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2 Free C Compilers Worth a Look

Posted In C++/C#, Working in Tech
Debugging in Pelles
It’s surprising how important the C programming language remains, as it’s now over 40 years since it was first created. It’s a simple but useful language that gives you a very low level view of memory and how variables are stored. It doesn’t have any high-level libraries for hash maps or lists; ANSI C only gives you arrays and pointers. If you want advanced data structures you have to either write them yourself using pointers or get third party or… continue…

These Are the Basic Skills of a Web Designer

Web Design
Christina Smith is a Connecticut-based Web developer who creates arresting online visuals including logos, photos and website look and feel. (She also dabbles in cake design). She got her Bachelor of Science in digital media from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 2007 and shortly after landed a job as a graphic designer for the New Jersey design and development company HG Media, eventually becoming its lead designer. Currently, she’s a senior designer at the full service marketing agency Smartfish Group… continue…

Authentication’s New Methods Spotlight Need for More Training

Fingerprint Authentication
IT security professionals may want to brace for more training and skills development on emerging forms of authentication following Google’s acquisition of Israeli startup SlickLogin and moves by organizations like the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO). Companies are seeking ways to keep their customers and employees secure online beyond reusable passwords, as cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated and attacks more massive in scope, as evidenced by the recent Target security breach. Earlier this week, Google acquired SlickLogin, which uses a unique,… continue…

How Shaders Can Render Awesome 3-D Graphics

Mountains Shader
Creating 3-D graphics involves more than just creating objects — you also have to tell the GPU how to best render them. To do that, you use shaders. Shaders are computer programs that are run on graphics processor units (GPUs) when 3-D images are rendered, that rapidly calculate colors, lighting and special effects. Here’s how it works: The Graphics Pipeline Graphics processing units run a pipeline of processing stages with instructions — compiled shader software — and geometry data. The… continue…

Skills You Need to Be a Digital Media Engineer – Now

Posted In Looking in Tech
CGI Racecar
“There’s a caveat,” says Traylor Woodall as he opened the conversation about his career as a digital media engineer. “My degree was in graphic design and fine arts but it evolved. I’m in the creative end but very involved with the technology. You might say I’m a bridge.” Woodall is the CEO of Fivestone Studios in Nashville, Tenn., a company that creates CG product marketing videos, network show packaging and special effects for broadcast spots. As a designer, he began… continue…

HTML5 Development Is on the Upswing

HTML5
Is it surprising that developers say they love the latest version of HMTL5? That’s what seems to be happening. According to a survey from Sencha, a provider of open source Web application frameworks, enthusiasm is only growing for HTML5 while support wanes for the classic Microsoft Windows platform. The company polled more than 2,100 business applications developers during December and January. Among its findings: More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development for their key… continue…

How to Estimate a Budget When the Project’s Undefined

Calculating the Budget
December and January are when most companies focus on budgets, but you can be asked to estimate a project most any time of the year. And no matter what happens, managers are always measured against their budgets, so you want to get your estimations right. But when we don’t know exactly what the dev team will be doing, we’ll have to take some educated guesses that involve estimates. That’s why managers fan out across their teams to start asking questions… continue…

Why Windows Developers Should Learn Android

Android
As more PC makers load Android into their desktops, it might be a good time for Windows developers to become familiar with Google’s OS. Earlier this month, Hewlett Packard unveiled its first commercial Android All in One PC – the HP Slate21 Pro AiO. The desktop is designed to provide simple integration with Android-based phones and tablets, as well as automatically sync with Google Cloud Services. Meanwhile, Asus has its Transformer AiO P1801 and Lenovo its N308. David Chie, president… continue…

Tournament of Sevens Contest Update: A Saga

Posted In C++/C#, Living in Tech
Tired Runner
I picked the game for this contest with the thought that it would be simple and straight forward. Was I ever wrong! The contest was due to start Jan. 1, but a sudden unexpected vacation took me to Vegas through Jan. 2. With jet lag and such, I wasn’t really up to sorting the entries it for a day or two after. I had most of my competition runner created, though I hadn’t debugged it. By that point, there were… continue…

Bootcamp Tries New Approach to Tuition

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Financing
Kaplan Test Prep is trying out a new way to finance tuition for participants in its Metis Ruby on Rails bootcamp. It’s partnered with Palo Alto, Calif., startup Upstart to offer financial aid that students pay back over five to 10 years through a pre-determined percentage of their earnings. In other words, rather than commit to paying a set amount each month regardless of their employment situation, Upstart customers pay based on the amount they’re making during the repayment period.… continue…