Hello! Welcome to Help Desk Lite. We hope to be the starting point for programmers looking for valuable information on a variety of topics within the world of computers and programming. On the site you will also find links to resources that we found valuable when we were starting out. There is a lot of information out there for people interested in becoming a programmer. Unfortunately that also means there is a lot of not so helpful and confusing information out there. Our goal is to provide easy to digest information for the aspiring programmer. If you have relevant advice, guidance, or support feel free to submit an article that you would like to see added to the site. We hope that we can make the journey a little bit easier than it was for some of us and wish you the best of luck on your entry into the world of programming!
Coding is a method of communication between machines and humans. Early on, coding was made through physical punch cards. Later it was made into coding languages that you can learn easily. Now we are living in the digital age. Not only there are many programs for you to learn from but also many jobs in programming and coding section. With internet and globalization there has been rise in online courses which can help you a lot if you are looking to learn from privacy of your own home. These websites teach you many different languages be it for computer engineering or web design, etc. There are many paid as well as free websites online. Here are some of the best ones:
Codeacademy is an international website that offers online platforms to over 12 coding languages. It is one of the most popular website there is. The languages include Python, JAVA, JAVA script, Ruby, SQL, and Sass as well as other languages like HTML and CSS. They also offer interactive way of learning. They have a PRO option which allows you to get your own personalized learning in the way you understand best, like quizzes, projects, live advisors, etc. The platform also offers learning command line and Git. As of 2018, 45 million people use codeacademy. In 2017 codeacademy partnered with Amazon for free Alexa skill training. The site got positive reviews from New York Times and TechCrunch. Codeacademy also launched their first iOS app called “Hour of code”. The app includes basic programming and also contents from the website. In 2012 they also launched a code year which is a free project to help people by introducing new courses every week of 2012, more than 450,000 people took the courses. The program is discontinued but the courses are still available online
Khan Academy is another popular online YouTube channel. Khan academy is a nonprofit organization created by American educator and entrepreneur salman khan. In 2018 the channel has 4 million subscribers and just about 1 and a half billion views. The organization puts out short videos of lessons on YouTube. Khan Academy includes languages like JAVA script, HTML, CSS and also basics of computer science. But this isn’t only thing that is available here. The organization also includes website that provides supplementary exercises and materials for educators. The website is written mainly In English but its content is also available in other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese, German, Bengali, etc. If you don’t have much time then there is an “Hour of code” as a crash course option for you.
edX is massive online computer course provider. It is completely free and nonprofit so you don’t have to worry of being exploited for any ulterior motives. This organization was jointly created by MIT and Harvard University scientist and now it has over 14 million students taking 1,800 courses. In January 2018 edX partnered with Microsoft and general electric to provide subsidized online courses and guaranteed job interviews. edX consists of weekly learning sequences and each sequence is made up of interactive learning process that allows the viewer to practice the concepts from the video. The lessons also include instruction videos similar to those provided in campus, online textbooks, forum for students to post, discuss, review and interact. edX also gives certificates in specified courses like front end web development or data science. They also have open edX in which a software was developed that made its content freely available for other institutions to use, resulting in several other institutions like St. George online university and others to utilize it.
This is yet another free online computer course organization. It was founded by Stanford university professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. It offers courses, specializations and degrees. It not only offers coding but also courses on other subjects as well like humanities, biology, data science, medicine, mathematics, etc. As of now coursera has over 33 million users and 2,400 courses. Coursera not only works with college and universities but also governments. They currently have 149 partners across 29 countries. Its partners include university of London, business school of India, yonsei university of Korea amongst others. The courses vary from four weeks to ten weeks with approximately one to two hours of lectures a week. It offers interactive ways of learning like quizzes, weekly assignments and occasionally final examination. Coursera also offers on demand courses that provides all the information together at once and the user can take their own time to learn and complete the course. In March 2018 coursera launched six online degrees including bachelors and masters qualification.
These are some of the best online schools that offer great courses and can really help you to learn and use those skills in a job.
Learning programming has never been easy. Despite the many ways you can program, we believe that the best way to improve your skills is to contribute to open source projects.
The open source community offers a great opportunity for aspiring programmers to stand out, and by contributing to various projects; developers can improve their skills and get inspiration and support from like-minded people. But the most important thing is that they can show that they can make fantastic experiences that people love.
Non-programmers can also contribute to open source projects. Documentation is necessary for all projects, sometimes poorly written and maintained. Therefore, you can help by writing, updating or even translating the documentation. In addition, your design skills can be useful: after all, each application needs an interface. Finally, you can contribute by managing a community by answering questions and guiding newbies.
This article is for developers who are just starting their careers and want to get involved in the community (and maybe become a programming genius).
What To Keep In Mind Before You Go To Open Source
Okay, you cannot wait to start your first OSS project. Let’s take a look at some tips that can help you choose.
Type of project
After selecting the language in which you want to work, you must select the project type you want. Github projects are divided into folders called Showcases. Here are some examples of shop windows: “Security”, “Virtual Reality”, “Text Editor” and “CSS Preprocessors”. Just pick a topic that interests you.
However, we recommend paying special attention to projects that can be used by a large number of people. So you have the opportunity to test your code in the real world in a large audience. For example, the storefront “Emoji” contains 25 repositories that represent their popularity. Great projects can be found on dating apps and websites as well. Plenty of fish, match, and fuckbook are great places to start. Hook up apps often provide opportunity to practice your skills as they are always looking to optimize their user’s chance of hooking up through their website. Another piece of advice for choosing an OSS project is to start working on the software you already use or the software you want to use. This will motivate one to keep working.
Best Open Source Projects Used In Most Android-Based Applications
License: Apache 2.0
GitHub Stars: 20,370
This open-source Android project can convert the REST API to the Java interface. With Retrofit, you can write a pure Java quality code with almost any RESTful API.
It is worth noting that the main features include dynamically generated requests, error procedures, and the ability to transfer files. In addition, this open-source git library provides a powerful infrastructure for authenticating and interacting with APIs, as well as sending web requests via OkHttp.
Retrofit automatically converts JSON into objects using another open source Android repository called Gson. All library logic is based on annotations that allow the creation of dynamic requests within a server.
Also for the Android-based library, it’s light enough and relatively easy to use.
Easy to use and install
Lack of image loading
License: Apache 2.0
GitHub Stars: 14,600
Uploading images is a fairly common task in the development of Android. The open source repository Android Glide can download and display images from multiple sources. It also takes care of caching and memory usage.
However, to find the balance between quality and memory usage, you need to change the Glide default settings from RGB-555 to ARGB-8888. With this simple step, you increase the image quality and maintain a balanced storage volume.
Low memory consumption
Size in 430 kb
License: Apache 2.0
GitHub stars: 15,500
As you know, it often happens that a seemingly repetitive code is used during the project. In order to keep up with a good programming style, you should avoid the so-called repetitive code. For this purpose, Android open source libraries such as Butter Knife were created. This library uses an InjectView annotation to eliminate repetitive text and shorten its code.
It allows you to write less code
No support from Pojo Injection
License: Apache 2.0
GitHub Stars: 2,700
In addition to Butter Knife, the repetitive code problem could also be solved by Parceler, an open source Android project. GitHub has allowed developers to easily search for tools like this that make code building easy. The Parceler library generates the required container classes and compiles the data automatically. In this way, the library allows reducing the number of repetitive steps necessary to obtain the maximum performance of the packages.
Eliminate the manual generation of the parcelable code
Good basis for counting methods
RealmList cannot be controlled by default
Open source projects bring many benefits to those who attend and this experience is great for their resume. As you join a community of like-minded people and refine your skills, as an aspiring developer, you can go one step further.
We know you know what coding is, but you might be having a harder time explaining to other people the journey that you are embarking on. Here is a great video that explains just what programming is.