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Approx. 19 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Analyze real-world IT problems and implement the appropriate strategies to solve those problems

  • Demonstrate techniques to quickly find and solve the root cause of problems in IT infrastructure

  • Understand the root cause for problems related to speed, crashes, or exhausted resources in your computer

  • Identify the most common pitfalls of your code and how to fix them

Skills you will gain

Improving Software PerformanceManaging Scarce ResourcesAdvanced TroubleshootingUnderstanding ErrorsFinding the Root Cause of a Problem
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Approx. 19 hours to complete
Subtitles: English


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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

5 hours to complete

Troubleshooting Concepts

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
14 videos
Intro to Module 1: Troubleshooting Concepts2m
What is debugging?4m
Problem Solving Steps4m
Silently Crashing Application5m
"It Doesn't Work"7m
Creating a Reproduction Case4m
Finding the Root Cause6m
Dealing with Intermittent Issues4m
Intermittently Failing Script9m
What is binary search?3m
Applying Binary Search in Troubleshooting4m
Finding Invalid Data6m
Module 1 Wrap Up: Troubleshooting Concepts2m
3 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Linear and Binary Search (Optional)10m
How to Log in to Qwiklabs10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Introduction to Debugging25m
Practice Quiz: Understanding the Problem25m
Practice Quiz: Binary Searching a Problem25m

Week 2

5 hours to complete


5 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
15 videos
Why is my computer slow?4m
How Computers Use Resources5m
Possible Causes of Slowness5m
Slow Web Server10m
Writing Efficient Code4m
Using the Right Data Structures3m
Expensive Loops4m
Keeping Local Results4m
Slow Script with Expensive Loop7m
Parallelizing Operations6m
Slowly Growing in Complexity4m
Dealing with Complex Slow Systems4m
Using Threads to Make Things Go Faster5m
Module 2 Wrap Up: Slowness1m
3 readings
Monitoring Tools10m
More About Improving Our Code10m
More About Complex Slow Systems10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Understanding Slowness25m
Practice Quiz: Slow Code25m
Practice Quiz: When Slowness Problems Get Complex25m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Crashing Programs

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 78 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
14 videos
Systems That Crash6m
Understanding Crashing Applications6m
What to do when you can't fix the program?4m
Internal Server Error10m
Accessing Invalid Memory7m
Unhandled Errors and Exceptions6m
Fixing Someone Else's Code4m
Debugging a Segmentation Fault5m
Debugging a Python Crash5m
Crashes in Complex Systems6m
Communication and Documentation During Incidents5m
Writing Effective Postmortems4m
Module 3 Wrap Up: Crashing Programs1m
2 readings
Resources for Understanding Crashes10m
Resources for Debugging Crashes10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Why Programs Crash25m
Practice Quiz: Code that Crashes25m
Practice Quiz: Handling Bigger Incidents25m

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Managing Resources

5 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 74 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
16 videos
Memory Leaks and How to Prevent Them5m
Managing Disk Space5m
Network Saturation5m
Dealing with Memory Leaks8m
Getting to the Important Tasks6m
Prioritizing Tasks6m
Estimating the Time Tasks Will Take4m
Communicating Expectations5m
Dealing with Hard Problems4m
Proactive Practices5m
Planning Future Resource Usage4m
Preventing Future Problems4m
Module 4 Wrap Up: Managing Resources1m
Sneak Peek of Next Course1m
3 readings
More About Managing Resources10m
More About Making the Best Use of Our Time10m
More About Preventing Future Breakage10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Managing Computer Resources25m
Practice Quiz: Managing Our Time25m
Practice Quiz: Making Our Future Lives Easier25m



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