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By Mark Niemann-Ross | Monday, June 29, 2015

Are You a Self-Taught Coder? Here's Some Advice

self-taught coder?

If you are a self-taught programmer, you’re in excellent company. Forty-eight percent of respondents to the 2015 stackoverflow survey said they never received a degree. Fifty-two percent have been coding for less than six years. More programmers have a github account than have a degree.

We asked the self-taught coders at lynda.com how and why they learned what they know—and to share advice to other self-taught programmers.

Here’s what they told us:

By Doug Winnie | Friday, April 24, 2015

What to Expect Next Week at Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft Build 2015

Looking back at the last year, Microsoft changed its strategy significantly and surprised the technology community with some announcements and reveals: deploying Office for iOS and Android, expanding the Azure cloud platform offerings, and creating a highly transparent development process for the next version of Windows 10.

Oh, and freaking holograms.

Guessing what will be revealed at Microsoft Build 2015 is difficult. But there are some open questions that need answers. Here are some that I feel need to be—and hope will be—addressed when the conference kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco:

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 Doug Winnie | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker and Smart Watch

The Microsoft Band has a lot of cool features.

Microsoft recently released the Microsoft Band, a fitness tracker and smart watch device. What makes it unique in a crowded and growing market for digital lifestyle wearables?

The Band has some impressive features, but comes with some bulk and awkwardness in fit. Let’s take a look.

By Doug Winnie | Monday, September 08, 2014

New lynda.com Segment Provides IT Training


Today we’re excited to launch our new training segment for aspiring IT professionals and data scientists.

Based on feedback and discussions directly with our members, we’re extending our content in existing areas and diving into new topics that will help you learn and apply popular IT hardware, information management, and data science practices for you or your business.

By Doug Winnie | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Google Glass Open Beta Announced


Google announced yesterday that its Google Glass Explorers program is once again open to everyone. That means anyone can purchase Google Glass, and try it out in beta, as long as supplies last. You don’t need an invitation—you can just go to google.com/glass to buy your device.

If you’re interested in Glass, I have two courses to help you get up to speed before and after you get the hardware.

By Doug Winnie | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Living with Google Glass

Doug Winnie - Living with Google Glass

Living in San Francisco, you see people wearing Google Glass often: at coffee shops, at restaurants, on trains. The Glass Explorer program, a group of people invited by Google to purchase Glass before its official release, has been expanding over time. As a result, thousands of Explorers are now using Google Glass and informing Google on how to improve it.

I’m part of the program myself, having received my Glass invitation in December. So I plunked down my $1,500 and went to the Google Glass office in San Francisco to pick it up. The “fitting,” as they called it, took place in a cavernous and sparse office building near the Embarcadero with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. A Glass-wearing representative helped me through the setup process then showed me how to connect it to my phone. Afterwards, I was turned loose to wander the streets of San Francisco with my new piece of fancy eyewear.

But instead—I put it away.

By Willem Knibbe | Friday, April 11, 2014

Introducing Google Glass

Introducing Google Glass

Have you got your eye on Google Glass? Google recently announced that anyone in the United States can apply to become part of its Glass Explorer Program and order the $1,500 device starting at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, April 15. Prepare for this exciting new release with a first look at the popular wearable computing device’s features and functionality in our new course Introducing Google Glass, available today.

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