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By Simon Allardice | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Want to Become an App Developer? Learn Swift

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This month, Stack Overflow announced the results of its 2015 Developer Survey. As part of the survey, nearly 30,000 software developers were asked which programming language they most want to continue using. At the top of that list—called the “Most Loved” category—is Swift.

That’s impressive for a language that’s not even a year old. But it doesn’t surprise me at all.

In a 30-year career, I’ve needed to learn, use, and sometimes discard many programming languages. And Swift is the most fun I’ve had with any of them.

If you think you might want to become an app developer, here’s why you should be looking at Swift.

By Doug Winnie | Sunday, April 19, 2015

3 Life Lessons I Learned from Coding

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When I was learning how to code as a young child, I didn’t realize that that it would affect the way I see the world and tackle problems for the rest of my life.

When I look back, I realize there are three ways that coding teaches you to think—all of which prepare you for challenges far beyond coding.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, April 17, 2015

A Peek Into the Life of Game Developers at an Indie Studio

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What does it take to be a successful independent game developer in today’s competitive, multi-platform market?

We asked Christine Clark and Matt Marshall of indie game studio Wayward for a peek into the life of a game developer.

By David Powers | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Become a Web Developer: Where to Start

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Building a static website is relatively easy. But to build a rich, interactive web experience today takes much more code behind the scenes than you may have expected.

And while becoming a web developer may seem daunting, there’s a lot you can do to learn the ropes quickly and efficiently.

Here’s advice on how to become a web developer. I specialize in PHP for back-end development, but these tips are relevant no matter which aspect you’re interested in.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Friday, April 03, 2015

Code as a Second Language – And Why It Matters

Code as a Second Language - Why It Matters

Learning to code is being proposed by some as an alternative to learning a second language. Imagine having the choice: French, English or JavaScript. It’s an interesting concept, but could present problems if you’re, for example, traveling in Spain and order a bottle of fine Rioja with something like “function getwine(‘2 liter’,’house’){};”

Research on brain activity conducted with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may support a connection between foreign and computer languages. A person is placed in an MRI scanner, then asked to perform a task. As the task is performed, scientists observe what parts of the brain use more oxygen, which identifies the parts of the brain being used for specific tasks.

This research suggests that our brains respond to computer programming in the same way as performing music, verbal creativity, problem solving, memorizing, repeating actions, deduction or rhyming. Rhyming words like “weep”, “beep”, and “sleep” light up your brain the same way as “while (x > 1) { result = result * x; x--; }”.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

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Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”

What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.

Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).

By Bill Weinman | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift 1.2 Is a Major Update—But Doesn’t Replace Objective-C

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The first beta of Xcode 6.3 was recently released with a new version of the Swift language that contains a number of significant changes.

Swift has a great deal of promise. It could make development for iOS and OS X both easier and more reliable. Unfortunately, much of its promise has yet to be realized.

Swift 1.2 is a major update that comes at the cost of backward compatibility, yet significant issues remain unresolved.

By Jonathan Sears | Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make a Game with Unity

here's how to make a game with Unity

Game development used to be something you could only do if you were a brilliant wizard of a programmer.

But today there are game engines—and many of them free—which build in most of the guts of a game. All that’s required of you is a little scripting, and a lot of imagination.

Here’s how to make a game with Unity.

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