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Are You Ready To Celebrate Geek Pride Day?

Two weird computer geeks having fun on computer.
Are you a geek? Today being a geek means being smart and passionate about certain complicated subjects like mathematics, programming, science fiction films, and fantasy books. That sounds cool. So why not join the celebration of Geek Pride Day on May 25th? What’s a Geek? Let’s first define who can be called a geek. According to Wikipedia, this term was originally used to describe "eccentric or non-mainstream people". Today the word typically refers to an expert or a person who is passionate about some hobby or intellectual pursuit.

What is Git, How to Start Working With GitHub–a Beginner Friendly Overview

It looks like everybody in the tech world is using GitHub. Wondering if you need it too? Let’s have a brief beginner-friendly overview to see what Git and GitHub are and how you can start working with them right away. What is Git? We are going to start with defining what Git is and how you can benefit from it. Git is an open-source distributed version control system. What does this mean in simple terms?

How do you Become a Successful Freelance Software Developer?

Freelancers are workers who, for one reason or another, decided to work independently. Flexibility and continuous training are usually what interest programmers who approach this career. You might have a lot of questions and wonder: what does it take to become a freelance software developer? In this article, we will give you some tips on how to approach this career and become a successful freelance software developer. Tips to Become a Successful Freelance Software Developer Like all jobs, freelancing comes with its pros and cons.

Why Python Should Be Your First Programming Language – Python Basics Course Review

Python was my love at first sight. It was at the very beginning of my interest in programming when I took my first Python course, and I instantly fell in love with this language. Unfortunately, I had few opportunities to work professionally in the Python environment, but I kept learning after hours, just for fun, until my new job became too demanding and I simply had no more time for my coding hobby.

Forget About Excel, High Five With SQL!

Find out why you should forget about Excel and start using SQL even if you’re not an IT expert. We’ll show you how easy it is to learn SQL, how it can make you work better, and how Vertabelo Academy makes the learning process fun. “I Don’t Deal With Data” We frequently hear the sentence above from people outside the IT industry. Well, it’s not entirely true. Data is now almost everywhere.

New Course Launch: How to Insert, Update, and Delete Data in MS SQL Server

Learn how the T-SQL data manipulation language (DML) can help you control the information inside your SQL Server database. Do you work with SQL Server? Interested in learning more about the T-SQL language? Then you’re in the right place! We’re excited to introduce our new online course: How to Insert, Update, or Delete Data in MS SQL Server. In this course, you’ll learn about the data manipulation language (DML) statements in T-SQL.

New Course Launch: How to Read and Write CSV Files in Python

Another Python course is now available on Vertabelo Academy. “How to Read and Write CSV Files in Python” is an online course for anyone interested in working with files in Python—a must-have skill for any beginner software developer or data scientist! After the great success of our SQL courses, we began working hard on the Python learning path. So far, we’ve made five Python courses available, and we’re proud to announce the release of yet another one: How to Read and Write CSV Files in Python!

Speaking the IT Language: A Basic Technical Dictionary for Non-Technical People

It’s sometimes hard to understand what IT people are talking about because of all the technical terms they throw around. So I compiled this little dictionary of IT terms for beginners! It may seem silly, but communication problems are all too common in IT teams. Programmers and other computer science professionals use a technical language of their own that may not be too accessible to non-technical people. But effective communication is one of the keys to survival in the industry, so it’s definitely worth understanding what those terms mean so you’re on the same page as everyone else.

New Course Launch: GROUP BY Extensions in MS SQL Server

If you’re looking for an online course to improve your SQL skills for Microsoft SQL Server or simply want to pass the Microsoft SQL certification, you’re in the right place. Vertabelo Academy’s new course—GROUP BY Extensions in MS SQL Server—is a perfect way to learn how to create advanced reports or facilitate ETL processes. At Vertabelo Academy, you’ll find lots of general SQL courses that’ll teach you to work with any relational database.

18+ Best Online Resources for Learning SQL and Database Concepts (2019 revision)

-- -- We did it again! Each year, we review all SQL courses and tutorials on the market to help you find the best online resources to learn SQL. Find out which SQL courses are worth a try! But let's get to the point and take a closer look at some of the best online resources that can help beginners get started with SQL.

A Typical Day in the Life of an IT Team

Ever wondered what daily life in a tech company looks like but had no one to ask? Let’s take a look at a day on the IT team from the inside. All programmers wear plaid shirts and thick glasses, eat junk food, sleep during the day, stay awake all night, and spend their time in dark basements where the only light comes from a few monitors displaying tons of unintelligible code.

How to Install PostgreSQL on Windows in 5 Minutes

Installing database software like PostgreSQL, Oracle, or SQL Server can seem like a complicated task, but it really isn’t! These days, most relational database management systems come with installation wizards that make the process much simpler. In this article, we’ll look at how to install PostgreSQL and test that the installation is working. Overview: PostgreSQL Installation Steps We’ll complete the following tasks: Downloading the PostgreSQL package. Installing and configuring PostgreSQL.

Go Data-Driven or Go Home

Being data-driven is a must for companies these days. If you think differently, you might as well pack it in now. Here’s why. Companies are always trying to outdistance each other, winning more clients and gaining the most profit. They burn a lot of time in building strategies and working on tactics, but their actions may not bring the expected results. Why not? Because they don’t start with data.

Vertabelo Academy Bundles: Learn Skills in Bulk

Buy courses individually or in packs! Find out what courses are in each course bundle and learn the skills you need. For the first time in the history of Vertabelo Academy, you can get them with 70% discount! At Vertabelo Academy, you can buy courses individually or in bundles. Bundles, to put it simply, are packs of courses that teach you one technology (e.g., SQL) or one particular topic (e.

SQL Crossword #3: Test your basic querying knowledge and win a prize! (Halloween Edition)

How much SQL do you know? Test your knowledge with this spooky crossword to find out! Contest Rules Downloadthe Vertabelo Academy SQL crossword. Solve tasks and unlock the secret solution. Send your answerto marketing@vertabelo.com before 👉 November 1, 2018. Wait for the prize to be drawn and, if you’re lucky, win a course 💜 One lucky winner will be drawn among the users who send us the correct solution, and they’ll be contacted by email within 7 days of the contest closing.

Halloween Contest: Win a Course Bundle of Your Choice!

Share a pic of your DIY jack-o’-lantern or halloween costume to win a spooky prize. Halloween is upon us! And there’s lots of costume parties and trick-or-treating to be had. But if you’d just like to chill at home, we invite you to join us in our online festivities—and possibly even win a course bundle of your choice! This Halloween season, Vertabelo Academy is hosting a jack-o’-lantern and costume contest.

Tech Jobs That Didn’t Exist Back in the 90s

Technologies are constantly developing, and so is the labor market. Here are some tech jobs born in the 21st century. I vaguely remember a time when people in public transport read books, talked with each other, or simply looked at the scenery rolling past their windows. Now, we’re all occupied with our mobile phones. It’s no surprise, really—with smartphones, we can do almost everything: chatting, shopping, working, watching TV series, learning, and much more.

8 Best Beginner Data Science Articles from the Past 12 Months

Data Scienceand Big Data are the biggest industry buzzwords in 2018. Experts believe that artificial intelligence (AI) systems will continue to reign supreme in the technology marathon through 2019. “More than 40 percent of data science tasks will be automated by 2020.” –Gartner The data science trends for 2019 are essentially a continuation of some of the key trends of 2018, including areas such as: Machine learning (ML) Artificial intelligence (AI) Big data Edge computing Blockchain Digital twins Serverless computing Because data science is so vast and challenging to navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular data science articles that dominated the industry over the past 12 months.

R Jobs and Salaries—All You Need to Know!

R is an extremely powerful and lucrative language for data science, and as of 2018, it’s one of the most popular programming language choices for data science professionals. R is an open-source programming language that’s widely used by data miners, statisticians, and data scientists to perform statistical computing as well as data analysis. Given R’s increasing popularity, R professionals are faced with plenty of career options and future possibilities.

How to Start a Job in IT with Vertabelo Academy

Information technology is one of the hottest industries in the world and offers thousands of job in each major city around the globe. If you’re a student or professional who wants to get IT skills and find your first job in the industry, Vertabelo Academy can help you get started. The range of IT jobs available is stunning—from software engineers to system administrators and data scientists, IT rules the job market.

New Course Launch: Python Basics for Programming

The Vertabelo Academy Team has been working hard to release a brand-new course, and it’s finally here! Python Basics for Programming is a great place to start for anyone aspiring to become a software developer. Since our SQL courses, the Vertabelo Academy platform has been embraced by thousands of students who are eager to learn new technologies. After releasing Intro to Python for Data Science last month, we asked ourselves: why not create another introductory Python course, but this time from a software developer’s perspective?

SQL Crossword #2: Test your basic querying knowledge and win a prize!

How much SQL do you know? Test your knowledge with this crossword to find out! Contest Rules Download Vertabelo Academy SQL crossword. Solve tasks and unlock its solution. Send your answer at marketing@vertabelo.com before👉 September 8, 2018. Wait and win a special prize 💜  Prizes will be drawn among the users who will send us the correct solution. Then winners will be contacted by email within 7 days from contest closing.

How to Help Employees Develop IT Skills with Vertabelo Academy

One of the oldest jokes in the business world goes like this: The CFO asked the CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing people and they leave us?” The CEO answered, “What happens if we don’t and they stay?” If you’re like the CEO and want to help your employees grow, this article will explain how you can do so with Vertabelo Academy. Vertabelo Academy has been around since 2015.

Making a Career Change to IT: From Zero to Coding Hero

IT-related careers are some of the hottest in the industry, as they boast high wages and increasing demand. Have you ever considered learning to code but felt it’s impossible because you chose to study non-technical subjects? Think again—it’s actually never too late to learn how to code. Are you sure you want to do this? Currently, a computer science degree is not necessarily required to find a job in IT.

11 Top Data Science Influencers Worth Following (Twitter)

Which influential data scientists are leading the charge? To help you keep up with the latest data science trends, we’ve compiled a list of the top data science and big data experts worth following. Putting Your Data to Work! Data science has long been a driving force in modern business, but even more so now with the wealth of data at our fingertips. Data is everywhere, thus, we need to learn how to make the most of it and get ahead in business.

How to Land a Good Coding Job in Just Three Years

Three years or three months? With all the 12-week bootcamps and coding schools out there, three years sound like a joke. “Enroll in our course today, and become an expert programmer!” “Start learning to code and jumpstart your programming career immediately!” Most probably, you’ve heard lots of claims like these if you’re interested in coding. Are they reassuring? Maybe. Frustrating? Sometimes. If you’ve been learning for a year and still feel like a newbie programmer while others are starting their careers in three months, you start to wonder: What’s wrong with me?

7 Best SQL Online Schools

If you plan to learn SQL online but aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place. I evaluated the top 7 ranked SQL online courses to help you find the right solution. While summer’s a great time to relax and get away from work, it’s also an excellent opportunity to learn new skills—like SQL! Thanks to online schools, learning new tech skills is super easy, and you can choose from a variety of formats to suit your needs, like courses and tutorials.

Why Learn SQL Over the Summer

Think summer is reserved for flying to warm places and hanging out at the beach? Sure! But it’s also a great time to learn new skills that you haven’t had time for. If you recently graduated from high school and want to get a head start on computer programming for college, learning SQL over the summer is a great opportunity. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain—SQL is actually really easy to learn, especially with so much free time over the summer.

Exploring Summer Solstice With SQL

Why is June 21 the official start of summer? Let’s see how SQL can help us answer this question. The Summer Solstice Officially, June 21 is recognized as the summer solstice, the longest day of the entire year in terms of daylight. Why? Because on this day, the sun rises early and sets quite late. People in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate the summer solstice with feasts, bonfires, picnics, and traditional dances and songs.

Inside a Data Science Team: 5 Tips to Avoid Communication Problems

Data science professionals frequently coordinate their workloads, host meetings to discuss and share ideas, and collaborate to solve problems. But all it takes for things to fall apart is a lack of clear communication. Data Science is a team sport that involves a variety of professionals working together to solve technological problems. However, you need good communication for your team to run like a well-oiled machine. You may be thinking that poor communication isn’t that big of a deal.

More Than Just Coding – IT Community Involvement

There are many perceptions of IT, one of the fastest growing industries in the world. For a non-technical person, IT is usually associated with high salaries, numerous job offers, and elite clubs. But IT is more than just people earning big bucks for writing code. The most valuable part of the IT industry is its community. The first steps are the hardest As a complete IT newbie, I had lots of doubts and fears about entering the IT industry.

Short Guide to Most Popular Database Administration Certifications

As an ambitious database administrator, you want to get ahead of the crowd and expand your knowledge. The best way to do that is to get certified in the technology you’re working with. This article and infographic will guide you through the most popular database administrator certifications on the market today. If you’re here, you’re passionate about working with databases, like many other IT professionals. Being a database administrator (DBA) will open up an IT field of pure engineering, with little consideration of the business side of your organization.

DBAs: Why Use Scrum?

Are you the type of database administrator who organizes files by folder? Do you have a folder full of sorted folders? If so, then scrum is the right methodology for you. A database administrator (DBA) is an essential member of any IT team. DBAs create, maintain, and secure an organization’s database, in addition to overseeing user rights assignment, backups, querying, and database tuning. You need specialized training and technical expertise to manage the specific RDBMS setup used by your organization (to understand what an RDBMS is, read on), along with a quirk for analytical thinking.

Agile Data Science: Improving Your Workflow with Scrum

Within organizations, Scrum promotes efficient time and process management along with better team building and leadership. In order to implement Scrum, you’ll need to follow a few simple rules. Introducing Scrum Today, we have the power to collect precise data both quickly and in vast quantities. In fact, 90% of the data available today was collected in the last two years alone. The rise of big data has greatly increased demand for data scientists, but the profession is one where few candidates possess the right skills.

Must-Know SQL Terms for Beginners and Pros

Working with databases can seem daunting to a non-technical person. Right away, you’re bombarded with new terms that make your head spin. Database, database instance, table, SQL and others are some of the basic terms that you need to understand just to have a normal conversation with your technical colleagues. In this article, we’ll explore some basic database terminology you need to know to succeed. Imagine you’re attending a meeting with the development staff and suddenly feel as if you’re listening to white noise.

My Very First Script

We recently published a story from a Vertabelo Academy user who found her love thanks to SQL. On a similar note, I asked my colleagues to bring back old memories of writing their very first scripts. And yes, love is involved. Here at Vertabelo Academy, we’ve got some real OG programmers and data scientists making great content. They fell in love with data way before it was cool—and easy. So today, we’re jumping back in time to see what it was like to learn SQL before the Internet and Vertabelo Academy courses existed.

SELECT * FROM love

They say that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. At Vertabelo Academy, we strongly believe in this adage. We’re creating courses because it’s what we enjoy doing. We’re passionate about SQL and data science, and we want to deliver the best content possible in these domains. To that end, we provide our users with practical modules because learning by doing is the best way to master a new skill.

15 Best SQL Articles for Beginners Published in 2017

For this post, I’ve gathered 15 of the most interesting SQL articles published in 2017. If you’re an SQL beginner and are interested in learning more about databases and SQL queries, or if you’d just like to expand your knowledge of SQL, this article is perfect for you. Let’s dive right in! Top 3 Vertabelo Academy articles I’ll start off the list with three of the most popular Vertabelo Academy articles.

SQL Advent Challenge 2017: Get 25% OFF for Helping Santa (updated list of tasks)

Wanna be part of this year’s Christmas success? Santa needs your help organizing his Christmas deliveries. For this occasion, we’ve prepared a special Christmas database. While working on tasks, you’ll help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children. For this upcoming Christmas, we’ve prepared a 24-Day SQL Advent challenge. From now until Christmas Eve, we’ll publish daily SQL tasks for you to complete. If you’ve completed or recently started our SQL Basics course, or if you already have basic SQL knowledge, then this event is perfect for you!

How to Draw a Christmas Tree in SQL

You can use SQL to manipulate all kinds of data, from huge analytical queries to brief single-purpose statements. But you can also use SQL just for fun, without any business requirements stifling your creativity. So, get out your jolly hat and prepare to sing O Christmas Tree as we create some quirky art with plain old SQL. Today, we’re going to generate some holiday-themed ASCII art, just for fun. That’s right.

SQL Hacks To Control Family Budget On Black Friday Weekend

If you’re in the US, chances are you’ve been eagerly awaiting the approach of Black Friday just as much as Thanksgiving. Though the shopping frenzy takes hold of nearly everyone, some people have to stick to their budgets and shop prudently. In this article, we’ll take a look at how generating an SQL report can help you track how much your family spent shopping on Black Friday. Storing Black Friday Purchases in a Database Before we can create an SQL report, we first need some data we can use.

Happy Thanksgiving! Using SQL to Prepare a Traditional Menu

Thanksgiving is a holiday many Americans celebrate with their families and friends, seated around a table loaded with a hearty feast. The most prominent of all dishes is, of course, the turkey. However, at least a few other specialties are also cooked for Thanksgiving. Do you find it hard to choose what to prepare? If so, we’ve got a solution for you: a special SQL query that will help you pick the best dishes.

SQL Crossword #1

How much SQL do you know? Test your knowledge with this crossword to find out! Download SQL Crossword #1 Psst! Be the first to post your answer in the comment section belowand get 50% OFF on the selected course.  

Spooky Scary NULL: Unexpected Danger Lurking in Your Database

Relational databases often store the value NULL in their tables. If you’re not familiar with NULL and what it is, you could run into unexpected problems. In this article, we’ll take a look at how the IN and EXISTS operators work with NULL. What Is NULL? In SQL, NULL is a special value indicating that a particular piece of data doesn’t exist in the database. For SQL beginners, it’s often a source of problems.

So You Want to Be a Data Scientist?

A career in data science is hot right now. What is a data scientist, and how can you become one? Very few of us said “I want to grow up to be a data scientist” when we were kids. But now, in the age of Big Data and economic uncertainty, a career in data science is looking mighty attractive. If you like the idea of working with information and earning a good paycheck, read on.

What Is Vertabelo’s SQL Cheat Sheet?

Everyone, from rookie programmers to SQL ninjas, needs a bit of help now and again. Enter Vertabelo's SQL Cheat Sheet! Working with databases is hard. There's a lot of data to manage, which can be daunting. But the main challenge many database users face is the SQL commands themselves. It's all right when you're using the same familiar ones day after day, but what about the commands you dust off once or twice a year?

The 5 Highest Paying SQL and Database Jobs

IT provides a wide and growing job market, offering many excellent opportunities in both career development and earning potential. Today we’ll take a look at several very interesting SQL/Database-related jobs. Every year, many in the work force set their sights and aim for new and better jobs. When it comes to jobs, “better” means different things to different people, but earning potential is almost always a top priority. Enter the growing field of IT, in which new challenges wait around every corner!

Kill Online Distractions: 5 Tools to Help You Stay Focused

Phones, emails, social media accounts, and about a hundred other things are constantly competing for our attention. Can tech tools help us stay focused? A lot of apps say that they help humans work better and faster. But the truth is that the more interactive tools we use, the more focus-shattering notifications we get. In many ways, technology has gotten us into this problem. Can it help us get out of it?

Kill Online Distractions: 5 Tools to Help You Stay Focused

Phones, emails, social media accounts, and about a hundred other things are constantly competing for our attention. Can tech tools help us stay focused? A lot of apps say that they help humans work better and faster. But the truth is that the more interactive tools we use, the more focus-shattering notifications we get. In many ways, technology has gotten us into this problem. Can it help us get out of it?

SQL Mythbuster – 5 Reasons Why No One Should Be Afraid of SQL

Anyone can learn SQL. It’s not as hard as you think! In today’s world, even those in non-technical jobs need some technical skills. And you don’t have to be a hard-core nerd to get these skills. Let me tell you my own story. A few years ago, I wasn’t considering learning SQL or anything else that I labelled “technical”. My background is in sociology, journalism, and scriptwriting, and I thought computer languages were pretty sci-fi.

Jane Solves Her Business Analysis Problem

Jane has a data problem and an overdue report. Will SQL save the day? Jane works as a business analyst for a large London bank. As she walks to the station on Monday morning, she’s thinking about last week’s unfinished work. She couldn’t get the data she needed from IT, so she could not deliver her report on a financial product’s non-performing assets. She absolutely must submit the report to her manager today; she’s already delayed it for more than a week.

5 Documentaries for People Who Love the Internet

Here’s a shock: not everything in the movies is true. But these five documentaries offer interesting insights into the Internet and its people. Non-tech people tend to consider coding, hacking, and anything remotely dev-y as mysterious and magical processes. This myth is helped along by the movie industry, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Movie watchers generally like thrilling, action-packed stories, and coding can be anything but exciting. But not every good movie needs to be filled with action; some get our brains going by presenting new ideas or interesting viewpoints.

Why I Choose Learning Apps … And You Should Too

Learning from books is so 1999. Can app-based learning do any better? Do you like wasting your time? I don’t. Any time I start something, I find out how to do it efficiently. For me, this means learning new skills using apps and online learning rather than books. Online and app-based learning focuses on you, the student. This is the exact opposite of traditional learning, which is teacher-driven. There is a physical classroom and students, but the teacher plays the primary role.

Strategies for Online Learning Success

Internet-based learning is very popular. Knowing your learning style and motivations will help you study smarter, not harder. We tend to spend a lot of time online these days. Between watching funny YouTube videos, catching up on news and celebrity gossip, and binge-watching our favorite Netflix series, we even find the time to learn new skills. But are we in a constant learning process? How can we pluck out – from the vast resources of the Internet – the exact courses and methods that will work for us (or you) personally?

5 Books That Will Grow Your SQL Skills

Which books will help you build your database skills? We look at five awesome SQL books. There’s a common saying that “all wise men read books”. I would say that all professionals read books – particularly those related to their field. There are many books about databases and SQL; most are tied to specific vendors (DB2, Oracle, MS SQL) but there are also plenty that are vendor-neutral. In this article, I’m going to review a few books that I would recommend to SQL learners at various levels of proficiency.

SQL and Your Next Job

The tech sector is experiencing strong job growth. Should SQL be on your list of must-have skills? If you’re even remotely interested in finding a new job, you’ve probably noticed that IT jobs are hot. Not only are a lot of these jobs available, they offer some pretty great opportunities to challenge yourself, grow, and build new skills. And the compensation tends to be pretty awesome too. In today’s world, technology is evolving at an almost daily pace, and this is producing a flood of data that has to be managed.

Why Should I Learn SQL?

There are 250+ computer programming languages in popular use. Why should you learn SQL, or Structured Query Language? Why Should I Learn SQL? Are you interested in boosting your career? Wondering what skills are worth investing in? If you’re currently in your dream job, still searching for it, or even thinking about starting your own business, it pays to develop your technical skills. A solid technical background is highly in demand among recruiters, and it provides the necessary underpinnings for managing the IT side of your business.