I am exploring a new (for me) tool to play with at home, called XAMPP. This is an open source web server stack that contains Apache HTTP Server, MySQLPHP, and Perl, along with some other goodies. At my current job I interact with SQL fairly regularly, and I wanted a way to learn more at home, to deepen my knowledge, and advance my skill set. I am also interested in learning PHP and Perl, along with my ongoing Python studies. XAMPP is great for home development.

If you are into this kind of thing, or interested in learning about it, you should check out XAMPP. It is very user-friendly, and compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Get Yer Code On…

Have you ever thought you might want to learn some programming, but were hesitant because you didn’t have any of the prerequisites (or the funds for outrageous tuition)? If so, this course might be for you:

Programming for Everybody

I just completed a different course by the same professor, Dr. Charles Severance of the University of Michigan. I liked it so much I have enrolled in this one as well. Dr Chuck (his preferred moniker) has a way of taking really complex ideas and breaking them down into understandable chunks without sacrificing the integrity of the information.

The textbook for this course is offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, which means it is free, and can be adapted by anyone as long as it is not for commercial purposes (which is cool, IMHO).

The course begins on October 6th, and is 10 weeks long. This is being offered on Coursera (the best platform for MOOCs that I have found).