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Karen Schwarze

A former educator and edtech marketer, Karen is passionate about computer science education. She’s particularly fascinated by the connections between coding languages and English language/literature structures. This led her to build an edtech app where users create Python programs by manipulating literary devices like similes and metaphors. When she’s not writing, Karen enjoys watching comedy and reading books about history.

How to Learn Bash: Best Courses, Books, and Resources
Think of the last time you created a new file or navigated to a folder on your computer. You probably used a mouse or touchpad to do this, clicking until you made the new file or got inside the right…
How to Use the Python Get Current Directory Method
You can use the Python scripting language to interact with your operating system and navigate between files. The process is similar to using a command line interface. Python’s get current directory, or Python os.getcwd(), allows you to change directories and…
How to Learn NoSQL
When was the last time you sent a message through Facebook? Have you recently used a “smart” appliance at home? In both examples, databases are required to store information. NoSQL databases are commonly used in these cases.  NoSQL, or “not…
How to Learn Lua
Are you interested in game development, or using a scripting language to make changes to a program without affecting its infrastructure? Lua, a scripting language born in Brazil (“Lua” is the Portuguese word for “moon”), may just be the technology…
How to Learn Visual Studio
Are you interested in web development, specifically in using popular development platforms like .NET and ASP.NET and languages like C# and C++? If you’ve got some programming experience and want to tap into more advanced development features than a standard…
How to Learn .NET
If you’re looking for a developer platform that can help you create anything, from apps and games to Internet of Things applications, look no further than Microsoft’s .NET. .NET is a developer platform with tools, programming languages, and libraries for…
How to Use index.html
When you are building web pages in a code editor like Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, you need to create an index.html because this page has an important job to do. Creating an index.html page first is considered a best…
How to Use Python extend()
Let’s say that you are going to have a party, and you have a list of friends that you are going to invite. This list may grow as you think of people you want to invite.  This is where the…
Compiler vs Interpreter: Compared and Contrasted
Compiler vs Interpreter Summary When you talk to a friend on the phone using the same language, you can say whatever you want without needing someone to translate for you. But when you need to communicate with someone whose language…
How to Learn Golang
What do readability, concurrency, and gophers have to do with web development? They all are part of Google’s brainchild, a programming language called Golang, commonly referred to as Go.  Released in 2009 after being created for in-house purposes, Golang is…
How to Learn Windows Server
When logging into your company’s computer at work, have you ever wondered how the computer knows that your login credentials are correct? Have you ever been curious about how your boss is able to share files with all the employees…
How to Learn Scala
Are you interested in data science and scalability? Do you want to learn an in-demand programming language that you’ll be paid well to use? And finally, are you familiar with Java or willing to learn a language that is very…
How to Learn MySQL
Have you ever wondered what happens to data that is collected by a website? Every time the front end of a website collects data, it needs a place to store it. This place is called a database.  One type of…
How to Learn Matplotlib
Are you interested in data science or data analysis as a new career? Perhaps you are a marketer who wants to present your findings on customer behavior to your team. Matplotlib, a plotting library for Python, can help you support…
How to Learn Perl
Perl is a programming language that you can use to manage databases, text parsing, and system administration. Many websites are built using Perl, including Priceline.com, Craigslist, IMDb, DuckDuckGo, and Ticketmaster. A website that has a database needs a back-end language…
How to Learn Bootstrap
Picture this: You’re working hard to learn a back-end language like Python, and you’re focusing on frameworks like Flask or Django. You want to showcase your website’s functionality, but you don’t have a lot of time to learn front-end web…
How to Learn Pandas
Pandas is a Python library that allows you to work with data that is organized using rows and columns sometimes called “tabular data”. You’ve probably used a spreadsheet like Excel to manipulate tabular data. The beauty of Pandas is that…
How to Learn Ruby on Rails
Many of the major websites you interact with, like Hulu, GitHub and Fiverr, are built using Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails, “a server-side” framework written in the Ruby programming language, can be used to help power web applications and…

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