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By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 08, 2015

Get Your Hands on Code with New Practice Environments

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Learning how to code doesn’t have to be a challenge. But when faced with setting up development environments, code editors, and servers before you can experience your first taste of success, it can certainly seem like a challenge.

Fret no more. With the new Practice Environments at lynda.com, there’s no setup involved. You can start coding alongside your course immediately in the comfort of your own web browser.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coding for Kids: 7th Grader Follows in Dad's Coder Footsteps

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It all started with a Tweet:

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Suckers for a sweet father-son story, we checked in to see just what this coder kid is working on.

By Lynda Weinman | Thursday, April 09, 2015

LinkedIn + lynda.com

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Today, I am thrilled to share the exciting news that lynda.com has entered into an agreement to be acquired by LinkedIn. Our story is one only possible in the Internet age, and it has been an unbelievable journey that proves just how much people have come to value and embrace new ways to learn new skills.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015

She Traded the Midwest for a Tropical Island — with lynda.com

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How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?

With help from lynda.com, of course.

“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”

Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.

“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”

Here’s how she made it work.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 Cheers for the Mixology App — Stirred up by a lynda.com Member

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Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.

First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.

“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.

Second, he knew how to build a phone app.

“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”

But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015

He Broke into 'The Biz' with a Job at Disney — Thanks to lynda.com

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In 2006, Anthony Recendez was unemployed, playing in a band, and living in California’s Central Valley.

“There was no creative around me,” he said of the farm town he called home. “I was trying to move to L.A. I wanted to be around music and videos.”

Then he discovered lynda.com.

“I changed my online resumé from a static HTML to a dynamic WordPress layout, all with the help of lynda.com. And within a few weeks I was working with Disney on contract.”

In fact, he’s been living in Los Angeles and happily working in the entertainment industry for eight years now.

“lynda.com is the reason I’m in L.A.,” he says.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, January 26, 2015

New Feature: Download Your Notes on lynda.com Courses!

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Starting today, you can download the course notes that you’ve saved at lynda.com!

Since last year, our members have been able to take notes on their courses—but until now they were only handy while you were logged into your lynda.com account online.

Now you can export any note you’ve taken to three different file formats, and two popular cloud services.

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