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.
By Joseph Lowery | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Is your PHP development bogged down in the past, mired in manual-derived basic syntax, and endlessly recreating the same core tasks?
Well, my Sisyphean friend, step away from that inelegant coding boulder and consider Laravel, a modern PHP framework.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to a few of the key aspects that make Laravel a standout framework which many web application developers consider more than just a breath of fresh air: It’s a PHP coder’s hyperbaric chamber.
By Scott Simpson | Thursday, October 09, 2014
If you’re one of the millions of fans of the game Minecraft, you may be aware that it runs on Java, which is available not only for Mac and Windows, but also Linux.
Mac and Windows users have a convenient launcher to start the game—but, if you’re using Ubuntu, how do you get Minecraft running?
We’ll walk you through it here:
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, September 28, 2014
In May, after announcing with some shame that only 17 percent of its tech employees are women, Google dropped $50 million on a new campaign to encourage more girls to study programming.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rhea Hebert and her daughter Josephine were cozied up on a sofa together watching lynda.com videos on an iPad—and learning to code.
You know. Just for fun.
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Every rock star knows a few Chuck Berry guitar licks. Every jazz musician studies the works of Miles Davis. Every classical pianist can play at least one Bach concerto. Eventually, every musician realizes that learning a musical instrument requires studying the masters.
Learning to code is no different. Dissecting well-known pieces of code is a great way to learn time-saving techniques. But many coders simply don’t know what these masterpieces are, or why it’s important to re-code classic problems that have already been solved.
Now, in addition to the wealth of lynda.com programming courses geared towards all levels of experience, we’re diving into computational thinking with our unique Code Clinic courses.
Code Clinic is six courses, each with a different lynda.com author solving a different real-world problem. And each author uses a different programming language to do it.
This month, we’ll examine one of coding’s masterpieces – The Eight Queens Problem.
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