Programming is a huge part of advertising – it’s how we turn great creative concepts into digital reality. I was inspired by this post from Jon Evans of TrackMaven to create a list of resources for people who might want to learn a little bit of programming. Check out Jon’s blog to see a few reasons why it might be helpful – I imagine you’ll find them as convincing as I did.
OpenCourseWare is “a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.” In terms of this discussion, that means they offer courses from a variety of institutions on Computer Science. OCW is a great resource for getting your feet wet – just don’t expect any hand holding.
The Learn Programming Subreddit
Once you’ve already gotten started, the Learn Programming subreddit is a great place to ask questions whenever you get stuck. Just make sure you read their FAQ, follow the rules, and contribute.
According to Udacity, their “online courses are built in partnership with technology leaders and are relevant to industry needs. Upon completing a Udacity course, you’ll receive a verified completion certificate recognized by industry leaders.” Udacity offers free access to courseware, with a paid option for a fuller course experience. The choice is up to you!
I hope you find these resources helpful. If you have any suggestions for other programs or resources, let us know.