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Treehouse’s newest courses: SQL & Adobe Illustrator

Hey there, you big ol’ nerd. We know you’re in the mood for growing your knowledge base this summer, and we’ve got a couple more resources to share with you.

Learn-to-code company Treehouse has two new items on the menu: SQL Foundations and (Adobe) Illustrator Foundations. Both courses are being released Netflix style (i.e., you get all the coursework in one huge brain-dump rather than incremental installments; you get to set your own pace).

“Previously we were releasing small chunks of a course, but our amazing students voiced their feedback about this and we listened,” said Treehouse founder Ryan Carson in a statement on the news.

“This new release schedule will help enable our students to learn at their own pace. They can devour a topic from start to finish the day it releases, or they can take their time and not have to worry about waiting for the next piece of material.”

For a code-focused company, a SQL course makes all the sense in the world.

But why Illustrator, in particular, rather than something like the dev-focused Adobe Edge lineup?

“At Treehouse we take the approach of Foundations First when becoming a web designer or developer,” said Treehouse design chief Mat Helme via email.

“This means learning and being comfortable with languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc. When it comes to creating graphics, we teach through application like Adobe’s Photoshop and Adobe’s Illustrator as they are the leading softwares for creating raster and vector based graphics. Adobe’s Edge, on the other hand is a graphical user interface for generating and exporting HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc. We feel knowing and understanding the languages in their entirety is more important than using a program that generates the code for us. However that doesn’t mean we won’t look into implementing a program like this into our curriculum in the future.”

Treehouse teaches would-be hackers the basics, stuff like PHP. But it also offers basic business coursework, too, to slake your entrepreneurial thirst.

In addition to a Wiley book deal, the startup also recently sealed a $7 million funding deal that will allow Carson to bring his real dream — bringing code education to underserved high school students — to brilliant reality.


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