At Next Tech, we have just released a number of new features and improvements that we are very excited about. Chief among them is a revamp of how tools other than our custom development interface can be used in courses. You can now connect your users to industry-loved products designed specifically for certain subject areas (like data science) — and, as always, in just a few seconds.

Read on to learn more!

Our custom development interface has received a lot of work over the years. We have built it to be an educational tool, not one for software development, although…

SaaStr — a widely respected sales strategy website — recently published a list called “5 Strategies That Are Working Well Now”. They summarize five different sales tactics that they have found to be effective in the unprecedented business climate caused by COVID-19.

The most interesting tactic is the last one they list: “Help Builders More”. This is what they say about it:

“Everyone is stressed, but we also somehow seem to be building more. Twilio is on fire, for example. So make it easier for builders. Improve your API and documentation. Add more support for folks building on your platform…

I am honored to announce that Next Tech has been named a finalist for the 2020 EdTech Awards “Cool Tool” category for coding, computer science, and engineering solutions! This US-based program is the largest recognition program in all of education technology, featuring the biggest names in edtech — and those who soon will be. The program was established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology.

The EdTech Awards recognize companies in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring…

While you are home staying safe and keeping others safe, we want to make sure you have everything you need to keep learning coding and working on your projects. That’s why a couple of weeks ago, we decided to make all of Next Tech’s interactive courses and sandboxes free through April. Now, we’re extending that through May!

Staying home is incredibly important, but so is your ability to continue learning new skills. With Next Tech courses, you can learn coding, web development, data science, and other skills directly from your browser with hands-on projects. No downloads required!

Here are some…

I am thrilled to announce that Next Tech has been selected as one of the “Elite 200” companies that will present at the 2020 ASU GSV Summit in the GSV Cup competition! ASU GSV is widely regarded as one of the top education conferences in the world, so we are looking forward to attending this event and being a first-time participant in the competition.

Over the past year, Next Tech has experienced a massive surge of growth from all levels of the technology education industry. …

In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to build a command line game for playing Blackjack using Python! You’ll get to build the game from start to finish, and when you’re done, you’ll have a fully functioning game to play from the command line.

While building the game, we’ll explore a few handy Python concepts, such as object-oriented programming using classes and how to manage a game loop. This tutorial is also extracted from an entire course on building a Blackjack game using a graphical user environment (GUI), which you can check out here if you’re interested.

Sound fun? …

Collecting system metrics allows system administrators to monitor available resources, detect bottlenecks, and make informed decisions about servers and projects.

At Next Tech, we use system metrics we gather for many things, such as:

  • Detecting an issue, like a server that doesn’t have enough resources.
  • Conversely, for identifying areas we could be saving money by reducing a server’s resources.
  • Ensuring that all services (like a web server or database) are running.

In this tutorial we will go over how to install and configure collectd, which is an open source daemon that collects system performance statistics and provides ways to store…

I’m excited to share that Next Tech has released alpha support for Visual Studio Code!

VS Code is hands-down one of (if not) the best code editors out there. It’s trounced others (like Sublime and Atom) in popularity in recent years, thanks to the incredible features Microsoft has added and the vast library of extensions tens of thousands of developers have created.

Installing VS Code is pretty straightforward and you can do it yourself on your computer if you’d like. …

Although Next Tech offers a library of interactive courses, you can still use the Next Sandbox alongside many other website’s tutorials for learning programming!

This post walks you through how to do this and then covers 5 tutorials for learning various Python skills that a Next Sandbox goes great with.

Let’s get started!


To get started, launch a Python sandbox on Next Tech: Launch Python Sandbox.

Then pick one of the sites from the list below, for example, Google’s Python Class:

View Google’s Python Class

That link skips the install section of the class entirely, since your sandbox already has…

Django is a Python framework for building web apps. Their website describes it like so:

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source.

The Next Sandbox makes it easy to get started with Django without downloading anything! This post will walk you through how you can launch a Python sandbox and then install Django in it.

First, click here

Saul Costa

Founder and CEO at Next Tech ( Breaking computers since before I could read. Focused on solving important problems with technology.

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