Want to learn Apple’s new programming language? You have to pay!
Wednesday 4 June 2014
The new way to code iOS and OS X
Tuesday 3 June 2014
This is definitely the most interesting news of the week for developers. Apple has announced a new programming language called Swift.
Audio editing software
Monday 12 May 2014
Saturday 10 May 2014
How did I go from interviewing Duran Duran to programming in Ruby, C and C#?
Fun with Flash!
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Huw Collingbourne goes back to the ’80s to show how to bring adventure games up to date in ActionScript and Flash
free video series
Sunday 30 March 2014
Over the past few years I’ve taught multimedia courses on a number of eLearning sites such as Udemy, Skillfeed, CodeProject and Adobe Knowhow.
Tuesday 18 March 2014
If you are used to programming C#, Delphi or Visual Basic, you may be used to creating user interfaces by dragging and dropping buttons and other components onto a form.
Free tutorial video
Tuesday 11 March 2014
Here is the latest video in my free series for novice programmers. It explains Dictionaries and Hashes - which are also called ’associative arrays’ in some languages.
Adventures in gaming - and programming
Monday 10 March 2014
The text adventure is surely the greatest flowering of the programmer’s art. That being so, it is with great joy that I have discovered that the BBC has released Infocom’s great ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ game in an online playable version!
Wednesday 5 March 2014
There are many ways of creating and using strings in Ruby. But the three most important string types are single-quoted, double-quoted and backquoted.
Video Editor Review
Monday 17 February 2014
Thursday 13 February 2014
The world is full of programmers. So why, asks Ila Naqvi, are so many of them so bad at programming?
Why not just use Word?
Sunday 19 January 2014
A few months ago I reviewed Scrivener, a low-cost word processor which is aimed at writers (of books and articles rather than of memos and letters). While I liked Scrivener, I wasn’t sure that I could really break away from the word processor I’ve been using for so many years past – namely, Microsoft Word. So I decided to get a second opinion from someone who has made the beak and uses Scrivener regularly. Cathy Presland is an author and instructor who not only publishes her own books but also teaches others how to publish theirs. She leads workshops and teaches online: https://www.udemy.com/u/cathypresland/. I asked Cathy why she likes Scrivener so much…
In search of the graveyard of old 3D graphics software
Monday 13 January 2014
Some old software dies of neglect, some is killed and some just fades away…
3D Landscape software - review
Sunday 5 January 2014
Happy 2014 – and a look back to the start of Bitwise in 2005…
Wednesday 1 January 2014
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been publishing Bitwise for almost nine years now. Up until 2005, I had been strictly a paper-printed journalist. I’d edited magazines, made videos for magazine cover discs and written innumerable articles and columns for many of the top-selling computer titles in the UK – PC Plus, PC Pro, Computer Shopper and many others.
Friday 20 December 2013
I wasn’t planning to buy a new PC before Christmas – but I had no choice in the matter. My two-year old Dell PC suddenly decided to stop working… or, at any rate, it became so temperamental that I was no longer prepared to trust it with my work. It developed a tendency to reboot itself at unexpected moments. I ran the usual system checks on its memory, graphics and hard disk, but no obvious problems showed up. So I decided that my safest bet was to get a new PC.
Hmmm… well, not quite.
Thursday 5 December 2013
Over a year ago, I installed Windows 8, really just to check that our products (my company makes programming tools) worked on the operating system. They did, and because I had no further use for Windows 8, I then forgot all about it. For twelve months or so, Windows 8 has sat unused (and unloved – I loathed the thing). So before trying out Visual Studio 2013, I decided to upgrade Windows 8 to the latest version.
How much better can the best IDE actually get?
Friday 22 November 2013
I was a little surprised when Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013. In the past, the upgrade cycle has been two to three years: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012. Now it looks as though it is one year. But it very much depends on what you mean by ’upgrade’. For example, a completely new editor was introduced in with VS2010 – which was a big change. This time, VS2013 looks to me more like an incremental upgrade.
Getting started with C programming
Wednesday 20 November 2013
In your programs you will often want to assign values to variables and, later on, test those values.