Sunday, September 6, 2015

NVIDIA App Challenge by Overwolf - Over $65,000 in Prizes!

Overwolf is hosting a NVIDIA App Challenge where interested coders will have a chance at over $65,000 in prizes. Details from the website:
NVIDIA and Overwolf invite you to participate in the NVIDIA App Challenge. Create Overwolf apps that capture, edit, share, and brighten-up the best moments in gaming.

Harness exclusive game APIs and the power of GeForce GTX GPU's video encoder to make ground-breaking, never before seen apps that gamers won't be able to do without.

Are you up to the challenge? Join now!
This is a win-win for everyone (coders get publicity, users get apps) and the reason I'm posting about it is because I'd really like to see some YouTube Gaming (recently started streaming) and H1Z1 (very fun game) apps created. Overwolf doesn't currently have a good selection for either of these so I'm hoping my promotion of the challenge will help generate interest. 

Good luck to everyone that submits apps!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fallout Shelter for Android Available on Google Play!

I'm no longer the type of blogger that posts every day (it's been a few months as I'm sure you've noticed) but I will post something when I think it's worth mentioning. This is one of those posts and something many of us waited a long time for. Fallout Shelter for Android is finally available! Here's what you can do:
    Create a brighter future…underground! Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life.
    Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities.
    A well-run Vault requires a variety of Dwellers with a mix of skills. Build a Radio Room to attract new Dwellers. Or, take an active role in their personal lives; play matchmaker and watch the sparks fly!
    Send Dwellers above ground to explore the blasted surface left behind and seek adventure, handy survival loot, or unspeakable death. Find new armor and weapons, gain experience, and earn Caps. But don’t let them die!
    From time to time, idyllic Vault life may be disrupted by the dangers of post-nuclear life. Prepare your Dwellers to protect against threats from the outside…and within.
Get Fallout Shelter for Android on Google Play!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Still Around and Learning Python

Just wanted to provide everyone with a quick update on my activities to let you know I'm still around. I've been busy with life in general but also continuing my education.

I just completed week 8 in Coursera's Programming for Everybody (pr4e.com) course, which focuses on the Python programming language. This course has been a great way for me to get re-introduced to computer programming and I believe I'll be able to continue learning with Python thanks to other related courses in Coursera and Udacity. It's even inspired me to purchase a .io domain which will be focused on Python updates and resources for other new programmers. The website will probably include a forum for quick, on-site discussion but that hasn't been worked out yet. It's been a while since I created and managed a website so it's launch might take some time, especially since I'd like to learn more first.

If you're interested in learning computer programming starting with the basics, I definitely recommend Coursera and Udacity as initial resources as well as Python as an initial programming language choice. You won't be disappointed. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

15 Programming Languages You Need to Know In 2015 & Those I Plan To Learn

The website Mashable recently posted an article focused on which programming languages would be most beneficial to learn based on industry need and popularity. They listed the following 15 as programming languages that should be learned in 2015:

  1. Java
  2. JavaScript
  3. C#
  4. PHP
  5. C++
  6. Python
  7. C
  8. SQL
  9. Ruby
  10. Objective-C
  11. Perl
  12. .NET
  13. Visual Basic
  14. R
  15. Swift
Of the above listed programming languages, I'm currently learning Python (thanks to Coursera and Udacity) and will hopefully learn others in the future. I'm a little behind since I'm done with my schooling and programming was barely part of it but I definitely want to learn a few now, even if it's just for casual usage or to help out with open source projects. 

Which programming languages do you know or want to learn? Do you agree with the order in which Mashable listed the programming languages?

By the way, the photo I used in this post is from one of my all-time favorite movies, "Hackers". It shows the virtual reality interior of the Gibson supercomputer. If only I'd known I'd be so interested in programming when I first saw this movie. Better late than never.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Free Google Play Music Album of the Week: Kaskade - I Remember

Kaskade I Remember Album Cover

I swear it seems like Google is offering free albums specifically catered to my taste in music, even the country albums which I like and never thought I would. Fresh in the Play Music store and available for free is "Kaskade: I Remember" of the Dance/Electronic genre. This album by DJ Ryan Raddon comes complete with 20 of his songs. Get it in the Google Play Music Store and enjoy some great, free music!