Learn How to Code In PHP With These 10 Free Courses and Tutorials

in How To on September 9, 2020by james
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Learn how to code with these free programming tutorials and courses. In the future, we’ll probably all learn how to code at school, the same way we now learn how to write. But for now, you need to teach yourself, and these ten free code courses and tutorials are the ideal way to do it.

Learn the essentials of popular programming languages like PHP and JavaScript. Or discover how to get started writing your very own mobile apps. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can learn.

Most of the websites you visit on a day-to-day basis were built using PHP. PHP is the foundation of WordPress and other popular frameworks, and you can also use it to write all sorts of powerful web applications. So if you want to learn how to code for the web, PHP is the place to start, and this comprehensive seven-hour course teaches you everything you need to know to get up to speed.

Learn PHP

Another essential language for web development is JavaScript. And here’s another seven-hour monster of a course to help you learn it from the ground up. It’s split into 65 separate video lessons, so you don’t have to do the whole thing if you don’t have time—you can pick and mix, learning arrays one day and iterators the next. Whichever way you choose to learn, you’ll come out knowing a lot about JavaScript!

Learn JavaScript

Sometimes, you don’t want to watch a full-length course—you just want to learn how to do one particular thing. For example, how can you make your WordPress site more secure? This free code tutorial teaches you ten simple techniques for protecting your site.

password security analysis

Every year, the statistics show the same trend: people spending more time using mobile apps instead of desktop computers. So why not learn how to make your own mobile apps by mastering the Android SDK? If you don’t even know what the Android SDK is, let alone what you can do with it, then this short tutorial is a great place to start.

Android studio

Yes, we’re back to PHP again, but this course has a different slant. It focuses on how you can use PHP as a WordPress developer. Loads of people use WordPress without knowing how to code, but if you want to create your own themes and plugins or get into modifying things like functions, loops and if statements, you’ll need to know PHP. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to get deeper into WordPress development.

php and WordPress logo

The earlier tutorial introduced you to the Android SDK, but there’s much more to learn. This article is a treasure trove of resources to help you with everything from basic app creation to more advanced Android development skills using Kotlin.

Prefer to create apps for iPhones and iPads? This article is a similar roundup of mobile development resources, but focusing on iOS instead of Android. From mastering Swift to incorporating machine learning and augmented reality, there’s so much here for you to learn.

Once you’ve learned how to create mobile apps, you’ll probably want to know how to monetize them. Although you can make good money as a mobile app developer, it’s not always as easy as just sticking a price tag on your app in the app store. You’ll need to get creative and look at a few different monetization strategies. This tutorial explains how to monetize a mobile app and then shows you some app templates to help you do it painlessly.

Android Webview app template

There are thousands of WordPress plugins out there, and it’s easy to clog up your site with as many of them as you can install. But which ones are truly essential? In this free course, you’ll discover plugins to help you with essential tasks like security, backup, performance, and SEO.

WordPress plugins

10. How to Redirect With PHP

If you’re switching to a new web domain or changing the structure of your site, you’ll run up against the problem of broken links. How do you ensure that you don’t lose the traffic and SEO value that comes from all the sites that have linked to your pages over the years? This free tutorial shows you how to set up redirection in PHP so that you never have to worry about broken links again.

In this post, we’ve covered ten of the best free code tutorials and courses published recently, but that’s just scratching the surface of what you can find in the full Envato Tuts+ library of more than 1,250 courses and 28,000 tutorials. Here are some of the best code tutorials and courses from previous months.

What do you mean, you don’t know Node.js? It’s a massively popular open-source, cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment that will take your JavaScript development to the next level. If you’re a Node.js beginner (or a more experienced developer who needs a refresher), this two-hour introductory course is perfect for you. It’ll take you through Node.js concepts from the ground up, while introducing you to some great tools for Node.js developers. Take the course here.

Node.js course

If you dream of being an app developer but don’t know where to start, this tutorial is for you. It takes you through the whole process of building a simple Android app from start to finish. It’s aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need any special skills or knowhow for this. Just follow the steps, and you’ll have your own Android app in no time. See how it’s done.

Making an Android app

In the world of coding, design patterns are incredibly useful ways of solving common problems that arise in development. But they can be abstract and hard to grasp for beginners, and you can end up struggling to tell your factory from your facade. This comprehensive, 24-video, 3.5-hour course will set it all straight, with detailed explanations and examples of how each pattern can be used in the Swift programming language. Take the course here.

Web developers, take note! Svelte is a whole new approach to building user interfaces. Traditional frameworks like React and Vue do the bulk of their work in the browser, but Svelte shifts that work to build-time and drastically improves the performance of your applications. Take this course to learn Svelte from top to bottom.

Component-oriented frameworks, such as Vue.js, have changed the way we think about and write web applications. In this course, instructor Jeremy McPeak will teach you some advanced Vue.js component concepts. Take this advanced course now.

Follow along with Jeremy McPeak as he walks you through the steps of writing a modern, JavaScript-powered web app using Vue.js with Node, Express, and MongoDB. Take the course here.

Well, this is just cool. I don’t know much about Vue.js, let alone Vuetify.js, but I love the idea of building my own music player. If you do too, and if you know a little bit more about progressive JavaScript frameworks than I do, you’ll love this tutorial. What are you waiting for? Get started already.

Building a music player in Vue.js

If you’re creating a mobile app, you’ll probably need to load images at some point. This tutorial teaches you how to do it quickly and easily with Picasso, a popular open-source Android library for loading both local and remote images. It gives you an introduction to what Picasso is and why you should use it, and then it takes you step by step through the process of using it to create an image gallery app. Get the full instructions and source code here.

Android image gallery with Picasso

Or for a very different kind of creativity, why not learn to build your very own content management system? This is a really comprehensive course that includes 23 video lessons with a total viewing time of over four hours. It’s recently been updated with brand new lessons to take advantage of the latest features in Laravel 5, so why not take this comprehensive course and learn pretty much everything there is to know about creating a CMS with Laravel.

If you’re not up to speed with Android’s new Instant Apps feature yet, this tutorial is ideal for you. Instant Apps let people load entire sections of your app on demand, just by tapping a URL and without having to download the full app. This gives you a great opportunity to get your app in front of as many new users as possible. Learn how to create an Android instant app feature here.

Artificial intelligence is here—and I’m not talking about those dumb social media algorithms that collect masses of data on you and yet still can’t arrange your feed in the right order. I’m talking about chatbots that can hold increasingly realistic conversations with us. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a simple conversational chatbot using the IBM Watson Conversation service. The best part, for me, is the way it serves up inspirational quotes. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

AI chatbot example

React is one of the most popular web frameworks, and if you want to learn to use it, what better way than through some practical examples? In this course, you’ll build a digital clock, an Ajax-powered navbar and more, and in the process you’ll learn all the basics of coding React components from JSX and managing state right through to higher-order components and lifecycle methods. Sign up for the course.

And There’s More…

This post has highlighted the best free code tutorials and courses that Tuts+ has published recently, but you’ll find a lot more in the full archives—not just code tutorials, but also photography, video, graphic design, web design, and more. So if you’re still eager to learn, search the full Tuts+ library to find exactly what you need.

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