Introduction to DevOps [New Course]

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We have some great news: we’ve worked with the folks at Nutanix to build a new introductory course—Intro to DevOps—bringing you methodologies, tools, and insights into the DevOps process and what it can do for your organization.

A modern software organization involves a lot of different roles: software engineers, operations engineers, and product managers to name a few. And given that the rate of change in technology continues to accelerate year after year, there’s an obvious need for organizations and roles to keep up or risk falling behind. That’s why the cluster of ideas around the DevOps movement has developed as a key response to accelerating change in the industry.

Once upon a time, operations tasks such as software testing and release management could be done manually by specialists. But as things have gotten faster, the world has come to rely on automated processes to accelerate or replace these manual tasks—freeing us “humans” to do more creative work. And ultimately, that’s a good thing!

Introducing Google’s Design Sprint Process in Product Design [New Course]

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If you’ve ever helped create a product, large or small, you’ve probably used some aspect of product design, most likely without ever realizing it. Both the form and function of a product needs to seamlessly come together in order for it to be successful. As more and more companies come to this realization, the skill-set of a product designer with a deep understanding of how to communicate and test ideas is becoming a hot commodity.

Product design isn’t just about the UX (user experience) or UI (user interface) of a product. It is about materializing game-changing ideas into a product or feature that customers can use. Eric Eriksson, a well-known product designer, defines the role as being responsible to “identify, investigate, and validate the problem, and ultimately craft, design, test and ship the solution.”

Get Half Your Tuition Back When You Graduate

Our mission at Udacity is to help you succeed in your career and ultimately transform your life. Even as we’ve evolved from providing free content to now providing both free and paid learning options, our core values remain the same. We work with industry leaders like Google to provide you with the skills that today’s employers are seeking.  We help you prepare for a new job or a new career and we rejoice in your accomplishments.

One way we can further help you reach your goals is to reduce the cost of a Nanodegree. We’re excited to announce a new feature of the Nanodegree program that will give you half of your tuition back when you graduate within 12 months of enrollment.  When this concept was recently launched as a pilot initiative, one of our Data Analyst Nanodegree graduates, Rafael Castillo, took advantage of it and had this to say:

What Are Hiring Managers Really Looking For?

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Why is it Important?

Does the hiring process feel like a mystery to you? Do you find yourself wondering what interviewers look for in the ideal candidate? If these are questions you’ve pondered, get an edge on your own job hunt by learning key insights from Raffi Krikorian, former VP Platform Engineering @Twitter and Oliver Cameron, VP Product & Engineering @Udacity. Below, you’ll find an overview of the interview basics and tips on how to navigate the hiring process.

Interviewing Basics

What does the typical interview look like? Here we’ll outline the factors impact the interview: roles, components, and variable components you can expect to find.

How Udacity Student Kelly Landed an Engineering Job at Google

Kelly Marchisio was spurred by an interest in programming after taking an Intro to CS class before working in customer service at Google. She ultimately started the Full Stack Nanodegree at Udacity and was able to turn that experience into a full-time Web Solutions Engineer position at Google! Check out the video to see what inspired Kelly to make the transition.

Become a GitHub Pro

Become a GitHub Pro

What’s GitHub?

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service that provides access control and collaboration features for every project. GitHub provides a space for open source projects, working with peers, and even  a venue for recruiting. As of 2014, Github is the largest code host in the world.

The Open Source Philosophy – Recursively Share Work for Others to Build Upon!

GitHub will help you contribute to the open-source community. You can set up your profile for free, start your projects,  or build on top of others’ work. Over time, people can learn from you too!

How to Turn Your Nanodegree Experience into a Job

Remember Ben Halperin, Front-End Nanodegree graduate who turned his Udacity experience into a full-time web developer gig in the health care industry? We recently caught up with Ben in-person to get a better understanding of exactly how he was able to transition from a Udacity education all the way through getting hired for his new job.

Ben delivers some great insight into exactly how his Nanodegree project and learning experience helped in the job interview process. We hope this helps inspire and educate other Udacity students (maybe you?) and shows that career change goals are well within reach. Well done, Ben!