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4 Things to Remember with Pair Programming

Pair programming is touted for the benefits of teamwork, the clean code that it produces, and the skills that it refines. It also helps to ensure that all code is well-conceived from the start. It's important to note that it's embraced by some organizations but not others when it becomes a battle of egos and audits. Before you make a decision on how you should implement pair programming for your team, you'll want to explore some of the different aspects of pair programming that may or may not be right for your team.

5 Ways to Avoid Common IT Training Mistakes

Have you ever blindly gone into a situation without a plan in place? Even if you happened to have a positive outcome, it was probably a stressful situation. Having an IT training plan for the upcoming year is a proactive way to prepare your team to meet their goals in 2015. To position your team for success, make sure that your approach is timely and that your training plans align well with your developer/company goals. This helps prevent the mistake of making a plan without all the required details and input on the business side.

Must-Have Qualities in IT Training Instructors

Learning a new programming skill can sometimes feel a lot like running a mental marathon. Experienced instructors who are enthusiastic and engaging make this process a bit less painful. When looking for instructors for your training program, keep in mind that knowledge of the topic or skill is not the only thing that a trainer needs.

Argument for Mainframe: Industries with Programming Opportunities

While we continue to argue back and forth on whether or not Mainframe is dead, there's no denying that there are some fantastic career opportunities when it comes to COBOL and Mainframe development. Don't believe me? Do a search on Indeed.com and see how many listings pop up. The talent shortage coming from the wake of aging developers exiting the workforce is a growing problem for Enterprise organizations. If you're considering a career in development or want to move into a different area in your organization, there are a few industries that place a high value on mainframe programming.

The Benefits of IT Training

If you're in the midst of forming your 2015 IT Training budget, you're likely wondering if your 2014 approach was as effective as you hoped it would be. If you haven't already adopted a comprehensive, department-wide training strategy, it might be time to look into how effective that could be for your organization and the productivity of the IT department.

Top IT Training Trends for 2015

In order to maintain efficiency in your organization, it's essential that your training program help your developers to address user needs and coding challenges. With all of the different training options available, it can sometimes be overwhelming to decide what is essential and what will best contribute to the growth and development of your team.

5 Ways Developers Can Foster a Continuous Learning Mindset

Programming is a continuously changing and evolving industry. Every day different languages become more popular and tools change. In order to grow within the industry, avoid becoming obsolete and remain competitive in your field, you have no choice but to stay up-to-date on trends, while always looking for ways to improve and expand your skillset. The problem is, after a long day at the office the very last thing you want to do is sit down to read up on how to improve.

8 Ways you're Demotivating your Development Team

Many programmers have been doing what they do since they were in grade school. They're passionate about it and like creating things. It's not hard to motivate a really good developer, since he or she often spends plenty of time self-educating. It's also not hard to demotivate a really great developer. If you're starting to see a lack of productivity in your programmers or appear to be have an increasing employee turnover rate, it's very possible that you might be demotivating your development team.

Python Programming Tutorials: For Loops

As you program in Python, there may be a scenario where you need to execute a block of code several different times. Generally, statements are executed sequentially. The first statement in a function is executed first, followed by the second and so on. In Python there are control structures that allow for more complicated execution paths. A loop statement allows us to execute a statement or group of statements multiple times.

Growing Opportunity for Software Developers

When it comes to hot jobs for 2015, software development, programming and technology are at the top of the list. But did you know exactly how much opportunity and growth opportunity exists for developers in this field? Check out our infographic below and see exactly where the greatest opportunity lies.

Eliminate Software Development Backlog by Becoming a Power Programmer

Sometimes even a well-practiced developer can experience inefficiencies. If you're starting to feel like a little bogged down with your backlog of work and you're getting in all the coding you can, it may be time to explore other things you can do to eliminate that backlog by becoming a power programmer.

How to Sharpen your Software Development Skills

When it comes to software development, you know that the more experience you have and the better your skills are, the more efficiently you'll be able to execute changes, fix bugs and write new functionality and usable programs. An experienced developer can't afford to trial and error his or her code and getting to that point takes time and education..

Why the Mainframe is Still Relevant: 4 Reasons to Get COBOL Education

s Client Server Technologies surged in the mid 90's, the mainframe was predicted to be dead at or near the turn of the century. The debate still carries on throughout the world of IT. That debate has two sides. On one side are those who believe that the mainframe is obsolete and enterprise organizations are running into massive handicaps and maintenance drag with their legacy systems. On the other hand, the supporters claim that enterprise companies and government organizations are so reliant on these systems that it will be a long time if ever before they'll stop using them. Who is right? Both, perhaps.

4 Reasons to Consider Classroom or Live Virtual IT Training

When you're just starting out in the world of software development, it can be tempting to rely exclusively on self teach methods. After all, there are a number of great resources available to you. From code.org to Code Academy and Stack Overflow - seeking answers to your technology questions and educating yourself about the development language you're using is simpler than it has ever been. But are these efforts enough to land you a career in software development? Or to help you become a better IT professional?

Angular Tutorial using REST APIs for Beginners

This is an AngularJS tutorial to show how to create a web application using Rest API integration. In this web application tutorial you'll learn how to create an AngularJS app. The full Angular source code is provided at the end of the tutorial.

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