A few years ago, a student learning how to program websites or apps probably started in a classroom with Adobe Dreamweaver or some other expensive school-purchased program and some storage space on the school server.
Online training tools such as Codeacademy democratized the industry, allowing anyone to learn coding from anywhere for free. But what to do once students learn the basics?
GitHub, which provides online storage for code, announced Tuesday a program to help students launch projects by offering access to its service and 13 others at a discount. Through the GitHub Student Developer Pack, students could buy a dot-me website name, ensure that it's secure and host it online -- all for free for a year.
Among other perks, they also receive 25 minutes of free programming help, access to game development tools through their student tenure and fee-less processing of up to $1,000 in payments.
"There's no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real-world tools can be cost-prohibitive," GitHub's education liaison John Britton said in a post. "That's why we created the GitHub Student Developer Pack with some of our partners and friends: to give students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing."
About 100,000 people with GitHub student accounts will immediately be eligible for the programs. Others need to sign up with a school email address, a scan of their student ID or a copy of some other proof of enrollment.