programming

  • Kids’ Programming Tool Scratch Now Runs In The Browser

    Kids’ Programming Tool Scratch Now Runs In The Browser

    As a parent of three technically savvy kids I find it disturbing that we haven’t even “scratched” the surface of Scratch, an amazing, object-oriented programming language from the MIT Media Lab’sLifelong Kindergarten Group. That may change, however, as it’s much easier to get started in Scratch thanks to a new release of the platform that lives entirely in the… Read More

  • The Creator Of Scratch Talks About Technical Literacy, Coding, And Smarter Kids

    Mitch Resnik, the creator of the super-simple Scratch programming language and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, gave a TEDx talk about the value of coding and computer literacy in early education. He posits that while today’s students are technically competent, they are consumers of technology rather than creators. It’s as if they can only read and… Read More

  • After Disappearing For More Than 3 Years, Why The Lucky Stiff Returns To The Internet

    After Disappearing For More Than 3 Years, Why The Lucky Stiff Returns To The Internet

    With few exceptions, the world of developers (and startups in general), is really known for its scandals. But when Ruby icon Why the Luck Stuff (also known simply as _why) suddenly took all of his projects offline – including the famous Why’s (poignant) Guide to Ruby – offline in August 2009, there was quite a bit of uproar and anger in the programming community. _why had… Read More

  • LearnStreet Launches With $1M From Vinod Khosla To Help You Learn How To Build, Test And Push Code

    LearnStreet Launches With $1M From Vinod Khosla To Help You Learn How To Build, Test And Push Code

    For more than a few years now, engineering talent has been in high demand but it also seems that, of late, coding has become cool. Okay, maybe not cool, but thanks to a fleet of startups and companies like Codecademy, Treehouse, Code School, CodeNow, Khan and more, it’s becoming easier and easier to learn the basics of the world’s ubiquitous programming languages. By bringing… Read More

  • 10 Print “TinyBASIC Ported To Raspberry Pi Mini Computer”, 20 GOTO 10, RUN

    10 Print “TinyBASIC Ported To Raspberry Pi Mini Computer”, 20 GOTO 10, RUN

    The Raspberry Pi mini computer that’s become popular with the maker community but was originally conceived as a device to help kids learn how to code has had the lightweight TinyBASIC programming language ported to it — as a way for parents who haven’t done any programming since their school days to be able to share their old BASIC knowledge with their kids Read More

  • How Long Will Programmers Be So Well-Paid?

    How Long Will Programmers Be So Well-Paid?

    Last week Glassdoor published its most recent software engineering salary report. Short version: it pays to code. Google and Facebook employees earn a base salary of ~$125K, not counting benefits, 401k matching, stock options/grants, etc., and even Yahoo! developers pull in six figures. Everyone knows why: ask anyone in the Valley, or NYC, or, well, practically anywhere, and they’ll tell… Read More

  • An Analysis Of Market Demand For Web Programming Languages

    An Analysis Of Market Demand For Web Programming Languages

    Editor’s note: Marc Gayle is a Rails developer and founder of 5KMVP, where he builds Minimum Viable Products for just $5K. Follow him on Twitter.  A few months ago, I got the idea that one way to get leads for remote freelance gigs was to scour Craigslist. So, after doing the manual work of ‘crawling’ through at least 100 job postings by hand, I wrote a Ruby script to do… Read More

  • 5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    One of the big trends of the past couple years, spurred the growing demand for programmers, is the rise of in-browser programming tutorials. Gone are the days when you’d have to buy a book and configure a development environment before you could get your hands dirty with a little code. Maybe you want to start learning on your work computer and don’t have access to install a… Read More

  • Python For Microsoft Excel Company IronSpread Comes Out of Beta, Changes Name To DataNitro

    Python For Microsoft Excel Company IronSpread Comes Out of Beta, Changes Name To DataNitro

    Y Combinator Summer 2012 graduate Data Nitro (formerly known as IronSpread) has a simple proposition: it enables you to to use the popular programming language Python in Microsoft Excel. The plugin is free for individual non-commercial and enterprises will pay for the privilege. So far it’s only available for the Excel 2007 and 2010 for Windows. The company has no plans to support OSX. Read More

  • In Praise Of Quick And Filthy

    In Praise Of Quick And Filthy

    To paraphrase the late great David Foster Wallace, did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of software development reveals ideological strife and fanaticism on a nearly Godwin’s-law scale? Did you know that software development even had a seamy underbelly? It does, and its name is PHP, the world’s least-loved but arguably most-used programming language. It’s… Read More

  • Codecademy Hires Program or Be Programmed Author Douglas Rushkoff to Promote Code Literacy

    Codecademy Hires Program or Be Programmed Author Douglas Rushkoff to Promote Code Literacy

    Program or Be Programmed author, CNN columnist and Frontline documentary director Douglas Rushkoff announced on his blog today that he’s taken a job with Codecademy, a company that offer free online programming courses entirely through a web-based interface. Rushkoff writes that he is joining the company as an evangelist much in the same capacity as Vint Cerf’s role at Google as… Read More

  • Minibloq Makes Arduino Programming Easy

    Minibloq is a programming language for Arduino motherboards designed to make it fun and easy for kids to make their own microprocessor projects. How does it work? Well, it’s a bit convoluted but you basically plug in a board and program it using either graphical objects or text source code. It’s completely portable and runs on multiple platforms including the OLPC. The product will… Read More

  • You Must Remember This: Basic Computer Games Book


    If you were alive in 1978 you’ll probably remember you couldn’t do much with a computer. The Altair had just hit the scene and BASIC was taking off but there was very little a kid of a certain age and predilection could do with this information. Luckily there were guys like David Ahl. Read More

  • An ode to Radio Shack

    A certain subset of computer users – those aged in their late twenties to middle-late 30s – will remember Radio Shack with absolutely fondness. I, for one, used to think of the Shack (as it’s now to be called) as a den of iniquity staffed by people who knew a thing or two about electronics. Those days are long gone, but it’s nice to read posts like Jeff… Read More

  • Microsoft supports niche F# language in Visual Studio 2010

    There are so many programming languages that I can’t keep track of them all any more. Presumably each has specific strengths and weaknesses, but I couldn’t tell you what those are, nor under which circumstances any particular language is the best one for the job. Lots of people are still using Fortran, for example, which I was led to believe was as dead as the Dodo. Given the… Read More

  • DIY: Control your Hexapod robot with your iPhone

    Check out this custom made iPhone app that robotics student Robert Stephenson created. Robert wrote this app to control his Hexapod robot using the the user inputs on the iPhone. Read More

  • What bad habits have you picked up from the Internet?

    Has the Internet changed the way you think and act even when you’re not at a computer? It has me. I find myself speaking in LOLcat when I’m making puns with my friend. I find myself thinking in terms of regular expressions when I want to correct something I’ve said. I rarely remember URLs anymore, instead focusing on the search terms I fed to Google to find the sites I use. Read More

  • OpenCL, specced in just 6 months, is ready for Snow Leopard


    How long does it take to create a standard in the tech industry? Let’s put it this way: we’re still waiting for the final word on videotapes (die, Betacam, die). So when you hear that a universal interface between applications and computing hardware has been hammered out in six months, you better be impressed. A team with members from NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel among others has… Read More

  • Microsoft announces ‘SPARKs Will Fly’ Windows Embedded developer competition with $15,000 prize

    Microsoft just announced a Windows Embedded developer competition here at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. It’s called the “SPARKs Will Fly” contest and will award a $15,000 cash prize to one lucky/brilliant Windows Embedded developer. It’s a push to get people to start (or keep) developing for Microsoft’s platform and it just may work, as the dev… Read More

  • OpenClip, she is dead

    For those of you who do not remember – or do not care to remember – OpenClip was supposed to be an open framework for implementing the Cocoa NSPasteboard functionality to the iPhone. While I’m thinking that if Apple wanted to implement copy/paste into the iPhone they would have done it already or will do it soon, OpenClip was a noble effort to work around the limitations of OS… Read More