Many smartphone gadgets in the market today take full advantage of all the mobile devices we carry. There are high tech gadgets for health junkies, hikers, pet lovers, or the kitchen and even wearable gadgets. And now we have a list of iOS-enabled gadgets for musicians.
With these portable music gadgets, you’ll be able to reduce the load of all your music gear, record music on the go, give an edge to your compositions and write full-fledge songs without a studio. Here, you will find gadgets for pianists, guitarists, drummers, singers, and electronic music composers that are ideal for the iPad or iPhone.
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The SynthStation 49 works with your iPad to allow you to control and create music with its SynthStation App. The app allows you to change the sound effects of each key and drum pad on the SynthStation. Additionally, it also works as a MIDI controller for your computer. [$199]
Store all your loops and tracks onto your iPad and just dock it into the iDJ Pro and you’re ready to DJ at your next gig. The iDJ Pro utilizes the large iPad display so you can easily and quickly navigate through the on screen buttons of the djay app it supports. [$299]
The iPad docked into this Pedalboard allows guitarists to use the sound effects of 87 different pedals, 54 amps and 26 cabinets available through the app. All you have to do is save a combination of effects and load it up during a gig or particular song. [$499]
Here’s a gadget for people who want to learn how to play the piano. Piano Apprentice has 25 keys that can light up to teach you where to place your fingers. The video tutorials on the iPad (or iPhone) app will take you through each step of the learning process. [$59.99]
This device works with most audio and MIDI iPad apps on the AppStore where you can then connect microphones, guitars, studio monitors, PA systems, headphones and MIDI controllers to make it all work together to perform or produce music. [$169.99]
Instead of tapping your fingers to create a beat, you can now produce head banging beats wherever you go. Just start a supported MIDI app and you’ll have all the sound effects you need to create a unique beat. The MPC Fly 30 also acts as a protective cover for your iPad. [$199]
If you don’t have an iPad or just think it’s still too bulky, PocketLoops is a MIDI controller that lets you record loops, create beats or play piano keys. The iPhone controls what sound effects each key plays while you listen to your creation through the built-in speakers. [£49.99]
The MIDI Mobilizer 2 is great for artists on the go who just need to get their burst of inspiration down on recording. The device is a connection between a MIDI gear with an iOS device that allows you to quickly record, save and send a MIDI file via email for editing on a computer later. [$69.95]
Plug in your guitar to the iPad for some sweet tunes. Apart from lending your iPad’s speakers to the guitar, the app also gives you different sound effects and lets you to record your jams. You can also multi-track to create a full-fledge song. [$49.99]
The iRig Pro lets you connect your guitar, bass, keyboard, MIDI controller and even microphone to your iPhone. This allows you to record all those instruments one at a time to produce an entire song without a studio. The device also works on your computer, connected via USB. [€199]
If you need guitar effects on the go but have no room for all your pedals, then the AmpKit LiNK HD will give you a ton of effects provided by an iPhone app. It also features a headphone jack so you can practice without disturbing people around you. [$99.99]
Here’s another device that lets you record on the go. You can connect a guitar, bass, keyboard, microphone or other musical instruments and record them with apps like Fourtrack and StudioTrack. The secondary line-in allows simultaneous recording of an instrument and singing. [$129]
The iStomp is a programmable guitar pedal that supports 47+ e-pedals available on the Stomp Shop app. iStomp doesn’t require the iOS device to be plugged in all the time. It will store an effect once you’ve set it up and then work like any regular guitar pedal. [$149.95]
This simple device turns your iPhone into a portable amp for your musical instruments for practicing on the go. It also features a headphone-in for even more discreet practices and a line-out to make it work like a standard music cable. [£69]
This tiny device allows for studio quality sound recording on the go. It’ll work in the loudest concerts or the softest interview sessions, giving you clear and crisp results. The device can also rotate 230-degrees allowing you to capture video at the same time. [$89.95]
For one thing, it is available for over-the-air update via Settings > General > Software Update, but you should know that it is more than 1 GB in size. Depending on your Internet speed, this update is going to take a while.
Alternatively, you can try to do the update and installation manually, which is where this post comes in. Remember to run a backup first before proceeding.
Note that iOS7 is available for the iPod (5th gen and above), iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above and the iPad Mini. And if you are wondering, the iPhone 5S and 5C will be running on the 7.0.1 version. Here’s how to to get iOS7 on your idevice.
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GSM vs. CDMA
But first, if you are not sure if you have a GSM or CDMA model, here’s how to find out. At the back of your iPhone or iPad is a model number written in fine print. In this shot, you can see the model number is A1387 which is for the iPhone 4S.
For your easy reference, we have grouped the model numbers with the download links in the table below. Download the file you need and skip ahead to the next section for the manual update.
iPad (4th Gen)
|iPad 4 (CDMA)||A1460||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (GSM)||A1459||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (WiFi)||A1458||Download||1.32 GB|
|iPad Mini (CDMA)||A1455||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (GSM)||A1454||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (WiFi)||A1432||Download||1.11 GB|
iPad (3rd Gen)
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi||A1416||Download||1.31 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (ATT)||A1430||Download||1.34 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon)||A1403||Download||1.34 GB|
iPad (2nd Gen)
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi||A1395||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)||A1396||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)||A1397||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPhone 5 (CDMA)||A1442/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
|iPhone 5 (GSM)||A1428/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
iPhone 4 / 4s
|iPhone 4s||A1387||Download||1.18 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM)||A1332||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (CDMA)||A1349||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPod touch (5th generation)||Download||1.16 GB|
How to Update to iOS 7 Manually
So now that you have downloaded the required file, here’s what to do next.
(1) Launch iTunes (you will need the latest version) and look for the iPhone (or iPad) button on the top right.
(2) Hold Options (or Alt) key, and click Update.
(3) Look for the downloaded .ipsw and click Open.
That’s all. Your installation will now start. By the way, we have a list of new features you can check out on iOS7. If you come across any interesting features, sound off in the comments.
No matter how great your website design may look, one important thing to remember is that communication with your readers is important. Getting to know them will give you a better direction to your articles and posts, in turn increase the traffic and pageviews of your site.
One-way to communicate with readers, and perhaps get into their heads, is to ask. Well, you don’t just ask them an off-beat question. Instead, you can try creating polls asking questions about particular topics.
If you’re not sure on how to create a poll for use on your website, we have for you, Opinion Stage. Opinion Stage makes polls easy to setup, embed on a site and share on popular social networks, and if you have a need for it, you can even track the demographics of your voters to get more insight into the opinions you have collected.
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Begin Creating Polls
You must first create an account on Opinion Stage with a Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account. An account gives you a dashboard that allows you to easily see all the polls you have created.
To create your first poll, click on Create Poll. You’ll be able to see a few options for your custom poll.
For Template, you choose between multiple-choice or head-to-head (only 2 answers), while for Type of poll, you get three choices. One requires voting with a social profile (this gives you the demographics of your voters), the second makes registration optional, and the third allows anonymous voting.
You can then add your poll question and support it with a text description, image or video. This adds a little more life to your polls and a visual explanation (particularly with video).
Other options allow you to change the look of your poll by choosing a few preset themes and setting the poll box size or having it at a fixed width for a perfect fit on your website.
You can also enable or disable social sharing of your poll on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and set visibility for your poll results (displayed all the time, displayed after a received vote or totally hidden from users).
Adding Polls To Your Website
Once you have done creating your poll, you can share the provided link to gain voters.
If you want it displayed on your WordPress site, install and use the Opinion Stage Social Poll plugin to embed this on the site via the unique poll ID.
Deeper Tracking Of Your Polls For A Price
If you enabled the poll option where voters are required to register with a social account, Opinion Stage can filter their social information to give you the demographic statistics of your voters. It can filter what social account voters used, their gender and if they’re in your friend list.
However, these features are only available with a premium account that’ll cost you $19 a month for a year. The premium account also allows you to add your own logo to the poll, customize its theme, add the poll to Facebook and optimize it for social sharing.
Opinion Stage lets you create beautiful polls for your website. We like the fact that the polls can be supported with images and a YouTube video to make it more interesting. The free option is also more than enough if you’re looking to collect data for a simple question without the need of any detailed social demographics.
Having Google Now is like owning a personal assistant, giving you the ability to manage, search for and organize your information easily within your phone. Your related searches, flight tickets, restaurant reservation, friends’ location and more are presented in specific and minimalistic Google Now cards.
Get the most out of Google Now with the following tips and tricks. Its a very handy product if you are the kind of person who needs information at your fingertips all the time.
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1. Use Google Now Research Topics
All the searches that you do on Google Now will be finetuned and condensed into a research topic that is based on your search queries and the links you click into. To check out what your past searches revolve around, check out your research topics here.
Your search will appear together with other similar contents and will be put accordingly into categories. The categories that are available are Fresh Content, Forums, Reviews, Videos, Music, People, TV Shows and Webpages.
2. Get Reminders
When you search for a TV show, music artist, actor or filmmaker on Google Now, you will find at the bottom of the search card a "Remind you about new episodes?" option. Click that to enable it and Google Now will automatically remind you if there is a new update in your search query e.g a new episode.
3. Commute Sharing
If for some reason you need your location to be known by friends or family on Google+, you can enable Location Sharing between you and your circle(s). For detailed instructions you can visit here.
More importantly, you can also enable Commute Sharing in Google Now. What can this do for you? Well, if you live in the city where traffic jams and breakdowns in public transport are common then this will help your family and loved ones keep track of where you are in your latest commute.
On Google Now, go to Menu > Settings > Google Now > Traffic then enable "Let them see your commute updates’.
The individuals who have access to your location will be able to see your latest or current locations in the form of Google Now cards like this.
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4. Gmail Cards & Reservations
You have Google Cards, and you have Gmail Cards. If you usually make reservations or bookings and receive the confirmation of these reservations via your Gmail, you can allow Google Now to access your account for these reservations and pull them into more organized cards.
You can enable this feature in the Google Now Menu via Settings > Google Now > Gmail Cards.These include flight bookings, hotels and restaurants, even packages you are expecting among others.
5. Say ‘Google’ to enable voice speech
While enabling the microphone is as easy as a tap, it can get easier — just say ‘Google’. Now for this to work, you will need to activate the Hotword detection first. Go to Google Now menu > Settings > Voice and tick ‘Hotword detection’. After this, to run a search by voice just say ‘Google [your search query]‘.
6. Personal Search For Photos
How’s this for some personal assistant touch? If you regularly upload photos to your Google+ you can search through your photos via Google. For example if you really love going ot the beach and have a lot of photos of the beach, just search for ‘my photos of beaches’ to get the photos you are looking for. Currently, this is only available in the US and if you are logged in to your Google+ account.
7. Google Now TV Cards
Google Now TV Cards is for the movie trivia fans who incidentally own a Smart TV. If Google Now is on a device that is connected to the same Wi-Fi your Smart TV is connected to, you can tap on the microphone then say "Listen to TV" to trigger relevant information with regards to the TV show. You may get information about the production of the show, and trivia about the actors or the cast itself etc.
8. Try Google Now On Chrome
Want to bring Google Now to the desktop? Well if you have Chrome, technically, you can. Start your Chrome then type chrome://flags/ at the search bar. You will get a list of experiments, look for Google Now, and enable the flag.
Relaunch your browser and if you will receive notification to enable Google Now Cards like this, click Yes.
If you did not receive the notification then you have to wait a little longer for the feature to roll out.
Photographers who love to play with the lenses may well be a fan of the art of Bokeh, where blurring and out-of-focus photography takes center stage. We already have a couple of articles featuring the creative applications of Bokeh photography but why stop there when there are a lot more beautiful and alluring bokeh wallpapers to feature?
Whether your love for photography is for the blur and mysterious, or the focused and contemplative, this collection of 12 Bokeh wallpapers may satisfy a whim or serve as a great introduction to the world of blurry photography. We know that Bokeh isn’t for everyone, so if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, please check out our other Wallpaper Wednesdays for one that does.
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Winter Frost. Wallpaper available in 720×1080, 1600×1200 and 1920×1080.
Grungy Abstract Bokeh Texture. Wallpaper available in 2500×1678.
Standard Bokeh Light. Wallpaper available in 2560×1600.
Just Bokeh. Wallpaper available in 4288×2848.
Infinity Bokeh. Wallpaper available in 2560×1600.
Grass blurred Bokeh. Wallpaper available in 1600×1000.
Cosmic bokeh. Wallpaper available in 1920×1200 and 1366×768.
Bokeh wallpaper pack. Wallpaper available in desktop (2560×1600, 1600×1200), iPhone and iPad sizes.
Bokeh touch. Wallpaper available in 2000×1333.
Blue bokeh. Wallpaper available in desktop (2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1920×1080, 1200×800) and iPad sizes.
Apple has without a doubt done the boldest overhaul to its user interface, switching from a skeuomorphic design that has become its identity from the get-go to flat design. Apple’s latest operating system for mobile/touch devices, iOS 7 (the stable release) is due to be available for download in a few hours from now.
We’ve been playing and exploring this latest iOS ever since its first developer seed was available in the iOS Dev Center. In the following post, we will be looking at all the new features we’ve discovered.
Do drop us a comment if you found anything we missed.
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Spotlight has been moved. Instead of swiping to the left in iOS6 (and before), you now swipe down from any home screen for quick access.
iPhone-only apps installed on iPads running iOS7 will have its interface maxed out. [iPad only]
Apps that require updates will now be downloaded and updated automatically. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads to turn it on.
Your panorama photos and videos will be each have its own folder inside Albums.
The Photos app allows you to access and navigate through your photos by Years > Collections > Moments.
Notification Centre adds a ‘Today’ tab, which gives you a summary of everything that has happened or is happening today.
Photos in Moments are grouped by date and location. You can share all photos in a specific Moment by clicking Share > Share this moment.
Shared Photo Streams get a new Activity view option.
The ‘Edit’ function is added to Photos app. You can now rotate, enhance, crop, correct red-eye or add filters to any photo.
iOS7 added AirDrop, allowing you to share files directly with devices connected to the same WiFi connection.
Messages app now includes Contact on the top right, allowing you to call, Facetime or even check the caller’s information right away.
Control Centre allows you to quickly access the following by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. You can also do it on a locked screen. For apps marked with *, the screen will resume as locked when the app is closed.
- Airplane mode
- Do not disturb
- Portrait orientation lock
- Screen brightness
- Music navigation (next/previous songs, play/pause, volumn)
- Torch Light (camera flash on)
- Clock app*
- Calculator app*
- Camera app*
You can now block a caller. To block someone, go to Contacts > Select a contact > Block this Caller. Users on the blocked list will not be able to contact you via:
- phone call
- text message
To check users under your blocked list, go to:
- Settings > Phone > Blocked, or
- Settings > Messages > Blocked, or
- Settings > Facetime > Blocked
App Store removes Genius and added the Popular Near Me section with recommendation of popular local apps.
The Camera app adds options to take square shaped photos, Slo-mo photos (only on iPhone 5S) and puts the Panorama option on the same screen for easier accessiblity.
You can now search through your Purchased Apps, whether they are installed or not on your current iOS7 device. To search for a specific app, go to App Store > Updates tab > Purchased > Search.
To exit/quit an opened app, double click home screen. Drag the app up to remove it. Apps on the sides (left and right) are draggable too.
Ladies, Siri now has a male voice option. If you don’t fancy the current female voice, here’s how you change it. General > Settings > Siri > Voice Gender > Male.
To view conversation timestamp, swipe left from the right side of the chat screen.
World Clock now tells you how many hours your local time is behind/or ahead of each timezone added. No more timezone headaches.
Apps with Dynamic Type will adjust its font size to your reading preference. To change this, go to Settings > General > Text Size.
Camera app now supports Grid to assist photo taking. To turn it on, go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid.
Accidentally archived an email? Shake your phone to bring up the Undo Archive dialogue.
Password is required to turn off Find My iPhone.
You can remote erase a lost iPhone via iCloud.com and have it display a message with your phone number on the Lock screen.
Maps app’s turn-by-turn navigation is now more accurate.
‘Slide to unlock’ works on any part of the screen, as long as you slide from left to right.
Radio is added in iTunes, allowing you to add and play radio stations of your choice.
You can close a Safari tab by clicking on the x button, or simply swipe it to the left.
The Clock app icon reflects the exact local time.
The automobile industry has come far from its car magazine and TV advertisements. Nowadays many of today’s luxury car manufacturers have visual-laden and impressive automotive websites designed to make you sign on the dotted line in a heartbeat for your next car.
Whether you are at the site to check out the safety features, fuel consumption, engine specs and new functions of the latest model, or just to marvel at the exterior and interior of the car model of your choice, the websites are designed to make you stay and look around.
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In this post we are going to take a look at 20 professional automotive website designs that are built for the car lover in you. Who knows, you could find an idea or two from the methods used in these sites, when it comes to featuring your own products.
13. Ford official
15. Bentley official
People who deal with tons of emails on a daily basis would understand how important it is for (encrypted) emails to reach the correct recipient and have them read it. For business email clients, there are ‘read receipts‘ where you will know if the receiver has opened the email you sent them.
Read receipts have not been implemented natively on Gmail, but here’s a Chrome extension that you can use just for that.
Signals is an extension that allows you to track who has read your sent email on Gmail. It also has a very clean interface. Let’s see how Signals can work for you.
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Get Notified On Who Has Read Your Mail
To begin, download and install the Signals Chrome extension. A Signals icon button will be shown at the end of the browser’s address bar — this is where all your notifications will be shown.
Now, head to app.getsignals.com/install/google to connect your Gmail account. Sign in and you’re ready to start getting notifications.
To begin tracking, go to Gmail and compose a new email. You’ll notice a new Signals button at the bottom of the compose box that allows you to track the email. Check that box and click on Send to track your email.
Once a user opens the email, a notification will appear on the Signals icon. You can then click on it to view details like when did the user open it, the location it was opened from and how many times it has been viewed. You can also click on a particular notification to view the entire email on Gmail.
That’s all there is to it, Signals is very easy to set up and is free for up to 200 notifications a month. That’s plenty since you don’t have to track every single email you send out. However, if you’re working with a team and need to track lots of mail, there’s a premium version with no limitations for $10/month.
We’ve featured a similar service before called RightInbox, but Signals is better as it keeps your Inbox clean and instead gives you notifications of your opened mail. At the time of this writing, Signals only works with Google Chrome, but a Firefox Beta is in the works.
There are plenty of misconceptions and myths surrounding the art of programming. Many view it as a job only for the very gifted; the process, methodical, the rewards, glorious. A career path only for geeks, or for the mathematically inclined, and a job not tolerant of mistakes.
In this post we are going to debug, explore and fix these misconceptions about being a programmer, and maybe serve as a source of relief for those who are wondering if programming is the career path for them. If you have any other myths to add to the list, name them in the comments section below.
1. I Have To Master Mathematics To Learn Programming Languages
People confuse of the relationship between mathematics and programming because they want a flat out answer of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. In reality, the answer is more towards "it depends, but mostly not". As a programmer, we spend most of our time writing code, not Math formulas, and your knowledge in Math is not directly proportional to your programming skill.
Don’t get me wrong though, we still need basic algebra, but it’s basic, and well, it’s just algebra. Besides, there are libraries and plugins, which you can apply directly into your code to help you solve mathematical and algorithmic problems.
However, if you are trying to create stuff that require advanced mathematical calculations or physics or computer graphics, you certainly need to master some Mathematics (but not to worry, there are tons of physics and graphics solutions in the industry already).
2. I Must Be A Genius (With An IQ OF 160)
It does not matter if your IQ is 160 or 90, programming is not related to biological factors, but your interest. If you have taken tests to determine your IQ score, know that it does little to identify what you like to do or how far you can get based purely on a test score.
I’m not a MENSA member but I do have 4 years of programming experience, and I can program simply because I don’t mind failing repeatedly, and learning from my mistakes, which is basically how programmers learn anyways.
Now to put a threshold on this, anyone who knows how to communicate, can learn programming. Because deep in its core, programming is a "language" with its own grammar & vocabulary, and its existence is purely to help you communicate with machine to complete a certain purpose or action, just like what we do to every human. It’s really that straightforward.
3. I Have To Go To University To Learn To Code
They say in order to max up your coding kung-fu, you need a true master to guide your path. And at the pinnacle of that hierarchy is the label of Professor (that’s about as high as you can go, in your study of anything). But these, days, and thanks to the Internet, you can learn how to program from kind and enthusiastic programmers, with zero involvement from university lecturers.
Pick a beginner course in interactive learning websites like Codecademy, or read tutorial sites like Nettuts+ that have clear explanations in both text and video formats. Have a problem and want direct answer? Stack Overflow and Stackexchange are your best friends. Google searches can help you make the right connections (and let’s ont forget we have plenty of development resources for you here as well).
Look, we’re not saying that universities can’t teach you anything. A professor or lecturer can certainly speed up your understanding of theories and concepts such as Object Oriented Programming, and there are few critical advantages you need to take into account too.
But regardless the path you choose, it’s best for you to master your self-learning ability because unlike most industries, programming is always evolving at a very fast pace, and only you can determine whether you can keep up.
4. I Must Be An Adult To Learn Programming Languages
Parents, please don’t use your child’s age as a deterrent for them to learn programming languages, and that’s not just my personal opinion. At Code.org, there is a petition to demand the insertion of programming as a compulsory school subject, so kids can learn to think analytically.
Nonetheless, there is a difference in the learning model between kids and adults. It’s best for kids to learn in a more visual way, since their visual perception is more developed. For this, Scratch and Alice are the perfect fit for kids to program visually (it’s way way better than ancient programming books).
And if they prefer an interactive environment (because who doesn’t?), the code community like Khan Academy is the place to be. Parents can also help out by staying in the loop with their kids’ progress, and guiding them with explanation, tips and resources, plus the parental support that promotes active learning.
5. I Must Learn Only The Best Language
‘The Best’ Programming language? That’s a little misleading, because the best language for you to learn is the one that fits your current purpose, either for work or study. In other words, there is no best programming language, it depends on what you want to do with it.
There are great programming languages for beginners, though. Python is a good starter due to its simplicity, readability and flexibility. Java is easy to learn too and best of all, it has extensive documentation and a die-hard community, or you can dive intoC# like I did. Afterward, it’s up to you to decide your tools of choice based on the language’s speed, exclusive features, compatibility, maintainability, etc.
6. It Only Takes Weeks To Learn And Master A Programming Language
Don’t believe this tagline. It’s sad to see most aspiring youths trying a programming language for a short time only to find out they cannot create a MMORPG within weeks. Then, they pull the plug, label themselves as ‘not talented’ then give up on the dream of becoming a game programmer.
In truth, you can spend weeks to learn programming, but it takes years to master programming. Like drawing, programming requires an interest and patience, and most of the things you create initially may be of little use. Yet if you keep moving forward, you just have to take it a step at a time. To become a good programmer, you should feel very good every time you fail, because that’s the only way you progress.
7. I Should Memorize All Syntaxes And Avoid Help
The psychology is that, if you program without external guidance, you will memorize everything and become a true pro that can build anything from scratch. But the truth is, you don’t have to worry about memorizing syntaxes, as you’ll be writing the same code for thousands of times before you can flip the table and create a framework yourself.
Google, IDE and Frameworks are not created out of boredom – they are specifically designed to help you pick up programming faster. The best practice is to use IDE with syntax recommendation and consult the Google crystal ball, whenever you run into trouble.
Adopting frameworks help you understand what that programming language does, and what limits it can be pushed to. Then when you have progressed enough, experiment with specific programming features. Explore, blow something up (figuratively) and have fun messing up.
8. I Just Can’t Write That Much Code
I’m one of those people who were scared when I first viewed the source of a web page, because you can bet that 4000 lines of code can be overwhelming. However, while HTML is not a programming language, its content pretty much reflects what every code file contains in general. If you pay attention, you will find that they are just piles of code consisting repetitive statements, methods and loops.
That’s it; programmers mostly use the same stuff you learn in beginner and intermediate course to do both simple and complicated solutions. And once you get used to it, you will feel that 10,000 lines of code is child’s play. It can get addictive very quickly!
9. I Am Woman. I Can’t Code.
At the risk at threading into dangerous waters here, let me straight up say I am a fan of women programmers. The girls in my class owned us in both math and science subjects and my programming career has further substantiated this belief. Women have and always been on top in influential programmer lists, here’s a brief one for you, just to drive the point home:
- Ada Lovelace was the first programmer in the world.
- Grace Murray Hopper developed the first compiler for programming language.
- Adele Goldstine help created the world’s first electronic digital computer.
- Jean E. Sammet developed FORMAC programming language, a variation of FORTRAN.
- Marissa Mayer was one of the earliest programmers in Google.
(Image Source: SFGate)
The impact of women in the field of programming is evident, but like how most men aren’t attracted to the perfume industry, the lower ratio of women to men programmers in the field maybe due to other factors such as social and economic pressures as well as different perspectives and interests in life etc.
10. I Can Only Start Making Money Once I have Mastered Programming
Take a glimpse at most job vacancies for programmers, and you can see the demand of several years of experience with tons of other programming languages for the position. But reality is not that harsh. You can always get a programming job equivalent to your programming experience, but you can’t just sit there and wait.
If direct application does not work, an internship is a healthy way to gain work experience and bid for a chance of being a permanent hire, but above all, your work portfolio with impressive showcases of your abilities is where interviewers want to check out. Reputation helps, so start open source project today.
Freelance is also a great place to start because most clients here are far more forgiving (just beware of clients from hell). Either way, there’s always a room for discussion, and everyone has got to start somewhere, but you must do something.
Welcome To The World of Programming!
All in all, programming is just like any other industry, where hard work and determination are your assets for success. So with all the doubts cleared, take your first step and start your first programming lesson today.