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6 Helpful Tips on How to Learn Programming

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Undoubtedly if you are new to the computer programming scene you have been overwhelmed by the number of other people telling you how to go about learning a new language. These people might be saying things like "Go to Codecademy.com...
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Myth: There is a "right" first language to learn.

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I can't even count how many times I have seen someone new to the programming scene ask the question "I am new to programming and want to know which is the right language to learn first." Then of course there are a ton of veteran programmers that jump in there and start recommending every language under the sun and all sorts of ways...
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"Martyr2's Mega Project Ideas List!" Reaches 1 Million View Milestone. Thank you!

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It has been a long haul since December 2008 when I wrote the popular thread here on DIC titled "Martyr2's Mega Project Ideas List!" I am happy to report that it has reached the astronomical milestone of over 1 million views here on the board. I think that might be the most popular thread here (wouldn't know for sure since...
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Batch Renaming Of Files Using Recursion In Python

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Someone came into the Dream.In.Code forums the other day asking about batch renaming of files using Python. I thought I would work out the example for everyone to see and create something that they could add to their own personal libraries of code. Python makes this pretty easy to do using "os" and "os.path" but one tricky part...
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An Analogy Is Worth a Thousand Pictures

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The famous saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words" but when it comes to software development, an environment where you are expected to communicate with business people, I found the saying "an analogy is worth a thousand pictures" to be more applicable. Probably ever since the invention of the computer, those who...
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Demo of Twitter Application-Only OAuth Authentication Using Java

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I found that there was little in the way of examples using Application-Only OAuth...
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Creating A Custom YouTube "Sparkbar"

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I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use...
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Context Menus With JQuery

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I was tinkering around with some jQuery...
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Transforming Shapes With Java AffineTranform

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You, a retro gamer, are on a new quest to bring back a classic arcade hit to a whole new generation of space faring digital cosmonauts. But it is dangerous out there and you need to show these rookies the dangers of journeying their ships alone in the vastness of space. So you want to create your own game of Asteroids...
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The Comma Operator in C++

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When we think of the comma character we often think of it as a separator. It separates values in an CSV file, it separates items in lists, it may separate index values in multidimensional arrays (in other languages) and more. But in C++ an obscure way of using them was as an operator. The reason it never made it big as an operator and into the...

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