With the start of a new year comes the urge to learn something new or expand on what you already know. As programmers, it's best to learn early on that you always need to learn and improve on your skills.

What's a better time to do that than with the beginning of a new year?

In this article, I'll share with you 15 programming courses that you can take to become a better programmer and learn new languages.

Git & GitHub Crash Course: Create a Repository From Scratch!

If you're a beginner to Git and GitHub, then this course is what you need. Learn how to create a repository, add files to it, compare between versions, and more. This 30-minute course will help you understand the basics of Git and get started with using it in your projects.

Web Design for Web Developers: Build Beautiful Websites!

I previously wrote some tips I learned from this course about web design. This course is resourceful for web developers that find it hard to grasp concepts related to web design. If you struggle to understand how you should layout your website or how to make it beautiful, then this quick and easy course is for you. This course is 1 hour long.

Cybersecurity for Everyone

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned developer, this course will help you understand Cybersecurity and manage its risks. This course lays the foundations of cybersecurity helping you understand its basics and how to apply its practices in your applications. This course is 22 hours long and you can earn a certificate after completing it.

Scripting and Programming Foundations

This course is perfect for complete beginners in computer science as a whole. This course will help you understand programming theory and interpreting algorithms. It will also teach you about programming elements like variables, expressions, data types, and more. This course is 8 weeks long, estimated at 9-10 hours a week.

Computer Programming for Everyone

This course is designed for beginner programmers, but also those who want to brush up on their knowledge and skills. In this course, you'll learn more about programming languages and algorithms in general. You'll also learn how algorithms can be applied in our daily lives. By the end of this course, you'll be able to create your first program. This course is estimated to be 2 weeks long, at 2 hours a week.

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

This is a course by the University of Michigan and it will help you learn Python from scratch. You don't need any prerequisites to take this course. In this course, you'll learn about basics including variables and functions. The aim of this course is to prepare you for more advanced Python courses. The cool thing about this course is that all assignments and exercises can be done in the web browser directly. So, you can learn this course from your laptop or your phone on the move. This course is estimated to be 7 weeks long, at 2-4 hours a week.

Introduction to User Experience Design

Being a programmer isn't just about learning how to code. There are a lot of concepts you should take the time to learn, and one of them is user experience (or UX). UX is important to ensure that when you create products or services, they are designed in a way that makes it easy for the user to use them. This course teaches you the basics of UX. It's 6 hours long and you will get a certificate at the end of it.

Linux Basics: The Command Line Interface

Linux can be confusing for beginner programmers. However, once you understand how it works, you'll realize that it's the best OS option for programming. This course teaches you the basics of Linux and how you can utilize its commands to achieve the most out of it. You'll also learn by the end of this course how to create and execute a C program in Linux. This course is estimated to be 5 weeks long, at 3-5 hours per week.

Build a Quiz App with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

For beginner web developers who want to improve their skills, this course is for you. In this course, learn more about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and how you can use them in practice while you create a quiz app. This course teaches you about different JavaScript concepts and APIs including Fetch. It also teaches you about different CSS concepts like Flexbox. This course is 2 hours long.

Introduction to Programming in C++

C++ is one of the top 5 popular languages at the time of writing this. You can use C++ to create a variety of applications and games. This course will help you learn C++ from scratch. You'll learn about data types, iterations, and more. This course will lead you to create your first C++ application. After completing this course, you'll be able to take more advanced courses like Advanced Programming in C++. This course is estimated to be 8 weeks long, at 6-8 hours per week.

Introduction to Game Development with Unity

This course will teach you how to create a game using Unity. It will go through the steps starting from installing Unity, to fully creating the game and all the resources and elements that come into play when doing that. This course is good for those who want to start learning game development, as they can do it by practice. This course is almost 2 hours long.

Introduction to Data Analytics with Python

This course is created by FutureLearn in collaboration with Tableau, a software that allows you to visualize and understand your data. This course will teach you how you can use python for data analytics. You'll learn advanced data operations and customizing visualizations using Pandas and Seaborn. This course is estimated to be 4 weeks long, at 3 hours per week.

For beginner web developers that are looking to expand their skills, this is another course they can take. In this course, you'll build an animated image gallery. Through this course, you'll learn more about HTML5 and JavaScript and how you can use them in your projects. This course is estimated to be an hour and 10 minutes long.

Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore

This course for beginners will teach you about Augmented Reality (AR) and how you can build AR experiences using ARCore. This course talks about the basics of AR, allowing you to understand its basics, then shows you how you can build AR experiences using tools like Google Poly and Unity. This course is 11 hours long.

Selenium Basics - Step by Step for Beginners

Selenium is an automation testing tool. This course will help you learn how to use Selenium from scratch. You'll learn about its different components, then you'll learn how to create a test automation script to test your website. This course is estimated to be 2 hours and a half long.

Conclusion

In this article, I selected 15 courses that can you help you either improve on your skills or learn new ones. Use this article and the courses listed to start your year with new skills and spirit!