programming

  • Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers

    Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers

    If every company is a software company, perhaps every line of business (LoB) employee should be a programmer. That would be appear to be the idea behind Salesforce’s massive TrailheaDX announcement today. Ultimately, Salesforce hopes these LoB employees will be able to build apps without the help of IT or trained programmers. While the technical folks with programming knowledge… Read More

  • Flatiron School teams up with Re:Coded to help Syrian refugees learn to code

    Flatiron School teams up with Re:Coded to help Syrian refugees learn to code

    There are now more than 6.5 million scattered Syrian refugees throughout the world and many of them are left without any way to make a living as the war wages on in their home country. Iraqi NGO Re:Coded and New York-based code school Flatiron are putting together a plan to help those refugees most susceptible to extremism in Iraq by teaching them programming skills. Why Iraq and not Germany? Read More

  • Kite wants to be every developer’s pair-programming buddy

    Kite wants to be every developer’s pair-programming buddy

    Most integrated development environments (IDEs) and text editors are full of useful features, but, for the most part, they aren’t connected to the Internet. Because of this, developers often have to switch context to Google the solution to a problem or look at a language’s manual. Kite wants to change this by connecting text editors to the Internet and pulling in data from… Read More

  • Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s search results pages

    Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s search results pages

    Sooner or later, every programmer ends up searching for code snippets and algorithms. Most search engines, though, don’t exactly specialize in code search and so you end up with a couple of links (one of them most likely to StackOverflow). Now, Microsoft has partnered with HackerRank to bring code snippets right into its Bing search results pages — and as an added twist, you… Read More

  • Keep Your Apps Playful Crunch Network

    Keep Your Apps Playful

    Computer software and apps are our modern-day toys. Whether it’s a hot dating app or a system for planning molecules (a true story), interface designers must treat the process of creating a new app as if they were creating a new toy. I’m calling it “playification,” and I believe it’s a must-have tool for anyone in our industry. Read More

  • Vortex Is A Toy Robot That Teaches Kids How To Code

    Vortex Is A Toy Robot That Teaches Kids How To Code

    DFRobot, a company that has been building robots for the education market since 2008, this week introduced its first attempt at making a robot accessible to all children, with the debut of Vortex – an interactive, programmable robot aimed at kids 6 and up. The Vortex robot pairs with iOS and Android smartphones or tablets over Bluetooth, and lets kids control its movement by tapping… Read More

  • Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, a startup that teaches children the fundamentals of programming by having them build their own games, is now expanding its platform to allow kids to control connected devices, including drones, robots and other “smart home” products, like lighting systems. The company will introduce these capabilities this weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, and the… Read More

  • YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    The three founders of Moltin, a member of the 2015 Y Combinator winter class, like many fellow members birthed their company idea out of necessity, coming up with a way to solve an entrenched problem they were facing. In this case, they were working for a design agency in England, and they found adding e-commerce functionality like a shopping cart to a website was too hard and often… Read More

  • YC-Backed Omniref Is Rap Genius For Code

    YC-Backed Omniref Is Rap Genius For Code

    While the open source movement has made getting up and running with a software project incredibly easy for those who know what to look for, the reality is that not every project can be updated to support the latest versions of the code they’re built on. Over time, this means that you see thousands of projects running on some old version of a library that seemingly no one is familiar… Read More

  • SourceLair Lets You Code Right In Your Browser

    SourceLair Lets You Code Right In Your Browser

    Editing code isn’t that hard. A terminal, a little Vim, a little PHP, some beer, and maybe a few Google searches and you’re off and running. But what if you want to work on a project without compromising your personal server or don’t really have an environment for coding? SourceLair is one answer. The freemium service lets you build projects right in your browser. It… Read More

  • Code School Brings Its Instructional Videos For Developers To iOS

    Code School Brings Its Instructional Videos For Developers To iOS

    Code School, the online learning destination that grew out of founder Gregg Pollack’s longtime efforts in creating and sharing technical content with a developer audience, has now made the leap to mobile. With the new iOS application, developers can watch Code School’s over 300 instructional videos covering JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby, iOS and Git as well as other popular… Read More

  • You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis Crunch Network

    You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

    Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it? You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There… Read More

  • Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

    Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

    While everybody in the tech industry seems to be trying to make programming easier to pick up, most of the efforts that have popped up either repackage the concepts found in existing languages or boil down the logic programmers use to the point where you don’t learn skills that are directly applicable to actual software development. Read More

  • Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming

    Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming

    Since its creation, Code.org’s mission has been to get coding into curriculums for students as schools nationwide. Today, the nonprofit group is launching Code Studio, a combined set of tools and curriculum to get students in kindergarten through high school interested in the underlying concepts behind coding through guided lesson plans. Read More

  • Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Put on your nerd hats, kids, and let’s sit back and bask in the glory of Xiki. Created by Craig Muth, founder of Memorize, Xiki and its shell product, xsh, allows for some amazing autocompletion tricks, as well as interactive command line trickery that would make the average bash ninja salivate. The previous version of the shell is available now but Muth is Kickstarting a new… Read More

  • A Developer Cloned “Flappy Bird” Using Apple’s New Programming Language Swift In A Matter Of Hours

    A Developer Cloned “Flappy Bird” Using Apple’s New Programming Language Swift In A Matter Of Hours

    Less than a day after Apple made its surprising announcement about a whole new programming language for building iOS applications, called Swift, a developer with just four hours of Swift programming experience under his belt created a clone of the virally popular game “Flappy Bird.” However, the game itself didn’t take four hours to code – as has been reported on… Read More

  • These Tween Girls Created An Android App For The Blind

    These Tween Girls Created An Android App For The Blind

    A group of six grade school girls in Los Fresnos, Texas took it upon themselves to solve a problem for blind kids. They built an app for them. The app, Hello Navi, first came from the imagination of a particular girl in the group, Grecia Cano. She says her heart went out to the blind students in her school who had a hard time figuring out how to get around. The girls 6th grade… Read More

  • Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Drones are great, but for the most part, they can get old pretty quickly. A new Kickstarter project wants to throw some additional variety into the mix with a programmable, “intelligent” drone that acts as a platform for apps, too. The Tokyo-based project features hardware you’ll likely find familiar – it’s a quad-copter model, but in a smaller package that… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, BASIC

    Happy Birthday, BASIC

    Fifty years ago this month, in 1964, a computer programming language winked to life that changed the course of a generation. While many would point to the rise of Unix and other ubiquitous programming languages in the intervening years as formative points in the history of computing, on May 1, 1964, a computer at Dartmouth College ran the first BASIC program, changing the world forever. Read More

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