Learn to code

As part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, volunteer research software engineers have been mentoring volunteer researchers using spreadsheets to help them learn a language of their choice and explore various ways of working with and moving beyond spreadsheets.

By Thomas Etherington, Senior Research Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Institute Fellow.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

There's been a recent drive to get people to learn code, which has led to a few notable victories like the inclusion of coding in the national curriculum, and initiatives like the Year of Code. A recent article in the Guardian listed ten places where anyone could learn to code, but they required quite a lot of time and money to be dedicated to the cause. What happens if you want to learn to code in your spare time and don't want to pay for it?

Being the Institute's resident non-coder, I was given the task of investigating some of the free…

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

There's been a recent drive to get people to learn code, which has led to a few notable victories like the inclusion of coding in the national curriculum, and initiatives like the Year of Code. A recent article in the Guardian listed ten places where anyone could learn to code, but they required quite a lot of time and money to be dedicated to the cause. What happens if you want to learn to code in your spare time and don't want to pay for it?

Being the Institute's resident non-coder, I was given the task of investigating some of the free…

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