I think I have enough time working with a few tools to leave some opinions for anyone who follows behind me.
So far, I have done almost all of this learning, on my phone, and my chromebook. I know that I will outgrow that here in a month or sooner, but for the early stuff- I didn’t jump out and buy a specific machine for this.
I started with codeCademy, and paid for a month of premium. I liked it, I think there is value there… but I decided to try moving on without it, and I think I’m doing just fine without a premium learning source.
I also did a free month trial of LinkedIn Learning, for video content and LOVED the content there. I liked all of the presenters, and most of the content was fresh and relevant. They also provided files to follow
Moving out of that first month, I started with freeCodeCamp.org, its very similar to codeCademy, but donation based, and has a solid and devoted community. YouTube also has filled in for my video/audio learning content. I listen mostly, to the videos during down times that I can’t really code.
I was trying to buy a month of codeanywhere… and bought a year. I like it, it does allow me to keep my learning projects online, but I would not recommend at this point. CodePen serves a very similar function for my purposes, and is free.