Coding is becoming a more and more essential and valued skill in a range of industries. Even if it isn't the core of your digital profession, it can be incredibly valuable to know the basics so you can talk to engineers and coders about what's happening in the digital side of any business.

But where to start and what to learn can be a tough decision.

That's why we've picked out four great coding languages that are all worth taking a course in. Each has its own place in a digital world, and we've got great courses lined up to get you up and running.

1. JavaScript

JavaScript is a dynamic programming language, and one of the real engines of how powerful web services operate.

Many great online experiences are underpinned by JavaScript, from front-end development frameworks to back-end data management libraries.

To get you started, ScienceAlert Academy is offering the Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle for US$25, giving you access to 15 courses going from beginner to pro!

Check it out here.

2. Python

Python is a widely used, general purpose programming language, which is great for newbies.

It's an excellent first programming language because of its simple syntax, coding principles, and easy readability.

Despite that simplicity, it's still powerful programming language that allows developers to build complex websites without complex code.

First time coders will find Python to be a great jumping off point, and can use the skills they learn in this course to take on greater coding challenges.

ScienceAlert Academy is offering one of our most popular bundles, The Python Power Coder BONUS Bundle, for US$44.

With eight quality courses, you'll learn a bunch of skills to get you familiar with the coding language, and how to best use it.

Find out more here.

3. C#

C# or C Sharp is one of the programming languages designed for the Common Language Infrastructure, a standard developed by Microsoft meaning it doesn't have to be rewritten on different architectures.

It's also the primary scripting language used by the Unity game engine, so if you want to get into game programming – it's the language to go for.

ScienceAlert Academy has the Complete C# Coding Bootcamp available for only US$41 to get you started.

There's 11 courses, with 649 lessons, teaching you everything from the fundamentals of the language to the intricacies of how to use it in Unity.  

Get started here.

4. Ruby / Ruby on Rails

Looking for something that balances deep power in application development with something that brings a modern, web-focused attitude? Ruby could be your answer.

Ruby and its web application framework Ruby on Rails has rapidly become one of the most powerful web application platforms around.

It's been used to build some of the world's biggest web services, like Twitter, Twitch, Basecamp, Airbnb, Shopify, Github, Groupon, Hulu, and many more.

It's open source, it's easy and elegant to work with, and it has a great community of advocates who can help you keep progressing once you've got the basics down.

ScienceAlert Academy has a 6 course bundle, Ruby on Rails Coding Bootcamp, available for US$29.

Find out more here.

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