Top 5 Online Coding Courses

Posted on: Friday, May 18, 2018

Terabit specializes in web development and design, as well as app development and design. As simple as that may sound, behind the multiplicity of websites and apps is advanced code. Around 5 – 10 years ago, unless you were in software engineering, you likely didn’t know or hear much about coding. However, now code has become a skill that is taught in school and incorporated into children’s educational games.

Whether you’re an advanced coder or just wanting to learn the basics, an abundance of online coding courses exist. Check out these online courses that Terabit’s web developers recommend:

1. Code School

Code School, a Pluralsight Company, is great for a number reasons. It’s easy to follow, well organized, interesting to watch and suitable for beginners, as well as advance coders. You can select specific courses or you can follow a “path”, which guides you through the recommended course sequence. Sample learning paths can be seen below.

Cost: 10-day free trial, 15 free courses available, $29.00 USD/ month or $299.00 USD annually

Source: https://www.codeschool.com/

2. Codecademy

With over 45 million users worldwide, Codecademy is a popular online coding course. Codecademy offers many of the basic courses for free, however, if you want more practice or to take a quiz for example, then you must pay for the upgraded account. The courses are easy to follow, as they are organized by language. Thus, users can select the language they would like to learn, such as JavaScript or SQL and then complete those modules.

Cost: free courses available, pro courses available for $19.99 for a monthly subscription

3. Treehouse

Treehouse offers a vast amount of services with web design and coding at the forefront. With 297 courses and 265 workshops, Treehouse has just about everything you’ll need to learn to code or to enhance your skills.

Cost: 7 day free trial, $25.00/month for basic plan, $49.00/month for pro plan

Source: https://teamtreehouse.com

4. Lynda

Lynda is another very popular site for coding. It has excellent video tutorials that are accessible from multiple devices. Lynda also offers a variety of tutorials that don’t just include coding, but design, photography and marketing.

Cost: 30 day free trial, $19.99/month for basic plan, $29.99/month for the premium plan

5. Udemy

Udemy is a great option for those that are interested in learning all things tech and business. Udemy has thousands of courses that pertain to all different subjects. However, be prepared to search through quite a bit to find what you’re looking for, as there is just about everything on the website!

Cost: varies from $0 to $200.00

Google News Receives a Major AI Update

Posted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Google News looks slightly different, as it receives a major update combining many of Google’s services.  Just a week ago, Google posted a blog regarding the update that utilizes advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand each user’s search preferences.

Google stated that the revamped platform uses AI technology that constantly pulls information from the web, in real time, to formulate stories for readers.

Source: https://www.newsforshoppers.com/

For You

According to The Verge, Google News will incorporate a “For You” section that selects 5 articles Google believes you will be most interested in. The five articles consist of local and global news, as well as updates for stories you have been closely observing. This feature has more of a Flipboard feel, as the articles are customized and vary for each user. Of course, the more you use it, the more effective the search capabilities are.

Newscasts

Google also stated that they are playing around with a new visual feature called newscasts. Newscasts uses natural language to display a variety of news material, such as videos or photos from various sources and perspectives of one particular topic.

Full Coverage

Full coverage is another new, helpful feature that works by simply clicking “view full coverage” on each story that is posted. This feature assists in preventing the ever-prevalent issue of filter bubbles, which tend to limit what you see online. Thus, by viewing a variety of stories from different perspectives, users will be able to formulate their own opinion based on the plethora of information.

Newsstand

Newsstand isn’t anything new, however, it is now integrated into Google News and has its own tab. In turn, Newsstand app users will find that their app has been replaced with the revamped Google News.

These changes are by no means drastic, however, they do help integrate all the unique aspects of Google into one platform.


4 Tips for a Successful Trade Show

Posted on: Friday, May 11, 2018

This past week, Terabit attended the 2018 Canada’s Building Trades Union Conference in Gatineau, Quebec. Terabit has been designing the CBTU event registration software for the past two years. However, this year we attended the conference as an exhibitor and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to speak to inspiring and hard-working individuals. In addition, we also gained extremely valuable insight to ensure positive results.

Are you interested in participating in a trade show/ conference? Or have you already attended and you’re wondering how to achieve greater results? Take a look at some of our tips  for generating the greatest return on investment at trade shows.

Promotional Giveaways

Something as small as pens on the table attracts attendees and sparks conversation. As small as this gesture may seem, everyone could use a pen – especially when it’s free! Giving the attendees an item that displays your brand name or logo, increases brand recognition and recall, as they are constantly reminded of the brand name and more likely to reach out in the future. 

Incentives vary depending on what kind of business you are, nonetheless, they are still beneficial. Try offering a discount off your services or a contest to win a product for those who fill out your web form or leave their business card. You can either draw one winner or select a few – either way you have gained a significant amount of leads and they will be more motivated to use your services or buy your product in the future.

Custom Display

Get your brand name out there and make it memorable! Having as many items that display your logo and/or brand name will make it that much more interesting and easier for attendees to recognize and recall.

Interactive Material

Conferences and trade shows can be long and repetitive – make it more interesting by providing interactive material. For example, as a web and app development company, we wanted to show off the websites and apps we developed and designed for our clients. Thus, we had tablets, laptops and a monitor displaying our creative works. If you have some interactive material to show attendees, be sure to display it and stand out from the other exhibitors.

Follow-Up

Chances are, you’ll be receiving quite a few leads and business cards at the trade show or conference. However, the attendees will be speaking to a lot of exhibitors as well, so be sure to jot down some information on each person you spoke to and follow-up by email or phone as soon as the conference/ trade show is complete.


4 Features Your Website Must Have

Posted on: Friday, May 4, 2018

With the endless amounts of websites out there, it may seem impossible to stand out from the rest and attract your target audience’s attention. Design and development trends evolve frequently and there are always new trends and tricks when it comes to designing a website! Terabit specializes in web design and we are always up to date with the latest trends, in addition to using the most advanced development. However, if you’re creating a website of your own or wondering how to alter your webpage to see better results, check out some of Terabit’s suggestions:


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