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Higher Education–Universities or MOOCs?

Higher Education–Universities or MOOCs?
You have probably heard about the concept of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the last few years. It is an alternative to formal education and is seen by some as the way of the future. Have you taken an online interactive course? Have you tried to create one? In this article, I’ll describe my personal experience with MOOCs and how I grew from a student to a content creator.

Have You Completed a Vertabelo Academy Course? Tell Your Future Employer!

When searching for employees, employers usually look at social media profiles. LinkedIn is one of the most popular sites that employers check. We know it well at Vertabelo. That's why we’ve made it easier for our users to brag about what they've learned in our Academy. Here's a quick guide on how to do it, step by step. We will go through an example using one of our basic courses—SQL Basic.

YouTube Tutorials That Actually Teach You Some SQL

YouTube is not just funny cats, music clips, and viral videos. It can also be a mine of knowledge – if you know where to look. Can YouTube tutorials really help you learn SQL? Let's say you're a marketer or an accountant. You work with databases every day. But when it’s time to write a query and get specific data, you need to call someone from IT. Why not learn to do it yourself?

Career Change: From Accountant to Database Designer

How do career changes and life choices impact our future? Can we change the path that’s been set for us? And if so, where do we begin? I wouldn't blame you if you thought this article is about change. In a sense, it is—it’s in the title, after all. But for me, this article is more about what remains constant. If somebody were to ask me what hasn’t changed for me since my childhood, I would know the answer immediately: curiosity.

5 Ways Coding Skills Can Be Applied in Any Industry

Why coding is a vital skill no matter where you work. In 2019, more businesses than ever before are looking to hire smart, technologically proficient candidates. As advances in technology increase, a growing number of industries are relying on computer systems and software to help manage their data and achieve their goals, making coding skills more of a necessity than it has ever been. Many people think that coding is a niche that only applies to specific tech-related jobs.

8 Most Common Programming Errors Made by Beginners

Learning to code can be fun and absorbing but it can also be a rocky road at first. If you have a feeling that your learning process could be faster and more efficient, take a look at this list of common programming mistakes. Maybe you’re making some of them? When I first started learning to code it was a time of constant fire in my belly—I was so excited about every new issue and every new technology!

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.

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.

How to Install the Python Spyder IDE and Run Scripts

One of the most popular Python IDEs is Spyder, which stands for Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment. This Python tool is “designed by and for scientists, engineers and data analysts.” But it’s not just for professionals. In this article, we’ll learn why the Spyder IDE is also an excellent tool for beginners. In this article, I’ll: Show you how to install Spyder on Windows and Linux. Guide you in starting a project and creating your first Python script.

Path to Becoming an SQL Professional on Vertabelo Academy

So you want to learn SQL and decided to learn with Vertabelo Academy? That's great! This article show you the sequence in which to take the courses in order of increasing difficulty. Courses Teaching Standard SQL (ANSI) If you plan to begin learning SQL and would like to become a professional, your first step is to complete the SQL Basics course. This is the fundamental course that will provide a smooth introduction to the world of relational databases by learning about tables.

A Non-Technical Introduction to Learning SQL on Your Lunch Break

Do you think learning SQL will help you in your career? You are right. SQL is one of the easiest computer languages to learn. These days many non-IT employees have SQL skills and use them to extend their professional capacity. Moreover, more and more companies are encouraging their employees in non-IT areas (like sales, advertising, and finances) to learn and use SQL. One of the benefits of empowering employees with SQL skills is that once you answer one data question, the results will generate a new data question, and then perhaps a cascade of further data questions.

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.

Installing Python: How to start writing Python code

In this comprehensive beginner’s guide, we’ll look at how to install Python on three major operating systems, choose a Python IDE, and run your code. Would you like to start coding in Python but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’ve graduated from an online course like Python Basics and now are looking to continue your Python adventure on your own machine. But first, why Python? The answer is simple: Python is a very easy-to-learn and powerful programming language.

6 Benefits of Learning Python for Financial Experts

An increasing number of fintech companies are using Python for data analysis. But what makes Python so special? And why is it a better language for data analysis compared to traditional software? Python is quickly becoming the most popular coding language in the world. Currently, it’s perching comfortably in the fourth spot after Java, C, and C++ on the Tiobe Index of Language Popularity. And the Popularity of Programming Language Index ranks Python as the most popular programming language in the world in October 2018.

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.

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.

How SQL supports data-driven organization

Typical business users make decisions based on gut feelings, but this can’t get them so far. In this article, we’ll look at how learning to write basic SQL queries helps your company become a data-driven organization. Businesses face many decisions. Do we increase our advertising budget in one region or the other? Are certain products selling quickly enough? What we should do if they aren’t? Most of these decisions are driven by intuition, but organizations that make the most business impact use data-driven decision-making.

How to Install SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server Management Studio on Windows: Step-By-Step Guide

-- Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most popular professional database servers on the market. In this guide, we’ll help you install SQL Server on the Windows operating system together with SQL Management Studio.  How to Install SQL Server 2017 We’ll install SQL Server 2017 in this guide. You can download it for Windows and Linux, but you can’t install Microsoft SQL Management Studio on Linux at the moment, so we recommend you stick to Windows.

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.

How to Begin Running SQL Queries

In this article, I’ll explain how to run a SQL query to help you execute your first one. Let’s jump right in! Running SQL queries for the first time is not a complex task, but it can seem intimidating at first if you’re a complete beginner. But once you get past that initial roadblock, you’ll be able to focus on learning SQL and writing more interesting queries to meet your business needs.

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.

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.

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.

New Course Launch: Intro to Python for Data Science (no IT background required)

Over the past three months, we’ve been working on something completely new. Please welcome our new course on Python data analysis! We got many emails from users like you with good feedback on our Introduction to R course. So first, I want to start off with a big thank you—reading your wonderful comments was like a burst of energy! We’re always looking to improve our offerings, and we greatly value your input.

SQL Wildcard

SQL wildcard allows us to filter data matching certain patterns in SQL. We use wildcards with the LIKE operator in the WHERE clause of an SQL query to filter data. In this beginner’s article, we’ll look at everything you need to know about basic SQL wildcards. If you like playing cards, then you know that wildcards can substitute any other card in your deck. Similarly, wildcards in SQL strings can substitute one or more characters.

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.

Why Data Visualization Is Important: Two Perspectives

Have you ever wondered how you can deal with an overwhelming amount of data? How do you use it? How do you understand what it’s saying? And last but not least, how do you present your data to the world such that everyone understands your point? In this article, we’ll explore these questions to understand the importance of data visualization. Where are the data? When I want someone to understand my perspective, I try to visualize it precisely so I can communicate my thoughts.

New Vertabelo Academy Course: Learn R with Introduction to R

Unlock the potential of data! With this course, you’ll learn about data analytics, data science, statistical analysis, and functions in the R programming language. This course is perfect for people who have no prior knowledge of computer science or R programming. With Introduction to R, you’ll learn to work in the R programming language as you enter the promising world of data science. Why R is so famous According to the TIOBE programming community index, which ranks the popularity of all programming languages, R is one of the hottest programming languages of 2018.

How It Works

Brush up on your data science and SQL skills with Vertabelo Academy’s interactive courses. Why Vertabelo Academy? You get instant access to lessonsthat teach various concepts of SQL, data science, and programming in R (soon also in Python!). Our courses are appropriate for people who have no prior knowledge of computer science or programming. The only requirement is a web browser. No need to install databases, download example tables, or spend time inventing exercises for yourself.

Understanding Data: Mining Vs. Visualization

Here’s a reality check: Big Data has hit us like a speeding truck on the highway of business intelligence. In today’s digital age, we’re generating data about ourselves that were once considered private, and we’re doing it willingly! From what we eat and wear to where we are at all times, nearly everything is now public knowledge. The data generated is a potential diamond mine for everyone in business, from one-person companies to Fortune 500 A-Listers alike, all thanks to the Internet.

Why Move Data from Excel to a Relational Database?

Excel allows business professionals to unlock the potential of their data – to a point. But when it comes to storing and manipulating large amounts of data, Excel can cause some problems. Excel has many good points. It’s often used by specialists to work with data related to their particular field. But it can come with problems, such as sluggish performance and difficult team collaboration. Even worse, Excel is vulnerable to the most dreaded problem of all: the accidental deletion of important data.

Data Visualization for Your Business: Does it Really Matter?

Our world is bursting with data—the new digital age has dynamically inflated the volumes of data collected by businesses worldwide. By 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every person on the planet. According to Forbes, The White House has already invested more than $200 million in big data projects. Can you imagine that? Seriously! Yet all the data that’s being generated by people, machines, online devices, and other sources doesn’t provide decision-makers with any valuable insights by itself.

Here’s Why You Should Learn SQL

We asked our users why they decided to learn SQL. This is what we’ve learned. At Vertabelo Academy, we help people with no computer science backgroundto understand the core concepts of databasesand data science. For example, we teach users how to extract the most important data from a database to build simple reportsand how to understand key statistical metrics in data analysis. We love to provide easy-to-understand examples that thoroughly depict complex technical concepts.

Learning to Think in SQL

Learning to think in SQL will help you understand what SQL queries do, how to create and change them, and how to create reports from the data you obtain. One of the greatest skills you can have in SQL programming is this the ability to change an existing SQL query so you get the results you need. When you are first starting out, you likely will not create SQL queries from scratch but rather reuse what others have written.

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.

In Search of (Lost) Traditional Learning – Is It Viable in the 21st Century?

Has online learning killed traditional learning? Can they coexist? Or, together, can they form something great? When I decided to write about traditional ways of learning, I was sure there was something to write about. But I wasn’t sure exactly what. I looked at some traditional learning and teaching methods, which gave me pause. Nearly each one turned out to be not entirely traditional. Wherever I looked, digital influences were making inroads.

Introduction to Reporting with SQL — the Ultimate Tutorial for Business Professionals

Working with the financial aspects of large and small enterprises can be a daunting task for a business professional. In this article, we’ll look at several ways of constructing the perfect SQL report. You’ve probably already heard about SQL from your colleagues or in other areas of your career. If you’re here, you’ve likely concluded that learning SQL will make your professional life easier – and you’re right!

5 Great Benefits of Learning SQL

If you want your business to succeed in 2017, it’s absolutely critical that you understand your data. If you want your business to succeed in 2017, it’s absolutely critical that you understand your data. Don’t fall for the common trap—analyzing data isn’t just a concern for those competing at national or corporate levels. In fact, all businesses have plenty of data that they can use to potentially improve their workflow.

Why Learn SQL?

Nowadays, data are gathered from a variety of sources, and information is of great value to organizations. However, with an increasing amount of data comes the need for databases that can store information for retrieval and analysis by trained specialists. Thus, proper data analysis is in high demand in our digital world. Relational databases, which logically group information into chunks, are basically used to store and organize large amounts of data.

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.

Data Science: Market Demand or Just Hype?

Earth’s 7.5 billion people together use several billion different devices, generating an annual global IP traffic of more than one zettabyte. Out of these impressive numbers rises a new field above the others — “data science”. Is data science an inevitable reality, or will it yet be dismissed as just another “wave of the future” that never came to be? A few days ago I signed a new employment contract with my company.

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.

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.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to SQL Fundamentals

Vertabelo Academy is a great place to learn SQL. If you’re a complete beginner, it’s best to have an overview of what SQL is, what a database is, and how they work together. In this article, you’ll find a quick explanation of all you need to get started with SQL. The Database You might have already heard that SQL is used with databases. What exactly is a database? In the most general sense, it is an organized collection of various kinds of data.

6 Ways You Can Learn SQL

Learning a new skill can be a daunting task, especially in programming. SQL is not immune to this. Luckily, with the Internet and the explosion of programming-related information out there, we have a lot of options! But we then come to a new roadblock. Where to begin? How will we know which option is best for our budget, skill level, and schedule? This article tackles these questions and gives you a roadmap – or should we say a couple of them – of your journey towards SQL proficiency.