Data Education in the Cloud

udacity-full-130x140When the topic of online learning comes up with other developers the sites most often mentioned are Pluralsight and CodeAcademy.  One of the resources I don’t hear people talk about as much in is an online university called Udacity.

Udacity is the brain child of Sebastian Thrun,  a Google Fellow who is behind things like Google Glass and the Google self driving car. He is also a research professor at Stanford and decided that there was a better way to get quality education to more people.  The mission they have outlined is this:

“Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers.”

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All of This Has Happened Before (T-SQL Tuesday #48)

This month’s host for T-SQL Tuesday is the SQLChicken, Jorge Segarra (B|T). He has asked us to write about our take on this whole Cloud thing.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some time to play with Windows Azure over the last couple months and I have some opinions on the platform. Overall I think my opinion on the idea of The Cloud is about the same as when I started. To begin with I wish they hadn’t called it The Cloud – or maybe that it hadn’t stuck as a part of the technical conversation. I think the name conjures up this romantic image for business users of a technology solution that exists out there – somewhere over the rainbow.

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