Apple’s free Summer Camp teaches kids to code

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Summer camp is coming to an Apple Store near you.
Summer camp is coming to an Apple Store near you.
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Parents looking for a cool summer activity for kids will soon be able to drop their youngsters off at the Genius Bar for a programming upgrade.

Apple opened registration for its annual summer Camps this morning which give children 8 to 12 the opportunity to come into the Apple Store to learn coding, robotics, moviemaking and storytelling using iPads and Macs. Best of all, the three day camp is totally free.

Today in Apple history: Apple Logo teaches kids to code

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Apple Logo was Apple's first go at getting kids into coding.
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tuesday14 Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple has been upping its focus on teaching kids to program — thanks to events such as its free “Hour of Code” classes at Apple Stores around the world.

But Apple’s been helping introduce young people to coding for far longer than that. In fact, years before Apple ushered in its Swift Playgrounds app as it did this week at WWDC, it helped popularize home programming thanks to Apple Logo, a basic coding language which found success on the Apple II.

Hacking for the good guys is a lucrative skill to learn [Deals]

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With companies like Instagram paying big bug bounties, it's a great time to learn ethical hacking.
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Finding faults in a computer system can mean exploiting it — which is what we’ve been conditioned to think of when we hear the term “hacker” — or it can mean you’re trying to find ways of making the system stronger.

That’s what so-called white hat hacking is all about, and it’s a skill that’s becoming increasingly lucrative as more and more businesses are looking to do business over secure networks. This Ethical Hacker and Pentester Pro Bundle is a great way to join the light side of the hacking workforce, and you can get it for whatever you’re willing to pay.

Learn to hack on the right side of the law [Deals]

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Learn the skills needed to get a job hacking for the good guys.
Learn the skills needed to get a job hacking for the good guys.
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Whether through dramatization pop culture or out-of-touch leaders, hacking has gotten a bad rap. The act of testing a system for its flaws goes to the very beginning of computer technology itself, and it’s a tradition carried on by so-called “white hat hackers”, experts who dig into systems to test, expose and correct weak spots. It’s not a dark art but a light one, and one you can learn with the Complete White Hat Hacking and Penetration Testing Bundle . These courses normally go for almost a thousand dollars, but right now you can get access for just $19.

Here’s some of what’s included:

Mobile developers: Here’s your chance to learn Swift, and fast

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These four lessons are a surefire and affordable way to learn Swift, one of the most relevant iOS languages.
These four lessons are a surefire and affordable way to learn Swift, one of the most relevant iOS languages.
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For any mobile developer, learning Swift is a must. It’s an intuitive and fast language that’s key to iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. This bundle of four lessons — in the form of 3 apps and an E-book — will get you up to speed in practicing coding, testing scripts, and more. And the best part: the whole shebang is just $9.99.

Apple’s Swift programming language goes open source

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Apple's Swift language is now open source.
Apple's Swift language is now open source.
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Swift, the fast growing computer programming language created by Apple, is officially going open source starting today.

Apple unveiled Swift at WWDC in 2014 with a promise to make it open source in the future. Now that the language has become one of the fastest adopted languages in history, the company announced this morning that the time is right to open up access.

Pros and developers alike can benefit from these extended Cyber Monday deals [Deals]

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Add project management to your skillset and resume with this pair of essential courses.
Add project management to your skillset and resume with this pair of essential courses.
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With all the hubbub around the post-Thanksgiving shopping, it’s nice when there’s a huge discount on something that is actually useful. These courses on project management and game design normally go for thousands of dollars, but right now they’re going for less than $50. It’s all part of a massive clearing out of eLearning bundles in Cult of Mac’s Cyber Monday extension sale, where you can get another 20% off all e-learning deals by entering coupon code CYBERMONDAY20 at checkout.

Keep the cyber in Cyber Monday with deals on iOS, Microsoft and Adobe training [Deals]

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Instead of buying a new TV or juicer this Cyber Monday, invest in your own tech savviness. From training in iOS and Xcode to Microsoft Office and Adobe’s array of creative products, you’ll emerge from the holidays ready to take on new challenges and better gigs. And most digital deals like these get another 25% taken off if you enter the coupon code ‘CYBERMONDAY25’ at checkout.

Pay what you want for a huge bundle of coding lessons [Deals]

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Pay whatever you want for these nine lessons covering HTML5, Ruby, Python and plenty in between.
Pay whatever you want for these nine lessons covering HTML5, Ruby, Python and plenty in between.
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Coding is as useful a skill as it is a time consuming (and often expensive) one to learn. It doesn’t have to be that way though — whether you want to master HTML5, Ruby, Python or anything in between, we’ve got a content-packed, 92-hour bundle of courses and you can get it for whatever you want to pay. 10% of anything you decide to pay goes to Project Hope, who provide medical expertise and resources to crises around the world.

Apple’s new Swift language experiences ‘meteoric’ growth

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Developers are loving Apple's new programming language. Photo: Cult of Mac
Developers are loving Apple's new programming language. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple surprised developers with its new programming language, Swift, at WWDC 2014 but it hasn’t taken long for the developer community to get behind what will soon be the replacement for Objective-C.

In the latest programming language popularity rankings from RedMonk, Swift has shot up from the 68th ranked language in Q3 2014, to the 22nd most popular language going into 2015. To put that growth into perspective, Google released its new language Go in 2009, but it just barely cracked the top 20 in this quarter’s rankings.

Here’s the full rankings chart: