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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 | 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 Simon Allardice | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Want to Become an App Developer? Learn Swift

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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 Bill Weinman | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift 1.2 Is a Major Update—But Doesn’t Replace Objective-C

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The first beta of Xcode 6.3 was recently released with a new version of the Swift language that contains a number of significant changes.

Swift has a great deal of promise. It could make development for iOS and OS X both easier and more reliable. Unfortunately, much of its promise has yet to be realized.

Swift 1.2 is a major update that comes at the cost of backward compatibility, yet significant issues remain unresolved.

By Mike Wong | Saturday, December 27, 2014

So You Want to Build Your First iOS App? Here's How.

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With over a million apps on the iTunes App Store, you might think that it’s easy to build an iOS app. And for experienced developers, that may very well be the case.

For guys like me, though—who have no experience with Objective-C (or Apple’s new programming language, Swift)—it’s harder than you think to build your first iOS app.

But it’s not impossible. You just need to know how to get started.

By Simon Allardice | Friday, December 12, 2014

Developing Apple Watch Apps

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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 Scott Fegette | Friday, September 5, 2014

Look What's Familiar, and Simple, About Swift

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Swift, the new programming language by Apple for rapid development of iOS and Mac OSX apps, is gaining popularity as quickly as its name suggests—and we’re pleased to announce that Simon Allardice’s first lynda.com course on the language, Swift Programming First Look, is now available.

If you’ve been itching to dive into this new language, Simon’s got the scoop for you- here’s a peek.

By Todd Perkins | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Build Your First iOS App with Swift

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Interested in building iOS or Mac apps? The Swift programming language lets you do that faster than ever before. In this brief tutorial, you’ll see how you can quickly create an app using Swift.

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