Best apps for learning to code

Learning how to code can be tricky business, especially if you’re trying to teach yourself. And unfortunately while coding books can be helpful on some level, they’re little help when it comes to troubleshooting mistakes. Thankfully, there’s a ton of different coding courses out there that make the process a whole lot less intimidating.

Today we’ve picked out our 6 favorite apps for learning how to code, and each of them have a variety of different strengths. Whether you’re really detail-oriented and ready to dive into coding, or you’re a little more timid but know you want to learn, there’s something for everybody. With as little as 5 minutes a day, you’ll be on your way to coding in no time!

Encode

If you want to learn code, but don’t have the faintest idea where or how to even begin, Encode is an awesome option. Encode has lessons to get you started from wherever you are in the process, but don’t be intimidated by the word “lessons.” Encode’s lessons are small, so you can easily pull them out in any margin you find in your schedule.

Aside from the lessons, you’ll have the opportunity to also take part in fun, interactive challenges. These challenges will build upon what you learned in the corresponding lessons to give you examples and teach you at a different angle. Another great feature is that everything in Encode is available completely offline, too, so you can learn to code from anywhere.

Download it now: Google Play

Udacity

An app and program for those who want to commit to a more intensive way to learn how to code, in Udacity you can choose to learn HTML, JavaScript, Python,  CSS, and more. Although the work is a little more focused and intense, Udacity is a surefire way to pick up coding in no time.

With the Udacity app for Android, you can take your courses absolutely anywhere. So whether you’re at home, on your lunch break, or travelling for work, you can pull up the app and set to work. From the coursework to challenges and quizzes, you’ll always be picking up something new.

Download it now: Google Play

Pocket Code

If you’re wanting to experiment with app creation, Pocket Code will teach you how to use some basic code to create fun, simple apps or music videos to share with others, or, as aforementioned, just to experiment with. Extremely low key, but simple and effective to use, Pocket Code is a fun way to start coding.

Pocket Code will walk you through how to create different styles of apps, and you’ll even be able to browse what others have made. If you see something you like but have an idea to build upon it, you can take what’s already there and just add your own bits and pieces to it. Pocket Code is very casual and relaxed, so if you’ve ever been intimidated by coding, this app is the perfect place to start.

Download it now: Google Play

Enki

Did you know that you can learn how to code by just practicing it for 5 minutes a day? Or if you’re an overachiever, you could just double that time to 10 minutes, and you’ll learn twice as fast. It’s as simple as working on Enki with your morning cup of Joe, or before heading to bed at night. Any time when you have just a few minutes available.

Built for all skill levels, Enki will be a huge help to advancing your coding knowledge whether you’ve been working on it for years or if you’re just starting. You can learn everything on Enki; Python, JavaScript, git, Linux, HTML, or CSS. In Enki, you’ll be able to see the day streak your on for how many consecutive days you’ve done the work, as well as play coding mini games to further help you grasp the lessons.

Download it now: Google Play

CodeHub

CodeHub is a clean, modern app that is so simple to use. If you’re not a fan of all of the extra clutter a lot of apps have, CodeHub will be a breath of fresh air when it comes to learning how to code. There’s a total of 50 lessons, which makes completing the entire course a very attainable goal, even if you just do one lesson a day or just during the week.

In CodeHub, you’ll find 4 different levels of lessons for every skill level. Simply select the category that sounds like you, and you’ll be in the right place to pick up where you need to. For example, if you at least have a basic understanding, you can most likely skip the beginner, or Web, level. And if you have any doubts or questions, there’s a handy little button you can press to type those out and submit them. We can’t recommend CodeHub enough, and it’s a great app especially if you’re looking to commit to studying and learning code on a shorter-term basis.

Download it now: Google Play

SoloLearn: Learn to Code

While SoloLearn is an awesome program that will walk you through the process of coding, the best part may be the community aspect. If you’ve ever had to try and figure out where your problem was, or you have a question but no one to ask, the SoloLearn coding community has a wealth of information to help you out. In SoloLearn, it’s extremely easy to post your own question, and even browse around and answer someone else’s.

In SoloLearn, you can create something from scratch, or build upon something that’s already been created. There’s also coding games you can play with your fellow coders in the SoloLearn community. And when it comes to the learning content itself, you’ll find that there’s a ton of different options they give you to go about the coursework, so whatever you’re learning style or schedule looks like, you can adapt SoloLearn to fit your preference.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re looking for a focused course that’s more intense, or you’re wanting something that you can work on here and there throughout the week without a ton of time commitment, these apps are sure to introduce you to (or further your knowledge of) coding and get you familiar with a lot of different ways to go about it.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.