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Things Every Developer Should Know   

Learn key skills that every developer needs to do their job more efficiently and effectively.

This course covers a variety of skills that every developer should know, like working with zipped folders and taking screenshots to working with Visual Studio Code and interacting with the developer community on Stack Overflow. These skills will help any developer be core prepared for additional learning and day-to-day work as a developer.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 11.0 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Learn key skills that every developer needs to do their job more efficiently and effectively.
  1. Zip Files
  2. Showing Extensions
  3. Taking Screenshots
  4. Using Command-Line Shell
  5. Relative and Absolute Paths
  6. Environment Variables
  7. Browsers
  8. Visual Studio Code
  9. Stack Overflow

What you will learn

  • How to create and extract zip files on a Windows computer or a Mac
  • How to show extensions on a Windows computer or on a Mac
  • How to take screenshots
  • Basic commands in each shell
  • Navigate the file system using relative paths and absolute paths

How you will benefit

  • By learning these basic skills, developers will be more prepared to learn and develop additional skills.


Things Every Developer Should Know
Fee: $79.00
Dates: 8/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Delivery Method: Online

This course is offered through our partners at ed2go.  These courses are fun, fast, convenient, easy to use, and led by an expert instructor.  Courses run for six weeks and you have 24/7 access to two lessons each week. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons include hands-on assignments.

You will receive an e-mail with course access information upon completion of your enrollment.

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