programming

Have Your Windows PC Speak the Time of Day

Sometimes, we are just too lazy/preoccupied to use our eyes to check the time. If you want your Windows 10 PC to tell you the time of day audibly, check out this article at makeuseof.com for the Visual Basic script that can add the feature manually with Task Scheduler. With those settings, your PC will have the default text-to-speech voice announce the time of day indefinitely and repeatedly every hour.

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 Hire a Programmer to Make an App?

UpWork

Episode 1755

Dale from Palmdale, CA

Dale has an idea for software and would like to hire a programmer. Leo says that's how Facebook was created, and the risk is, that he could get ripped off by an ambitious programmer who decides to do it himself. So he should make sure he has an ironclad contract to protect his IP. There's also the risk that he could spend a lot of money and the programmer just doesn't deliver. In the end, a brilliant idea isn't what makes money. It's the implementation. The safest way to do it is to learn to do it himself.

UpWork is a source for hiring programmers though. 

Get Free College Courses Online

The internet has always been an incredible resource for information, but if you're motivated enough, you can take that a step further and get a free or inexpensive college education. MOOCs, or "Massive Open Online Courses," are real classes that have been made available online from schools and universities. Many of these courses are free, but if you decide to pay, you can actually get a certificate of completion or a MicroMasters from it. Here are some of the places you can find these MOOCs:

'MOOCs' Offer Online College Courses for Free

Programming

Episode 1468

Lately, Leo has been taking advantage of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These are college and university courses that are available online for free. There are a lot of ways to do this — iTunes U is a great way to find free courses on the Mac or iOS device. MIT has its CourseWare, and there are even courses provided by Yale and Harvard. There are also commercial MOOCs like Udacity and Kahn Academy. A lot of high school students looking for help on difficult subjects like Calculus and Physics can go to YouTube and watch Kahn Academy videos.

How can I learn programming?

Learn to Program with Minecraft book

Episode 1351

Brennon from Dallas, TX

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.

How can I learn to code?

Episode 1282

Anthony from Dana Point, CA

Anthony has to change careers and is looking to get into programming. What program should he start with first: Ruby or Python? Leo says that Ruby on Rails is a good place to start. It'll help him to learn the basics of programs. He should get a Linux box and learn Python. There's plenty of free resources. He should check out Code Academy. It's a great place to learn. And if he learns the basics, each new language becomes easier.

How can I learn programming?

Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson

Episode 1282

Brennon from Dallas, TX

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.