The Best Things In Life: Free Resources for Web Developers

The Best Things In Life: Free Resources for Web Developers

My pal Denny has a big sign above his desk that says “Freelance isn’t free.” There’s also an old saying that says “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” It would seem that everyone believes that nothing comes free. And that’s true.

Well, most of the time at least.

Turns out, in today’s online world we can find a bevy of knowledge, online, for FREE!

I’d like to start with a tip of my hat and a “Thanks” to all of you that interact online by sharing knowledge and contributing to forums whenever you can. A while back, a client of ours shared a story about a firm she was working with who responded to one of her questions with “GFGI.” I asked “What does that mean?” and got the response “Go F-ing Google It!.” It’s thanks to all of you who choose to share your knowledge that offensive responses like this are even possible.

As developers, it’s almost part of our duty to share knowledge with others when we can. We play in an ever-changing world where until we actually get our hands dirty and “DO IT,” even we don’t always understand how it all works.

For any human being who’s wanting to learn more in their personal or professional life (I count myself among these), there is a firehose tapped into an endless reservoir of free knowledge.

So, I’m here today to do my part. I’d like to share with you some good FREE tools and resources that I sometimes frequent in times of need.

  • w3schools.com – Not everyone is a professional. Even if you are, you don’t know it all, and you certainly didn’t when you were first starting out.I’ve met a lot of people who are hobbyists of sorts or small business owners: just trying to do it on their own. If you can, more power to you. Back when I was in school I was shown this site, and it can definitely help the beginner just understand where to get started.
  • css-tricks.com – For the more advanced users out there who are trying to challenge the functionality and ever-changing worlds of CSS and CSS3, this is one of our favorites around here at gBg.
  • wpbeginner.com, wpsnippets.com, www.codex.wordpress.org – We do love WordPress here, I’ve often compared WordPress and it’s onslaught of plugins to the iPhone and the app store, its ease of use and ability for customization make the possibilities endless. Whether you’re starting out, advanced, or an expert, these sites are a must for knowledge and guidance.
  • code.org – This is one site I haven’t checked out yet fully, but I’ve been following its buzz. They’re on a mission to teach as many people how to use code in the daily and professional lives, I definitely recommend checking out their video.

Like we discussed, however, it can’t all be free. There are hundreds of other sites out there to reference and use, but there are also some great paid services that help us gain knowledge and grow. I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t at least mention these last two PAID resources:

Teamtreehouse.com and Lynda.com are excellent teaching sites with projects and tutorials built in that give you the knowledge and understanding you need as well as the hands on experience vital to long term growth as a developer.

How bout it? What are some free tools that you use to help with your coding? Have you had success with any of the ones that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

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