By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015
The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.
This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.
The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.
Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.
By Doug Winnie | Friday, April 24, 2015
Looking back at the last year, Microsoft changed its strategy significantly and surprised the technology community with some announcements and reveals: deploying Office for iOS and Android, expanding the Azure cloud platform offerings, and creating a highly transparent development process for the next version of Windows 10.
Oh, and freaking holograms.
Guessing what will be revealed at Microsoft Build 2015 is difficult. But there are some open questions that need answers. Here are some that I feel need to be—and hope will be—addressed when the conference kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco:
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, April 23, 2015
Programmers and musicians have similar brains. We’re good at recognizing patterns. We’re persistent. We savor the graceful expression of an idea.
And … we spend a lot of time talking about our tools, rather than the craft. Guitarists will talk for hours about the perfect set of strings or the merits of a ’69 Telecaster. Programmers argue (vehemently!) about the perfect language or where to place a closing brace.
None of that is music or code. Music and code come from thoughtfulness and appreciation of the art. For programmers, this is where computational thinking and the concepts taught in Code Clinic become important.
This year, we’re releasing four new Code Clinics. Let me explain why…
By David Powers | Wednesday, April 22, 2015
PHP powers more than four out of every five websites that use a server-side language—yet it has attracted a huge amount of criticism as being “badly designed.”
Certainly PHP has frustrating inconsistencies, but it owes its enduring popularity to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it lets you get the job done without needing a degree in computer science. I would also argue that PHP is constantly improving.
Here are five underused features that make PHP a really useful language.
By Simon Allardice | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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
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
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
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.
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