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Learning .NET Core from scratch
.NET Core, which is pronounced as dot net core and is, sometimes, written as dotnet core, is a fairly fresh programming platform from Microsoft that is set to dominate Microsoft software development stack. Therefore, if you are enthusiastic about programming and planning to start career in the industry, .NET Core is one of the hottest specialities that will guarantee you employment with good salaries for years to come.
So, how do you get started learning .NET Core, especially if you never had any prior programming experience?
Learning from free online resources might be feasible. There are plenty of them out there. However, as a beginner, you are very likely to just get overwhelmed with the information. You don't know what you don't know, so it will be difficult to know where to start and it will be easy to get lost and completely discouraged.
I am a self-taught programmer and I know what struggles beginners go through. This is why I have put together a structured course tailored specifically for those who have very little programming experience or no programming experience at all.
Playing audio on .NET Core with NetCoreAudio
For well over a decade, .NET Framework was the main software development platform that Microsoft stack programmers were using. As great as it was, it had one significant disadvantage - it could only be ran on Windows. This limitation has prompted Microsoft to release another programming platform, .NET Core, which is intended to eventually replace .NET Framework.
Unlike .NET Framework, .NET Core can run on Linux and Mac as well as Windows. However, as the platform is still very young, it lacks some of the basic functionality that .NET Framework developers learned to take for granted. Until recently, one of these missing pieces of functionality was the ability to play audio.
However, with NetCoreAudio NuGet package, this is no longer an issue.
Building .NET Core sound application - part 3
This is the third and final part of the tutorial on building a platform-independent audio app on .NET Core. In the first part of this tutorial, we talked about setting up the general project structure and enabling audio playback capabilities on Windows. The second part of the tutorial spoke about adding the ability to play audio on Linux, while also enabling the library to pull the specific code, based on the operating system the software is running on. Today, we will talk about enabling audio capabilities on Mac.
As it has been mentioned before, .NET Core is a great platform-independent technology to build software with. However, due to its platform-independent nature, it lacks some of the most basic capabilities, which were too different in implementation on different operating systems. One of these is the ability to natively play audio.
Although there are reliable ways of enabling audio playback on .NET Core, those require a large number of dependencies.
The goal of this three-part tutorial is to build our own library that will enable us to use basic playback capabilities without any additional third-party dependencies whatsoever.
Building .NET Core sound application - part 2
This is the second part in our series of tutorials on building audio capabilities into .NET Core, which the platform doesn't have out of the box. In the first tutorial of this series, we have set up a basic project structure and have added a class that enabled us to play audio on Windows.
However, .NET Core wasn't created for Windows alone. Therefore, in this tutorial, we will add Linux playback capabilities to our application.
Although there is already a reliable way of playing audio on .NET Core in a cross-platform fashion, it relies on a number of dependencies and inter-operability with Node.js, which is achieved by NodeServices. The solution presented in this series of tutorials, however, doesn't rely on any third party dependencies at all. It doesn't even require any additional standard libraries from .NET Core or ASP.NET Core.
All you need to know about Cisco router vulnerability email scam
Recently, a lot of web users started reporting a new scam email that sounds really convincing and menacing. The email comes from someone who claims to be a spyware software developer. Allegedly, this person was able to exploit the so-called Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296, which has supposedly allowed them to gain access to the victim's device and take many pictures and videos from its camera, some of which are supposed to be really compromising.
As a "proof" of this, the self-proclaimed hacker highlights the fact that the email was sent from the victim's own email account, which looks like it is the case, as both "From" and "To" fields of the email have the same email address.
The full text of the email, with some variations, is as follows:
Biggest misconceptions about full stack developers
There are many different types of software developers out there. Some are generalists, while other are more specialised. And the distinction in specialism is not only between application types, such as web vs native. Even in the same type of app, there are programmers who can build the whole thing and there are the ones whose expertise is only limited to one part of it, such as user interface.
This distinction is particularly prominent in the world of web apps. There are those who only ever do the front-end. There are those who don't touch anything other than the back-end. There are those who are experts in databases that wouldn't do anything else. And there are also full-stack developers, who are seen as the ones who would be able to tackle all these parts of the software.
However, many people wonder if there is even such thing as a full-stack developer. Technology moves forward at a fast pace; therefore even being a specialist is hard. In the web front-end alone, new libraries and frameworks get released at an incredibly fast rate. So, even in that narrow domain, keeping up with all of the changes is incredibly difficult. So how can somebody keep themselves up to dat with front-end technologies while, at the same time, keep up with the developments in back-end and databases?
The truth is, however, that full stack developers do exist. And they are neither geniuses nor mediocre programmers who have a superficial knowledge of many technologies, but aren't masters in any. Perhaps, some do fall into either of these categories, but this is not how the things are overall.
It's not Capitalism that's the problem
Whenever you watch a news report, you see that the world has many severe problems that cause people to needlessly suffer. Very often, free market, which is commonly referred to as Capitalism, is what is blamed for creating those problems. After all, this is the dominant economic system in the world.
The irony is that, whenever people say that Capitalism is bad, they often do so by posting it on Facebook from their iPhone while having a coffee at Starbucks, none of which would have existed without free market. So, essentially, critics forget about the fact that the economic system that they love to hate is the same system that brought them all their daily comforts and enabled their lifestyle.
Although it is true that a lot human suffering happens under the Capitalist system, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is the Capitalist system that directly causes all of this suffering. Saying that it does is pretty much the same as saying that water is lethal due to the fact that everyone who has ever died used to regularly drink water.
In fact, "water is lethal" statement provides a good example of how manipulative political ideas are pushed. The proponents of a particular idea would first tell you some solid facts that nobody can argue against and then would try to use these facts to express a pseudo-logical conclusion to support their view. As you will see, framing free market as the sole cause of some of the world's problems is one of such pseudo-logical conclusions. In many of such cases, Capitalism per se is not to blame.
The most important skill for 21st century
We are living in the information age. Many traditional industries and jobs associated with them are on the way out. Internet and smart technologies have radically changed how we live and work.
Although technology has improved our lives overall, it also made certain things much more challenging. One of the biggest of these issues is the fact that our attention span has been substantially reduced.
Therefore, if you want to be successful in the 21st century, the most important skill is probably not what you think it is. It is not the knowledge of programming languages. Neither it is the knowledge of online marketing or SEO. Without a doubt, those skills are in demand and are great to have. But they will mean nothing unless you have mastered one particular meta-skill:
The ability to focus for prolonged periods of time
Pocket Spy Sound Recorder
Did you ever have to deal with a toxic boss or harassment at work? Are you tired of dealing with corrupt government officials? Do you need to collect evidence of a crime? Are you an investigative journalist? Do you simply want to be able to record sound at a high professional quality? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this app is for you.
Pocket Spy Sound Recorder is a hidden sound recording app that allows you to turn your mobile phone or tablet into a powerful listening device, unnoticeable to the people in your surrounding. It is a perfect tool for collecting evidence or investigative journalism. The whole purpose of the app is to secretly record the sound while keeping your device fully usable in the process. The app does not show any annoying adverts and all features of the app are available instantly without any in-app purchases.
Mail My Pics
MailMyPics app can capture several pictures in a batch and send them to a specified email address, transfer them to cloud or share them on social media instantly. This app makes it convenient to share your photos straight after taking them.
Although there are many uses for this app, an important one is the ability to covertly collect evidence if you become a witness of crime or some other wrongdoing. The camera is silent, so you should not worry about being heard taking pictures if you are in a volatile situation. Likewise, the photos can instantly be sent to the specified email address (e.g. police or your close ones), so there is no way for anyone to destroy the evidence, even if they take possession of your device.
Pocket Interest Rate
Do you want a powerful tool to help you make important financial decisions quickly and save you valuable time? Do you get confused by financial jargon related to loans and savings? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this app is for you!
This inexpensive app is a collection of 6 powerful tools which calculate everything involving interest rates, ranging from time it would take to fully repay a credit card debt to an amount accumulated in a savings account over time.
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