5 online programming and computer science courses

5 online programming and computer science courses

Online programming and computer science courses offer a great way to start your career as a programmer as you get to enhance and upgrade your skills.

But it is important to choose a reliable course as there are a bunch of training materials out there. Some of the world’s top universities, like Harvard and the University of Michigan, offer interesting courses you can take up completely online.

Moonshot has selected 5 self-paced, online programming and computer science courses if you’re looking for the top places to enhance your tech skills.

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen. This course, offered by the University of Toronto on the Coursera platform, will introduce you to the fundamental building blocks of programming and teach you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language. 

The course is for beginners and takes approximately 25 hours to complete.

CS50’s Introduction to Computer Science

This free course, offered by Harvard University on the edX platform, is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. 

CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML.

The course has a duration of approximately 12 weeks, at an estimated pace of  6–18 hours per week.

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SAS Programmer Professional Certificate

The “SAS Programmer Professional Certificate” is for beginners and offered on the Coursera platform. This program will help you understand and use the fundamentals of the SAS programming language, access different types of data (SAS, Excel, or text), then explore and prepare the data, analyze and report on data and export results to common formats (HTML, PDF, Excel), and apply SAS programming principles in practical examples.

No prior programming or SAS experience is required to take this program. You can complete it in approximately 5 months, with a suggested pace of 4 hours/week.

Python for Everybody Specialization

This Specialization, offered by the University of Michigan on Coursera, will introduce you to fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language.

You will learn how to install Python and write your first program, describe the basics of the Python programming language, use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information, and utilize core programming tools such as functions and loops.

No prior experience is required. You can complete the program in approximately 8 months, with a suggested pace of 3 hours/week.

The Web Developer Bootcamp 2021

When you’re learning to program you often have to sacrifice learning the exciting and current technologies in favor of the “beginner friendly” classes. This course is designed for the complete beginner, yet it covers some of the most exciting and relevant topics in the industry.

It is the brand new version of The Web Developer Bootcamp, Udemy’s most popular web development course, which was completely overhauled to prepare students for the 2021 job market.

The new version of the course covers tools and technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Flexbox, Responsive Design, JavaScript (all 2020 modern syntax, ES6, ES2018, etc.), Asynchronous JavaScript – Promises, async/await, etc., AJAX and single page apps, Bootstrap 4 and 5 (alpha), SemanticUI, Bulma CSS Framework, DOM Manipulation, Unix(Command Line) Commands, NodeJS, NPM, ExpressJS, Templating, REST, SQL vs. NoSQL databases and more.

It includes 63.5 hours on-demand video, 42 articles, 116 downloadable resources and 62 coding exercises.

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