Practical Ecommerce

12 Resources for Your Inner Ecommerce Developer

Online merchants may not need to know JavaScript to get a store up and running. But building a set of developer skills, such as working with basic HTML code, may help you get what you want.

Here is a list of resources to cultivate your developer skills. There are online code schools, popular developer tools, and lists of tutorials curated by expert developers. There is even a resource for intensive developer bootcamps, in case you’re ready to immerse yourself in code.

Codecademy

Codecademy website

Codecademy

Codecademy has a mission to provide a truly Internet-native education, remaking education from the bottom up. Build websites, like the Airbnb or Flipboard home pages, as you learn to how to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Python, Ruby and PHP. Price: Free.

Code School

Code School website

Code School

Code School is an online learning platform that teaches a variety of programming and web design skills. Earn rewards and badges as you learn. Each course has at least five levels. Each level begins with a 10-to-15 minute screencast, followed by a series of code challenges to solve to make it to the next level. Price: $29 per month.

Webmaker

Webmaker website

Webmaker

Webmaker is a Mozilla project dedicated to teaching web literacy through projects. It provides starter projects, templates, and event guides to inspire learners at every level. Use tools like Thimble, X-Ray Goggles, and Popcorn Maker to create content and get your hands dirty with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Price: Free.

Treehouse

Treehouse website

Treehouse

Treehouse provides guided paths to learn web development skills. Learn web design, front-end development, Rails, iOS and Android skills, PHP, WordPress, skills for starting an online business, and more. Work toward your goal with step-by-step guidance. The Treehouse course library contains over 100 courses and hundreds of hours of video. Price: Basic is $25 per month; Pro is $49 per month.

Udacity

Udacity website

Udacity

Udacity was born out of a Stanford University experiment that offered an “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course online to anyone for free. Udacity offers a variety of courses and a “Nanodegree” (a 6- or 12-month certification) for a front-end web developer. Learn through real-life projects as you build a portfolio. Price: Nanodegree is $200 per month.

Bento

Bento website

Bento

Bento is a curated source for the best free coding tutorials on the web. Learn on your own with Bento’s curated collection of tutorials. Also Bento now has Learning Tracks, which are set of lesson plans built by professional programmers to take you through the resources. Original supplemental content to Learning Tracks will be available for a small fee. Price: Free.

Khan Academy

 

Khan Academy website

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a site that offers free online education for all. In its computer programming section, learn the fundamentals of programming with JavaScript and ProcessingJS library. Write and share your own programs, explore programs made by others, and learn from them. Khan Academy’s dean of computer science is the legendary John Resig, creator of the jQuery JavaScript library. Price: Free.

Mozilla Developer Network

Mozilla Developer Network website

Mozilla Developer Network

Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) is an evolving learning platform for web technologies and the software that powers the web, including language standards like CSS, HTML, JavaScript. MDN’s mission is to provide complete, accurate, and helpful documentation for everything about the open web. It offers a curated collection of tutorials from forward-thinking companies and developers who have embraced open standards and best practices. Price: Free.

Tuts+

Tuts+ website

Tuts+

Tuts+ offers video courses and written tutorials to help you learn creative skills in code, design and illustration, photography, video, music, web design, game development, craft, and more. Tuts+ courses, more than 420 of them, typically include 2-to-3 hours of video with a series of lessons. Popular courses include 30 Days to Your First Website Design, 30 Days to Learn jQuery, and Responsive Web Design for Beginners. Price: Many free tutorials. Premium plan is $15 per month.

CodePen

CodePen website

CodePen

CodePen is a social code editor for inspiration and education that provides instant previews of the code you see and write. Use it to build and show off interesting things you’ve built, build reduced test cases to troubleshoot, discover other works, or collaborate with other front-end developers. Price: Free.

By People

By People website

By People

By People is a content network of useful resources selected by its curators, created for designers and developers, and updated by a community of users. Download open source code snippets from useful websites like Codepen.io and JSFiddle. By People curators include some heavy hitters from the design and development sites, including the founders of Six Revisions and speckyboy. Price: Free.

Course Report

Course Report website

Course Report

Course Report is a valuable third-party resource if you’re considering an intensive coding boot camps, like Dev Bootcamp, which offer immersive campus environments to train developers. Bootcamps are relatively costly (usually $12,000 or so); some like App Academy only take a fee if you complete the program and get a job. Code Report features reviews, application tips, and interviews with founders, students, and instructors to equip you with all the details you need to choose the right coding boot camp. You can filter schools by code focus, cost, or location (onsite and in-person). Price: Code Report is free.

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  1. Jerry Jao October 20, 2014 Reply

    I love Khan Academy! Thanks for sharing the rest.

  2. Carlos Rivera October 21, 2014 Reply

    Always so much to learn and keep up with. Thanks for making it easy to find the answers!