Get an introduction to the programming skills needed for a career as a software developer. This learning path provides a broad perspective on core technologies for web development, software development, and databases. It introduces common tools and the bigger picture of how development careers work.
Learn foundations of programming for software development.
Practice with popular technologies like HTML and CSS.
Programming Foundations: Fundamentals with Annyce Davis
Prepare to learn the fundamental concepts, practices, and terminology of programming in this introductory course.
2h 6m • COURSE
Programming Foundations: Databases with Scott Simpson
Learn the fundamentals of database programming. Find out how to build a database, define relationships, and write queries.
1h 25m • COURSE
Succeeding in Web Development: Full Stack and Front End with Ray Villalobos
Do you want to become a web developer? Learn about the skills and tools you need to get a job as a front-end, back-end, or full-stack web developer.
1h 3m • COURSE
HTML Essential Training with Jen Simmons
Learn how to write HTML, the programming language that powers the web.
2h 45m • COURSE
CSS Essential Training with Christina Truong
Explore the concepts that form the foundation of CSS. Learn how to select content, style text, manage layouts, and more as you work on a real-world project.
4h 28m • COURSE
5h 32m • COURSE
Learning Python with Joe Marini
Get started with Python, the popular and highly readable object-oriented language.
2h 11m • COURSE
Learning Java with Kathryn Hodge
Get started in Java programming. This course shows beginners how to write Java code and build simple Java applications.
2h 39m • COURSE
Learning SQL Programming with Scott Simpson
Learn the basics of SQL, the programming language for retrieving and editing data from databases such as SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL.
1h 27m • COURSE
Programming Foundations: Web Security with Kevin Skoglund
Learn about the most important security concerns when developing websites, and what you can do to keep your servers, software, and data safe from harm.
2h 17m • COURSE
You'll learn software development skills with these experts.
Annyce Davis is a software developer, international conference speaker, and author.
Currently, she's the lead Android developer at Off Grid Electric, where she works on implementing a next-generation Android mobile user interface, and reengineering the app to be resilient to spotty data coverage. Annyce is also an Android Google Developer Expert. This means that she spends a lot of time developing videos, blog posts, and conference talks for the developer community. She's very proud of and passionate about this work. Her ultimate goal with respect to technology is to share her experiences in tech and engineering to inspire others to do the same.
Scott Simpson has a master's in education and currently creates technology courses as an author at LinkedIn.
Scott has been interested in computers since he was about seven years old, and for most of that time, he's been teaching friends, family, and strangers how to use them. This geeky hobby turned into a job with Apple during college, and after completing his master's degree in education at San Diego State University, he has helped to shape the Developer segment here at lynda.com as a content producer. Scott enjoys building web apps and exploring new technologies. He can be found on Twitter at @scotty82.
Ray Villalobos is a full-stack design/development teacher and senior staff instructor at LinkedIn Learning.
Previously, as a director of multimedia for Entravision Communications, Ray managed a network of radio and TV station websites on the East Coast. He also designed large newspaper sites and created interactive projects/games for the Tribune network of newspapers. You can reach him on LinkedIn or through other social networks @planetoftheweb. Check out his personal blog at http://raybo.org.
Jen Simmons is a designer and developer advocate at Mozilla and a member of the CSS Working Group.
Jen—who has been creating websites since 1996—works as an independent consultant and trainer helping teams transition to a responsive design process, implement sites with HTML5, or architect Drupal websites to last. She also provides a mix of design and front-end development services. Besides designing for the web, Jen has years of experience designing for live performance and for print. From 2011–2015, she was the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead. Jen continues to share her passion for CSS and design by speaking at conferences and making videos.
Christina Truong is an educator who has over 10 years of experience as a front-end developer.
Christina has worked for digital agencies such as Teehan+Lax and SapientRazorfish (formerly Nurun). As an educator, she has taught 1000+ students in college courses, bootcamp programs, and workshops.
In her previous role as director of curriculum for Ladies Learning Code, she overhauled the curriculum and created new workshops and a part-time program used by 20+ Canadian chapters. She also provided training for all the lead instructors.
Christina now works independently, focusing on inclusive tech education, curriculum development, and technical consulting services.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer and developer with a passion for open-source software like WordPress.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer and developer with a passion for clean design, standards-based code, and open-source software. He has published several books, articles, and videos on these topics and is a popular speaker at conferences. Running a small boutique-style digital media company, he divides his time evenly between building web solutions and teaching others how to do things right and get the most out of the web.Morten grew up in Norway and made Canada his home in 2002.
Joe Marini is a senior developer advocate at Google and a developer of Dreamweaver and Windows Phone.
Joe has worked in the web and software industries for more than 20 years. He was an original member of the Dreamweaver engineering team at Macromedia, and held prominent early roles in creating products such as QuarkXPress, Microsoft Expression Blend, mFactory's mTropolis, and Extensis QX-Tools. He is regularly a featured speaker at industry conferences and has authored or co-authored several publications on web and software development. Prior to Google, Joe was responsible for the mobile web developer platform for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft. His book, The Document Object Model, is widely regarded as the definitive resource for working with the DOM.
Kathryn Hodge works as a software developer at a media company.
In addition to her work as a developer, Kathryn runs a YouTube channel for people wanting to learn how to code. Before graduating college, she worked for three years as a computer science teaching assistant. She is very interested in the intersection of media, entertainment, and technology, and is focused on creating software that makes an impact.
Kevin Skoglund builds custom web solutions at Nova Fabrica and teaches web development at LinkedIn Learning.
Kevin Skoglund is the founder of Nova Fabrica, a web development agency specialized in delivering custom, scalable solutions using Ruby on Rails, PHP, SQL, and related technologies. Nova Fabrica clients include An Event Apart, Atlas Carpet Mills, Consulate Film, Gregorius|Pineo, Maharam, Oakley, and The Bold Italic. Kevin is a lynda.com author with over 15 years of teaching and web development experience.