Google CS First Teaches Kids Programming And Computer Science For Free

There are a wealth of ways for kids to learn computer science and programming these days. Add to the mix: Google’s own CS First curriculum, a free program with a variety of themes for all kinds of kids’ interests.

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free For All Budding Game Developers

Epic Games has made it possible for anyone to become a game developer with Unreal Engine 4. If you’ve ever been interested in game development, animation or digital visualisation, the complete Unreal Engine 4 suite is now free for anyone to download and use.

Use Google Analytics To Track Users With Adblock Installed

Adblock — a boon to internet users, but a thorn in the side for those who make a living from advertising. If you run a website the relies on ad revenue to operate, it might be worthwhile keeping track of how many of your users have Adblock installed, to see whether it’s having an impact on your income.

How Computers Taught Themselves To Play Classic Atari Games

Think you’re good at classic arcade games such as Space Invaders, Breakout and Pong? Think again.

Reminder: Software Will Look Ugly For Most Of Its Development Cycle

If you’re writing an app, you want it to look good. While it’s important to keep that goal in mind, it’s also important to remember that even highly-designed software like video games will appear ugly and incomplete for most of its development cycle.

Maximise Revenue From 'Freemium' Apps By Making Users Pay For Just A Few Features

If you don’t want to litter your app with advertising, then the “freemium” model — basic features everyone can use, a paid tier for customers who want more advanced options — is one option. Rather than offering a complex set of features, try and work out if you can charge for one or two premium option.

This Flowchart Explains When Apps And Sites Should Ask For Real Names

Apps and sites that demand that people supply their real name often end up mired in controversy — just ask Google or Facebook. This common-sense flowchart explaining the circumstances under which it’s actually OK to demand real names from users spells out the approach you should take.

Benchmark Yourself As A Programmer With 'The Simple Programmer Test'

There are lots of ways to get started with coding, and as long as you get over the intermediate-level learning curve, you could be well on your way to a career as a programmer. But how do you know if you’re good enough to find a job in software development? Simple Programmer offers this 12-question checklist.

Top 10 Ways To Teach Yourself To Code

Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and create something awesome. If you’re just getting started on your coding journey, here are ten tips and resources to set you off on the right foot.

How To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones

As promised, Microsoft has just released the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phones. If you’re keen to give it a try, here’s what you’ll need to know.