by Amanda May, Head Editor, INALJ North Dakota
Coding Classes 101
Well, I think that it really depends on how you look at it. On one hand, I believe that information professionals do not need to know any programming languages in order to be successful. On the other hand, I believe that a working knowledge of coding is beneficial to any information professional. While many libraries utilize content management systems for their websites, these websites still require constant maintenance.
Do I think that information professionals need to know how to do a complete overhaul of a website? No. Do I think it may be necessary to do some tweaking of the code on a website? Absolutely. . If something isn’t working right in a content management system, it may be necessary to utilize HTML or CSS to make the page work.
I took classes on coding in library school, but I know that’s not possible for everyone. There are many websites on the Internet that teach you how to code, but here are five to get you started:
- Code Racer – Code Racer is a multi-play game that teaches you how to code a website using HTML and CSS.
- Khan Academy – The computer science section of Khan Academy includes tutorials on programming basics.