Want to learn to program but don't know how to start? There are a couple of ways to go about that. The most popular would be to register at a University. It should take a year or two to complete. Oops, but I'm sure you don't have that much time. How about learning from a colleague/friend. Well, this could work as well, but you need to work with their schedule ain't it. Yeah, that could be frustrating. They've got families to feed, so I wouldn't blame them if they have little to no time for you.

Don't be discouraged just yet. Here's another option. How about you learning when you want, how you want, from the comfort of your home, and at your own pace. I'm sure you love that. This is the 21st century way of learning.

If the latter appeals to you, how about registering on one of many online course platforms out there. In a bit, I'll take you through a few of them. These are top 5 online learning platforms you can acquire your programming skills.

Udemy

Udemy is probably the most popular of them all. It's also one of the largest out there. The platform was launched in 2010 by Eren Bali. Udemy connects world best instructors with people who are willing to learn. There are free and paid courses on the site which I have no doubt will improve your skills.

Udemy is beneficial to everyone - both instructors and students. Instructors can pass their knowledge to anyone who is willing to learn for free or a fee (you can get up to 90% off regular prices). Students, however, can use their newly acquired skills for their benefits.

The platform currently brags of over 40 million students globally. How about you being one of them today.

Coursera

You don't just want to learn; you want a certificate from a prestigious university, studying a course of your choice at your own pace. I'll recommend Coursera.

The platform was established in 2012. Two Stanford Computer Science professors; Daphne Koller, and Andrew Ng founded it. The platform works closely with prestigious educational institutions, government agencies, and so on. Coursera is presently affiliated with over 150 universities in 29 countries and offers over 2,000 courses, with more than four accredited degree programs.

At Coursera, it's a guarantee that you'll become a professional at your chosen field in 4-6 weeks. At course completion, you are given a final exam depending on your course of study.

Need I say more? Join thousands who are getting certified on a daily basis now.

Skillshare

Skillshare provides a productive learning environment for learners. Skillshare offers over 30,000 classes, focused on developing creative and entrepreneurial skills. You get to interact with instructors and other students at any time.

As a new user, you get a month free access to all courses on the platform. It's also interesting to note that monthly/yearly premiums are very cheap. There's also a chance to get approved for the Skillshare scholarship. Here, you can gain access to all courses for a year absolutely free.

Try Skillshare today.

EdX

EdX is yet another online learning-based platform for skill acquisition. It's working towards becoming a leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform globally. It enables those who are interested acquire any skill anytime and anywhere — also founded in 2012 by scientists from Harvard and MIT.

Reviews by EdX students show that the platform hosts a wide range of top-quality courses. However, some people believe that EdX pricing is a little overboard. But if pricing doesn't matter to you, that's another platform you might want to consider.

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Linux Academy

In my long search, looking through a lot of student reviews on Linux Academy didn't find just a single flaw. All students seem satisfied with the quality of learning they are getting. However, the only challenge is courses are offered in the English language. This is opposed to some of the other platforms I've mentioned earlier which offer courses in other languages.

Considering registering? Go ahead — nothing to lose.

At last, we reached the end of our discussion. The above-listed platforms are just a slice of a big pie/pizza. There are an innumerable amount of platforms which can be of benefit to you, but I have singled these out. Basically, because they provide quality education and they are quite easy to navigate.

If you know some more, please feel free to add them in the comment section below.