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Want to start coding? Grab some of the best developer tools for free

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Getting into coding can be a rather challenging task, especially since most of the tools that you might need to get your project off the ground is only available on subscription service. But GitHub has put together a Student Developer Pack so that you can get coding with the right tools, right away.

“There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real world tools can be cost prohibitive. 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,” GitHub explained.

Some of the tools being made available in the pack are crowdsourcing and data enrichment platform Crowdflower, web and mobile payments Stripe and integration platform for open source and private projects Travis CI. But the one that most student developers would probably be the most excited about, is the inclusion of Unreal Engine.

The complete suite of game development tools will allow you to develop games and applications for PC, console, mobile, web and Virtual Reality. Some of the most popular games like the Gears of War franchise, the Fable franchise and the upcoming Battleborn, all make use of the engine.

There is one catch though: you would have to prove to GitHub that you are in fact a student.

“If you’re a student aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study, the GitHub Student Developer Pack is for you. All you need is a school-issued email address, valid student identification card, or other official proof of enrolment,” it explained.

For the complete list of developer tools included in the pack, and to download your collection, simply click here.

[Image – Battleborn/Gearbox Software, 2K Games]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.