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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 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 Todd Perkins | Friday, November 21, 2014

Build Your First Android App

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Android smartphones and tablets are everywhere today—in all sizes and varieties. And creating apps for them isn’t as hard as you might think.

I’m going to show you how to set up your local development environment, create your first Android Studio project, and compile and run your first Android app.

By David Gassner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Importing Android Projects for Eclipse into Android Studio

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Android Studio has been in development for two years and has been available in the form of early access preview or beta editions for most of that time. Android developers have had plentiful opportunities to get to know the product as it has evolved—but since it’s been in constant flux, many developers have continued to use the venerable Eclipse bundle that includes the Android Developer Tools (ADT) plugin.  But this week things got real–Android Studio 1.0 has finally been released.

That was expected. A series of Release Candidates had appeared over the past few weeks and it was clear that a final release was imminent. But something else also happened. At the same time as the Android Studio release, Google removed all download links for the Eclipse/ADT bundle from the Android developer website. If you already have the Eclipse/ADT bundle installed, you can keep it using for now, but Google has stated that it won’t be doing any further development on the product or fixing any outstanding bugs.

So that means that as of RIGHT NOW, Android Studio is the only Google-approved IDE for Android developers. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but this is really really important.)  In this article, I’ll describe how to import Eclipse projects into Android Studio, and how to deal with some common issues you’ll encounter.

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.

By Scott Simpson | Thursday, October 9, 2014

Running Minecraft on Ubuntu Desktop Linux

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If you’re one of the millions of fans of the game Minecraft, you may be aware that it runs on Java, which is available not only for Mac and Windows, but also Linux.

Mac and Windows users have a convenient launcher to start the game—but, if you’re using Ubuntu, how do you get Minecraft running?

We’ll walk you through it here:

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Code Clinic: 6 Problems in 6 Programming Languages

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“Learn to code!” It’s the latest buzzphrase. Everyone from Barack Obama to Will.i.am is talking up the importance of learning a programming language—which is good. But it’s only part of the story.

Successful programmers know more than just a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use “computational thinking”: breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to computer solutions.

Our Developer content at lynda.com already provides a wealth of programming courses geared towards all levels of experience. Starting this month, we’ll also delve into computational thinking—with a unique new set of courses called Code Clinic.

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