Learn to code? Browse resources at your own pace on Google, YouTube and Twitch


As a new year approaches, there might be a new opportunity for growth, with new skills and new aspirations. As we discussed on Technical.ly this month, it could lead to some new technical work as well.

According to data from Technical.ly, computer systems and design ranked in the top ten industries in those with over 200,000 in Baltimore and DC. So it goes without saying that the transition to the technological field can be lucrative. Often the problem is not what you want to do, but how to acquire the skills to get there. This roundup is a quick rundown of the resources to consult to break into coding.

Here is to take a boost on self-improvement. Note that these are not real universities, but rather sites that one can use to find resources and learn.

Google University

For those who excel in autonomy and motivation, most of the answers are searchable on Google. It’s just a matter of looking in the right places. Here are a few tips :


A place to learn how to build web and mobile applications. It has a paid pro course model but also offers free courses.

Code Academy

Engineer Eric Solender told us he used this resource to learn the basics of Python when it was mostly free. Now it has a paid model, but there are still a lot of free resources on the site.

Libraries for getting started quickly with resources in the application programming interface or development (API) include:

  • Fast API, which helps to create the web framework using python for beginners.
  • Ball, a quick way to learn and get started in web development.

MIT Open Course

Take computer courses and courses from the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology free.

Unlock the Academy

Another paid course, which is comparable to the course as technology and coding become more and more mainstream as a career path. The strong point of this training site is that it is owned by Black and the content is created by black developers.

Twitch University

If you need more interaction with the teacher or a replacement for the mentor / mentee relationship, then following a few streamers on the Twitch platform and showing up to weekly classes might be what you need.


This is Baltimore’s Twitch channel Aaron Brooks and his company Mastermnd.io, which also offers free coding courses of the Google University variety. Currently on Twitch, Brooks is broadcasting the entire 22-week Betamore Software Engineering Training Program. The course currently lasts two weeks and six lessons in lessons, but you can make up for it by watching the videos on demand.

There is also a software developer niche in Twitch of broadcasting while you work, which is a great opportunity to see some of the skills you learn at Google University in action and choose techniques from live resources. more experienced developers.

In addition to browsing the Software and game development category, there is The OnlyDevs team. It includes many similar quality software developers and engineers to Brooks. Some focus on game development, while others focus on machine learning or even building bots. They cover the whole gamut. Here are a few to check out:


This Twitch channel follows the ‘streaming while working’ model of software development Joshua Lynch, featured in one of our previous articles “So you want to be a software developer on UX design for the web.”

YouTube University

For the visual learners of the world who need to see code in action. Here are some channels to follow:

Kevin powell

It’s all about frontend development, so if you like HTML and CSS, this is the place to go.

Eddie Jaoude

Here’s a great place for tips and advice on how to maximize your Github and tech freelance. If you are into fullstack development, which is the development of the frontend (client side) and backend (server side) parts of a web application, then this is a great place to start.

Derek banas

Here is a one-stop-shop for a tutorial on a variety of software and languages. There are playlists on Frameworks (Full Stack) “and” JavaScript UI library tools like Django and React. With playlists with tutorials on languages ​​like C ++ and Python.


In addition to videos on startups and the entrepreneurial journey, our own channel offers tutorials on Kubernetes and Pycharme.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of the Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-

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