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Learn How to Code

New to coding? Start here and learn programming fundamentals that can be helpful for any language you learn.

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This course includes
  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    1 hour
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this course

Programming is all around us, from the take-out we order to the movies we stream. Whether you’re about to start your journey as a developer or just want to increase your digital literacy, knowing the basics of coding will be beneficial to your career. Instead of teaching a specific programming language, this course teaches programming fundamentals that can be helpful for any language you learn.

Skills you'll gain

  • Build a programming foundation

  • Learn variables and functions

  • Understand control flow

Syllabus

7 lessons • 7 quizzes
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Meet the creator of the course
Zoe Bachman
Curriculum Director
Curriculum Director at Codecademy and creative technologist. She has designed a range of Codecademy courses, including Learn HTML, Learn C#, Learn Alexa, and the beginner-friendly Learn How to Code.

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Learn How to Code course ratings and reviews

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  • Fantastic intro course. The mixture of written and practical work really helps the information sink in and is also fun!
    BW
    Verified Learner
  • Amazing! I came to this knowing NOTHING about coding. It is written clearly and accessibly to novices and I can't wait to continue learning.
    Es H.
    Verified Learner
  • This was my VERY first introduction to coding, and it made me feel really confident about approaching something that I have no background in! I am looking forward to diving deeper into programming now! :)
    Bell B.
    Verified Learner

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Frequently asked questions about How to Code

  • Coding involves giving a computer a set of instructions to execute using a programming language like Python or Java. While each programming language has its own way of giving instructions, they all use the fundamental programming concepts covered in this course.

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