Hacking Your Commute

Learn how to code while you commute.

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A recent study by AMP has found that Australians spend, on average, 4.4 hours commuting each week.

It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole that is your Facebook feed, or browse Instagram at the back of the bus. If you want to be more productive with that time, here are some great options for you to learn how to code while you commute:

1. Mimo

This little gem will teach you how to code on the go.

Have you ever wanted to learn JavaScript, create an iOS game, program, or learn how to make a website? Well, you’re in luck. Mimo can teach you all of these things and it’s adding new topics all the time, including Explore Unity, Create a Unity Game, and Raspberry Pi. For those already in the know, it also has intermediate level courses in hacking a website, and C++.

You get pretty good bang for your buck with the free version, however there is a premium option for $6 per month which will give you unlimited access, a personalised curriculum, and real-world projects to work on.

Only available on iOS for now, and on Android soon.

2. Swift Playground

While developed with the younger crowd in mind, this app for iPad doesn’t discriminate – anyone looking to learn the basics of code in a fun and engaging way will enjoy this app.

This recent review on the app store really says it best, “if you’re going to be doing a college programming course, I would use this app first as the instructions are first class and I don’t think you’ll find better”.

Swift Playground is developed by Apple, and is available for free on the App Store.

3. Encode

If you’re brand new to coding, Encode is a great option. It takes you through all the basics right from the start, and provides tutorials in bite size learning, meaning if you only have a couple of minutes spare, you can still get through an activity, no matter where you are.

The fact that the app looks great doesn’t hurt either – the minimalist, clean design is very pleasing.

The free version gives you access to the basics of coding – strings, variables, booleans etc. however, if you want to unlock more advanced features like loops and arrays, there is a ‘Plus’ version of the app for a one-off $7.99.

4. Tuts+

While not strictly an app, Tuts+ (an educational site from Envato) is an amazing mobile-friendly resource with thousands of courses not only about coding, but web design, business and game development (to name just a few). You can access how-to tutorials, courses and e-Books – meaning there’s something for all learning styles. Unlimited access to Tuts+ is only $29/month.

Vanessa Doake

About the Author Vanessa Doake

Vanessa is the co-founder of Code Like a Girl, an initiative that provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding.