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By lynda.com | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coding De-Coded: 18 Terms New Programmers Should Know

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So you’re learning how to code, moving beyond default hello world examples and taking your skills to the next level. Congratulations!

Coding isn’t difficult to learn if you take it step-by-step—but it’s hard to speak the language of a developer if you’re starting fresh.

We asked our top Developer authors for their sage advice on some of the most important terms and concepts for new coders to know. Here’s the top 18.

By Samantha Langit | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coding Teen Credits Kodu with Helping Her Learn Programming

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Parents, do you think your kids are too young to start learning to program? That’s not necessarily true.

Kids as young as 7 or 8 years old can learn the basics with Microsoft Kodu, a free visual programming environment. I know because I did it myself.

By Peggy Fisher | Friday, July 24, 2015

Coding for Kids: Create Your Own Weather App!

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You can’t turn on the news lately without hearing a story about extreme weather: tornadoes, droughts, flooding. Weather affects all of us and we’re all interested in what’s going on outside our doors.

If you have a son or daughter who enjoys checking the weather, they might love to create their own weather app! Here’s how …

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Saturday, July 11, 2015

Take Back Your Summer! Learn to Code

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OK, kids. You thought you had two precious months of freedom. Nobody to tell you what to do. Sleep until noon, hang out with friends, no schedule.

But you’re finding everyone else has plans for you—right? #takeoutthegarbage #mowthelawn #cleanyourroom #loadthedishwasher #readagoodbook #getajob #takecareofyourlittlebrother #nomorescreentime

Don’t panic! We have a plan that’s going to make you cooler, get your parents off your back, and earn you more screen time. Are you ready?

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

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

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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 Scott Fegette | Monday, June 8, 2015

Get Your Hands on Code with New Practice Environments

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Learning how to code doesn’t have to be a challenge. But when faced with setting up development environments, code editors, and servers before you can experience your first taste of success, it can certainly seem like a challenge.

Fret no more. With the new Practice Environments at lynda.com, there’s no setup involved. You can start coding alongside your course immediately in the comfort of your own web browser.

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.

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