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.
By Scott Fegette | Friday, September 05, 2014
Swift, the new programming language by Apple for rapid development of iOS and Mac OSX apps, is gaining popularity as quickly as its name suggests—and we’re pleased to announce that Simon Allardice’s first lynda.com course on the language, Swift Programming First Look, is now available.
If you’ve been itching to dive into this new language, Simon’s got the scoop for you- here’s a peek.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 31, 2014
Three years ago, David Sumler was driving a car without a hood on it.
“Some lady ran a stop sign and hit me, and I didn’t have the money to fix the car, so I drove it without a hood,” he says. “I’d park as far back as I could in parking lots when meeting friends, so they didn’t see it.”
But that wasn’t the worst of it.
“I was buried in debt,” says David, 32. “I could barely keep up with my bills and I couldn’t buy nice things for my kids or my fiancée. I had no health insurance so I just never went to the doctor. If one disaster had happened, I would have been on the streets—and I came very close a few times.”
Then opportunity knocked.
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