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A Brief History of Podcasting

A Brief History of Podcasting

Ever wonder about the evolution of the podcast? While podcasting is a comparatively young technology it still has a rather fascinating albeit brief history. The background of the word, “podcast” is quite fascinating and is reflective of the dynamic nature of the Internet community.

Podcasting is a term that was only coined in 2004, combining two words: iPod and broadcasting. Ironically, this definition is somewhat of a misnomer since neither component is completely accurate. Neither podcasting nor listening to podcasts requires an iPod or other portable player. In fact, podcasts can be listened to on any mp3 enabled device including a desktop computer. The name association came about simply because Apple Computer’s iPod was the best-selling portable digital audio player when podcasting began. What’s more, no over-the-air broadcasting is required either.

Even the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary jumped on the podcasting bandwagon by declaring “podcasting” word of the year for 2005. The term was defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” The word will be added to the online version of the dictionary during their next update.

The term, podcasting was coined by journalist, Ben Hammersley, and then popularized by former MTV VJ and media entrepreneur, Adam Curry. Mr. Curry created an Applescript application that automated the process of downloading and syncing audio files to iPods.

Other names or alternative interpretations of the letters, “P-O-D” were proposed, the most popular of which was “Personal On Demand”. Technology writer, Doc Searls came up with this phrase back in September, 2004. Terms such as “audio-blogging”, audio magazines” and “web-casting” have also been offered to describe this unique form of media distribution.

Other “pod”-derived phrases include “podcasters” (those who create podcasts) and “podcatchers” – the special RSS aggregators which periodically check for and download new content automatically. Podcatching software enables the user to copy podcasts to portable music & video players.

The popularity of podcasting is spreading like wildfire because of the rapid adoption of MP3 players and the desire of consumers to have fresh content. Podcasting has flourished because it gives people more control over what they listen to, and the freedom to take their programs with them with them.

Not since blogging has a technology seemed so unexpected and been so quickly and widely adopted as podcasting. Growth in this nascent industry is expected to accelerate quickly due to the rapid acceptance of the technology by the radio broadcast industry in 2005 and Apple’s iTunes distribution. The rising popularity of podcasts is challenging conventional radio’s broadcasting model.

While iTunes is less than two years old, roughly 4.8 million people downloaded a podcast in 2005, as compared with just over 800,000 in 2004. And 11.4 million listeners are expected this year, according to research from The Diffusion Group. Already the Apple iTunes service offers 15,000 podcasts and listeners have signed up for more than 7 million subscriptions.

A study by Bridge Ratings in November 2005 with radio listeners in ten national markets showed that approximately 20% of users who have ever downloaded and listened to a podcast do soon a weekly basis. This group downloads an average of six podcasts per week and spends approximately four hours a month listening to the podcasts they download.

This study projected even more dramatic growth in the industry in the future. According to Bridge Ratings, by 2010, podcast audience growth is expected to reach a conservative 45 million users who will have ever listened to a podcast. Aggressive estimates place this number closer to 75 million by this date.

How does this affect you?

With podcast listening rising exponentially, podcasts offer you a very powerful tool for promoting your products or services. The great thing about podcasts is that they are relatively easy and inexpensive to create. Podcasting can help ensure a closer relationship with your target audiences by providing them with engaging, informative and frequent updates about the goings on in your industry. If you have a website then there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a podcast available as it’s not difficult to set up and can bring a significant increase in traffic to your site. So in short podcasting should be a vital component of any online marketing campaign.

History Of Apple Trees

History Of Apple Trees

Apple trees were the most popularly grown fruit tree in colonial America and practically every settlement farm and backyard gardener planted this easily grown fruit tree, or easier, the seed of the apple could be planted to establish a permanent food supply. Growing these apple tree products could be eaten fresh or could be dried and preserved in many different ways to eat at a later time. Historical instances on the existence of apple trees are documented from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, petrified slices of apples on plates for tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures and innumerable writings from poetry, songs, literary publications, and many other surviving accounts of all civilizations in the ancient world. One of the earliest archeological evidences of apple tree fruit comes from the remains of excavations from Jericho, Jordan, that has been dated 6500 BC by radiochemical analysis of carbon atoms.

The petrified remains of apple slices that were found in a saucer of an ancient Mesopotamian tomb, the burial site of royalty dates back to 2500 BC and was uncovered in southern Iran. In the ancient historical accounts of the fruit of the apple tree, there appears to be an incomprehensible trail of evidence that no other fruit could match. The interest shown in apples by the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, historians, and literary masters was even extended to Renaissance painters, royal chefs to the Tsars of Russia and too many other references to mention.

In colonial America, apple trees were grown and planted from seeds in orchards by William Blackstone at Boston, Massachusetts in the 1600’s. Early documents on file at the National Library in Washington, DC suggest that all land owners in Massachusetts had begun growing apple trees by the 1640’s.

William Bartram, the famous explorer and botanist, wrote in his book, Travels, “I observed, in a very thriving condition, two or three large apple trees” in 1773, while traveling near Mobile, Alabama. It is important to realize that these large apple trees found growing in Alabama in 1773 could very easily have been grown from the seed planted by Creek Indians. Those seed may have been obtained by the Indians from American colonists on the Eastern coast of the United States at a much earlier time or from French farmers who settles in areas of agricultural land grants north of Mobile. General Oglethorpe planned in 1733 to plant “various plants, subtropical and temperate, which might prove valuable for Georgian farms and orchards,” according to William Bartram in his book Travels, published 40 years later. William Bartram’s father, John Bartram, trip to “East Florida” (Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas) was, in part at least, an attempt to inventory the plant resources of England’s new acquisition—after expelling the Spanish from East Florida.

Many modern botanists believe that the improved apple that we know today descended from the crabapple that is commonly interplanted with apple trees for cross pollination. Old documents record that fact “cultivated apples descended from crab-tree or wild apple-Pyrus malus.” Wild crabapple tree seeds appeared on the list of collected seeds in the Plant List of 1783 of William Bartram and his father, John Bartram. In William Bartram’s book, Travels in 1773, he “observed amongst them (fruit trees) the wild crab (Pyrus coronaria) in his explorations near Mobile, Alabama. Robert Prince established the first operating nursery in the American colonies at Flushing, New York, in the 1700’s, where he offered apple trees for sale at his nursery that was visited by General George Washington, who later became the first President of the United States. President Thomas Jefferson was planting and growing apple trees at his fruit tree orchard in Monticello, Virginia, in the early 1800’s.

The legendary Johnny Appleseed was responsible for the rapid development of the apple trees growing and planting when he established a nursery in the Midwest that sold both apple trees and seed to be planted for growing into trees in the 1800’s. Over 2000 cultivars of apple trees are listed as being grown today, many of the trees resulting from the huge apple seed dispersion that was begun by the memorable ambition of Johnny Appleseed to entirely cover the landscape of America with the fruit of apple trees.

Over the centuries, apple trees became susceptible to many disease problems such as fire blight; however, Dr. C.S. Crandall from the University of Illinois performed several backcrosses that involved modern cultivars and the apple tree ancestor ‘crabapple,’ Malus floribunda. The wild crabapple contained an immunity factor within its genetic composition towards all major bacterial and fungal diseases of apple trees. In 1989, researchers from the pomology department at Cornell University extracted an immune fire blight gene from a nocturnal moth and transplanted it into an apple fruit, resulting in the total defeat of fire blight in that particular apple tree cultivar.

Fruiting of apple trees is perhaps the most troublesome characteristic experienced by an orchardist or a backyard fruit tree gardener. Most cultivars of apple trees require cross pollination of two separate varieties in order to set fruit on the tree.

It is necessary that the blossoms of the two apple tree flowers develop pollen at the same time, in order that fruit will be set, which can be a tricky problem to correct. The simplist solution to pollinate apple trees is to use the ancestor of the modern day apple cultivars, the crabapple, which sheds its pollen over a long period of time and easily overlaps the apple tree cultivar flowering period. Crabapple trees produce a fruit that is much smaller than the common apple, but it can be used in cooking in various ways, and it is loved by wildlife in the fall and winter when wildlife food is scarce for animals and birds. Crabapple trees are also valuable when used as flowering trees that begin blooming in early spring with huge clusters of pink, white, and even red blossoms. Several outstanding grafted flowering tree selections are available, such as: Brandywine, Red Perfection, Radiant, and Spring Snow.

Apple trees are easy to grow, and if a gardener purchases a large tree, he may experience fruit development even on the first year of planting and growing. The selection of the proper cultivar of grafted apple trees is extremely important, because even though the apple fruit can be grown in most areas of the United States, the trees require different amounts of chilling temperatures in order to flower. The interesting introduction of low chill cultivars from Israel makes it possible to experience apple growing and planting as far south as Florida. Certain popularly grown cultivars of apple trees in the United States today are: Arkansas Black, Gala, Granny Smith, Red Rome, Anna, Red Fuji, Yates, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Anna, Ein Shemer, and Golden Dorsett. Apples contain some mysterious quality that can preserve it from deterioration for centuries. Apple slices can be dried and kept delicious for long periods of time. This mysterious characteristic may be recognized by man’s association of paradise being connected and related to Eve and Adam picking apples from a fruit tree growing in paradise for their eternal pleasure, that was planted by God and described as the tree of life at the fabled Garden of Eden. We see this fruit of paradise recurs in the history of many other ancient civilizations. A similar account that we read as children in the book of Genesis from the scriptures in the Hebrew Bible.

Perhaps this mysterious genetic quality of apples in preservation makes it so important as providing medical benefits backed up by that memorable proverb, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Experiments from researchers in California have shown that apple fruit is very rich in antioxidants, a biological compound that combats, stroke, heart disease, and many other health problems.

The History Of Golf In America Part One

The History Of Golf In America Part One

It all started long ago in 1743 which was one year before the formation of the Company of Gentleman Golfers; there is an actual shipping record of 96 golf clubs and 432 golf balls delivered from Leith Scotland to a Mr. D. Deas in Charleston, South Carolina.
This shipping order size obviously suggests that the shipment was destined for a group of golfers. Then again Mr. David Deas may have been an eccentric. It is also believed that another golf club or society was organized in Savanna Georgia around the same time period.

It took until 1888 for the first permanent golf club to form. The location was in Yonkers New York. The St. Andrew’s Golf Club was formed by a Mr. Johnny Reid and a crew of golfers who came to have the nickname of the “Apple Tree Gang”. Reid and his friends were exceptional devotees of the game of golf. Initially all that was available was 3 hole golf course that began and ended near the landmark of a large apple tree.

Many consider that Reid is the father of American golf while others would insist that Charles Blair Macdonald – a gold enthusiast, writer and golf course architect deserves the honors.

Macdonald, whom The “Golf Journal” termed the “True Pioneer of American Golf”, was the driving force behind the creation of the pivotal Chicago Golf Club, the first 18 hole golf course in the United States of America. This was in 1892 that Macdonald, the golf pioneer, was able to lay the groundwork by convincing and persuading 30 Chicago business associates to pitch in the princely sum at the time of $ 10 apiece so that a nine hole golf could be constructed and developed. This golf site was to destined to become the prestigious and historic Downers Grove Golf Course. Later the next year an additional 9 holes were added to complete the first 18 hole golf course in America.

Macdonald, who had studied in Scotland at the St. Andrews University, is also credited with development of golf course architecture in the United States. Best known of his works is the National Golf Links course on Long Island, Along with that Macdonald left his mark by both assisting in and in creation of the USGA – the United States Golf Association.

The USGA emerged in the wake of a dispute between the St. Andrew’s Golf Club and the Newport Rhode Island Golfing Clubs. In the summertime of 1894 each hosted an invitational golfing tournament, amazingly enough without the apparent knowledge of the other club . Each golf club declared the winner of their tournament to be the “National Amateur American Golf Champion”. Humorously enough a sore loser , in the person of McDonald himself , ignited the debacle and then suggested to clear the air that an official golf tournament be organized and arranged by an official golf organization . Of course this golf tournament administrative group would be be in charge of the the event.

What followed was a meeting of the delegates from Newport Golf Club, St. Andrews, the Chicago Golf Club, Shinnecock Hills Country Club and the Country Club in Brookline Massachusetts. These delegations founded the Amateur Golf Association of the United States which later to become known as the USGA . The foundation of the USGA were laid on December 22, 1894.

Thus golf was on its way to become the mainstream prestigious recreational sport of America.

Have a Customer Catching Site with Great Ecommerce Web Site Design

Have a Customer Catching Site with Great Ecommerce Web Site Design

“Enabling E-commerce” Launch event, 11 December 2017
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E-commerce web site development is all the rage in these days of the Internet boom, even after the big days of busts. The dream of making it huge in a short time may be over but the reliability the ecommerce provides is still quite remarkable.
For an online economy that is constantly rising, using the latest technologies from leading providers will give you access to a lot of business transactions and will be able to help you maintain your business with helps with your inventories and records seamlessly. Many marketing tools can be had. Then of course there is the design of your ecommerce website. It is like having an interior decorator and an architect help you design and build your store.
Many e-commerce website design firms are delivering enterprise quality, scalable, secure search engine friendly, e-commerce website design for many of the world’s highest profile websites. They too can do for you what success they have done for them.
The first step to any e-commerce website design process is to identify your e-commerce needs including what your business is selling, how it’s selling and to whom the selling is done.
E-commerce websites systems are developed to provide complete turn key website management system that gives you an ability to manage all of your pages, content, products, images forms and more.
Many people are now willing to participate in e-commerce because security and privacy controls are increasing in sophistication and effectiveness. Remember of course that many companies go bankrupt because they insist on conducting e-commerce without doing any business in the outside world, they prefer doing it in their own terms with their own rules.
Since the sites are already built, ready to go and proven to work well, they are ready for you almost immediately.
When the suit of tools is fully integrated the web site owner gives you unprecedented flexibility to run virtually any kind of business with boundless limits
With the Dashboard System as the e-commerce solution behind your professional website design, you’ll find your sales will increase, costs will decrease, and you will find new and profitable ways to sell your products and services on your e-commerce website.
E-commerce website offers products or services over the worldwide web or other computer networks, providing information itself counts as one of the most valuable services. E-commerce websites makes billons of dollars a year in America alone and much more worldwide
E-commerce websites includes the need for inventory, tracking and reporting, automatic thumbnail image creation, powerful and configurable catalog search options, suggested items linked to product pages unlimited categories and sub-categories, complete real time payment processing, easily includes extra shipping fees based on weight, quantity order, total or destination, popular item reporting, easy to use check-out process, accept on line bill payments, custom product options (colors, sizes, options ) coupons, gift certificates, wish lists return customer tracking and much more. This can be done easily when a highly effective e-commerce website design is utilized.
Here are some tips to making your e-commerce experience as successful as possible:
• Make sure your products or services offer something of great value to the customers.
• Make it easy as possible to use your website and buy goods or services.
• Offer personal attention as much as possible, people still wants to make phone calls and talk to human workers at times.
• Try to encourage customers to return often to buy more from you, offer discounts to repeat customers and send out e-mail promotions from time to time.
• Be able to adapt quickly to the ever changing world of e-commerce.
If you are looking for cost effective ways to promote your products and services or explore various sales and marketing channels to gain a wide market exposure, then there is nothing comparable in ease of use, quality, functionality or price out there, the benefits that you get with a good e-commerce web design on your page is boundless. An e-commerce website design for your business is affordable, makes you money and is easy to operate.

DirecTV vs. Dish Network — Which Is Better?

DirecTV vs. Dish Network — Which Is Better?

The satellite TV systems and services offered by DirecTV and Dish Network are almost identical — both offer more than 250 program channels, all-digital programming, HDTV (high definition TV) options, and DVR (digital video recording) capabilities.
So when you compare DirecTV to Dish Network you’ll discover the biggest differences between them are the subscription fees and programming.
Here is a blow-by-blow comparison of DirecTV vs. Dish Network …
Satellite TV Equipment
Direct TV offers free satellite TV equipment (the dish and receivers), and free installation in up to four rooms of your home. If you want a DVR receiver you will be charged an additional $49.99. The charge for HDTV receivers is $299.99.
Dish Network gives you free satellite TV equipment and free installation in up to four rooms of your home. You can get a DVR receiver or an HDTV receiver at no charge.
Satellite TV Programming
DirecTV offers 255 program channels, including movie channels, music channels, pay-per-view movies and events, sports packages, and international programming. Programming packages start at $41.99 per month for 115 channels.
Dish Network offers 256 program channels, including movie channels, music channels, pay-per-view movies and events, sports packages, and international programming. Programming packages start at $31.99 per month for 60 channels.
Customer Service
DirecTV has excellent customer service with 24/7 online support, and 24/7 toll-free telephone support.
Dish Network also has excellent customer service with 24/7 online support, and 24/7 toll-free telephone support.
Customer Satisfaction
DirecTV is ranked #2 in customer satisfaction among all the cable and satellite TV providers.
Dish Network is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all the cable and satellite TV providers.
The Bottom Line
Both DirecTV and Dish Network offer top-of-the-line satellite TV equipment and all-digital programming for the best picture and sound available.
Dish Network’s basic programming package is cheaper than DirecTV’s, but DirecTV’s Total Choice has a more channels.
Dish Network has more movie packages and foreign programming, while DirecTV offers more sports packages.

The Benefits of Computer Programming

The Benefits of Computer Programming

Many of the technologies we enjoy today are the result of computer programming. Technologies that allow us to utilize and enjoy the Internet, desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones, video games, even those that run automated processes in homes, offices, banks and airports are available thanks to the genius of computer programming. However, the uses of computer programming are not limited to these alone. It actually has numerous benefits, such as:

It allows the programmer to have a better understanding of computers.
Computers are run by programs. Without programs, computers are nothing but steel, plastic and alloy, essentially useless. With a background knowledge in programming, it makes it easier to understand how computers work, which helps users view the equipment as more than a tool.

A better understanding of computers also allows users to determine the hows and whys of the system, which helps them become more effective in using the equipment. Knowing how programs work makes it easy to understand their limitations, such as what they can and cannot do. This helps users maintain realistic expectations about computers and learn how to maximize their equipment.

Programmers are able to create newer, more useful programs.
Computer programming is responsible for creating very valuable programs. Operating systems, for example, the heart and soul of every computer, are made up of thousands, even millions of smaller programs. If you have the right skills in computer programming, it will be easy to literally build a program from scratch and create a very useful tool that may be utilized in many different fields or industries.

Programmers are able to correct bugs in a program.
A background in computer programming will allow you to look at a problematic program and do more than just sit helpless. If there is a glitch or bug in the program, it will be easy for a trained individual to look at the system, detect and locate the problem and make the necessary corrections. Testing the program will then be easier once you understand what the defective issue was.

It allows programmers to improve an existing program.
Modifying a program is the realm of programmers who deal with specialist applications. Computer programmers, especially those who have the training and experience, can take a look at an existing program and determine whether or not it has the necessary components to become a highly optimized program. If it is not, they can modify the program and improve it, creating a newer, better version. This is usually done if the program is problematic or if there are bugs in the system.

It provides programmers more creative ways to entertain.
There is a huge market for games and other forms of entertainment that computer programming can support. New video games, mobile games, animations, graphics and file types are the results of programming.

Computer programming is an exciting career.
For individuals looking for a great future in information technology, computer programming is an excellent career path to follow. According to the figures estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of computer science will continue to grow. The need for programmers, for example, is predicted to increase by more than 70% by 2010, which is more than a 50% increase in the number currently required.

Computer programming and the future
One of the most exciting benefits of computer programming is that it offers us a glimpse of the future. The possibilities being offered today, such as CGIs, voice-automated technology, artificial intelligence, more sophisticated programs and the like are just a few of the things we can expect. With computer programming, many aspects of our lives have gotten easier, quicker, safer and much more interesting.

Computer Programming Fundamentals You Should Know

Computer Programming Fundamentals You Should Know

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Quick! Can you tell me how to prepare a bowl of cereals with milk? Too simple, right? You can probably give me a series of no-brainer instructions that I can perform in less than a minute. Now try telling a computer to do just that. What began as a simple task has now become complicated. It’s not just a matter of dumping a cup of cereals in a bowl and pouring milk in. With computers, it’s so much more than that. Sounds exciting? It should be. Because that’s what you’ll expect once you begin learning computer programming fundamentals.

The basics
Computer programming is a whole new world of possibilities. Believe it or not, programming actually began in the 1200s, when simple machines were designed to execute simple mechanical tasks. It has grown both as an art and as a science since then, providing us with the technologies that have made many aspects of our lives easier and faster.

Once you start learning computer programming, some of the basic stuff you’ll encounter include:

– The basic understanding of the discipline
You’ll need a good background in the field in order for you to understand how it really works. With a solid foundation built on knowing the basics of computer programming, it will be easier to comprehend its details, including procedures, steps and other instructions.

– Understanding the types of programming
Essentially, there are two basic types of programming, each of which has its own uses and set of advantages and limitations. Procedural programming, while older, is quite useful particularly because it is a much simpler way to tell a computer what to do. It is also the heart and soul of many computer languages. Basically, it’s an input-output operation, where a user or programmer inputs a set of instructions and a computer reacts to it by executing those instructions. Learning procedural programming helps new programmers understand elements such as sequence, selection and iteration.

The other type of programming is object-oriented, which is relatively newer. This type of programming treats instructions as a set of objects, something that is more convenient in many of the programs that are in use today. With object-oriented programming, you’ll learn an object’s properties, event handlers and methods.

You’ll learn both types of programming as part of a fundamental or basic course. These will help you understand how to design codes that are easy for a computer to understand and effective enough to execute. Using the cereal and milk analogy, for example, you will be able to write a code that will tell a computer how to pour the right amount of cereal into a bowl and how much milk to use, in that order. And if you’re truly good, you can even tell the computer what specific type of cereal and milk to use.

– Understanding the nature of the code
Another important basic knowledge you must learn in programming is understanding codes. While their functions are generally the same – that is, to power a computer program – codes differ in design and use depending on the language. Codes are at the heart of a computer program and will be one of the basics you will learn in programming.

– Learning problem-solving
Much of your time as a first-time computer programmer will be spent poring over problems – how to create a source code for a desired end result, how to fix a bug, how to solve a glitch, how to put things together or in sequence so they work. You’ll learn how to look at a problem, break it down to its solvable components and come up with ways to solve it.

– Thinking logically.
If you’re not a fan of mathematics and logic, you’ll be dismayed to know that many of the computer programming fundamentals you’ll be learning will require you to think in numbers, figures and sequences. However, these basics are easy to learn, provided you have the patience to follow the right steps. Once you’ve trained your mind to think like this, you’re well on your way to a great career as a computer programmer.

What You Should Know About Learning Computer Programming

What You Should Know About Learning Computer Programming

So you want to learn computer programming. You’ve made a good choice. Computer programming is a very exciting field of study. In fact, it has experienced some impressive growth over the past 10 years and shows no sign of stopping. It is one of the few disciplines that experts say will survive for the next couple of centuries. It’s dynamic, very challenging and quite rewarding either as a job or as a personal pursuit. If learning computer programming is your goal this year, here are some things you might want to know about this field:

Computer programming wears a lot of hats.
The word programming is sometimes alternated with coding. Quite simply, it is a job that requires writing the source code used by computer programs. To become a computer programmer, you must learn the techniques on how to write this code. Since computer programs vary in design and function, so will the manner with which their source codes are written.

This is why computer programming cannot be used to refer to a single computer language. It is, in fact, a term that refers to many different computer languages. If you want to learn computer programming, take a pick among languages such as COBOL (old but still reliable), FORTRAN (still used in many engineering applications), Java, HTML/XML, Visual Basic, C/C++, PHP, Perl and Python, among others.

What you’ll be learning
It would help if you have a basic knowledge of computer operation just before you come in for classes. However, there are many introductory courses on computer programming where students are not required to have a background in computers. The only drawback is that you’ll start from step 1, literally. Try to familiarize yourself with computers first before taking a beginner class in computer programming.

Your first courses in programming school will usually consist of an overview of the computer programming industry – its history, pioneers, groundbreaking developments, etc. You will then be introduced to the fundamentals of the discipline, including its theories, definitions and basic concepts. This is done to ensure that you have a good foundation in the language you will be specializing in.

Once that’s done, your instructor will begin teaching you programming itself, such as how to write commands and queries. Your ultimate goal as a computer programmer is mainly to write a series of very detailed instructions using a language that a computer can understand and execute. During the course of your learning, this is exactly what your instructor will teach you.

Where to learn
You shouldn’t have any problems locating a school that teaches computer programming. You will probably find a good one in your area. Depending on the type of course you enroll in, classes will usually meet at least once a week (some meet 4 times a week) and last from 45 minutes to an hour. If you prefer, you can also learn online, provided you’re a self-starter and has the patience and will to follow through.

Personal characteristics for learning computer programming
It is said that you learn best if you take your temperament and personality into consideration. When you want to dabble or become an expert in computer programming, it’s no different. There are certain characteristics that successful computer programmers exhibit. For one, learning computer programming entails plenty of mathematics and logic, which means you will need to have a good amount of self-discipline and patience during class and especially during practical applications. You’ll also have to be creative and imaginative, so you can approach a problem in more ways than one.

Brief On E-commerce Credit Card Processing

Brief On E-commerce Credit Card Processing

Gavin Ballard
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For those trading on internet, e-commerce credit card processing acts as an efficient business tool when it comes to mode of payment for online goods.
E-commerce credit card processing allows easy payment of money from customers when dealing in online and thus adding to the business status.

Credit card processing for online business is far much important than it is for a land based store or business. It does not just saves a trader from hassle of collecting money but also add to the business growth and speed. The major reason for utilization of credit card processing for ecommerce is to help the payment part of any purchase or sale. Apart from payment transaction feature, e-commerce credit card processing has many other benefits for traders and customers who wish to sell or buy on internet.

If you are a trader who has a business on internet and wish to serve your clients with easy access to your products or services, then with an e-commerce using credit card processing you don’t just get to woo your customers but also get to provide safe trading to your customers. Thus, a good online trader is one who provides a website with encrypted servers for credit card data. Offering safe web server that allows secure and steadfast processing via credit card makes the website a reliable place for customers who prefer ecommerce credit card processing.

Imagine a customer surfing web and coming to your site but leaves without purchasing any product because of absence of an SSL encrypted server to protect their credit card and personal information.

When it comes to safety, along with consumer trader needs to have a fraud free trade too. A trader or online business owner can also have a risk free ecommerce via credit card processing service by keeping in mind the simple yet valuable points while trading. Always make sure that customer has given all the details required as per the need of an order, as most of the deception or scam is done when a customer is hesitant or deliberately leaves the desired information in order form. Never ignore the attention required towards the shipment address given by the customer. Make sure you call them and confirm the address and the order to confirm the authenticity of the order placed. For such verification traders also have access to the service called AVS (address verification service), which works towards matching the credit card data and the data given in order placement form.

Some of the benefits a trader gets by selling online using ecommerce credit card processing are viable merchant account, technology and software for safe payment processing, online account statements and doings report.

Ecommerce is online trade where customers are offered credit card services to support their money transaction. Thus, if you take care of the points for a safe and easy ecommerce trade, you can always impress your customer and add bonus to your trade. With the world going technology freak, ecommerce has become a growing mode of online business and trade today.

What You Need to Know About a Computer Programming Course

What You Need to Know About a Computer Programming Course

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Computer programming may seem like a highly complicated discipline but at its roots, every program actually begins as a simple set of instructions. Computer programming is essentially the design of a simple program in order to create a more complicated program. It is currently one of the most sought-after courses and is also a career that presents plenty of opportunities in a very exciting field. If you’re curious about what taking a computer programming course will be like, here are some important information you can use.

The course
Computer programming is one of the disciplines under computer science. It requires study and practical application of theories and concepts. Simply put, computer programming is the process of writing and creating a group of instructions that a computer can read and execute.

Computer programming is not a single, one-size-fits-all discipline. For one, the task of programming (or coding) involves several computer languages. These languages have different uses and as such, will often require a different set of instructions. JavaScript, for example, may be a computer language but it is not the same as HTML or COBOL or Visual Basic. There are also certain sub-disciplines in computer programming that lead to a specific field of specialization. Students must determine which field of computer programming they want to focus on. If they want to work for companies that create video games, for example, they will have to choose courses that teach graphics and animation, among others.

In the course of study in computer programming, a programmer must be able to learn multiple concepts and theories on top of the technical stuff, such as computer language conventions, elements and important operators used to create a source code that will later produce a computer program.

Computer programming is an essential phase in the development of software and is an integral part of software engineering.

How learning is obtained
There are two major ways computer programming can be learned – through classroom type instruction or online, as part of a distance learning program. Classroom type instruction is still the most common way of attending classes for students but online classes are fast becoming the method of choice.

What to expect from the course
A computer programming course is usually composed of lectures and hands-on assignments. The instructor uses lectures to teach theories and concepts in programming and to provide students with an introduction to the discipline. Generally, students will be listening to lectures while using computers, a way for instructors to allow participants to immediately apply what they have learned.

Other than access to a computer, students may also be required to obtain textbooks to be used as references during coursework. Some lessons, such as those used in online classes, may also be downloaded from a website.

Who should take the course
Computer programming is not for everyone. Just because you love computers and have sufficient curiosity about how they work doesn’t always make you the ideal candidate for this course. Computer programming requires a lot of patience, attention to detail, creativity, logic and common sense. It also requires careful study and understanding of certain subjects such as mathematical and engineering concepts.

What to expect upon completion of the course
Once a course has been completed, a computer programmer is ready to be hired for entry-level jobs in companies that design software. If the programmer chooses a higher level of study, he can also increase the chances of being hired for higher pay, particularly if he chooses a field of specialization. A computer programming course can provide a graduate access to different fields as well, including banking, finance, research & development and database administration.