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Notes from WWDC 2015: Failing Gracefully: Swift 2.0 Error Handling
By Erica Sadun
Jun 11, 2015
Swift 2.0 introduces new ways to handle error conditions. In this article, Erica Sadun, author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development, explores Swift's updated syntax.
C# 6: Expression Bodied Members Simplify Your Code
By Bill Wagner
Jun 10, 2015
In a series of articles, Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, explores some of the powerful new features in Visual Studio 2015 that will soon become familiar friends. This article discusses how to simplify your C# code with the precise syntax of expression bodied members, saving time, keystrokes, and processor overhead.
Notes from WWDC 2015: Restructuring the Apple Developer Program
By Erica Sadun
Jun 10, 2015

While the WWDC keynote focused on music and consumers, exciting changes were brewing for developers. In this article, Erica Sadun, author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook,, begins the discussion some of the most earth-shattering changes introduced this week. Today's topic? Apple's developer program.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial: A Toy App
By Michael Hartl
Jun 8, 2015
In this chapter from Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Web Development with Rails, 3rd Edition, Michael Hartl develops a toy demo application to show off some of the power of Rails. The purpose is to get a high-level overview of Ruby on Rails programming (and web development in general) by rapidly generating an application using scaffold generators, which create a large amount of functionality automatically.
Why Not Learn Python?
By Robert Sedgewick
Jun 8, 2015
Bob Sedgewick was dragged kicking and screaming into Python programming, but found himself using it much more often than he ever thought he would. In this article, Bob explains why he and his co-authors wrote Introduction to Programming in Python, and why you might want to learn Python, too.
Optional Values in Swift
By BJ Miller
Jun 4, 2015
BJ Miller, author of iOS Swift Programming By Example LiveLessons (Video Training), discusses some basics that Swift programmers need to understand, such as the use of nil and special characters when used (carefully) to create optionals that give your code more flexibility.
Translating Effective Python into Go: Know When to Use Channels for Generator-Like Functions
By Brett Slatkin
Jun 2, 2015
Used together, channels and goroutines in the Go programming language provide very similar behavior to Python’s generator functions. Brett Slatkin, author of Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, shows how to translate his advice for Python generators into best practices for Go functions.
Video: Agile Project Management with Kanban
By Eric Brechner
May 25, 2015
There's a way to organize your work, stay focused, avoid mistakes, and be hyper-productive that you can learn in five minutes using sticky notes and markers. It’s called Kanban, and Eric Brechner, an Xbox development manager and author of Agile Project Management with Kanban, has been using it with multiple teams for the past four years. In this video, Eric talks about his book, how he introduced Kanban to Microsoft, and walks you through a Kanban exercise.
Video: Learn More Python the Hard Way: Second Test Implementation
By Zed A. Shaw
May 21, 2015
In this excerpt from Learn More Python the Hard Way LiveLessons (Workshop), Zed A. Shaw presents Lesson 3.3: Second Test Implementation.
Effective Python: 4 Best Practices for Function Arguments
By Brett Slatkin
May 20, 2015
Functions in Python have a variety of extra features that make the programmer’s life easier. Some are similar to capabilities in other programming languages, but many are unique to Python. These extras can make a function’s purpose more obvious. They can eliminate noise and clarify the intention of callers. They can significantly reduce subtle bugs that are difficult to find. In this excerpt from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, Brett Slatkin shows you 4 best practices for function arguments in Python.
Browser BASIC (BBASIC): Adding an Easy-to-Use and Portable Language to a Web Page
By Jeff Friesen
May 18, 2015
With Browser BASIC (BBASIC), a JavaScript application that embeds a BASIC language interpreter in a web page, you can create and use programs written in a variation of BASIC. Jeff Friesen introduces BBASIC with a tutorial and tour of the BBASIC architecture.
Structural Patterns for the Common Information Model
By Mandy Chessell, Ray Harishankar, Kerard Hogg, Gandhi Sivakumar, Dan Wolfson
May 18, 2015
This chapter from Common Information Models for an Open, Analytical, and Agile World covers five software design patterns that illustrate different approaches to structuring your common information model.
OS X for iOS Developers: Why You Should Be Building Desktop Applications
By Erica Sadun
May 14, 2015
iOS app developers draw on the same tools and languages used for OS X development. Erica Sadun, bestselling author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development, explores why iOS devs might want to consider building desktop applications.
Migrating C/C++ from 32-Bit to 64-Bit
By Stephen B. Morris
May 11, 2015
A major driver of modern C/C++ development is the need for producing native 64-bit code. In most cases, servers and desktop systems are now almost exclusively 64-bit machines. Given this fact, isn't the move to 64-bit C/C++ code just a matter of changing a few build settings? Stephen B. Morris explains why it's not so simple.
Is Swift Development Right for You?
By Erica Sadun
May 7, 2015
Are you on target for Swift? Is Swift development right for you? Erica Sadun, bestselling author of dozens of books on programming, explores how to plan for Swift.
Video: Dean Leffingwell on the Value of Using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
By Dean Leffingwell
May 6, 2015
Dean Leffingwell, founder and CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc., discusses his new video, "Leading Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) LiveLessons," results that enterprises who adopt SAFe are seeing, the must-have SAFe practices, and the keys to successful enterprise adoption of SAFe.
The Big Nerd Ranch Guide to Structures and Classes in Swift
By Aaron Hillegass, Nate Chandler, Adam Preble
May 4, 2015
In this chapter from Cocoa Programming for OS X: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 5th Edition, you will build a simple 2D physics simulation. You will create your own structure and a few classes, and you will learn about the differences between them.
Performance Advice for Beginning Java Programmers
By Charlie Hunt
Apr 30, 2015
Charlie Hunt, author of Java Performance LiveLessons, offers advice on how to be successful at meeting a Java application's performance expectations.
Ruby: The Last Eight Years
By Hal Fulton
Apr 29, 2015
Hal Fulton, author of The Ruby Way, points out some of the extensive changes Ruby has experienced in less than a decade. By paying attention to why and how programming languages evolve, we can learn from experience and past mistakes, deliberately changing the language (and especially our usage of it) for a better future.
Video: Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework): Organize an Agile Release Train
By Dean Leffingwell
Apr 28, 2015
In this excerpt from Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) LiveLessons (Video Training), Dean Leffingwell discusses implementing the agile release train, which is the primary value delivery vehicle inside the scaled agile framework.

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