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The best books for Newbies who want to learn how to code

by Sanusi IsmailaSeptember 8, 2014

The other day I and someone were discoursing about literacy and what it means today and he mentioned that he had a feeling that the ability to write code will one day be the definition of being literate. There is a huge chance that he is right. Technology has become ubiquitous with everyday life, and while its getting easier and easier to get stuff done without knowing a line of code, learning how stuff works (which in essence is the code) gives you better control over whatever you are trying to achieve.

Now the issue with learning to code is mostly how boring and alien it looks and how it is taught (mostly boring as well); in essence there is almost a resentment for learning how to code.

If however you have always wanted to learn how to code, but have just found learning material boring, then I recommend you check out John Ducket’s HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites for starters. There is probably no other book that explains code as elegantly as it does, and if there is, I certainly haven’t come across it. The book reads like a magazine thanks to the dynamic images and design and it’s written in such away that will have you turning pages non-stop till you realise you are done. It’s a really great approach to teaching code, while it will not have you programming nuclear reactors at the end, all the basics of web design are covered.

When you are through with that, you should check out his follow up book JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development. It is written in the same great, interactive style as the first book and you’ll get introduced to basic JavaScript Instructions, Decisions & Loops, Ajax & JSON, and APIs.

Both books come with tons of downloadable examples and interactive exercises. If the books catch your fancy, you will find both at the links below. (Amazon).

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites 

JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

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