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By Todd Perkins | Friday, November 21, 2014

Build Your First Android App

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Android smartphones and tablets are everywhere today—in all sizes and varieties. And creating apps for them isn’t as hard as you might think.

I’m going to show you how to set up your local development environment, create your first Android Studio project, and compile and run your first Android app.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Code Clinic Tackles 2 Top Programming Skills

The latest Code Clinic focuses on recursion and sorting

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

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.

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