Category: code news

How to Hack Hacker News

It’s not a stretch to say that most modern day tech teams dream of going viral on Hacker News. A popular news aggregation website, Hacker News is a reading list for the tech community. Going viral on Hacker News can mean important eyes on your new product, notoriety, and street cred, but it’s not easy to make the front-page. Topping the charts can only be achieved by the most inventive product, the perfect sense of humor, and the right reputation—unless, of course, you can hack it. That’s why the team at Codecademy wants to teach you how to analyze...

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Updates to Learn JavaScript: Requests

We’re updating the way we teach HTTP requests. You’ll see changes in the JavaScript course as we deprecate the use of Google’s URL Shortener API and use Rebrandly & Datamuse to teach HTTP requests. Introduction to JavaScript Why? APIs are powerful—they allow developers to leverage existing content and services and integrate them quickly into new applications without building everything from the ground up. Think of Slack’s integrations with Asana. Both teams are leveraging the other’s API to build the integration. However, with great power comes great responsibility. When APIs change, developers need to react, update, and adjust alongside them....

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From Excel to SQL: Why You Should Make the Switch

If you use spreadsheet applications like Excel or Google Sheets at work, these problems might be familiar to you: It’s easy to make accidental changes to data It’s hard to replicate an old analysis on new data (so many steps to remember!) It’s slow with large sets of data It’s cumbersome to share giant spreadsheets over email Spreadsheet applications are approachable, ubiquitous, and flexible. They can merge cells, add comments, pivot on data, format tables, and make graphs. But with flexibility comes risk. They can lead to more work, more waiting, more versioning headaches, and lower accuracy. Luckily, SQL...

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Why You Should Level Up from Excel to SQL

If you use spreadsheet applications like Excel or Google Sheets at work, these problems might be familiar to you: It’s easy to make accidental changes to data It’s hard to replicate an old analysis on new data (so many steps to remember!) It’s slow with large sets of data It’s cumbersome to share giant spreadsheets over email Spreadsheet applications are approachable, ubiquitous, and flexible. They can merge cells, add comments, pivot on data, format tables, and make graphs. But with flexibility comes risk. They can lead to more work, more waiting, more versioning headaches, and lower accuracy. Luckily, SQL...

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How to Make the Most of Python’s Communities

While there’s room to disagree about the best way to learn how to code, nobody would argue that you should do it alone. The journey to learning anything is more fun and more effective when you have peers and teachers to push and inspire you along the way. That’s why we want to offer some thoughts on what effective community support when learning to code actually looks like, and why it makes for a faster path to mastery. We’re focusing on Python specifically in this article because it’s emblematic of what a strong community looks like, but it’s definitely...

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