Tag: Ignite

04
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Ignite your kid’s love of programming for 50% off at codeSpark

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codeSpark

It’s true that it’s almost never too early to help your kids learn to code. codeSpark is an app that teaches the rudiments of programming to kids starting as young as 5 years old thanks to a wealth of games and activities that don’t even require reading skills. For the month of October, you can start a subscription to codeSpark Academy for 50% off — $5 for the first month — when you use promo code TREAT50

codeSpark is available for Android and iOS devices and plays great on a tablet, but you can also sign into the academy in any web browser. It includes over 1000 activities, and every game teaches fundamental coding concepts, which can help them grasp the logic of programming, math and reading skills. codeSpark says that the activities have been carefully designed with gender-neutral characters and an interface that doesn’t require any reading, so it’s great even for very young kids.

As they progress, kids can use codeSpark Academy to design and build their own interactive games that they can play and share with others. And you get regular email updates that keep you informed about what your kids have done and what skills they’re learning.

October is a good time to sign up for a trial. Not only is the first month just $5, but there are special Halloween-themed activities sprinkled through the app as well. 


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03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft Ignite 2020 Lights Up Power Platform With Updates

Earlier this week, I published my first coverage of the virtual Microsoft Ignite 2020 conference, in which I did a flyby over a wide range of product areas—Teams, Power Platform, Azure, and more. While I did touch on some of the Power Platform announcements, today, I will continue my coverage with a more in-depth look at Microsoft’s announcements for its low-code developer platform for businesses. This platform is a great differentiator for Microsoft and one of the best enterprise tools for enabling digital transformation. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite of the company’s offerings to follow, and with all that Microsoft does well, that’s saying something. Let’s take a closer look.

With the current digital transformation rate, accelerated even further by the pandemic, there’s just not enough developer talent out there to keep up with the demand. Many businesses, especially small-to-medium-sized companies, do not have developers on staff to help them digitally transform and stay competitive in today’s volatile market. The beautiful thing about Power Platform’s low-code strategy is that it extends the power of automation and app-building to the citizen developer or the business user who is not necessarily versed in code. That’s not to say Power Platform isn’t a valuable tool for experienced developers and large enterprises—just that it is accessible to the entire developer continuum, from amateur to expert, for businesses of any size. The times call for low-code developer tools, and Microsoft answered.

On that note, Microsoft announced a new solution it calls Microsoft Power Automate Desktop. The feature takes its Power Automate RPA (robotic process automate) offering and, with the help of recent acquisition Softomotive, extends it to the world of on-prem. According to Microsoft, this solution will give the full