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By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Code Clinic: Program a Musical Instrument

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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

Crafting Artisanal Web Apps with Laravel

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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

Running Minecraft on Ubuntu Desktop Linux

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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

Mom and Daughter Bond — by Learning to Code!

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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

Code Clinic: Learn Code with the 'Eight Queens' Problem

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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

Look What's Familiar, and Simple, About Swift

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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

Learned It and Earned It: Tripled his Income with lynda.com

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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

Configure ADT for Android Development with Eclipse

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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?

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