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New Delhi: Computer programming, commonly referred to as coding, is currently one of the most coveted skills in the technology industry. With more organizations going online, there’s an increased demand for coders in almost every industry. According to market surveys, a basic coding job in JavaScript pays $22,000 (around 15 lakh today) per year, while those with programming skills in blockchain and artificial intelligence can earn around $80,000 per year.

In case you are interested in adding coding skills to your resume, there are several online platforms dedicated entirely to coding, which can get you started with their simple, time-bound courses.

One such platform, Programming Hub, run by a Mumbai-based startup, was co-founded by software engineer Nigel Crasto and business grad Tito Aby Idicula. It offers short courses on every relevant programming language—from C++ to Python and Javascript to Swift.

Developed in collaboration with experts from Google, Programming Hub offers bite-sized interactive courses with regular Q&As and illustrations for revision. The platform has both free and premium content. The former gives unlimited access to all the courses without being bombed by ads along with a completion certificate. For premium access, users have to pay 650 per month, or they can opt for an annual plan of 2,350. Programming Hub is available on desktop, Android and iOS.

For those looking to mix the learning with a bit of social media experience to connect with anyone, from a beginner to a pro, there is SoloLearn. The platform doesn’t have as many courses as Programming Hub does, but it has a very intuitive interface. All languages specific to a field are clubbed together. SoloLearn also allows its members to post their own coding courses and challenges. Users can chat with others and get doubts cleared by the pros on the platforms. There is an “ask me anything" section, along the lines of Reddit’s AMA, wherein users can ask questions to popular developers from all over the world. The pro version costs 169 and removes ads in addition to offering certificates.

For learners looking for a platform that makes coding more fun, there is Codecademy Go. It uses step-by-step guides, called skills, and career paths to help users figure out where to begin and what to learn, and arranges all courses in cards that users can slide through as they learn new skills.

Users can schedule their learning hours, and review and practice sessions, and the Codecademy Go app sends daily reminders. It also includes articles and videos by professionals to keep learners posted on the latest in the world of programming. It is a paid service with a monthly subscription of $19.99 (around 1,380 today).

E-learning platforms such Udemi, Edx, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning and Khan Academy also have got courses on computer programming with the option to get certified after completing the courses and tests. However, they can be quite overwhelming for someone looking only for coding related courses as they have numerous other subjects and courses.

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