Monday, April 3, 2017

#MondayMotivation: Learn to Code

by Kristin Baer, E-Services/Web Marketing Librarian

It's the start of a new week--and perhaps a new adventure or two!

With your brain, the Library, and some handy e-resources, the possibilities are pretty much endless. This week we're spotlighting some top-notch FREE tools you can use to learn how to create your own websites and more.

If you've been wanting to learn how to code, but your neighborhood FCPL branch doesn't yet offer a teen coding club, you're in luck: you can get started with many of the most popular programming languages on codeacademy--for FREE!

Where you should begin depends on what you want to do.

Do you want to make a website? There's a course for that, which will teach you HTML5 and CSS basics through interactive tutorials.

Looking to build some interactive features into a site you're working on? Learn JavaScript.

Codeacademy also offers a variety of other free learning tracks in the Python, jQuery, Ruby, Java, SQL, and PHP languages, API, command line, and major web development frameworks.

, FREE to you when you log in with your library card barcode, opens up still more exciting options.

Not only can you learn basic programming languages for web design on this site, but you can also use it to access tutorials in some really specialized areas of focus, like responsive web design, building your own custom media server with Raspberry Pi, and designing character dialogue systems for computer/video games.

Last but definitely not least, if you want to read up on a specialized computer or technology-related topic, chances are the Library subscribes to a magazine that publishes articles on that interest. Publications available FREE on Zinio include iPhoneLife, PCWorld, Stereophile, and WIRED, among others.

So, what are you waiting for?

As the Tenth Doctor would say,

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