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By Scott Fegette | Sunday, June 29, 2014

How To Use Web Fonts

How to use web fonts

Fonts used to be limited in number and flexibility for web designers. Those days are over. Although web typography still isn’t perfect, support for rich browser-based typography is comprehensive enough to stop waiting. It’s time to make your site’s text as beautiful as its layout and design by learning how to use web fonts in your designs.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 16, 2014

Using 3rd Party Drum Plugins with Ableton Push

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The Ableton Push is a super-flexible songwriting tool and its Drum sequencer view is particularly helpful for building out beats quickly. But when you add a third-party drum plug-in to a MIDI track, Push only gives you its general melodic keyboard interface, not the super-handy Push drum pad and sequencing interface. If you want to use a third-party drum module like NI’s Battery or Toontrack’s Superior Drummer with Push’s drum-programming interface, you’ll need to follow a few simple, but often-overlooked steps.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, June 13, 2014

Swift: A New Programming Language

Apple's Swift: A New Programming Language

Swift is a new programming language developed by Apple for iOS and OS X app development, which builds on the best parts of many popular languages like Objective-C, Ruby, Python, C# and more. Announced at Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference this year, Swift is the culmination of years of “skunkworks” development alongside optimizations made to Apple’s SDKs and developer tools.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The lynda.com Article Center: New Look, New Focus

Introducing the lynda.com Article Center

We’re pleased to introduce the next step in our blog’s evolution: the lynda.com Article Center.

Article Center?

Now in addition to keeping you up to date on weekly course releases and features like Deke’s Techniques and DSLR Video Tips, you’ll find how-to articles, first-person insights, and member success stories. The Article Center is a learning resource in itself—and the new name reflects this focus.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, March 24, 2014

Use jQuery Ajax to Load Remote Web Content

Use jQuery Ajax to load remote web content

What is Ajax?

Ajax stands for “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML,” a friendly term for when a webpage or application asks a server for new content, then displays it in the current page without having to reload. Although the X in Ajax originally stood for XML, the content being delivered often comes in a variety of forms today, including XML, HTML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), or just plain old text. Ajax content has become commonplace in modern web experiences, but writing the JavaScript required to actually load and display Ajax content by hand can still be a tedious process. And that’s where jQuery Ajax can step in to make your job easier.

How can jQuery help with Ajax content?

jQuery is a JavaScript library, which simplifies many tasks in JavaScript. It’s very popular with web designers and developers for dynamically updating a webpage’s Document Object Model (DOM), and changing its structure and content as needed.

Let’s dig into the basics of using jQuery to load Ajax content using a very simple example.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, March 03, 2014

New Navigation on lynda.com: Quicker Access, More Options

We’re excited to announce a new lynda.com navigation bar, designed to help you more easily find courses and access learning tools. The result of extensive usability testing and member research, our new navigation bar includes several key enhancements to make your lynda.com experience smoother and more flexible.

Browse the library Our new Browse the library menu makes it easier to scan training topics and software titles within each subject and find the courses you’re looking for.

Browse the library with ease

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Excel’s VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions explained

Understanding HLOOKUP and VLOOKUP

Explore this course at lynda.com.

When looking up information in Microsoft Excel, you’ll regularly need to compare data against a table—and tables can be found in a variety of locations and formats. For example, in the image above you may need to find the appropriate tax rate in the table on the right for a given employee’s salary listed in the table on the left.

On the Formulas tab in the Excel ribbon, you’ll see a categories function called Look up and Reference. The two key functions for this type of task are VLOOKUP (V meaning vertical) and its companion function HLOOKUP (H meaning horizontal).

Why two functions instead of one? As shown in the image below, data tables can be found in horizontal and vertical orientations—so with two dedicated functions, you’re covered either way.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, November 18, 2013

The lynda.com Carpinteria Campus - Where Form Meets Function

One of the many benefits of working at lynda.com is the beauty and elegance of our Carpinteria headquarters, providing us not just an efficient, streamlined, and Green Business-certified workplace, but a constant source of visual inspiration as well. “A great workspace should be more than just comfortable for those who use it,” says founder Lynda Weinman. “High-quality surroundings should reflect and inspire a high-quality product—and that’s our hope for the facilities here at lynda.com.”

We’re proud to share these pictures of our facilities and show you where the inspiration, expertise, and hard work behind our courses originate. Interested in joining the lynda.com team yourself and seeing our offices in person? Be sure to check out our job listings.

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