Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Bento is an incredibly valuable resource for those learning how to code. The site was created by web developer Jon Chan, and it’s designed to simply yet effectively push aspiring coders to the right places around the web. The site contains a lengthy list of boxes that correspond to particular coding languages or specific topics. Each box contains an additional list of links to various tutorials, videos or articles that can help teach certain programming languages or other topics. The boxes are organized categorically, with options for foundational, mobile, database, backend, frontend, and api. You can browse topics that range from broad (fundamentals, security) to specific (memcached, couchdb). The site also displays its links in order of difficulty, with options for beginners as well as more experienced coders.
Although Bento is well-designed and does offer a convenient way for coders to learn from a variety of sources around the web, it’s limited by the amount of links that are currently hosted. The majority of the specific subjects only have a few links, and many of them link to obvious coding instruction sites like Dash or Codeacademy. Of course, the site can’t be criticized for what it’s attempting to achieve, and it’s impressive feat for a generous coder who wants to help others learn more easily than the ways that were available for him when he was young. There are also enough specific topics referenced on the site that it’s a valuable resource for coders of any level. The site’s own code is also available at Github, allowing community members to make contributions. Although learning how to code seems like a daunting task, it’s an important skill to have and the opportunities to learn free and easily are better now than they’ve ever been. Bento is a great tool to find the sites that help you learn and/or polish those skills.