By Simon Allardice | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This month, Stack Overflow announced the results of its 2015 Developer Survey. As part of the survey, nearly 30,000 software developers were asked which programming language they most want to continue using. At the top of that list—called the “Most Loved” category—is Swift.
That’s impressive for a language that’s not even a year old. But it doesn’t surprise me at all.
In a 30-year career, I’ve needed to learn, use, and sometimes discard many programming languages. And Swift is the most fun I’ve had with any of them.
If you think you might want to become an app developer, here’s why you should be looking at Swift.
By Simon Allardice | Friday, December 12, 2014
Apple recently released a beta version of Xcode 6.2 to developers worldwide. It includes the much-anticipated iOS 8.2 SDK featuring WatchKit, allowing us to develop for the much-anticipated Apple Watch.
Although the Apple Watch itself won’t be released until Spring 2015, with WatchKit now available we can start building apps for this exciting new wearable device right away.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 31, 2014
Three years ago, David Sumler was driving a car without a hood on it.
“Some lady ran a stop sign and hit me, and I didn’t have the money to fix the car, so I drove it without a hood,” he says. “I’d park as far back as I could in parking lots when meeting friends, so they didn’t see it.”
But that wasn’t the worst of it.
“I was buried in debt,” says David, 32. “I could barely keep up with my bills and I couldn’t buy nice things for my kids or my fiancée. I had no health insurance so I just never went to the doctor. If one disaster had happened, I would have been on the streets—and I came very close a few times.”
Then opportunity knocked.
By Simon Allardice | Monday, June 02, 2014
Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has long been a place where Apple makes major announcements of both hardware and software.
But the keynote at this year’s event, which began this morning in San Francisco, included no new hardware announcements: no new iPhone, no iPad, and no sign of any long-rumored iWatch or Apple TV.
By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, July 15, 2010
In iPhone SDK: Developing iPad Applications, author Simon Allardice shows how to apply your existing knowledge of Xcode, Objective-C, and the iPhone SDK to create applications for the iPad. The course focuses on what’s different on the iPad, including design principles for the larger screen real estate, detecting device capabilities, and working with new Xcode project types.
Simon is also the author of iPhone SDK Essential Training.
By Megan O. Read | Friday, March 26, 2010
Our authors have been busy as usual! Check out the latest news on conferences, speaking events, webinars, and blogs from a few of our fine lynda.com authors:
Author Walt Ritscher is going to have a busy month. In April, he is speaking at three different Microsoft Silverlight conferences. Check him out at one near you:
April 17-18, 2010: Seattle Code Camp v5.0—Two full days of talking about code with fellow developers. Sessions will range from informal “chalk talks” to presentations. There will be a mix of presenters, some experienced folks, for some it may be their first opportunity to speak in public. We are expecting to see people from throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.April 26th: Silverlight User Group talk in New York. Join NYC WPF & Silverlight Meetup to get location information and RSVP.April 27-29th: Devscovery Conference in New York, NY—Devscovery is a three-day multi-track indepth technical conference produced by Wintellect. In 2010, Devscovery will provide 33 technical sessions to cater to the intermediate to advanced developer.
April 17-18, 2010: Seattle Code Camp v5.0—Two full days of talking about code with fellow developers. Sessions will range from informal “chalk talks” to presentations. There will be a mix of presenters, some experienced folks, for some it may be their first opportunity to speak in public. We are expecting to see people from throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.
April 26th: Silverlight User Group talk in New York. Join NYC WPF & Silverlight Meetup to get location information and RSVP.
April 27-29th: Devscovery Conference in New York, NY—Devscovery is a three-day multi-track indepth technical conference produced by Wintellect. In 2010, Devscovery will provide 33 technical sessions to cater to the intermediate to advanced developer.
Join authors Laurie Burruss (lynda.com Senior Director of Education) and Simon Allardice for MoblEd10 in Pasadena, CA April 19- 20. Explore how mobile technologies are impacting the ways we learn, work, and play anytime, anywhere, and everywhere. Register today.
Dan Short, author of the new ColdFusion Builder Essential Training course, gave a great ColdFusion Builder webinar this week. ColdFusion Builder is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recorded content online.
lynda.com author and Product Manager for the Microsoft Windows Phone, Joe Marini, has launched the IE for Windows Phone Team Weblog. If you are looking for updates on the Windows Phone, mobile development tips and sample code, this is a great resource.
By Megan O. Read | Friday, January 08, 2010
We recently had two new staff authors join lynda.com and would like to introduce them to you. In addition to the talented Garrick Chow, Dave Rivers, and Jan Kabili, who we count on regularly for their expert content, we have just added James Williamson and Simon Allardice to the team. Welcome!
Left: James Williamson; Right: Simon Allardice.
You might recognize James from any one of his EIGHT Dreamweaver courses already in the lynda.com library. I caught up with James to see what he was most looking forward to.
“I’m really excited to be on board as a full-time author,” James told me. “To be honest, I’m probably most excited about the opportunity to take my titles further and go into projects in more detail. I’m always very interested in teaching WHY we do things, in addition to HOW. I think understanding the ‘why we do this’ can make people better designers.”
I asked veteran language coder Simon Allardice the same question.
“The feedback from my recent iPhone SDK course has been fantastic—and everyone wants more!” he replied. “So it wouldn’t surprise me if more advanced SDK titles appeared on the horizon. But you won’t see me being just ‘the iPhone SDK guy’; expect a lot of different subjects. Sure, they’ll all skew to the technical side, but I love jumping between technologies. Apple to Microsoft to Linux, iPhone to SharePoint to .NET, it’s all good. I’m a sucker for a new device, piece of software, or system, and always interested in finding the quickest way to learn and teach it. If I’m feeling generous, I’ll say I’m a renaissance geek; it’s entirely possible I just have a really short attention span.”
We look forward to lots of great training from these two valued additions to our team, and hope you all enjoy!
By Megan O. Read | Thursday, August 27, 2009
Clockwise starting at top: Jeff Sengstack, Simon Allardice, Curt Frye.
Straight from the recording booths this week, we have three FANTASTIC authors who may be familiar faces…
Jeff Sengstack, author of Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, is back in the booth to bring us a few new and interesting courses that we will share with you soon!
Simon Allardice, all the way from Scottsdale (by way of Scotland), is in recording the highly anticipated iPhone SDK Essential Training. Simon is one of our original instructors from the Ojai classroom days, and recorded the UltraDev 4 course for us way back in 2002. We are thrilled he is finally able to make time in his busy schedule to get back in our booth!
Finally, Curt Frye, who released his first lynda.com course (Excel 2007: Financial Analysis) with us just this week (congrats Curt!), is in town recording two more greatly needed Excel courses: Excel 2007: Pivot Tables for Data Analysis and Excel 2008 for Mac: Pivot Tables for Data Analysis.
Thanks for coming back for more, guys! We look forward to seeing you in the booth again next time!
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