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By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

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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

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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!

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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.

By lynda.com | Monday, January 12, 2015

Code Drives the World. Learn It on lynda.com.

Code is a new form of literacy in today’s world; it powers more and more of what we interact with each day. Learning some coding isn’t that difficult, but you may not realize the ways that programming can make you better at your job.

Find out how a little coding knowledge could enhance what you do this year, by exploring the infographic below. Below it, you’ll find lynda.com courses to get you started.

You’ll be surprised at how easy—and helpful—it is to add a bit of code savviness to your resume.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, January 09, 2015

Use the Popular MEAN Stack to Build Web Apps

What's the MEAN Stack?

Web technology evolves at Internet speeds, so finding the right combination of solutions for your web apps can be tricky for a web developer. From front-end frameworks to back-end server and database environments, arriving at the right blend of technologies for your projects takes experimentation, trial, and error.

If you’re looking to streamline your existing web app development workflow, the increasingly popular MEAN stack (a handy acronym referring to the combination of MongoDB, Express.JS, Angular.JS, and Node.JS) is a great choice. Here’s what it is, and how to get started with it.

By Mike Wong | Saturday, December 27, 2014

So You Want to Build Your First iOS App? Here's How.

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With over a million apps on the iTunes App Store, you might think that it’s easy to build an iOS app. And for experienced developers, that may very well be the case.

For guys like me, though—who have no experience with Objective-C (or Apple’s new programming language, Swift)—it’s harder than you think to build your first iOS app.

But it’s not impossible. You just need to know how to get started.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014

He Helps Fight Hunger in Rwanda. And lynda.com Helps Him.

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At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.

Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.

“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.

“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”

How does he make sure his job is done properly?

“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.

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