Let me start off with a subtle suggestion to the browser manufacturers: get your act together!!!
About 3-4 years ago was the golden time in the web browser world – they were making nice improvements in terms of function, features and speed. Now it seems, the engineers working on these browsers have lost their way?
In a rush to do something (who knows what?) the browsers have become increasingly buggy and sloppy. Especially Firefox.
I can understand Microsoft dropping the nerd-ball with their Edge web browser (which is falling off the edge ..) but with Firefox and Chrome, where the web browser is such a key aspect of their respective companies ecosystem, it makes no sense to me that they let them slide.
Browser caching bugs, bug me most
If I had to identify a single issue that really causes me major headaches, it’s the bloody caching bugs that cause web pages not to load properly, videos to skip (and not load) and pages to not properly refresh. Probably a close second in Firefox’s memory leaks that will slow a computer to a crawl – where you have to restart the browser to solve the issue.
Don’t get me wrong, browsers are MUCH better than they were 10+ years ago. But I fear, they are slowly sliding back into the abyss that once was. I humbly ask the powers that be to stop this slide.
If you like this rant of mine, you will likely like my web development course because it doesn’t have any bugs.
Coming for summer 2017, StudioWeb will be offering a Python certification course. Like all our certificates, it is a two stage process to be StudioWeb certified:
Students must successfully pass the StudioWeb Python course.
Upon passing, students are eligible to take the Python Certification exam.
Printable certificates with unique verifiable IDs, will be issued to those passing the certification exam. Certificate IDs are unique to the certificate and are verifiable live against our StudioWeb certificate database.
Our new course ‘Powerful Python 3’ will be out soon!
This is a brand new course that teaches Python 3.6, and is aimed at total beginners to programming. It’s a great course for first year computer science students and other learners.
Not just any Python course, it’s a StudioWeb Python course!
StudioWeb’s courses are unique in many ways, but at the end of the day, all that matters is the exceptional results we achieve.
StudioWeb’s Python course has the same easy to understand and fun video lessons (created by a published author, and highly experienced educator) that are found in all our courses. The videos combined with a our unique quizzing and code challenges, set in a gamified learning environment, promotes student engagement and amazing retention.
… Your students will quickly learn key programming concepts and techniques, that will allow them to explore computer science with a solid foundation.
Besides teaching the basics of programming:
Variables, collection types in Python
Data types and type conversion
Object oriented programming techniques and principles
… Students will be exposed best coding practices, tools that developers use, working with Python on different OS’ and Python’s place in the programming world. So StudioWeb’s ‘Powerful Python 3’ goes way beyond your typical Python course!
Sample Python video lesson: drawing with Python:
The following video lesson from Powerful Python 3, teaches students how to use conditional statements and a loop, to animate with the Python Turtle module:
Powerful Python 3 will be released in April 2017. Like all StudioWeb courses, Powerful Python 3 will come with hours of fine grained video lessons, comprehensive code challenges and quizzing, suggested classroom activities, powerfully accurate auto-grading, and real time student activity tracking.
If you would like to check out the video lessons before we release the course, please feel free to contact me.
We’ve released some very significant updates to StudioWeb this year, both in terms of the course content, and the application. Here is a short list:
StudioWeb 2 will be retired this year, and all new classrooms will be deployed to the StudioWeb 3.
We are renaming (and updating) Beginners HTML to HTML5 since it is much more than a beginners course.
We are releasing a NEW Python course.
We are now providing a grading rubric for the projects – usable even for teacher who don’t know code.
We are adding to the HTML5 course projects, including lessons from teachers who have used SW in classrooms.
Student time tracking will be back this year.
We are providing a new Teacher’s QuickStart Guide that includes classroom activities (note taking, paired coding, peer-to-peer tutoring etc), the new grading rubric, and other useful things to jump start a teacher.
I’ve been building websites and building apps since the early 1990’s. In that time, I’ve learned many different languages, and explored many different strategies when it comes to writing good code.
This is going to be my first blog post on the business of coding. In this series, I will not be getting into the finer details of writing code (I cover that easily in my courses,) instead, I will talking about things that only 20+ years of development experience can teach you. But if you follow this series, you will learn these useful tips much more quickly!
Tip #1: Giving time for your mind to rest will pay dividends in your coding and business career.