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Top 10 FREE Pluralsight Courses for Programmers

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Hello guys, I have awesome news to share with you, Pluralsight is unlocking their technology skills platform and making their 7,000+ expert-led video courses and 30+ interactive courses free for one month as part of their COVID-19 response.

This is fantastic, isn't it? And, you don't need a credit card, which blocks a lot of students who want to learn online but don't have a credit card. As part of free April Pluralsight offer, You will get a chance to take whatever courses you want and complete it on a month for free, a kind of hackathon of online learning.

But, to be honest, one month is a long time and you can't just learn non-stop, so you need to pick some of the best courses you always wanted to check and stick with them, even if you complete one or two, it's perfectly utilized weekend.

So, here are some of the Pluralsight courses, you can join or watch over the weekend.

I have tried to include courses from different verticals like Java, Web Development, Data Structure, and Algorithms, Python, Data Science, and Machine learning, Big Data, and Cloud Computing, SQL, Linux, etc but it's not exhaustive.

You can also share your favorite courses from Pluralsight on comments and programmers coming here for suggestions can benefit from them.

So, without wasting any more of your time, here are some of the best Pluralsight Courses you can check out this weekend:

1. Python Fundamentals

Python Fundamentals gets you started with Python, a dynamic language popular for web development, big data, science, and scripting. Instructors are Austin Bingham and @RobertSmallshire

Link to Join: Python Fundamentals

2. Data Structures and Algorithms --- Part 1 & 2 By Robert Horvick

In this course, you will learn core data structures and algorithms used in everyday applications.

You will learn the trade-offs involved with choosing each data structure, along with traversal, retrieval, and update algorithms. This is part 1 of a two-part series of courses covering algorithms and data structures.

In the first part, linked lists, stacks, queues, binary trees, and hash tables are covered and the second part covers graph and string algorithms.

Link to Join: Algorithms and Data Structures --- Part 1

3. Linux Command Line Interface (CLI) Fundamentals

In this course by AndrewMallette, you will learn to master the command line shell in Linux and Unix. This is the 2nd of 4 courses that will prepare you for the LPIC-1 and CompTIA Linux+ certification.

Link to Join: Linux Command Line Interface (CLI) Fundamentals

free Linux courses

4. Git Fundamentals

Git is a popular distributed version control system (DVCS). This is one of the top course from Pluralsight which teaches you how to create a local repository, commit files, push changes to a remote repository, fix errors in your commits, and many of Git's other features.

Link to Join: --- Git Fundamentals

It will also help you to understand the difference between the working copy, staging area, and the repository itself. One of my goals is to master Git in 2021.

Even though I know Git and I have downloaded a couple of projects from Github but by using Git client in Eclipse. I have yet to work with Git command line and that's where this Pluralsight course is going to help me. Come learn the power of Git.

5. Big Data: The Big Picture

This is one of the new things I am going to explore in 2021. The Big Data technologies like Spark and Hadoop are my focus but I will spend some time learning the bigger picture and that's where this Pluralsight Course will going to help me.

Link to Join --- Big Data: The Big Picture

In this course, ZDNet's Big Data correspondent Andrew Brust teaches you about concepts, companies, and technologies that make up the Big Data world and devise a strategy for adopting Big Data in your organization.

6. Understanding Machine Learning

Apart from Big Data technologies, one more thing I would like to explore in 2021 is Machine learning. It's getting increasingly popular and 2021 seems to be the right time to learn about machine learning algorithms.

Link to Join --- Understanding Machine Learning

If you work in technology today, you need to understand at least the basics of machine learning and this one of the best Pluarlsight course provides a short introduction to the topic that assumes only a basic IT background.

If you've been looking for a simple overview of machine learning this is the course you should take.

7. React.js: Getting Started

I have recently started working on a project which is using React.js for creating views and it's mandatory for me now to learn React.js.

I have some idea about it like its similar framework like Angular framework but backed by Facebook but yet to do a deep dive and that's why I have selected this Pluralsight course to take in 2021.

Link to Join --- React.js: Getting Started

This course covers the basics of React.js and prepares the student to start developing web applications with the library.

It also explains the essential React.js concept using a sample web application to demonstrate math skills kids' game.

8. Spark Fundamentals

Apache Spark is one of the popular Big Data framework and one of the new framework I am aiming to explore in 2021.

top pluralsight courses to learn Apache Spark

I have already shortlisted some of the best Apache Spark online courses from Pluralsight in my earlier article and one of them is Apache Spark Fundamentals from Pluralsight.

This course will teach you how to use Apache Spark to analyze your big data at lightning-fast speeds; leaving Hadoop in the dust!. If you need more courses, then check out my full list of Apache spark course here.

9. Angular: Getting Started

This is another top Angular 2 course from Pluarlsight. This course will teach you the Angular fundamentals required to create testable, MVC-style single page applications with Angular framework.

In particular, you will learn how to bootstrap your Angular application; use Angular markup and expressions; create and use controllers; use built-in services and create custom services.

best pluralsight courses to learn Angular

You will also learn test-driven development using Angular and MVC pattern and learn to turn your application into an SPA using routing and create your own custom elements and handle events using directives.

You can take this course after taking Getting Started with Angular to better learn Angular in 2021.

10. Introduction to Android Development

Tthis is a great course to learn Android from beginners perspective by John Sonmez, one of the best instructor on Pluralsight. I have already shortlisted some of the best Android courses from Pluarsight in my last article.

That includes both beginner and an intermediate course on Android. If you are also learning Android or improving your Android skill in 2021, you can take a look at my full list of shortlisted Android courses for Java programmers here.

best pluralsight courses to learn Android

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That's all guys, enjoy these courses while the Pluralsight free April learning hackathon. If you have some other fantastic courses which you are taking on this free weekend or have taken before, please share with us.

All the best with your learning Hackathon

Discussion (10)

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Krishnan Ravikumar

I have taken the Angular courses by Deborah Kurata in PluralSight (Angular, Angular Ngrx, Angular Routing) and they are all good. I started with Angular Core in FrontEnd Masters but IMO, it is for someone with some basic Angular experience already. So I took PluralSight courses and they were good for someone with no Angular experience. Higly Recommended. Also recommended are : 'RXJS Getting Started'and 'How Git Works'.

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javinpaul Author

That's great Krishnan, those are indeed good courses and it seems you have really completed your hackathon of online learning :-) very happy for you to take benefit of this unique opportunity.

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Aya. M. Salama

Out of my experience with data structure and git courses, Udacity and coursera has better courses in them.
Better content and teaching methodology

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javinpaul Author

Hello @salama , which data structure course on Coursera you like? maybe I can take a look too, thanks

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Anchit Bajaj

Hey, is this 'Algorithms and Data Structures --- Part 1 & 2 By Robert Horvick' course any good?

Compared to Princeton's algorithms course on Coursera or the other university courses on edX?

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javinpaul Author

Well, there is no doubt that Algorithms, Part I and Part 2 by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne are good but it all depends upon whether you connect to them or not. sometimes I find too technical and boring, It could be just me because sometimes I become lazy while learning on-the-go, but as Tomas says, you check and let us know :-)

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Aya. M. Salama

No you're not lazy, didn't like the course too, wasn't compressible for my learning type

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Tomas Forsman

If you try and find out, let us know =)

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Tomas Forsman

How does this work alongside the 10 day trial?

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javinpaul Author

I think 10-day free trial has a limitation of 200 minutes of free access which roughly translates to 3.5 hours, not enough to complete many courses. this time you will get access to a full weekend.