from industry professionals such as Google employees. You’ll be given a screencast from pros discussing topics and instructions, then you’ll take either logic or programming tests to strengthen your understanding or forge it into a skill.

SQLZOO

SQLZOO

SQL is a language that’s purely designed to store and retrieve data from a database, so imagine the boredom you’ll face when programming a warehouse. With SQLZOO, you’ll learn SQL happily with its interactive interface and smileys.

 

Codeacademy

Codeacademy

Codeacademy is arguably the most popular website to learn coding interactively, thanks to its helpful interface and well-structured courses. Upon visiting the main page, you can immediately start programming with its motivating on-screen console. You can pick a course from Web Fundamentals, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, Python, Ruby and API. Inside each lesson, there’s a panel that explains necessary code and instructions. Another panel allows you to go hands-on by writing acceptable code, then checking if you’re doing the right thing. It’s as if there’s a kind teacher right beside you.

Khan Academy

KhanAcademy

Although not as structured as CodeHS, Khan Academy serves as an open playground for novices who are interested in learning drawing, animation and user interaction with code. It doesn’t teach any specific programming language, but the code pattern it adopts can be applied anywhere, as a majority of languages share similar programming pattern. You can first join the Programming Basics course to watch and learn basic concepts, then explore the given code after the video tutorial to validate your work.

LearnStreet

learnstreet

LearnStreet is ideal for those who don’t like playful design and prefer to deal with cold, hard codes. They currently offer JavaScript, Python and Ruby courses at novice level. With a click on the ‘Start Course’ button, you’ll begin the lesson with an exercise, a code interpreter and a glossary panel for new programming terms. LearnStreet is truly friendly and enjoyable and most importantly, it’s free.

 

Scratch 2.0

Scratch

Previously an online software, Scratch allows aspiring next-gen programmers to create, upload and share their projects proudly. Now, Scratch is fully online with its 2.0 successor. This site is a combination of visual blocks of commands that tell assigned objects how to behave. By using this visual programming method, young programmers will form a habit of breaking a problem into smaller blocks, and solve them one by one in a logical manner.

Code School

Code School

If you’re set to further expand your capabilities, Code School is the next quality website you should land on. Unlike majority of interactive learning websites, Code School offers more in-depth courses to train and turn you into an expert with the industry’s best practices. Courses offered include Ruby, JavaScript, HTML/CSS and iOS. Nearly all courses are aggressively polished with stunning design and informative screencasts, though the challenges might be a bit difficult for beginners. However, there are hints and answers to refer to. While most offered course are free, there are some that require you to pay a monthly subscription fee of $25 to access the entire course.

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