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The Programming Mindset

The Programming Mindset

Programmers need to think in a certain way. To create a computer program they have to reduce an idea, no matter how simple or complex, into a set of logical steps. They typically start with a higher level idea and then reduce it piece-by-piece with ever smaller granularity until it essentially becomes a list of questions and answers; inputs and outputs. Unless you can break a concept down into smaller and smaller constituent parts, you'll never be able to translate that process into program code. Over time, and the more experienced you get - the more levels 'deep' you'll be...

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How Do I Start & Succeed With An Online Business?

How Do I Start & Succeed With An Online Business?

As a successful online and IT Training & Career Certification company ourselves, we're often approached by people wanting to start web-based businesses - asking us for our experience and expertise - and what it takes to actually become a successful web designer, developer, master or ecommerce expert. Because people are fed up with the constant barrage of online internet marketing guru rubbish peddled daily: The 'courses' and 'insider knowledge' which promise one-stop, one-click button solutions. And these people expect you to believe that their solutions can actually provide you with a proper business or online income - a successful online alternative to...

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What Is Search Engine Marketing & Optimisation? (SEM & SEO)

What Is Search Engine Marketing & Optimisation? (SEM & SEO)

Search Engine Marketing & Search Engine Optimisation, commonly referred to as SEM & SEO, have become something of a hot-potato since around 2003, as they have the potential to make or break any online business. SEO essentially refers to techniques of on-site web-page code optimisation, as well as the creation of off-site factors that will influence the organic (non paid for) SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages). SEM normally refers to specific marketing strategies through the Search Engines to advertise and promote your site & pages. SEO is really a subset of SEM, with SEM having a wider scope and including...

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Graphic Images, Compression & Common File Types

Graphic Images, Compression & Common File Types

Common Graphic Types & File Compression Many common graphics file-types utilise mathematical compression techniques to make them smaller, so they take up less space on your drive, and download faster over the internet (which is especially important for websites - as otherwise pages can take forever to load). .JPG files, for example, use a 'lossy' compression system which means that some of the data is lost during compression. The algorithm essentially works through the picture and removes a certain amount of detail information. How much it removes depends on the quality settings when the file is created. Lost information is...

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Why Does My Hard Drive Show Less Space Than Advertised?

Why Does My Hard Drive Show Less Space Than Advertised?

First, we need to explain how computer storage size is measured... Computer file sizes are measured in bytes, kilobytes (kB), megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) & Terabytes (TB). And there are higher values too, which we'll come to later. One byte is equal to 8 bits - where a 'bit' is a 'binary digit' which can be just 1 or 0. In binary (which is a base 2 numbering system - as opposed to our usual 'base 10' or 'decimal' system), eight bits can therefore represent integer (whole) numbers from 0 to 256. When we count in decimal, each time we...

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