Markdown Mastery: Simple yet Powerful Writing Format

A Comprehensive Guide to the Markdown Writing Format offering both technical examples and hands-on demos.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 7/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Markdown Mastery: Simple Yet Powerful Writing Format

Are you looking for a writing format not encumbered by commercial, closed-format? Would you like that format to be based on plain text? However, not complex like HTML.

In this course, students will learn about the Markdown format which is great as a source writing format for notes, outlines, blog posts, and perhaps even a novel. Academic theory, technical demos, and practical examples are all balance in this course to provide a comprehensive treatment of Markdown and its various uses.

Course Outline

Introduction and Setup provides an introduction to this course and setup the editor used throughout the course.

Once we understand the benefits and purpose of Markdown and have an editor ready to go, we start off with Markdown Basics that covers all the core aspects of the Markdown syntax (formatting).

With the foundations in place, we move on to extended or enhanced flavor (variations) of Markdown. These enhancements have been nearly universally adopted, they are nearly as well supported as the original core of Markdown.

With the Markdown format primer out of the way, the course shifts from technical execution of various features of Markdown to practical examples and use-cases of Markdown in action.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas. Since few like slide-ware presentations, slide-presentations are kept to a minimum.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There is nearly 1 hour of screencast based video training in order to step through each of the various aspects of this course.

Special Notes

The technical (formatting) parts of this course are also part of the "Git Complete" course. However, much of this course is unique -- especially the practical examples provided.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • No other skills required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the reasons for learning Markdown
  • Write confidently using the Markdown format
  • Use enhanced flavors of Markdown when appropriate
  • Use Markdown in a variety of scenarios as a writing format
  • Export Markdown into publishing formats like HTML or PDF
  • Use Markdown on mobile and cloud-based workflows

Who is the target audience?

  • Note-takers
  • Software Engineers working with GitHub or BitBucket
  • Writers
  • Anyone that wants an easy to remember, but powerful text formatting
  • Anyone that wants a mobile and cloud-enabled writing, outlining, and note-taking workflow
  • Software and Web Developers that write project documentation, including README files

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Introduction to the Markdown Mastery course including course goals, objectives, and approach


What is the Markdown format, why does it matter, and how can it be used

Section 2: Markdown Editor Setup

Setup section overview and introduction to online editor


Demonstration of the StackEdit online Markdown editor with a brief overview of key features

Section 3: Markdown Basics

Overview of the Markdown Basics section with an outline of key concepts covered


Screencast demonstration of paragraphs and line breaks in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of headers in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of emphasis (bold and italics) in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of quotes (with attribution) in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of inline code styles and code blocks in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of ordered and unordered lists in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of horizontal rules in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of external links in Markdown format, covering three ways to create and reference links to websites (incline, referenced, and automatic links)


Screencast demonstration of referencing images in Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of inline HTML in Markdown format, for the times when native Markdown isn't enough

Section 4: Enhanced Markdown

Overview of the Enhanced Markdown section with an outline of key concepts covered


Screencast demonstration of adjusting settings in StackEdit for the Enhanced Markdown section


Screencast demonstration of tables in enhanced Markdown format


Screencast demonstration of fenced code blocks in enhanced Markdown format, which allow specifying the language or syntax of the code block for clients that support this feature.

Section 5: Using Markdown

Overview of the Using Markdown section with an outline of key topics or tasks covered


Screencast demonstration of adjusting settings in StackEdit for the Using Markdown section


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for outlining and brainstorming


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for taking notes and cloud integration (part 1) -- starting off using an iOS Markdown editor called Editorial.


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for taking notes and cloud integration (part 2) -- returning to StackEdit to complete the cloud-based note-taking round trip.


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for posting to a Wordpress blog using the Markdown post feature of the JetPack plugin. Also covers how to install and configure the JetPack plugin for Wordpress to enable Markdown posting posting support.


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for writing and formatting a Novel (part 1) or other long form literature. Lecture uses an existing, public domain novel from Project Gutenberg and then apply formatting from the plain-text version to a fully formatted Markdown version.


Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for exporting the Novel (previous lecture) into HTML. Also, covers reviewing the Novel document in StackEdit before export.

Section 6: Conclusion

Review of the Markdown concepts covered in this course and some final thoughts.

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Instructor Biography

Jason Taylor, Sr. Software Engineer, Technical Trainer on 14 Udemy Courses

With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, I started out teaching myself programming while in High School. I put myself through college working for a local Internet Service Provider as a programmer. Before finishing college, I developed and sold an award winning website to a Dot-Com start-up. After college, I have worked at several companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises focusing on Java and client-side technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Throughout my career, I have opportunity to learn many software development best practices and exposure to several version control systems.

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