coding

Is a Free Tablet Really Free?

Scratch from MIT

Episode 1780

Christian from Calgary, Canada

Christian got a free tablet from Caesar's Palace. Leo says it's possible that there's a gambling game on it that will pay for itself. So it's important to be "look a gift horse the mouth." There is no free lunch, and any device that gets on your network can "play with things." Even if all they are doing is selling your activity. So how legit can it really be? But Caesar's is a legitimate company, so it may just be worth it to send it to him. The more you play, the more money they will make. That's how gambling works.

Brilliant Ideas Aren't the Key...the Implementation Is.

If you're thinking of a million-dollar idea but need someone to program it, there's a risk or three. The programmer could technically rip off your idea and write the app/code himself/herself. Another issue could be the programmers you hire can totally **** the bed attempting to make your idea come to life, resulting in wasted time and/or money. The brilliant idea is not the key, since ideas are a dime a dozen. The key is implementation and execution. Learning to code will give you an advantage on the road to success, so you have more control in bringing your plan to fruition.   

Where can I go to study computer science?

edx

Episode 1706

Craig from Venice Beach, CA

Craig is considering changing careers and is looking for a new skill and is thinking about coding with a CIS course. What should he be looking to do? Leo says right now is a great time to learn because everything is online. Leo recommends starting with EDX.org, which was started by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. You can take CS50, which is a great entry-level course in computer science. ITPro.tv has very affordable memberships as well and offers certificates for getting a job.

How can I get my computer to use facial recognition?

Episode 1670

Kai from Spain

Kai has a Raspberry Pi 4 that he's using to code in Python with. He's created a voice assistant and would like to add facial recognition. But he doens't know where to attach the camera. Leo says it's likely going to be a USB connection or HDMI. Leo suspects that there is a camera library in Python that will help. There's even a library for Face Detectoin called Shunya Face. Look on GitHub. Check out Instructables.com ...

Are coding boot camps worth the money?

Code Academy

Episode 1610

Michael from Anaheim, CA

Micheal wants to know if these coding boot camps can get you a job after learning for only 12 weeks? Leo says that you can get a good start with them, but it's not something you don't want to pay too much money on. Code Academy will teach you the same basic skills. But even then, you have to take what you learn to the next level to make a living at it. Nothing can substitute practice and experience. 

How Can I Get Trained to Code?

UDacity

Episode 1592

Al from Irvine, CA

Al just moved here from Chicago and he needs to get some training in coding to get an IT job. Leo says that it depends on how much coding they want him to know. Obviously, he won't compete with people who have a computer science degree or who are already established with a solid resume. But he can get started with UDacity. They offer "nano degrees" with an online school of programming, and they are also Google-approved.

What's a good book on coding for kids?

Kernahan and Ritchie C Programming Language Book

Episode 1586

RJ from Yuma, AZ

RJ is a librarian and wants some recommendations on coding books for kids to learn how to code. Leo says that the issue with books on coding is that they are dated pretty quickly. That's why he always recommends going to Code Academy.  Kids are also interested in learning the languages of the day. But there are some classics including learning Python. The Kernahan and Ritchie C Programming Language Book is a short book, but a classic. How to Design Programs (HTDP) is the most important programming book you can get, and it's free online as well as in publication, along with SICP.