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On the whole, this free set of coding lessons is a perfect option for those who want to get started without too much financial investment, but it's best for teens. Although SoloLearn: Learn to Code includes ads, they aren't intrusive. The platform doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it is clean and works as expected. The lessons do tend to hand-hold the user by anticipating answers with a certain number of characters. This has the effect of leading the user, but it can also be confusing, as the questions don't provide feedback until the answer is in the correct format. If you think the answer is 9 (a single-character number), but it's really 32, you simply can't move forward until you insert a second character. While it's possible to get stuck, you can always get a hint in the lesson or reach out to those on the discussion boards for assistance. The lessons themselves are clear and easy to follow, but starting with a basic foundation in some sort of coding logic will help fill in the gaps. With so many user-generated code examples, there's a lot of opportunity for inspiration, but also for coding examples to build on. All in all, it's a solid platform for starting a coding education.
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Talk about coding. How does coding fit into your interests or plans for the future? What can you do with the skills you learn? How can SoloLearn: Learn to Code help?
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, logic, problem solving
Creativity: innovation, making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative
Tech Skills: coding, digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 8, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM
- Size: 61.80 MB
- Publisher: Sololearn Inc
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: March 29, 2019
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