Forget Spanish, French, and Chinese. The language we all need to learn is the language of coding. Billions of lines of elegant code underpin almost everything we do, from checking emails to drawing cash, but most of us have no idea what they mean.
DataCamp is here to help. Like a sort of Duolingo for programming, DataCamp is a gamified course that teaches you how to import, analyze, and visualize data in bitesize lessons created by expert instructors.
Courses are optimized for mobile, and they cover Python, R, and SQL. You’ll learn through quick daily exercises, and your mistakes will get picked up instantly by the app’s personalized feedback system.
But wait—what’s a Python? And who is R? They’re programming languages, and the three on offer cover most of the programming you’ll need to understand.
Python is a general-purpose programming language that’s designed to be elegant and easily readable. It’s the third most popular language in the world, but many consider it the best as it’s more productive than Java and C. Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Amazon, Spotify, and a host of other big tech companies use Python.
Also, fun fact: it’s named after Monty Python.
DataCamp covers Python and the NumPy package for scientific computing. The intermediate course goes on to cover Matplotlib and DataFrames with pandas. You’ll find out what that means.
R, meanwhile, is a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. The introductory course will give you the basics of data analysis, and the introduction to the Tidyverse will teach you how to transform and visualize data using R packages like dplyr and ggplot2—just like you always wanted.
And SQL is all about databases—a crucial component of computer science. You’ll learn how to navigate the world of relational databases through lessons covering selecting columns, filtering rows, aggregate functions, sorting, grouping, and joins.
If that all sounds a bit hardcore, don’t worry. DataCamp is a great way to learn the fundamentals of coding in your downtime. You’ll be living it up like Mr Robot in no time.
Download DataCamp for free right now on Google Play and the App Store.