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By Doug Winnie | Sunday, April 19, 2015

3 Life Lessons I Learned from Coding

coding teaches you about life

When I was learning how to code as a young child, I didn’t realize that that it would affect the way I see the world and tackle problems for the rest of my life.

When I look back, I realize there are three ways that coding teaches you to think—all of which prepare you for challenges far beyond coding.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, April 17, 2015

A Peek Into the Life of Game Developers at an Indie Studio

find out how game developers roll

What does it take to be a successful independent game developer in today’s competitive, multi-platform market?

We asked Christine Clark and Matt Marshall of indie game studio Wayward for a peek into the life of a game developer.

By David Powers | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Become a Web Developer: Where to Start

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Building a static website is relatively easy. But to build a rich, interactive web experience today takes much more code behind the scenes than you may have expected.

And while becoming a web developer may seem daunting, there’s a lot you can do to learn the ropes quickly and efficiently.

Here’s advice on how to become a web developer. I specialize in PHP for back-end development, but these tips are relevant no matter which aspect you’re interested in.

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 Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

guiding students toward becoming women coders

Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”

What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.

Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).

By Bill Weinman | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift 1.2 Is a Major Update—But Doesn’t Replace Objective-C

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The first beta of Xcode 6.3 was recently released with a new version of the Swift language that contains a number of significant changes.

Swift has a great deal of promise. It could make development for iOS and OS X both easier and more reliable. Unfortunately, much of its promise has yet to be realized.

Swift 1.2 is a major update that comes at the cost of backward compatibility, yet significant issues remain unresolved.

By Jonathan Sears | Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make a Game with Unity

here's how to make a game with Unity

Game development used to be something you could only do if you were a brilliant wizard of a programmer.

But today there are game engines—and many of them free—which build in most of the guts of a game. All that’s required of you is a little scripting, and a lot of imagination.

Here’s how to make a game with Unity.

By Todd Perkins | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Develop Android Apps: Build Your First One!

How to develop android apps

There are a lot of tools out there to help you build Android apps, but if you’re new to developing for the Android platform, where should you start?

This guide will show you how to develop Android apps — whether you have any prior programming experience or not.

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