By Scott Fegette | Friday, January 09, 2015
Web technology evolves at Internet speeds, so finding the right combination of solutions for your web apps can be tricky for a web developer. From front-end frameworks to back-end server and database environments, arriving at the right blend of technologies for your projects takes experimentation, trial, and error.
If you’re looking to streamline your existing web app development workflow, the increasingly popular MEAN stack (a handy acronym referring to the combination of MongoDB, Express.JS, Angular.JS, and Node.JS) is a great choice. Here’s what it is, and how to get started with it.
By Mike Wong | Saturday, December 27, 2014
With over a million apps on the iTunes App Store, you might think that it’s easy to build an iOS app. And for experienced developers, that may very well be the case.
For guys like me, though—who have no experience with Objective-C (or Apple’s new programming language, Swift)—it’s harder than you think to build your first iOS app.
But it’s not impossible. You just need to know how to get started.
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
When the Internet first made an appearance, it was nothing more than a collection of fixed web pages. Back then, web pages didn’t use external data to build the dynamic sites we now expect as a daily experience. Incorporating real-time data such as finance, weather, updates from friends or the status of a thermostat changed the Internet from a static library of reference materials into a busy highway of information.
Code Clinic Six challenges our authors to use their language of choice to merge data with a web page template.
We’re starting with files created by James Williamson for chapter nine of his Dreamweaver CC Essential Training course, but instead of manually inserting the data into the page, we’re using code to bring the data and the HTML together.
By Simon Allardice | Friday, December 12, 2014
Apple recently released a beta version of Xcode 6.2 to developers worldwide. It includes the much-anticipated iOS 8.2 SDK featuring WatchKit, allowing us to develop for the much-anticipated Apple Watch.
Although the Apple Watch itself won’t be released until Spring 2015, with WatchKit now available we can start building apps for this exciting new wearable device right away.
By David Gassner | Thursday, December 11, 2014
Android Studio has been in development for two years and has been available in the form of early access preview or beta editions for most of that time. Android developers have had plentiful opportunities to get to know the product as it has evolved—but since it’s been in constant flux, many developers have continued to use the venerable Eclipse bundle that includes the Android Developer Tools (ADT) plugin. But this week things got real–Android Studio 1.0 has finally been released.
That was expected. A series of Release Candidates had appeared over the past few weeks and it was clear that a final release was imminent. But something else also happened. At the same time as the Android Studio release, Google removed all download links for the Eclipse/ADT bundle from the Android developer website. If you already have the Eclipse/ADT bundle installed, you can keep it using for now, but Google has stated that it won’t be doing any further development on the product or fixing any outstanding bugs.
So that means that as of RIGHT NOW, Android Studio is the only Google-approved IDE for Android developers. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but this is really really important.) In this article, I’ll describe how to import Eclipse projects into Android Studio, and how to deal with some common issues you’ll encounter.
By Todd Perkins | Friday, November 21, 2014
Android smartphones and tablets are everywhere today—in all sizes and varieties. And creating apps for them isn’t as hard as you might think.
I’m going to show you how to set up your local development environment, create your first Android Studio project, and compile and run your first Android app.
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Want to work for Google? The company recently published a list of programmer skills it thinks are basic requirements. The list included “Develop strong understanding of algorithms and data structures,” including sorting algorithms—and that’s what the newest Code Clinic is all about.
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If you want to learn to program, you can’t do better than watching an expert coder at work.
Code Clinic is a series of courses from lynda.com that gives you a front-row seat to watch a panel of expert authors solve computer challenges—and this fourth Code Clinic challenge is deceptively simple:
Create a musical instrument using the mouse.
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