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Saturday, May 30, 2015
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Beginners Guide: How to Install a WordPress Theme
Are you looking to install a WordPress theme? As a beginner, you probably have heard about tons of available free and paid WordPress themes. As you’re starting out, you may want to try out a few themes on your site until you find the right one that meet your needs. In this beginner’s guide, we will provide you with detailed step by step instructions on how to install a WordPress theme for beginners. We will cover three different ways to install a WordPress theme.

Before You Install a WordPress Theme

Installing a WordPress theme is easy. But keep in mind that if you activate a new theme, then it will change how your website looks and function. If you’re switching from an existing theme, then you may want to look at our checklist of things you need to do before changing WordPress themes.

Install a Theme using WordPress Admin Theme Search

If you’re looking to install a free WordPress theme from the WordPress.org themes directory, then the easiest way is by using the WordPress admin theme search functionality.
First thing you need to do is login to your WordPress admin area. Next, click on Appearance » Themes.
Click on Appearance Themes
Once you are on the themes page, click on the Add New button at the top.
Add New Themes in WordPress
On the next screen, you will have the ability to select from: Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a specific theme, or search for themes with specific features.
Search for WordPress Theme
Based on your search, you will see a single theme or a list of themes that met your criteria. In our case, we searched for the blogging theme Slipstream.
When you see the theme that you want to install, simply bring your mouse on top of the image. This will reveal the install button, preview button, and details button. Go ahead and click on the install button.
Install a WordPress Theme
WordPress will now install your theme and show you a success message along with the link to activate or live preview.
Activate a WordPress Theme
Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme.
Note: Depending on the theme, it may add additional settings options that you may need to configure either through the theme customizer or through a separate options panel.

Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin

The first method that we covered only allows you to install free themes that are available in the WordPress.org theme’s directory. But what if you want to install a commercial “premium” WordPress theme from companies like ThemeLab, StudioPress, iThemes, etc.
Or what if you want to install a custom theme? Well in this case, you would need to install the theme using the upload method from your WordPress admin.
Start by downloading the .zip file of the theme that you purchased from a marketplace or a commercial theme provider.
Next login to your WordPress admin area and click on Appearance » Themes.
Click on Appearance Themes
Once you are on the themes page, click on the Add New button at the top.
Add New Themes in WordPress
On the next screen, click on the Upload Theme button at the top.
WordPress Theme Install Upload Theme
You will be prompted to choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select the file and click Install Now.
Upload the Theme File in WordPress
Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.
Activate a WordPress Theme
Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme. Depending on the theme, it may add additional settings options that you may need to configure either through the theme customizer or through a separate options panel.
Note: The theme upload functionality is only available for self-hosted WordPress.org users. If you’re using WordPress.com, then you will not see this option because it limits you. In order to use custom theme upload feature, you would need to use self-hosted WordPress.org (See this article that explains the difference between Self Hosted WordPress.org vs WordPress.com). If you want to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, then read our tutorial on how to properly move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Installing a WordPress Theme using FTP

If you’re feeling adventurous and want take it to the next level, then you can learn about installing WordPress themes using FTP. Remember, this is not for true beginners because it is a little bit more advanced.
First start by reading this article about how to use FTP (Video Included).
Now that you have read the article above and installed and setup your FTP program, connect to your host using FTP. You would need to go to the path (/wp-content/themes/). Once you’re there, simply upload your themme’s folder there.
Remember you must unzip the folders before you upload a theme using FTP. Once you have uploaded the theme, you would need to go to your admin area and click on Appearance » Themes.
You should see the theme that you uploaded listed there. Bring your mouse on top of that theme and click on the activate button.
We hope this step by step guide helped you install a WordPress theme on your site. This article was created using the screenshots of version WordPress 3.9. Since WordPress is constantly evolving, we will try our best to keep this guide up to date. If you notice that there is something missing, then feel free to let us know.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
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One of the best things about open source software is that you’re free to modify it to your heart’s content. That’s why WordPress is such a great blogging platform – you can choose from hundreds of themes and also extend it with plugins and improve its performance with helpful tricks.
If you’ve always wanted to create your own WordPress theme, but didn’t have the coding skills nor the time to invest in learning, Layers is definitely for you. It’s a theme framework that integrates tightly with the default WordPress options, enabling a seamless customization experience. You can use it to design WordPress themes without any coding knowledge through a drag-and-drop interface and user-friendly dialogs.
Layers is free and open source, so you can just download the .zip and install it via the theme installation dialog into your existing WordPress setup. To use Layers, you have to select it as the active WordPress theme.
Install via the theme installation dialog.
Once it’s activated, Layers will be accessible from several parts of the WordPress interface. There will be a new menu called “Layers” in the main WordPress sidebar. Here you can control all the aspects of Layers from its own Dashboard.
The Layers dashboard.
Layers will also integrate with the Appearance menu where you can access it by clicking “Customize” and the Pages menu where you can add a new page as a “Layers Template.” Finally, when previewing your WordPress site, there will be a new option – “Edit Layout” – in the toolbar.
Layers integrates with the Appearance menu.
If you just want to try out Layers without installing it, there’s a demo version that runs in the browser but requires a (free) registration.
Layers essentially functions as a completely customizable WordPress theme; unlike other themes with predefined features, you can adjust every element of your website by adding, removing and editing widgets. If you don’t feel like building pages from scratch, you can choose one of the Preset Layouts. Some templates are built for specific purposes, like a portfolio page, landing pages, or a video page. To start working with Layouts, click either “Edit Layout” in the main toolbar or “Edit Your Page” from the Pages menu in the WordPress sidebar.
Adjust every element of your website.
The Layers Editor has the main sidebar on the left where you can choose what you want to edit (Page Body, Mobile Sidebar, Footer). Each section is a drop-down menu in which you can add and rearrange widgets. Clicking on a widget opens its options dialog on the right for further customization.
You can add and rearrange widgets.
The vertical toolbar with icons is called the Design Bar, and it changes depending on the widget you select. Each widget has its own set of features, and Layers widgets are marked with a blue icon to distinguish them from default WordPress widgets. Clicking the “Advanced” button in the Design Bar will let you edit CSS for that widget. In this way Layers provides a greater degree of control over content to advanced, CSS-savvy users.
Layers provides a greater degree of control.
Of course you never have to touch the code if you don’t want to, even when it comes to responsive design. Layers provides support for mobile devices by letting you create a special, mobile-only menu simply by selecting and reorganizing widgets.
Layers provides support for mobile devices.
Editing a layout affects only the selected WordPress page. However, Layers can also modify site-wide settings. To access them, navigate away from “Edit Layout” by clicking the back arrow in the Layers Editor sidebar.
From the Site Settings menu, you can control elements such as logo and website title, navigation and sidebars, as well as use Google Fonts thanks to Layers’ integration with the service.
You can control elements.
In the Layers Editor sidebar, there are also separate options for editing the Header and Footer, setting a Static Front Page and adding custom CSS. The Header and Footer sections both contain an “Additional Scripts” tab which you can use to put custom code into your website like Google Analytics tracking or similar Javascript-based functions.
You can put custom code in footer and header.
If you plan to build a theme with Layers, I suggest you start with those general elements (site-wide settings), and then work your way towards customizing single pages and creating templates which you can apply to a set of pages.
Once you’re happy with the layout you’ve created, you can export it in several different formats. From the WordPress dashboard, go to the Layers menu and select Backup to see all the options. You can export just the layouts or do a full backup of your content along with the modified widgets settings.
With Layers, it’s also possible to create child themes and Style Kits, which are more extensive exports that contain all the elements of the website interface. However, they can only be applied to a WordPress installation that has Layers. The official documentation explains how to create and import Style Kits.
Another useful feature of Layers is the support for WooCommerce, which makes building e-commerce websites much easier.
Layers is a growing project, so if you feel some features are missing, it’s likely that they will be added in future versions. It’s an easy way for WordPress beginners to quickly create a custom theme, and it doesn’t bog down the website. The interface is uncluttered and straightforward with a left-to-right workflow that leads you from the sidebar through drop-down menus to individual widget dialogs. Naturally, Layers is not the only WordPress extension of this kind, so if for some reason you don’t like it, you can try Platform or Unyson, which we’ve previously covered.
Have you tried Layers? Do you prefer building your own WordPress themes, or do you rely on the creations of other designers? Tell us in the comments.
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Want to create a signup for your blog? Or do you need to organize an event for your office and need everyone’s information? With Google Forms you can create an online form in minutes and send it via email or even embed it on your blog post. While creating a form is super easy, sending email notifications to yourself and to the person signing up is a little trickier.
In this post, we’ll breakdown the steps so you can automate the process.
First, create your Google Form. For this post, we’ll use a very simple form.
First, create your Google Form.
Go to the spreadsheet where all the responses are stored. Simply click on “View Responses.” Once you’re in the spreadsheet, click on “Tools” and choose “notification rules” on the drop-down. Remember this notification is going to be sent to your email and not to the user who’s signing up. This step is convenient, as it keeps you from manually checking the activities on your form.
Set  notification rules.
Now you can choose when to send the notification and how often. If the form requires urgent response, I’d recommend choosing “Email – right away.”
Choose when to send the notification and how often.
You may also want to send a confirmation email to the user once he or she submits the form. It can be a short email saying that you’ve received the information. It also assures the user that you’re working on the details submitted.
This part requires a bit of coding. Don’t worry though; it’s super simple! First, on the responses spreadsheet, click “Script editor.”
Click 'Script editor.'
Next, choose Blank Project since you will be using your own code for this specific form.
Choose Blank Project.
Although you have chosen a blank page, there might be preloaded codes. Make sure to delete all of them and start with a clean slate. Now copy and paste this code:
function myFunction(e){
    var userName = e.values[1];
    var userEmail = e.values[2];
    var date = e.values[3];
    var subject = "Form Submitted";
    var message = "Thank you," + userName + "for choosing " + date;
 
MailApp.sendEmail (userEmail, subject, message);
}
Do you want to know how these codes were generated? Watch this video from Jeff Everhart. He gives a detailed explanation of how the values are assigned.
Another very important piece of the puzzle: set up the trigger. Once you’re done with the code, it’s time to tell the spreadsheet when to send the confirmation email. Go to “Resources” and choose “Current Project’s Trigger.” You’ll then be routed to this screen:
Tell the spreadsheet when to send the confirmation email.
Choose the options as indicated in the photo. Upon hitting save, you’ll need to authorize to run this code.
Upon hitting save, you'll need to authorize to run this code.
Click on “Continue” to finish setting up the code and the trigger.
Don’t share your Google Form with the public yet. This last step is extremely crucial, so you can fix everything before your form goes live. Go back to your form and click “View live form.” Next, fill out the form and make sure to hit “Submit.”
Test out your form.
Open your Gmail account. In your inbox you should have the confirmation email with the subject “Form Submitted” or whatever subject you’ve written. This was the email that I received when I tested the form and the confirmation code.
You should have the confirmation email.
As you can see, it looks really bare. However, you don’t need fancy codes right away. After testing the code and having it be fully functional, you can then add more HTML codes to the email’s body.
Google Forms is a convenient and extremely useful tool to almost everyone, most especially to huge websites and businesses who are constantly running surveys.
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On the Internet, almost all member-based websites require a username and password to log in. While login systems are necessary to ensure security, some might find that creating and remembering a lot of login passwords can be a challenge. Password fields, or the text field where a password is entered, display dots or asterisks rather than the characters you type, so your password is safe from being seen by others.
While this method offers more security and privacy, there might be instances when you want to see what you’re typing to be sure you’re typing the correct password. There is no way to do this in a typical password field other than actually looking at the keys as you type them.
If you’re secure with your work area and you’re sure no one else can see your password on the screen, then you can try installing a Firefox add-on called Show Password Field. This add-on allows you to temporarily see your password as you type it in the password field on the screen.
First, you’ll need to install the add-on.
After the add-on is installed, it is automatically activated. You do not need to restart Firefox.
Once you click on a password field and start typing, you will see the characters instead of the dots or asterisks. As you type or hover your mouse over the field, the password stays visible.
You will see the characters instead of the dots or asterisks
When you remove the cursor or mouse pointer from the password field, the password is hidden by the usual dots or asterisks.
By default, the delay to hide the password is set to two seconds, but this can be changed by going to the add-on’s Settings page.
To do this, click on the right-most button at the top of the browser. Click on “Add-ons” to go to the Add-ons Manager. On the Extensions tab, find “Show Password Field.” Click the “More Options” button beside the add-on. You should see the Settings page for the add-on.
 Settings page for the Show Password Settings add-on.
Here you can change the delay time before showing the password as well as the delay time before hiding the password. Click the up or down arrow beside the number to increase or decrease the time. The number indicated is in seconds.
If you want the password shown or hidden as soon as you click on or away from the password field, then you can set the time options to zero seconds.
You can also change the font color and background of the password when in visible mode. If you do this, do make sure that the box beside “Custom field colors” is checked.
Show Password Field is a clever add-on for those who don’t always remember their passwords, or those who simply want to see what they’re typing. It’s a great solution to use without compromising privacy and security. With the customizable time settings, a user can control how long passwords are shown. This makes login problems a lot easier for those who find it a challenge. It’s a simple, yet handy add-on that solves a serious problem.
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Have an old internal hard drive gathering dust? Turn it into a speedy external drive in five simple steps.


By Pelumi Paul Jacob (greatprof)



An internal hard drive is a terrible thing to waste. If you've got one sitting on a shelf (or about to land there after a system upgrade), it's easy to give that old drive new life. In just a few steps, you can slip the castoff into an inexpensive enclosure—and create a fully functional external drive that boosts your storage space and lets you take large amounts of data with you.



Step 1: Choose the right enclosure
Many newer drives employ SATA, which uses a much smaller connector (above). Older IDE drives connect via two rows of pins (below).
Consider two key factors when choosing an enclosure: size and interface. Size is easy: If the drive came from a desktop PC, it's probably a 3.5-inch model—though, if it dates from the late '90s, there's a small chance it could be 5.25-inch. Most notebooks, meanwhile, use 2.5-inch drives. These three size classes don't match the exact physical dimensions of the drive (a 3.5-inch drive is about 4 inches wide, for instance), but you need to know the class you have to choose a matching-size enclosure.
Next, determine the interface your drive uses and look for an enclosure with a matching internal connector. If your drive is more than a couple of years old, it probably uses IDE. (Look for two rows of pins—40 total—on the back-edge data connector.) Steer clear of SCSI drives (some have similar-looking 50-pin connectors), as they're poor candidates for economical reuse. Many newer drives employ the Serial ATA (SATA) interface, which has a much smaller, flat, and pinless data connector.
For coverting an internal 3.5-inc IDE hard drive to an external unit, we used a $34.99 X-Craft 350 USB enclosure from Cooler Master.
Next, consider the enclosure's external interface—how the box will connect to your PC. Most enclosures support USB 2.0, and some add FireWire to the mix. If your drive uses an internal SATA interface, consider an enclosure with an external SATA (eSATA) interface, which promises significantly faster maximum data-transfer rates than USB or FireWire. Few PCs have eSATA ports, though. One solution is to install a SATA interface card—your desktop PC needs to have an open PCI slot, or your notebook an available CardBus PC Card slot. (Plan on spending around $45 for a PCI SATA card or $60 for a PC Card equivalent.) Or, if your desktop already has internal SATA ports on its motherboard, you can install an inexpensive cable and bracket that extend one or more ports to the back of your PC's case, effectively creating an eSATA interface. (Some eSATA enclosures include this hardware.)
Other features to look for in an enclosure include a built-in cooling fan—highly recommended, especially if you'll leave the drive running for long periods. Less-critical items include a stackable design, or decorative elements like LED lighting or transparent casing. A few models, such as the $89.99 Powmax Movie World 3.5" Aluminum Enclosure, even let your hard drive double as a media player you can connect to your television.
As for price, most hard drive enclosures range from $10 to $100, depending on size, interface, build, features, and extras.
Tip: If you just want to temporarily access an old internal drive, consider NewerTech's $24.95 USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter. It's a cable that connects your bare internal drive to a USB port, without the casing. Compatible with all drive sizes and both IDE and SATA interfaces, it's fine for one-time copying tasks.


Step 2: Install the drive
First, connect the data cable, then press the four-pin power cable into place. Use even, firm pressure.
If you're handy with a screwdriver, installing your drive in the enclosure should present little trouble. Before doing so, however, make sure the drive's Master/Slave/Cable Select setting is configured correctly. (This applies only to IDE drives.) Look for a small grid of pins on the rear edge. Typically, two pins will be bridged by a removable bit of plastic called a "jumper." The enclosure's instructions should explain the required settings; based on our experiences, the jumper usually should be set to Master. Check the drive's manual or its maker's Web site if you're unclear how to set it.
Once done, simply open the enclosure, connect the drive to the internal interface and power-supply plugs, and secure it using the provided screws. The enclosure's instructions should walk you through the job, but the procedure varies little from one model to another.
Tip: Don't rush. If interface pins get bent or broken, you could render your drive useless. 
 



Step 3: Plug it in
You can format your new drive from Windows XP's Computer Management window. Be sure that the drive you're formatting is the new external one, not another drive or partition.
It's time to connect the enclosure to your PC. First, plug in the enclosure's power supply (if it has one—many 2.5-inch drives draw power from the interface). When you switch on the enclosure's power, you should hear the hard drive spinning up. Now plug the enclosure into your PC's USB, FireWire, or eSATA port. If you're using a Mac or Windows XP/Vista system, the machine should automatically detect the drive. Windows 98 and Me systems will probably require a driver CD, which should come with the enclosure.




Step 4: Format and partition the drive Before you can start using your repurposed drive, you may need to format it. A new drive will definitely need formatting; an older, already used drive may be good to go. The only sure-fire way to find out is to connect the enclosure, see if Windows recognizes the drive, and try to access it. If Windows doesn't immediately assign it a drive letter or let you access the contents, you'll need to reformat. (You may want to do that anyway, just to start with a clean slate.)
In Windows XP, right-click My Computer, and click Manage. (Alternately, click Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.) Under the Storage section, click Disk Management, then look to the right-hand pane for your new drive—it should be the one with the black bar next to it. Right-click that bar, and select New Partition. This will launch the New Partition wizard, which will take you through formatting and partitioning the new drive. The process is the same in Windows Vista if you choose Classic View within Control Panel; otherwise, access the utility via Control Panel > "Create and format hard disk partitions."
Once formatting begins, grab a snack. It can take an hour or more, depending on capacity.


Step 5: Use it! Once formatting's done, you'll have a plug-and-play hard drive that functions like an internal drive. Test it by copying files to and from the drive.
As you may have noticed when it was an internal drive, your external drive's available capacity might fall shy of the manufacturer's specs. (A 320GB drive, for example, often shows only around 300GB available.) That's a common scenario owing to how drive sizes are calculated. You can't do anything about it, but know that it doesn't indicate a malfunction.
Tip: If you unplug your drive while it's reading or writing, you could damage it and/or corrupt your data. To be safe, double-click Windows' Safely Remove Hardware icon (in the system tray), choose the entry that corresponds to your external drive, click Stop, and hit OK to confirm. A message notifies you when it's safe to unplug.
 
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Even if you don’t often work on video producing or editing, you will occasionally find yourself looking for ways to convert videos from one format to another. It usually happens when you wish to watch a video on your mobile device, and it just does not support as many video formats as your Mac does. While the VLC player lets you play almost all the video formats on your Mac, not all of your devices may be compatible with the video player and thus cannot play the video you are really wanting to watch.
There are dozen of solutions for you to convert videos on your Mac, and most of them involve using external third-party apps. Fortunately, Mac OS X comes preloaded with the functionality to convert videos without any hassle. Here’s how you can convert your videos without using third-party apps.
The first way is to use the built-in QuickTime app to do the conversion. The QuickTime app for Mac allows playing and conversion of many video formats. Here’s how you can use it.
1. Open the folder where the video file that you want to convert to another format is located. Right click on the file and select “Open With” followed by “QuickTime Player.” It will open the selected video file in the QuickTime Player app.
Right-click a file, select 'Open With' followed by 'QuickTime Player.'
2. When QuickTime launches, click on “File” followed by “Export.” Here you can see some of the popular video formats you can export your video to. For instance, if you wish to see this video on your iPad, simply choose that option and the video will be saved in a format that is supported by the iPad.
When QuickTime launches, click on 'File' followed by 'Export.'
You can, however, manually specify a format if it does not already exist in the menu. When exporting the file, simply type in the three character format at the end of the file name and the app will do the rest of the job for you.
Type in the three character format at the end of the file name.
That should do the video conversion on your Mac without you having to install a third-party app.
Although Finder is just a file management tool on your Mac, its context menu does contain some useful options that can help you get your job done. One of these options lets you quickly convert a video to another format so you can then play it on your desired device.
1. Launch the folder where your video file is located.
2. Right click on the file and select “Encode Selected Video Files.” It lets you encode videos right from your current Finder window.
Right-click a file and select 'Encode Selected Video Files.'
3. A dialog box should appear asking about output of the video that you wish to convert. Choose the settings that you find appropriate for your video file and click “Continue.”
Choose the settings that you find appropriate.
You should find the converted video file in the same folder as your source file.
Knowing these little secrets of converting videos really helps you avoid the hassle of choosing and installing a third-party app and learning how to do the conversion. The above two ways should be useful for you the next time you want to convert a video. If you know of any other ways to convert videos without using third-party apps, do let us know in the comments.
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There comes a point in some people’s lives when they think about trying to tackle the desire to develop their own software code. Programming is a very versatile and exciting form of self-expression that results in working applications. One of the first questions aspiring coders ask themselves is, “Where do I start?” With the vast quantity of application programming languages out there, it’s very difficult to answer this question. But in terms of the year 2015 with all the technology that hit the mainstream in the preceding years, there are a couple of languages that I think even the most veteran programmers should have a look at.

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At this point, Java has become the end-all programming language for most mobile applications on the marketplace. Android’s apps are almost exclusively programmed with it. I am not a very big fan of it because it offers less control over low-level (direct-to-hardware) communication, but without learning this language, you are missing out on a vast amount of opportunities. If you don’t plan to develop anything in Java, I would still suggest you dabble in it a little bit since so many desktop and mobile applications are written in it.
Then there’s Swift, a language created by Apple based on many different concepts, including Objective-C, Ruby, and Python. If you want to make anything in iOS or OS X (unless you’re developing a native app, which uses Xcode Objective-C), you’re going to have to learn this language. Some may say it’s not as easy as Java, but you may find that the syntax is very understandable, albeit very different from what you would be used to if you’re used to programming in conventional C/C++ or Python.
Should you become a very serious app developer, you will soon realize that you cannot create an app for one system without doing so for the other. You will need to learn both languages if you plan to venture deep into the mobile marketplace.
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While other scripting languages such as LUA might be a bit less fidgety about things like white space, Python serves a very strong purpose in the marketplace. There are hundreds of frameworks scattered all over the Internet that allow you to do some impressive things with the language. In addition to that, the logical engine of many games (including The Sims 4) use Python due to its ability to move through large troves of data very quickly. It’s an easy language that just about anyone can master in a short period of time. If you’re impatient and want to make quick scripts that deliver results (and you don’t mind very rudimentary debugging), then you should definitely explore it!
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Yes, I know. It’s 2015 and I’m talking about a language that was invented back before dial-up Internet was ever an idea in someone’s head. But C++ is still a very relevant programming language in this day. Don’t doubt it for a second!
It takes a lot longer to accomplish your goals with this language. The amount of patience you need with it is probably more than most people can handle, but the rewards are immense. First of all, almost everything you code in C/C++ is going to run (at least to some degree) faster than whatever you may code in a higher-level (Java, Python, C#, etc.) language. Here’s the thing, though: you don’t have to write entire applications with it. You can write modules that you can share among multiple applications, recycling your highly-efficient code everywhere!
After all that has been said, it’s time for some full disclosure: I have a strong bias for this language. It’s my favorite, and I feel no shame in admitting it. You can tap directly into the Windows API and work magic with it. You can program with objects and classes or abandon them altogether and make a C-style structured program. Listing is very versatile (you can allocate “Next” and “Previous” pointers to data in a chain), and nothing else lets you work with input/output completion ports (IOCP, a very efficient multi-threaded completion method in Windows) more easily than C++.
Basically, if you want the world to be at your fingertips, you have the patience to work for hours on one procedure, and you want to create programs that use very little system resources, C++ is definitely the language for you!
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Described by the letter “R”, this programming language is specifically designed for people who want to create applications that can mine through enormous amounts of data and statistics. In the enterprise, R is useful for Big Data analytics that drive corporate decision-making in platforms designed for enterprise resource planning (ERP). Even though it was created 22 years ago, it’s still being extended.
If you’re a techie inside a large corporation, learn R right now. You won’t regret it.
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If you’re familiar with Assembly (ASM), you’ll absolutely love Ziron. It combines its own flavor of ASM with C-style syntax to provide a powerful platform for making applications. If you’re a C programmer who wants to get into ASM without having to pour thousands of lines of code into a compiler, Ziron gives you a way to do this quickly and efficiently.
Should you desire to get into Ziron, you can find its primary resource over here.
What do you choose to learn as the middle of the year approaches? Let us know in a comment!
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