programming

Why We Should Be Teaching Kids To Code

Bill Shorten’s recent announcement that, if elected, a Labor Government would “ensure that computer coding is taught in every primary and secondary school in Australia” has brought attention to an increasing world trend.


Ninefold Dev Tier Is A Cheap Cloud For Developers

Truthfully, we haven’t heard from local cloud operator Ninefold for a while (local data centres for Amazon and Azure make for a more competitive landscape). But its newly-announced ‘Dev Tier’ package monthly pricing looks quite affordable for developers who want to experiment with cloud computing and favour buying Australian.


Age Discrimination Is A Problem For Games Developers

Making a living as a games developer is challenging — but the strange thing is that it becomes more challenging the longer you do it. Mark over at Kotaku has a great and detailed examination of the problem of ageism in the games industry.


How This Playboy Centrefold Transformed Tech

The November 1972 issue of Playboy magazine is the magazine’s best selling issue of all time. This is not because of the articles, but due to the proliferation of one iconic image from the magazine: that of centrefold model Lena Söderberg.


GitHub Enterprise Lets You Manage Azure Code

Everybody loves GitHub. GitHub Enterprise for Azure is a newly-announced tool that lets you manage Windows and Azure projects using the popular code management tool.


What Developers Can Learn From Walt Disney (According To Google)

Building an app is a time-consuming process that often involves obsessing over small design details. Google advises taking a lesson from Hollywood animation studios like Disney and try to standardise and automate as much of the process as you can.


What The ABC Learned Converting Its Gallipoli Web Site Into Mobile Apps

Converting a multimedia-centric site into an app is challenging enough, but what happens when you want to roll that app out on multiple platforms? Here’s what the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) learned when it took just that approach for a major Anzac Day project.


Google Opens Docs, Sheets And Forms To All Developers

Google has been running a preview program to let developers build add-ons for its Docs, Sheets and Forms productivity tools since 2014. That option has now been opened up to all developers.


Microsoft Announces Visual Studio Partnership with Epic, Unity and Cocos2d

Microsoft may have long-retired XNA, its .NET-based game development framework, but it’s still very much supporting games developers. Last year it released the Community Edition of Visual Studio, essentially a “full version” of its programming IDE for hobbyist and professionals alike, as well as Unity Tools for Visual Studio. Now it’s partnered with Epic, Unity and Chukong Technologies (Cocos2d) to more deeply integrate these technologies into Visual Studio.


Code Kingdoms Teaches Kids JavaScript With A Puzzle Adventure Game

Web/iOS: A growing number of apps now are geared toward teaching kids to code because it’s a valuable skill to learn. Code Kingdoms is another such app, but it’s wrapped in a game that kids would most likely want to play anyway (programming lessons or not).