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The Best Way to Learn Database Design

Treehouse is the best and quickest way to learn database design. Database programmers are responsible for building, maintaining, and improving programs for databases. With Treehouse, you can start learning how to program for databases today with our comprehensive set of virtual courses.

Our courses are self-paced, so you can learn database design at a pace that works for you. Databases are such an integral part of the business and technology world, that there is always demand for skilled designers who can work with databases. Using Treehouse as your learning tool, you’ll be able to develop the skill set of a database designer.

You can choose your courses based on your skill level. If you need to start at the beginner level, you can do that. Or you can start with more intermediate and advanced courses. The choice is yours.

Being able to customize how you learn is invaluable. It lets you take charge of your learning experience and develop your skills in an organic way. The best part about Treehouse is, it doesn’t take inordinate amounts of time. With our customizable learning tracks, you can learn database design quickly and effectively.

As you take our database design courses, you build a portfolio of real work and projects. With access to resources like workshops, specially designed challenges, interesting exercises, and practice modules, you’ll be able to take the skills you learn and put them toward a new career in database design.

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Interactive Database Courses for Beginners

If you’ve never worked with databases before, you’ll learn that a database is a collection of data that’s organized so it can be accessed, retrieved, referenced, or recalled. Databases come in many different hardware forms and structures. A few examples include servers, computers, cloud infrastructures, and more. You’re likely familiar with companies that sell databases to companies, like Oracle and Amazon. With these databases, companies are able to store mass amounts of data for a price.

With Treehouse, you can get the proper skills to start your career in database design. Or if you’re looking to advance your career and move up, you’ll be able to take courses applicable to your goals. These courses are meant to be taken at whatever pace you deem best, meaning if you want to finish them quickly, you can learn a new skill in an impressive amount of time. You can fast-track your way to a new career or diversify yourself enough to get a much better position than the way you have. Learning the way you learn best empowers you to really retain and know how to apply these skills.

Even if you have full-time responsibilities, you’ll be able to use Treehouse. In fact, our courses were designed with this lifestyle in mind. You can sneak lessons in after work, over the weekends, when you have a break, and whenever else you have the time and energy. Even with a full-time schedule, many students find that they can complete one of our courses in as little as three months.

This is thanks in no small part to our impressive staff of expert teachers. These teachers have real-world experience and know how to customize their lesson plan to best benefit you. You waste no time learning concepts that can’t be applied in a real-world situation. Our teachers work to make sure you grasp the concepts on a deep level, and understand how to use them outside of a contained learning environment.

In addition to having access to knowledgeable and expert teachers, you’ll also be able to communicate with your fellow Treehouse students. With a dedicated Slack channel, you can collaborate, ask questions, and connect with others who are learning programming as well. With this network at your disposal, you’ll feel more motivated to finish courses and you’ll have others to lean on.

No matter what stage of skill you are, you can always use Treehouse as a resource. This is especially the case once you’ve been coding for a while. Coding always requires you to refresh your skills, and Treehouse is the ideal place to do it.

Meet Your Built in Code Editor

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A fully browser-based code editor designed to make learning with Treehouse a breeze.

Using Workspaces

The built-in code editor will assist you with your markup. This will help you identify any potential issues as you practice your coding skills. This ensures you will pick up on any mistakes you make early on, which will help you to correct these mistakes and give you a good foundation from which to progress. This is just one of several available tools to help you be successful.

Start Your Free Seven-Day Trial

It’s never been easier to take a course with Treehouse. You can try out Treehouse for free, learn at your own pace, get the precise help you need, network with others and get started on your chosen high-paying career path! Start your seven-day trial to jump-start your learning journey right away.


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  • Project-based curriculum
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A Look Inside the Industry


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Career Positions

    • Software Architect
    • SQL Developer
    • Database Administrator

Career Skills

    • SQL server integration
    • Database development
    • Unix shell scripting

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    Virtual Training for Career Advancement

    Our virtual database design classes enable you to advance your career in ways you never thought possible. The opportunities of database design are already ever-present. Data is everywhere we look. Online purchases, posts on social media, and even playlists on music services are stored somewhere in a database.

    With Treehouse, you’ll have access to all of the tracks that involve database design. You’ll learn how you need a specialized language to communicate with databases. Courses for SGL, or structured query language, will help you learn the most popular language for accessing database information. You’ll learn to read, add, update, and delete information in a database. After learning just a few lines of SQL, you’ll be able to search, analyze, and retrieve data from huge information archives. These kinds of databases help run companies, make business decisions, or simply provide lists of movie recommendations. Every size of company uses database programming technologies, whether you’re big or small. By learning SQL, you’ll have the skills that open doors to huge opportunities and careers like data analyst, web application developer, and full stack engineer.

    With interactive videos, learning modules, and other tools, you’ll be able to practice and reinforce these concepts until you feel comfortable using them in a career-environment. Each track of database design is designed to teach you a specific skill, helping you to fully grasp the concepts in your own time, and build out a well-rounded set of skills that will help you land one of the aforementioned jobs.

    You can continue to refresh your skills and knowledge with quizzes and other review tools that really help you to make these concepts second-nature. There’s no other online courses that allow as low of a commitment as Treehouse while also giving you real-world skills. You can take Treehouse courses in as little as 30 minutes a day. Once you set the pace, you’ll see how easy it is to learn with Treehouse. If you’re ready to learn or enhance your skills in database design, then it’s time to start learning with Treehouse.

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