new
fixed
Content Creator
Learning Environment
APIs, Reports, & Integrations
Content Creator
New Features:
  • Added the ability to copy courses into your creator account with a single click (details here!).
  • Added support for an account "manager" role.
  • Added the ability to pull updates to source content for content copies.
  • Added a toolbox sidebar inside the Creator to clean up the page and unify the location of a number of different tools.
  • Added Jest to HTML/CSS/JavaScript and Node stacks.
Improvements:
  • Converted check code editor from a text area to an actual code editor.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed GitHub instructions not syncing for some large courses.
Learning Environment
New Features:
  • Added a search bar for the catalog page.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed code patterns are not wrapping in EdgeHTML (note: EdgeHTML is not a supported browser).
API, Reports, & Integrations
New Features:
  • Added support for passing custom metadata to the access tokens endpoint (docs here).
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed contents from deleted courses still showing up in API requests.
Khaan
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Khaan was an oviraptorid dinosaur that was found in the Djadochta Formation of Mongolia and lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, 75-71 million years ago.
Source: Wikipedia.
Fast and easy course copying
new
Content Creator
Copying content from a course into the Creator ― once a manual process that required Next Tech's support ― is now possible in a single click. This allows you to quickly sample Next Tech's courses, and more importantly, build your own library of pre-created course material that your account's content creators can use to get started.
Here are the instructions for how to do each of these!
Sampling Next Tech content
To try Next Tech's content, your account admin will first need to check the
Enable Course Copying
option on your organization's page. You will then be shown this button on Next Tech's course pages:
Screenshot from 2020-09-08 17-10-34
Once you click this button, you will be shown a link that will take you directly to the copied content in the Creator. For larger courses, you may need to wait a moment for the copy to finish.
Using Account Content
This new functionality allows you to create "template" courses content creators on your account can use as a starting point for their own courses. This can help reduce course creation time and illustrate best practices you want your course authors to follow.
To get started, as an account admin or manager, from the course's page in the Creator, click
View in Catalog
. From the catalog page, click
Edit Details
, then enable the "Published" option. Account admins, managers, and editors will now be able to see this course in the catalog and copy it into their Creator.
2020 - Jobaria
new
improved
fixed
Content Creator
Development Environment
Learning Environment
APIs, Reports, & Integrations
Accessibility
This release contained a diverse set of new features, improvements, and bug fixes ranging across all of our product offerings. Read on to learn more!
Content Creator
New Features:
  • Custom help text can now be set on an organization level.
Improvements:
  • Entering a course name is now required to delete it to prevent accidental deletions.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed code patterns failing with filenames containing spaces.
  • Fixed blank content and course names resulting in inaccessible content.
Development Environment
New Features:
  • Added a new stack for version 4 of the R programming language.
Accessibility:
  • Improved keyboard support of directory sidebar file/folder actions.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed tooltips not showing for "New File or Tab" button.
Learning Environment
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed formatted code in step headings being to small.
APIs, Reports, & Integrations
New Features:
  • Added a set of API endpoints for working with project metadata.
  • Project and course metadata is now returned in Zapier and API data.
Improvements:
  • Added pagination to the contents API endpoint.
Jobaria
Jobaria_tiguidensis_steveoc
Jobaria is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Niger during the middle Jurassic Period, between 164–161 million years ago. Jobaria is currently the only known valid sauropod from the Tiouraren, where it was discovered in 1997.
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Iguanodon
new
improved
fixed
Content Creator
Development Environment
Learning Environment
APIs, Reports, & Integrations
Accessibility
This release contains a large number of new features, many of which relate to the product's interface. Specifically, we added the ability to select different interface types from inside the creator or when launching a sandbox, which enables tools like Jupyter Notebook, phpMyAdmin, and RStudio to take up the entire screen real estate. This leads to a drastically improved user experience when these tools are all that are needed. Read more about it on our blog!
Content Creator
New Features:
  • Added support for RStudio.
  • Added support for selecting different interfaces that skip using the "default" interface Next Tech has built.
  • Added support for content "overlays" that prevent content from launching before a user decides to click it.
  • Added the ability to enable "embed mode" on embeds that removes certain interface elements.
  • Added a setting for disabling help sidebar on an account level.
  • Added a setting for disabling the sandbox documentation link on an account level.
  • Added ability to set course metadata that can then be used to filter contents with in the API.
Improvements:
  • Sandbox user and related settings can now be changed even before the sandbox loads.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed wrong message being shown for unshared checks that pass in the Creator.
  • Fixed hidden checks not showing as passed for content creators.
  • Fixed content CSV exports not ordering by position.
Development Environment
New Features:
  • Added interfaces for desktops, Jupyter Notebook, phpMyAdmin, RStudio, and terminals.
Accessibility Improvements:
  • Corrected focus order in the New File modal.
  • The directory sidebar is no longer announced by screen readers or accessed by keyboard when hidden.
  • Improve the focus order of the directory sidebar toggle.
Improvements:
  • Sped up the launch of tools like Jupyter Notebook.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed web browser URL bar becoming disabled in some sandboxes.
Learning Environment
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed code snippets scrollbar not working in Firefox.
APIs, Reports, & Integrations
New Features:
  • Added ability to search content using course metadata set in the content creator.
Iguanodon
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Iguanodon, named in 1825, is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur that existed roughly halfway between the first of the swift bipedal hypsilophodontids of the mid-Jurassic and the duck-billed dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous.
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Hadrosaurus
new
fixed
improved
Development Environment
Learning Environment
Codey!
General
Development Environment
New Features:
  • Added syntax highlighting for CSS and JavaScript code in HTML files.
Improvements:
  • Improved UX of file extraction modal.
  • Made tooltips opaque.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a race condition when jumping quickly between projects resulting in sandboxes occasionally being shut down.
Learning Environment
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed quiz answers saving incorrectly.
Hadrosaurus
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Hadrosaurus (/ˌhædrəˈsɔːrəs/; meaning "bulky lizard") is a genus of hadrosaurid ornithopod dinosaurs that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous Period in what is now the Woodbury Formation about 80 million to 78 million years ago.
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Giganotosaurus
new
fixed
Development Environment
Learning Environment
Learning Environment
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed tasks without checks auto-completing upon project submission.
  • Fixed markdown syntax highlighting not working.
  • Fixed blank "Insights" statistics after project submission.
  • Fixed "missing image" being displayed when project submissions are reviewed.
Development Environment
New Features:
  • Added phpMyAdmin to MySQL and LAMP stacks.
  • Added the option to unzip files from the directory sidebar.
  • Improved the project tab selection UI.
Other
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed untitled sandboxes do not showing a title on the Dashboard.
Documentation:
Giganotosaurus
Giganotos_Db
Giganotosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Argentina, during the early Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 98 to 97 million years ago.
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Fulgurotherium
new
improved
fixed
Content Creator
Development Environment
Last week we made a few changes to the way we describe Next Tech's products! We have decided to simplify our offerings by removing references to "Next XYZ" and "Next Sandbox". Going forward, everything will be categorized directly under Next Tech, for example, "Next Tech coding sandboxes". All of our documentation has been updated to reflect this as well.
We also released a brand new website with additional pages describing how both our customers and individual users can utilize our platform, as well as a number of other stylistic improvements. Plus, we finally have an an About page! Come meet the team behind Next Tech here.
Okay, let's dive into the product changes!
Content Creator
New Features
  • Content creators can sync GitHub markdowns without replacing images.
Improvements
  • Course-wide GitHub sync for instructions is now much faster!
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a UI bug in interaction with upload modal and overlay.
  • Fixed cursor continually moving moving to the end in GitHub sync settings.
  • Fixed task output not showing when previewing a content in the editor if "Share Checks" is disabled.
Development Environment
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed tab trap attempting to cover tab bar for terminal.
  • Fixed new files not being set as the active file when the directory sidebar was disabled.
Fulgurotherium
Fulgurotherium is the name given to a genus of dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Griman Creek Formation. It lived in what is now Australia. The type species, Fulgurotherium australe, was named by Friedrich von Huene in 1932.
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Epidexipteryx
new
improved
fixed
New Features
  • Made it possible to change the system user for a content, not just upgrade from
    root
    to
    nt-user
    .
  • Message shown when a content is undergoing maintenance can now be configured for enterprise accounts.
  • Added an API endpoint for downloading a project's files.
Improvements
  • Reduced time to launch larger projects by up to 80%.
  • Creators are now alerted when files could not be saved in the content editor.
  • Code blocks in markdown now highlight blocks with capitalized language names (e.g.
    CPP
    vs
    cpp
    ).
  • Improved reliability and speed of web page checks.
Bug
  • Fixed courses in the creator do not show editor details or if it was published.
  • Fixed reports sometimes generated for previous month for users using different date localization settings.
  • Fixed step navigation tooltips being shown in the wrong location on the page.
  • Fixed MySQL tests failing in some situations.
Epidexipteryx
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Epidexipteryx is a genus of small paravian dinosaurs, known from one fossil specimen in the collection of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. Epidexipteryx represents the earliest known example of ornamental feathers in the fossil record. It has been reported to be a maniraptoran dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic or Upper Jurassic age Daohugou Beds of Inner Mongolia, China (about 160 or 168 mya).
Source: Wikipedia.
2020 - Dimetrodon
new
fixed
improved
New Features
  • Accounts can now specify a support email for their account users.
Bugfixes
  • Fixed long standing issue with Desktop tabs resulting in it sometimes suddenly crashing, resulting in little to no output on the display.
  • Fixed Ctrl+Enter not working in executable code snippets.
  • Fixed JSX code blocks in alerts not rendering correctly.
  • Fixed a bug resulting in downloading files in the Creator overwriting the currently saved files.
  • Fixed checks are not always being shown or run in the correct order.
  • Fixed the step navigation not updating when the step order changes.
  • Added missing padding at top of code snippets.
  • Fixed terminal flickering on resize.
  • Fixed HTML styled code blocks highlighting issue in some locations.
  • Fixed Jupyter Notebooks sometimes crashing due to a kernel error.
Dimetrodon
Dimetrodon_NT2_small
Dimetrodon (/daɪˈmiːtrədɒn/ or /daɪˈmɛtrədɒn/, meaning "two measures of teeth") is an extinct genus of non-mammalian synapsids that lived during the Cisuralian (Early Permian), around 295–272 million years ago (Ma). It is a member of the family Sphenacodontidae. The most prominent feature of Dimetrodon is the large neural spine sail on its back formed by elongated spines extending from the vertebrae. It walked on four legs and had a tall, curved skull with large teeth of different sizes set along the jaws. Most fossils have been found in the southwestern United States, the majority coming from a geological deposit called the Red Beds of Texas and Oklahoma. More recently, fossils have been found in Germany.
Source: Wikipedia
2020 - Carcharodontosaurus
new
improved
New Features
  • Add ability to hide share URL on an account level.
Carcharodontosaurus
440px-Carcharodontosaurus
Carcharodontosaurus is a genus of carnivorous carcharodontosaurid dinosaurs that existed during the Cenomanian stage of the mid-Cretaceous Period. It is currently known to include two species: C. saharicus and C. iguidensis, which were among the larger theropods, nearly as large as or even larger than Tyrannosaurus, Giganotosaurus and Spinosaurus.
Source: Wikipedia
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