Archive for April, 2012

Debugging for Beginners: Finding Bugs in Your Code

April 24th, 2012 Leave a comment
Debugging for Beginners: Finding Bugs in Your Code

One of the most challenging things for a new developer to learn is how to debug their code. It seems that sometimes, problems can seem impossible to find or fix. For new developers, this process can be overwhelming and lead to needless frustration. In this article, I will talk about problem-solving as well as the art of debugging so that you can become more familiar with the practice of finding bugs in your code and fixing problems. When new developers are first learning how to code, it is not uncommon for them to stumble upon an error that… View full post »

Android, A Complete Course, From Basics To Enterprise Edition EBook Review

April 22nd, 2012 Leave a comment
Android, A Complete Course, From Basics To Enterprise Edition EBook Review

Let’s face it: I review plenty of Android books. Part of my job is to keep abreast of the resources out there for Android programmers, both novice and veteran, and as a result I often pick up books from big names like Wiley and O’Reilly. I rarely review small press books, but the description of “Android, A Complete Course”, by Mathias Seguy (with Yannick Bergès as the graphist and Thomas Hatcher as the translator) happened to catch my attention (as did the price tag of just under $13 USD for a full A-Z Android tutorial). After I had finished… View full post »

Using QR Codes on Your Website

April 19th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Using QR Codes on Your Website

Lately, it seems the Internet is buzzing about the QR code and its potential for different applications. QR codes can be used on business cards, advertisements, printed materials and other items that users can take a snapshot of with their mobile device and it will take them to our website. This article will discuss some potential uses for QR codes so you can begin using these useful items on your own website. What is a QR Code? QR codes are basically barcodes that can hold lots of information in generated images. You can create QR codes with built-in commands… View full post »

10 Tips for New Drupal Developers

April 18th, 2012 Leave a comment
10 Tips for New Drupal Developers

Drupal is a popular open-source content management system (CMS) that can be used for all sorts of Web sites. If you are just getting started with Drupal development, you have most likely have come across some situations that you didn’t know how to handle. In this article, I will discuss some of the things you should become acquainted with or know how to handle so that you can become more proficient with Drupal. If you are looking for a more comprehensive learning, consider enrolling in one of LearnComputer’s Drupal training courses! 1. Secure User #1 User #1, typically the admin… View full post »

Social Link Building Strategies – Pump Up Your SEO

April 17th, 2012 Leave a comment
Social Link Building Strategies - Pump Up Your SEO

Almost everyone is into social media these days and it seems like it is a good place to promote your web site and begin building links to improve the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your site. However, it may be difficult to know how to begin. In this article I will talk about social link building and how you can use this technique to get higher rankings and more page views from your site. It is not the only SEO strategy you should employ, but it is one of the more critical ones that takes time to materialize… View full post »

Best Mobile Frameworks: Our Top 5 Choices

April 13th, 2012 Leave a comment
Best Mobile Frameworks: Our Top 5 Choices

Developing cross-platform apps can be a daunting task; with the amount of equipment and testing required for both iPhone and Android, it can be an expensive venture as well. We’ve come up with this handy list of the best mobile frameworks to help you decide on the next cross-platform framework you’d like to use for an upcoming project! Sencha Touch One of the older development frameworks out there, Sencha Touch is no slouch when it comes to mobile development frameworks. It’s huge and expansive (though not bloated- it performs as fast or faster than some of the other frameworks out there) which… View full post »

Android 4.0.3 With New SDK Tools

April 11th, 2012 Leave a comment
Android 4.0.3 With New SDK Tools

Google recently launched their new update 4.0.3 for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. While this may be mildly exciting for some consumers, it is the new SDK tools that developers cannot wait to get their hands on. Many changes and additions have been made in this update as well as some bug fixes and optimizations for mobile phones and tablets. In this article I will give you the scoop on the new release features so you can begin working them into your applications. For Android developers you will be happy to hear that new APIs are on… View full post »

Developing Cloud Applications – Notes for Developers

April 9th, 2012 Leave a comment
Developing Cloud Applications - Notes for Developers

Many software developers are getting on board with the new idea of creating applications in the cloud that have a central point of install for all clients. This creates a new set of challenges for developers and it forces us to recognize that applications developed for the cloud are a different sort of animal. As the amount of cloud applications needed continues to grow, there are a new set of responsibilities and ideas that must be taken into account. In this article, I will address some of these new ideas and how they can impact development in… View full post »

Testing Web Applications: 10 Step Guide

April 6th, 2012 Leave a comment
Testing Web Applications: 10 Step Guide

Since Web applications are becoming more prevalent, developers are becoming more involved in the security and site-management process. Developers must now consider different aspects of application security as part of their development process. Testing your Web application for security threats can help you catch many problems ahead of time, but testing isn’t just about security. There are several areas you have to look at to ensure you are properly building your application and in this guide, I will discuss 10 steps you can take to cover the most critical issues. While this article implies that you… View full post »

Behind Cloud Computing: SaaS Explained

April 4th, 2012 Leave a comment
Behind Cloud Computing: SaaS Explained

Any developer that is just getting started in writing applications for the cloud can have trouble with the idea of software as a service (SaaS) when they are used to delivering software through traditional deployment methods. SaaS is becoming a popular and prevalent delivery method and it is easy to see how it can be confusing when we are used to on-premises applications and client install processes. So before you get too far into writing applications for the cloud, it is time to understand what Software as a Service means. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is a software… View full post »

WordPress Update 3.3: What’s New?

April 3rd, 2012 Leave a comment
Wordpress Update 3.3: What's New?

Early in December, WordPress released its latest version; 3.3 named “Sonny” in honor of the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt and you can now download or update to this version. In this article I will discuss some of the new features, development items and security so that you can be ready to go as soon as you get this installed. There are several long-awaited and anticipated features that are now available in 3.3 including the new media uploader, improvements to the dashboard and content-related tools as well as new things to spruce up the user experience. For site administrators there… View full post »