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By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Code Clinic Courses in Swift, R, C, and JavaScript

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Programmers and musicians have similar brains. We’re good at recognizing patterns. We’re persistent. We savor the graceful expression of an idea.

And … we spend a lot of time talking about our tools, rather than the craft. Guitarists will talk for hours about the perfect set of strings or the merits of a ’69 Telecaster. Programmers argue (vehemently!) about the perfect language or where to place a closing brace.

None of that is music or code. Music and code come from thoughtfulness and appreciation of the art. For programmers, this is where computational thinking and the concepts taught in Code Clinic become important.

This year, we’re releasing four new Code Clinics. Let me explain why…

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver

Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

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 Chris Converse | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Improve Website Performance on Mobile Devices

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When considering user experience for mobile, speed of download is a huge factor. People are typically using a cellular data plan when browsing on phones, and website performance is rarely optimal under these circumstances.

One factor in a web page’s download speed is the number of external file requests the HTML page needs. This includes CSS files (style sheets), JavaScripts, images, audio and video, applets, online feeds and services, and well … you get the idea.

Here are some techniques for reducing the number of times your web page needs to go back to the server to “ask for more” files.

By Ray Villalobos | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Started with Node.js

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There was a time when JavaScript was mocked and ridiculed as the language of pop-up and alert messages.

But the language has matured and found a few killer libraries that have earned the respect and love of the development community in not just the browser—but also on the server.

It all started with jQuery, the “write more, do less” library that standardized compatibility across browsers and gave us the power to reliably select and animate elements of a web page or app. We also got the ability to send and receive messages with AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), a technology that powered the Web 2.0 movement.

Now there’s a new sheriff in town called Node.js, and it’s leading the way for a new class of web applications.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Create a jQuery Carousel for Images

Displaying a series of photographs and images within a small area of a site can be challenging. The goal is to give folks a sense of the image while providing a navigation scheme to get a sense of the other images. Though this technique may be referred to as a carousel, or slider, the effect is the same.

A more literal navigation system for an image carousel is to align a series of images in a circle. This gives the user an interesting navigation experience in addition to getting a glimpse of the total number of images available.

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By Chris Converse | Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Planning a Responsive Web Design

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As mobile web usage continues to rise, it’s increasingly important that your website functions across all types of devices and screen sizes. The smartest way to provide the best user experience (UX) for today’s technology is to create a website with a responsive design.

By Chris Converse | Friday, May 02, 2014

Build Interactive Websites with jQuery

Building Interactive Sites with jQuery

If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. An interactive website is one of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site. While interactive websites may look impressive, they don’t have to be difficult to create. With jQuery, you can achieve an interactive web experience rather easily.

Designed to simplify JavaScript scripting, jQuery is the most widely used JavaScript library in use today. You can quickly incorporate dynamic and interactive content into a webpage with just a few lines of code. jQuery simplifies JavaScript by providing shorthand commands for more complex functionality. In other words, you can get more functionality with less coding.

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