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Online web development courses are mandatory for developers who care about their careers. No matter which design or development school you graduated, you need to sharpen your skills perpetually. What is hot and most sought today will be completely obsolete in just a few years. Anyone involved in online industry must keep pace with the Internet; there is no other solution.
Online web development courses are the best method of self-preparation for coders. These are cheap compared to traditional classes and you don’t need to give up to the comfort of your home. For instance, you may watch the course content while staying at your desk or even lying in bed. You can also watch a video episode when commuting or sitting on a bench in park. The most online courses are made up of sections and modules, so you can take a pause when you are tired. Some web development courses are based on “doing is learning” principle, hence you need to complete a considerable number of practical tasks.
Luckily, there are tons of online courses for developers; finding the proper course is a tedious and time-consuming process. I want to save your time, so I searched for the best online web development courses. Enjoy this collection and please let me know which class captivated your attention.
The Full Stack Web Development course is a real masterpiece; there are 33.5 hours of detailed explanations. You will become a full stack developer by watching the videos and completing the tasks during the course.
By signing up, you will craft 15 projects, including:
a site featuring tutorials;
a landing page;
a company website;
a professional blog;
a car-sharing website;
a stopwatch app;
a drawing app;
an app measuring the distance between cities.
Progressive web apps (PWA) are highly demanded these days, and there are high chances to get a job as a PWA developer. Nowadays, more and more sites look similar to apps to ensure a great user experience. The most significant advantage of PWAs is that these deliver an app-like experience, but the user shouldn’t download them from Google Play or App Store. In fact, a PWA is a site specially designed to encompasses the features of a mobile app. This web development course teaches you how to create a complete PWA, even though it’s your first project in this area.
Python is a heavily used programming language, and many companies are looking for developers that know working with its libraries. This course targets people with no coding knowledge, but ready to invest time and passion into learning Python. The entire course is a nice mix of theoretical and practical aspects, so prepare yourself to write many lines of code. Apart from Python syntax, you learn coding best practices and OOP (Object Oriented Programming) concepts.
WordPress is the leading Content Management System (CMS), and any serious developer should have a solid grasp on it. I featured many WordPress development courses in previous posts; check these if you are interested in mastering your WordPress knowledge.
However, I couldn’t help to suggest you enrolling this course because the author challenges the students to practice extensively – this is my favorite method of learning. In the first sections of the course, you will learn the anatomy of a plugin and how to create one from scratch. Next, roll your sleeves to develop a few plugins like a YouTube Video Gallery, Instagram Photo List, City Weather Report and many others.
This is the shortest class from this list of outstanding web development courses, but it’s golden for beginners. You have to install WordPress locally if you want to learn how to launch a website running on it. This course teaches you how to install WordPress on your computer by using XAMPP. It takes you only an hour to learn how to install and use XAMPP to deploy WordPress on your own server.
DevOps is a relatively new field that determined many companies to look closely at it. It combines software development with information technology operations. Nowadays, many companies seek for DevOps engineers, and they earn impressive amounts of money. This course is the perfect start to learn the DevOps basics.
The name of the course is pretty frightening for a beginner, but don’t run away. The course contains 21.5 hours of explanations, and each aspect is amply explained. The first eight sections are about Python, its syntax and best practices. Section nine is about training – creating a blackjack game. The last parts are about Pandas – an open-source Python library treating the numerical data handling.
Interesting fact – the author states that anyone – including people with no coding knowledge, may sign up for this course. In spite of that, I recommend purchasing this course if you are really involved in learning data science and data analysis.
WiFi Hacking Course 2017 it’s not a standard web development course, but I consider it an interesting item in this list of interesting web development courses. Practically, you will learn three things:
Installing software on your computer for hacking WiFi networks;
How to attack WiFi networks and how to protect your identity;
Various types of attacks like café-latte, Chop-Chop, WPS pixie, or Fluxion attacks.
The name of this web development class is self-explicatory. The teacher structured the course into five sections. The sections one and two are the introduction to the world of Docker and its basic concepts. The parts three and four are “Developing with Docker” and “Advanced Concepts”. The last section is related to security.
Wrapping up, this course is all you need to learn Docker from scratch.
Machine learning is on the edge of revolutionizing the entire human society; it impacts all the areas of activity. Sooner or later, machine learning will be a non-negotiable area of web development training. Therefore, enroll in this course to be prepared for the future.
Disclaimer: you need a decent math and Python knowledge to get the most from this machine learning class.
This course is for people who want to start a career in game development. Certainly, you won’t waste time signing up for this course. The author emphasizes that the entire class is focused on practice; you will build 60 games during the 34 hours of the course. Amongst many others, you will create:
a collective game;
an endless runner game;
algebra addition game;
drag and drop shooter;
color changing shooter;
kids division game.
Some programmers consider that PHP is a language with no future. In spite of that, WordPress runs on PHP, so its role is vital for the entire web development community. Learning PHP isn’t deprecated, and it won’t be as long as WordPress will be the leading CMS. Hence, enroll in this course and learn PHP from scratch.
Coursera is a massive brand in the online learning industry. Many top universities and companies feature their web development courses on Coursera platform. Google, Facebook, IBM, University of Michigan, Chicago or Imperial College London are just a few partners.
The following web development classes are personally reviewed. A part of them require paying a fee for certification, but you are allowed to audit the course content for free. Coursera must be bookmarked by anyone interested in online learning.
There is no option of getting a certification at the moment of writing this post, but you are free to audit the course (aka watch the videos). It falls into three sections. Week 1 is for setting up the development environment, week 2 is to get the basic syntax of Ruby and week 3 is the introduction to Ruby on Rails.
Working with a database is an essential asset for a modern web developer. If you aren’t familiar with it, Introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL) is all you need. You will learn how to install XAMPP/MAMP on your computer, create a MySQL database, and write simple PHP commands in the first week. Next, you will get your hands dirty with SQL, learn database design, and the relationships between database items.
Virtual Reality is a hot topic, and the signs are that in the near future it will revolutionize the way we craft sites and apps. This course will prepare you for the future – you will learn to create the first VR apps with Unity. The introduction is pretty short, and you will delve directly into the matter by working with Unity.
Have you signed up for any of the above courses? Please let me know which one attracted your attention – leave a comment with your favorite course.