Apple’s Swift Language is Being Touted as a Game Changer

Apple's Swift LogoIt creator Chris Lattner spent 18 months creating the new language that will make it faster and easier for developers to build software for the Apple family – iPhones, iPads, and Macs. I’ve read the article found on Wired.com and think this language will indeed develop mass adoption relatively quickly. I for one was excited when I found out about Swift during the live streaming of WWDC14. Although Swift is supposed to make it easier to develop, seasoned iOS developers still recommend learning Objective-C, some even go as far as recommending creating simple programs using C. Ultimately the choice is up to you. I recommend reading every blog post written by Ray Wenderlich on the subject since it looks like he’s taken the lead on writing the most comprehensive tutorials out there. For folks with some programing experience under their belt I would also recommend taking a look at the Swift documentation.

 

Giving an Outdated Blog Layout in Direct Sales New Life

I’ve always been the idea guy when it comes to online marketing and generating web traffic. I got started back in 2010 setting up basic WordPress websites. One of those websites was DirectSalesHQ.com, a site dedicated to MLM, direct sales, and work at home opportunities. I chose that specific industry because at the time, my wife was involved in Thirty-One Gifts – personalized bags. It was during this time that I learned a lot about creating WordPress websites, setting up Google analytics and webmaster tools to analyze traffic data.

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Fast forward 4 years later and now I’m taking online classes both paid and free on learning front-end web development. I still have my regular 9-5 job, which helps pay the bills and allows me to work on building my web skill set. In all honesty, I wanted to burn my bridges years ago and just do web development full time. That would have been a huge mistake that would have rocked my marriage. Thank God I didn’t do that, rather I used saved cash and proceeds from my wife’s direct sales business – locketsandcharms.orgiamiowl.com to help further my eduction. The web is definitely evolving and I’m excited to be able to be a part of it.

Learning from Coursera

Data Science Course Online Over the past couple of years I’ve made it a point to work on learning as much as I can during my free time about WordPress, iOS development, and what’s trending in the startup scene. I have a yearly membership to Team Treehouse that I use to learn the basics of programming. I’m also trying out Code School. These are all great starting points for me because I get to experiment with different technology out there. But there’s one topic that has recently caught my eye and that the art of data science, so I did what I always do when I encounter something interesting: I signed up for a couple of courses (certificate option) “Introduction to Data Science,” and “R”. I chose these two courses because the knowledge I would glean from them will overlap with my current 9-5 job and my side projects – analytics for www.locketsandcharms.com website. Bottom line, data is everywhere and I want to make smart data based decisions.