12 websites where you can learn to code for free – Business Insider

There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not exactly the case today. As most entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketers will tell you, learning how to program can help you succeed.

Source: 12 websites where you can learn to code for free – Business Insider

Free Learning – Free Technology eBooks | PACKT Books

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A new free programming tutorial book every day! Develop new tech skills and knowledge with Packt Publishing’s daily free learning giveaway.

Source: Free Learning – Free Technology eBooks | PACKT Books

Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2 – Microsoft Press #yam

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English: The windows phone 7 logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second preview edition of Charles Petzold’s Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone is now available for download! Below you’ll find the download link and the ebook’s full Introduction. Enjoy!

via Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2 – Microsoft Press – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Unity Game Starter Kit for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store games #yam

Vasura is a top to bottom scrolling shooter.
Vasura is a top to bottom scrolling shooter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have created a simple game that you can download, play with and submit to the store – both to Windows Store and Windows Phone Store – reching millions of users world wide. It contains the basic functionality of a 2d sidescrolling shooter game.

This game starts simple, then after level 3 – more enemies will come, and after level 4 there is a possibility that a harder enemy that takes two shots to kill will spawn.

The game supports input of touch, mouse, keyboard and the xbox controller just connect it to a surce or a computer and play!.

This game is pretty simple, but with your modifications to it, it can be a totally new game with much more content.

via Unity Game Starter Kit for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store games | digitalerr0r.

Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps #yam


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Microsoft Project Siena is a Windows 8 app which allows you to develop more Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required.

The process starts by placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your page: images, videos, buttons, lists, checkboxes, whatever they might be.

You can link your visuals to data sources: RSS feeds, an Excel file, Sharepoint, Azure services and more.

Next comes the tricky task of making sure the app works as you expect. And this isn\’t particularly easy, at all. You don\’t need programming knowledge, but there are lots of options and settings you\’ll need to learn in order to get everything working properly as well as entering Excel code for more complex logic.

Once it\’s all done then you can use the app yourself, or share it with others. See the details below for more information

via Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps – Microsoft UK Faculty Connection – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on – Microsoft Research Connections Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs #yam

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English: Diagram showing overview of cloud computing including Google, Salesforce, Amazon, Axios Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo & Zoho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned for 2014—including some new resources that you can use and share with your colleagues and contacts.

via Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on – Microsoft Research Connections Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Building more beautiful Line of Business apps using LightSwitch – MSDN UK Team blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

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The Microsoft Visual Studio .NET logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We talk a lot about building and designing consumer apps but what about line of business apps?

The new features in Visual Studio LightSwitch are designed to help you build beautiful, mobile business productivity apps without having to write a lot of code. You can create SharePoint apps and HTML5 client apps – the LightSwitch templates provide the fit and finish so you can get your app up and running pretty quickly and WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow to Blend for Visual Studio have recently been added to the toolset.

LightSwitch HTML clients are built on standards-compliant HTML5 and JavaScript and provide touch-first experiences on Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iPhones and iPads with iOS 5 and 6, and Android 4.x devices.

via Building more beautiful Line of Business apps using LightSwitch – MSDN UK Team blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

500 free programming books? GitHub’s got ’em | ITworld

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Are you in need of some programming reference materials? Maybe you need a book to help you brush up on your C++ or Java or to start learning Ruby but are a little short of cash? Well, then there’s a new GitHub repository for you!

Victor Felder has taken an old StackOverflow thread listing free, online programming books, cleaned out some dead links and added some new ones and put it all on GitHub. He’s hoping this will make it easier to crowdsource the list and, based on the initial activity, it seems to be working.

via 500 free programming books? GitHub’s got ’em | ITworld.

Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad | Stanford Online

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Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad | Stanford Online.

Updated for iOS 7. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-view-controller paradigm, memory management, Objective-C programming language. Other topics include: object-oriented database API, animation, multi-threading and performance considerations.