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.
By David Gassner | Friday, August 29, 2014
I was recently asked about how to set up a local Android development environment correctly, and it was such a good question that I wanted to share the answer with everyone.
Q: I’m learning how to create Android apps. In Eclipse with Android Developer Tools, when I create a new app I get a null pointer exception right away. I’ve also noticed that the new project’s “src” folder, where my Java source files should be located, is empty. What did I do wrong?
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
What is programming really like?
Code Clinic is a series of courses from lynda.com designed to help you understand the process of programming—something called “computational thinking.”
By Ray Villalobos | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
But the language has matured and found a few killer libraries that have earned the respect and love of the development community in not just the browser—but also on the server.
Now there’s a new sheriff in town called Node.js, and it’s leading the way for a new class of web applications.
By David Gassner | Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Technology moves so quickly, it can be hard to keep up—particularly when developer tools change after we’ve recorded a course.
I recently heard from a member who was trying to work through my course Building a Note-Taking App for Android and having trouble running and testing his code.
By David Powers | Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sending the contents of an online form to an email address is one of the most useful applications of PHP. It’s not difficult; but it’s easy to make a mistake. In this article, I’ll show you how to avoid common pitfalls that arise when sending the contents of a form with PHP.
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