The 10 Best Coding Apps to Learn SQL, Python, and More on the Go
Learning to code can be a huge, life-changing decision. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it all comes together if you understand the fundamental concepts and put in the effort. The tool you always have by your side – your phone – can go a long way in helping you learn to code, and I’ve put together a list of the best coding apps to get you started.
When you don’t have access to them or it’s not convenient to use your desktop, these apps are an effective way to expand your knowledge. I’ve used a few to cool off while waiting for the bus to arrive or while traveling. Most of the apps listed here are free, but you can pay to unlock additional content, quizzes, mentoring, and more.
SoloLearn is a one-stop-shop, whether you’re just learning to code or want to hone your skills. The app offers lessons on a host of languages, including R, Python, SQL, C++, and Java. There are many other skills and tools you can learn that can help you become a data scientist, web developer, or even a full stack developer. The app is steeped in an active community and you can also compete against other members in code challenges.
If you want to get into SQL, Python or web development, Mimo is also a good choice. The well-designed app explains key concepts with easy-to-understand lessons and examples. There’s a built-in glossary, and you can practice your code and run it in the app. If you are looking for certificates, Mimo also offers them at the end of a course.
DataCamp is a great source for learning the basics of Python, R, SQL, and concepts like data science, visualization, and machine learning. Hands-on exercises immediately follow the structurally sound courses, ensuring you’re prepared for the coding challenges and projects the platform offers. The first chapter of each course is available for free, so you can dive into it before paying for full access.
5) Programming Center
Programming Hub is probably the most content-rich app on the list, offering courses in everything from coding languages to app development and software engineering. There are a few free courses, but you can pay a lifetime access fee of around $30 to unlock over 100 courses and certifications. What I like the most about this app is that each course description clearly defines what you are going to learn and whether the course fits your goals. It even includes an estimate of the salary you could earn with the skills learned.
If a good interface appeals to you, Enki is one of the best-designed apps that can help you learn languages like Python and SQL from scratch. The content is easy to understand and is well explained with solid examples. If you’re starting your coding journey with a friend or a group, you can even create a team to keep up to date with their progress, which helps keep you motivated. For those with experience, you can dive straight into solving challenges.
This app needs no introduction, as the name is self-explanatory. If you’re explicitly looking for web development skills, this is an app you should check out. It offers tutorials and courses on all relevant topics, from HTML/CSS to how you can build your website from scratch. Free content is offered, but you’ll have to pay for full content, certificates, priority support, and cross-platform clients.
Let’s face it, kids today are growing up with access to powerful technology, and if they spend hours watching videos, they might as well let them try ScratchJr. Based on MIT’s Scratch coding language designed for children (6-16 years old), the app allows children to create their own interactive stories and games. It promotes computational thinking and problem-solving skills with an interface designed to match a young child’s cognitive, personal, social and emotional development.
CuriousJr is designed for children in grades 6-12 and teaches basic design, structure, algorithm and programming concepts. The course is visual and engaging, allowing students to build apps and games directly on mobile. It’s completely free to use and simplifies coding – a great way to start your coding journey.
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