Chatting with Robots

 

Online coding school Codecademy is launching a new course that will help you build ‘natural, voice-first Alexa experiences that feel like talking to a friend who understands you’. No more misinterpreted commands or evil laughs, hopefully.

Credits: Margot and Codecademy

Machine learning demystified

 

According to our watches, it’s been 18 hours since the last machine learning news article surfaced on Google News. Do a quick search of the buzzword, and you’ll find a slew of Matrix-inspired green numerals running over a filtered image of a computer or brain.

Credits: Codecademy via GMail

Test-Driven Development

 

Writing code is hard. Sometimes we need to move fast but also scale. Other times, it’s wondering where to start when turning an idea into an app. And then there’s diving into rabbit holes and squashing bugs.

It’s at moments like these that we turn to test-driven development. TDD, as it’s called, asks you to write tests before writing the code itself. It’s used by companies like Spotify, Etsy, and Buffer to increase the speed and quality of code production.

Credits: Codecademy via GMail

Animating my name

 

As some of the regulars here may be aware, for the past few months I have been learning coding with the help of online code school Codecademy. Today marks the completion of their Learn HTML course. Now I’ve started a fun project/mini-course using JavaScript to produce a funky little animation of my name where the little circles move aside when you roll your mouse over it. The GIF above, from a Codecademy email, shows what the final result could look like.

Credits: Codecademy via GMail