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By Doug Winnie | Sunday, April 19, 2015

3 Life Lessons I Learned from Coding

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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 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 Mark Niemann-Ross | Friday, April 03, 2015

Code as a Second Language – And Why It Matters

Code as a Second Language - Why It Matters

Learning to code is being proposed by some as an alternative to learning a second language. Imagine having the choice: French, English or JavaScript. It’s an interesting concept, but could present problems if you’re, for example, traveling in Spain and order a bottle of fine Rioja with something like “function getwine(‘2 liter’,’house’){};”

Research on brain activity conducted with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may support a connection between foreign and computer languages. A person is placed in an MRI scanner, then asked to perform a task. As the task is performed, scientists observe what parts of the brain use more oxygen, which identifies the parts of the brain being used for specific tasks.

This research suggests that our brains respond to computer programming in the same way as performing music, verbal creativity, problem solving, memorizing, repeating actions, deduction or rhyming. Rhyming words like “weep”, “beep”, and “sleep” light up your brain the same way as “while (x > 1) { result = result * x; x--; }”.

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 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 Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 04, 2015

Fitness Resolution for 2015? Learn While You Burn!

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It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.

We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.

The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.

And some of them have even lost weight doing it.

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.

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