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The Beat. July 2024

By Lane Wagner on July 10, 2024

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One million lessons. Well, to be precise, you have all completed 1,122,050 lessons just in June. That’s nuts. I was so preoccupied with how cool it is that you all are learning so much that I’m late on this newsletter. Sorry ‘bout that.

Humbly, Lane

Patch notes ๐Ÿ”—

1. 7-Hour Python Course Walkthrough ๐Ÿ”—

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Trshpuppy is an incredible developer (and past podcast guest) who recently released a complete 7-hour walkthrough of the Python course. If you’ve been struggling with the Python course then this video is a must-watch. It’s also completely free, feel free to share it with anyone who might benefit.

2. FP and Static Site Generator Overhaul ๐Ÿ”—

Our Functional Programming Course and Static Site Generator Project have had a complete overhaul. Tons of new lessons were added and updated. These were frequently cited by students as being too difficult for their spots in the curriculum, so we spent a lot of time smoothing out the difficulty curve.

3. Adjusted Gem Prices ๐Ÿ”—

We did some game balancing this month, in particular, seer stones now cost quite a bit more (10 gems). Gem drops from chests were nerfed across the board. Our goal is to continue tuning the game to only encourage the best study habits.

4. New Karma System ๐Ÿ”—

In our Discord community members earn Karma for being great participants. We’ve:

  • Removed karma rewards for simply posting
  • Added a significant karma reward for helping others in the forums
  • Added the ability to bookmark posts for later (react with a bookmark or scroll emoji)

5. Miscellaneous improvements ๐Ÿ”—

  • New art for the homepage
  • Small bug fixes
  • Difficulty scores show on individual lessons (updated dynamically from completion data)

What is yet to come ๐Ÿ”—

  • New Course: “Learn Git 2”
  • New Course: “Learn Memory Management in C”
  • New Course: “Linux System Administration” (this is a working title, we’re still cooking…)
  • New Project: “Build an Asteroids Game”
  • Moving existing courses to the CLI

Backend Banter Podcast ๐Ÿ”—

This month’s episodes include:

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