Our version 1.19 release includes new features designed to improve your learning experience.
The first thing you may notice is a new look. We’ve made some design tweaks, including a new lesson-text font which we think you’ll agree makes everything easier to read. Other big changes in v1.19 include:
- Multiscreen, so you can work more efficiently in-lesson.
- Concepts, designed to help you take your learning to the next level.
- In-Lesson Dataset Preview and Download.
You can find a list of every new feature and bug fix at the bottom of this post.
Multiscreen will make your learning experience easier. The side-by-side design is based on the layout for our guided projects, and is designed to make it quicker and easier for you to learn and explore.
Our new multiscreen interface
By bringing the instructions and the code box side-by-side, multiscreen makes its easier for you to work through each step. Additionally, you’ll have easy access to the console so you can explore the data interactively and experiment with different approaches.
Lastly, your code is now saved as you type it, so if you have to go back to a previous step to check on something, all your work is there when you come back.
We’re excited to release the first stage of ‘concepts’. The idea of concepts came in response to feedback from users just like you, who wanted to:
- Track what skills they had learned.
- Find earlier lessons where a concept was taught.
- Take notes on certain topics.
The concepts in-lesson sidebar
Concepts will be available in the sidebar of every lesson and project, as well as in your dashboard. Concepts will show you what is taught in that lesson, take notes, as well as see other lessons where that concept is taught and projects and challenges where the concept is practiced.
You will also be able to access concepts from the sidebar of your Dataquest dashboard, allowing you to easily see your progress and find specific lessons to review what you’ve learned.
We plan on expanding concepts during the year, eventually offering practice exercises within each concept – if you have other ideas of how we could add to concepts, we would love to hear them.
Data Set Preview and Download
Based again on feedback from users like you, we have created a dataset preview so that you can easily check the format of the data you’re working with.
By clicking across to the data set tab, you can view a preview of the first 5 rows of the data, arranged in a table format.
In addition, you’ll be able to easily download the dataset right there, so you can extend your work on your own computer, using an exact copy of the data you’ve been working with in the lesson.
New in Version 1.19
The full list of features in today’s release are below:
- We’ve freshened up our design, including making our in-lesson fonts easier to read.
- The first version of our console gave you a Python console in non-Python lessons. Now R and SQL lessons have the correct console.
- We increased the granularity that we show you of your progress. Previously progress rounded to the nearest 5%, now it rounds to the nearest 1%.
- We save your code as you type it in the regular code boxes, making it easier for you to click between screens without losing work.
- Fixed a bug where the skip hint and solution buttons were missing in certain cases for command line projects.
- Added a pilot program for our new top-tier ‘plus’ plan that includes mentorship and project reviews.
- Added new ‘plus projects’, exclusive to plus subscribers, to help with portfolio building.
- Made our pricing page easier to understand.
- Fixed a bug where the console prompt did not load consistently.
- Added a new end of lesson screen so you can give more granular feedback and see your progress easier.
- Move the lesson reset button to the progress sidebar so you can reset your lesson progress at any time.
- Improved internal error reporting so we can identify and fix ongoing issues quicker.
- Fixed a bug that prevented certain users from loading the Dataquest site.
- The console now loads immediately on all screen types.
- A new Machine Learning Fundamental course, as part of a rewrite to our entire ML module.
- Algorithms and Data Structures, the third course in our new Data Engineer Path.
- Miscellaneous Improvements to speed and reliability across the platform.
- Miscellaneous Lesson error corrections and bugfixes.
If you’re interested in what’s coming in the coming months:
- More machine learning and data engineering courses.
- Lesson and course objectives.
- Ability to set learning goals and get a learning plan.
- In-lesson autocomplete and documentation.
As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on what we should build next. If you have a great idea, e-mail us or simply comment below!