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By Samantha Langit | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coding Teen Credits Kodu with Helping Her Learn Programming


Parents, do you think your kids are too young to start learning to program? That’s not necessarily true.

Kids as young as 7 or 8 years old can learn the basics with Microsoft Kodu, a free visual programming environment. I know because I did it myself.

By Peggy Fisher | Friday, July 24, 2015

Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Weather App!

Coding for Kids: weather app

You can’t turn on the news lately without hearing a story about extreme weather: tornadoes, droughts, flooding. Weather affects all of us and we’re all interested in what’s going on outside our doors.

If you have a son or daughter who enjoys checking the weather, they might love to create their own weather app! Here’s how …

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

5 Reasons to Love and Learn AngularJS

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AngularJS is an incredibly popular framework that provides a comprehensive, integrated set of tools to help you build web apps without fuss.

If you’d like to reduce the headaches of web development and have some fun in the process, AngularJS is a great application framework to consider. And we’ve unlocked our Up and Running with AngularJScourse on lynda.com through the end of July—so now’s the perfect time to learn!

Here are five simple reasons why you owe it to yourself to learn a little AngularJS.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, July 16, 2015

5 Great Reasons to Learn a Little CSS

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HTML is well known as the native language for web content—but its close counterpart CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the language used to style, format, and present it.

CSS is incredibly powerful. It also has a reputation for being tricky to learn and even harder to master, but that’s not necessarily true.

CSS is straightforward to learn if you slow down and take it step by step. And it’s extremely helpful to know, even if you aren’t planning a career in web design.

Here’s why you should add a little CSS coding to your skills, and have some fun in the process:

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Saturday, July 11, 2015

Take Back Your Summer! Learn to Code

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OK, kids. You thought you had two precious months of freedom. Nobody to tell you what to do. Sleep until noon, hang out with friends, no schedule.

But you’re finding everyone else has plans for you—right? #takeoutthegarbage #mowthelawn #cleanyourroom #loadthedishwasher #readagoodbook #getajob #takecareofyourlittlebrother #nomorescreentime

Don’t panic! We have a plan that’s going to make you cooler, get your parents off your back, and earn you more screen time. Are you ready?

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Monday, June 29, 2015

Are You a Self-Taught Coder? Here's Some Advice

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If you are a self-taught programmer, you’re in excellent company. Forty-eight percent of respondents to the 2015 stackoverflow survey said they never received a degree. Fifty-two percent have been coding for less than six years. More programmers have a github account than have a degree.

We asked the self-taught coders at lynda.com how and why they learned what they know—and to share advice to other self-taught programmers.

Here’s what they told us:

By David Powers | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Painless Transition to PHP Objects


PHP’s gentle learning curve makes it an extremely popular choice for adding dynamic features to websites, such as sending email or retrieving content from a database.

Sure, it’s not the most perfect of languages—but neither is English. What makes them both relatively easy to learn is that you don’t have to wade through loads of theory before you can accomplish even the simplest of tasks.

But as you gain in confidence, PHP scripts become longer and longer, making them difficult to adapt to different projects. That’s when it’s time to bite the bullet and embrace PHP objects.

By David Powers | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Working with PHP Date and Time

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It was at the end of my first year at university that I realized just how complicated dates and time could be. I flew from London to New York on my way to a summer job as a camp counselor looking after 10-year olds.

It was an eight-hour flight, but the time difference meant I arrived only three hours after taking off. My first taste of jet lag! As if that weren’t disorienting enough, it took ages to get my head around the fact that Americans write dates back to front—at least from a European perspective. To an American, 4/12 is April 12. To a European, it’s the fourth of December.

Later, I spent much of my professional career working in Japan, where 4/12 also means April 12. But Japan handles the year differently. Whereas an American puts the year at the end of the date, a Japanese puts it at the beginning. So, April 12 this year can be expressed as 4/12/2015, 12/4/2015, or 2015/4/12 depending on whether you’re in the USA, Britain, or Japan.

Although humans can handle this sort of complexity, computers and most programming languages insist on uniformity. Fortunately, PHP has a powerful set of tools that make working with dates and time relatively straightforward.

Let me show you how to use PHP date and time functions.

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