By Kevin Lawver
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I get asked all the time, “How can I learn how to code?” It’s a harder question to answer than you might think, because it depends entirely on what your goal is. If you have a specific project in mind, then learning a language that won’t help you finish that project doesn’t make much sense.

This post is an attempt to link to a bunch of different resources, mostly web development-related.

If you want to build a product for the web (and even for mobile, because the web works just fine on mobile devices too), then I highly recommend starting with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. They’re all complementary, and if you go in that order, you’re starting with a markup language first, which is way more forgiving than an actual programming language, like JavaScript.

Baby Steps

  • RailsBridge – We hold workshops in Savannah once a quarter, and they’ll all be listed on the site once we’ve announced them! RailsBridge is a friendly environment with helpful volunteers where you can get introduced to coding (we do a bunch of different topics, not just Rails) without any fear or intimidation. It’s fun!

Getting Started with Web Development

Ruby and Rails

Everything Else

For any other topic, we have the Internet! Here are some of my favorite places to learn new things for free:

Community Resources

  • Open Savannah – Savannah’s very own Code for America brigade! It’s a great group doing great things and a great way to get real experience building things alongside professional developers.
  • 1 Million Cups – A great place to see what’s going on with entrepreneurs in Savannah, meet them, and get feedback on your product or service.

And, of course, we’re in Slack if you just need someone to point you in the right direction, or need a killer cake recipe. You can request an invite and join the fun!

We also have our Meetup group so you can hang out in person!


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