I was messing around with R (i.e., a free program that can organize and transform data), and I told R to transform the data into CSV format. I converted this CSV format file into XML file using one of those CSV to XML free tools on the Internet. The problem is that the XML file I got from the whole process contains structure in which is radically different from the XML structure that I need to use with a software. Luckily, XSLT comes to the rescue. With XSLT, I discover that it’s possible to transform one XML structure to another XML structure. The problem is that I have no knowledge of how to use XSLT just yet. Once again, YouTube is a treasure trove of free information, and the YouTube video right after the break introduces me to XSLT basics. Of course, I may have to do more study and research on XSLT before I would know how to properly transform one XML structure to another XML structure.
Treehouse is a new educational web service which promises to help guide whoever interests in developing the skill set in web design, web development and iOS development. Besides promising in training whoever to become a developer in the specific technological areas, Treehouse devises a unique strategy for whoever wants to get hire in their industry. Treehouse’s strategy is to allow whoever in their programs to take quizes/tests to unlock badges. The unlocked badges would be presented on a Treehouse participant’s profile. According to the available unlocked badges, employers would be able to theoretically have a better chance of knowing who might be a good candidate for them to set up an interview with. Treehouse charges the participants with either $25 or $49 per month. The $49 per month plan would include additional materials such as more tutorial videos.
In my opinion, nowadays it’s very easy to learn how to become a web designer, web developer, and iOS developer without having to pay a single dollar. How? iTunes U is the answer! Computer users don’t have to use Mac to have access to iTunes U, because they can install iTunes on Windows machines. After installing iTunes on Windows machines, users can open up iTunes and navigate to iTunes U to download videos that teach users how to write programs in different computer languages, developing iOS applications, designing websites, and a lot more. iTunes U isn’t for just these specific areas of study, because iTunes U allows users to learn just about any available open course of different universities. Don’t be fooled by having to navigate to iTunes Store before one could check up on iTunes U, because iTunes U is indeed free! It’s free to download educational videos so one could watch it at any time.
With knowing that one might not have to pay to learn how to become a developer for the information industry, it might be hard for some people to imagine about paying for programs that provide by educational web services such as Treehouse. Nonetheless, Treehouse looks attractive to some people, because they think Treehouse might be able to allow them to find jobs that they’re specialized in (e.g., web designing, web development, iOS development). I surmise that some folks who already have the experiences in these technological areas might just join Treehouse to unlock badges so certain employers might come around and interview them. This will do if one believes Treehouse will be able to attract enough attentions from various employers of big companies and so on.
I’m not sure Treehouse will definitely be a solution for whoever wants to get a job as web designer or web developer or iOS developer. The ultimate decision will have to rest upon the shoulders of the employers from various companies in regarding to hire specific Treehouse participants. Perhaps, Treehouse participants might get the exposures they need for getting interviews, but they still have to score the interviews before the employers hire them. As I mentioned earlier, Treehouse isn’t providing unique learning materials, because one can just download the similar educational materials within iTunes U. If iTunes U isn’t carrying certain educational materials, there might be other places and sources for one to acquire such educational materials.