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Code Kings: 10 Places Your Team Can Develop Programming Skills

ByScott Gerber,
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Dec 07, 2015
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Help Your Team Stay Competitive Through Educational Opportunities

It's no secret that programming skills are not only desirable, but highly useful across the board in business.

Allowing your employees to invest in such skills helps you stay on top of the competition and also shows that managers care about investing in their employees.

From Galvanize to Code Combat, there are a variety of platforms and tools anyone from different levels of experience can turn to.

Below, ten entrepreneurs from YEC give recommendations.

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1. Codecademy

Codecademy is one of the easiest ways that I personally have been able to understand and begin to expand my programming skills. We reward our employees for different levels they complete. This helps everyone in our company to be a little bit more programmer-savvy. – John Rampton, Due

2. Code School

I recommend using Code School. I have been using it with my team, and it provides very good insight into programming. Even my experienced developers take can learn something new here since it teaches all levels. It is also not very expensive and offers a trial period. – Piyush Jain, SIMpalm

3. Galvanize

Galvanize offers 24 week-long full stack and data science courses in person at several of their campuses, which are sleek co-working spaces as well. Their courses are designed to give people deep knowledge, which they can readily take to an employer. Galvanize is best for companies who want to invest heavily in team members' skill sets. – Beck Bamberger, BAM Communications

4. “The Clean Coder”

I would recommend anyone interested in learning to code start with a book called “The Clean Coder,” by Bob Martin. This will teach them the methodology that is important behind developing software before they actually learn the logic (and bad habits). –Lane Campbell, June

5. Treehouse

I've found Treehouse to be an excellent resource for learning how to code and develop software. I especially admire the way its courses are organized into comprehensive tracks that build from basic skills to expert-level topics. Many topics are covered with well-produced videos that give non-developers a gentle introduction to topics that would otherwise be confusing. – Vik PatelFuture Hosting

6. Google

Bootcamps and platforms like Code Academy can be helpful for learning the basics, but right now everything you need to know to build the software for a successful tech company is open source and freely available. The best way to learn is to throw yourself into the deep end and search for help when you need it. No online code-schooling platform will make you successful by itself. –Manick Bhan, Rukkus

7. Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers comprehensive online training videos and tutorials on software and web development. You can learn how to code, create and build web applications from the foundations of object-oriented programming in C and C++ to how to write Java. You can get a free 10-day membership and plans thereafter as low as $19.99 per month. Aside from programming, Lynda offers hundreds of other courses. – Obinna Ekezie, Wakanow.com

8. Forrst from Zurb

Forrst from Zurb is an invitation-only community of developers and designers where you can post questions and get immediate feedback. Similarly, you can participate in the community by helping other developers and designers with feedback. The process of asking for and getting feedback is quite educational, resulting in a win-win for the community. – Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com

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9. Code Combat

There are many platforms where you can learn to code, but my favorite is Code Combat, which lets you play games as you learn. This is a unique platform where you learn to code as you participate in an engaging multiplayer game. If you're any kind of gamer, this is definitely the way to learn programming. If you need a more focused approach, there's always Treehouse or Code Academy. – Shawn Porat, Fortune Cookie Advertising

10. General Assembly (GA) and CourseHorse

Both GA and CourseHorse offer a large array of courses that can help your team get programming skills. GA offers immersive courses for front and back end developer courses at affordable prices — available both part-time or full-time. The average course duration is about three months. – Hesam Meshkat, Guzu

Scott Gerber
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Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Gerber is also a serial entrepreneur, regular TV commentator and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job.
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