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The best virtual web developer programmes for learning a new tech skill

Crack the code: You can learn web development skills online PICTURE: ALAMY

Codeacademy

HTML, CSS, SQL and a host of other acronymed coding languages are all available on this daddy of web-dev learning sites. Always dreamed of working at Amazon, Facebook, IBM et al? Twenty-five million users can’t be wrong. Freemium (ie free at a basic level, with advanced features paid for), codeacademy.com

Google Developers Training

Whether you want to make Android apps or become a tech entrepreneur, Google’s dev-training resources, powered by udacity.com, are comprehensive and even come with graduation certificates from the Big G itself. Daunting but doable. Free, developers.google.com

CodeCombat

Aimed at schoolchildren but fun for adults too, this web-based RPG is peak gamified learning. Crawl dungeons, loot treasure and level up your gear by writing lines of code. The most sugar-coated computer science you’ll ever find. Freemium, codecombat.com

Made with Code

Google wants to get teenage girls into coding and employs its resources to capture their imagination by letting users design emojis, dresses and fashion accessories. An alternative way in with plenty of links to bigger opportunities. Free, madewithcode.com

Khan Academy

‘You can learn anything. For free. For Everyone. Forever’ says the Khan Academy and that includes almost any course on web development you can imagine. Whether it’s building sites or learning new programming languages, you’ll find excellent tutorial videos from beginner to university level. Free, khanacademy.org

MIT Introduction to Computer Science & Programming

This undergraduate-level course assumes no previous knowledge of programming and comes with a full set of handouts, slides, files and lecture videos on everything you need to get going on writing and debugging code. No small undertaking but designed by the best. Free, ocw.mit.edu/courses

Coursera

Coursera was founded by computer science professors from Stanford University and focuses on people looking to enrich their lives, advance their careers or start a new one altogether. Choose your goal and it’ll take you through each course you need. Free, coursera.org

Broaden your horizons more learning sites

Academic Earth

Sit in on lectures from top colleges. This portal site points the way to online videos — click on the ‘Universities’ tab and take it from there. You’ll be studying astrophysics at Yale before you know it. Free, academicearth.org

FutureLearn

From full degrees to shorter courses, FutureLearn was set up by the Open University to transform access to education, and spans everything from MBAs and nursing to robotics and Italian. Programmes are live, include assessments and are either free or on a pay-as-you-go basis. From free, futurelearn.com

Lynda.com

Owned by LinkedIn, lynda.com courses are strictly for your CV profile so don’t expect fluffy stuff. These are for business skills, design chops, marketing savvy and generally getting a leg up in the professional world. £24.98/month, lynda.com

Skillshare

Not as big as giants like the Shaw Academy but cheaper for it, Skillshare offers over 20,000 classes. You’ll find as much lifestyle and art as business and science, and a friendly UI too. Chakra cleansing for beginners, anyone? From free, skillshare.com