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14 free online programs that help you learn the basics of coding

“If you build it, they will come”

No seriously, some of today’s most admired companies, started out with Founders who built and created their own websites, platforms and systems, having little to no experience with programming. Kevin Systrom, Founder of Instagram taught himself how to code, and built one of the largest social networks in the world.

In 2000, James Baddiley needed a website for his company, Chillisauce that would enable users to organize events. Instead of hiring a web developer, he decided to learn coding to build his own website. The task at hand was a huge undertaking considering that Baddiley was balancing his environmental consulting career, while building a business. The hard work paid off big time! Chillisauce is one of the U.K’s largest event organizing platforms having delivered experiences, parties and events for more than 160,000 people, 5,000 different activities in 70 countries.

Why should you learn to code?

Technology drives much of our daily lives today. Programming begins with coding which helps build systems we use frequently such as payment processing systems to pay our bills, web design for building websites, and even artificial intelligence with helps to capture data. Coding has become an in demand, necessary skill. Software developers aren’t the only ones with programming skills, entrepreneurs are turning to boot camps and coding programs, to learn how to build tools, prototypes and products for their businesses. If you’re up for the challenge of jumping into coding, here’s a list of free coding programs that fit your schedule.

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