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D, the Newest Programming Language

by | Posted July 25th, 2014

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There are hundreds of languages spoken around the world, but some of the most unintuitive forms of communication are not meant to be uttered; rather, they live exclusively online. Programming languages, to the novice viewer, appear to be more like mystical incantations instead of functional code. Fortunately for those who can discern these lines of tags, commands, and echo loops, a fortuitous and lucrative future awaits.

And some programmers are not interested in relying on conventional languages. Get acquainted with D, a new programming language that’s catching on in a big way. How big? Facebook is beginning to implement D into their already-written C++.

Let the typing begin.

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Adaptation in the Job Market

by | Posted July 24th, 2014

Adaptability is an indispensable quality, ubiquitous in the most successful organisms. One can recognize an adaptable individual, creature, meme, or idea; after all, to still remain relevant, the subject must adapt to its surroundings.

Observing adaptation in its biological sense has been discerned and proven by science, but what about how evolution relates to one’s career? As the culture of work progresses, the necessity for workers to learn new skills increases dramatically. Particularly for writers, who deal with current issues and persuasive rhetoric every day. If you’re unsure how to stay competitive, read this insightful article on the subject of broadening your horizons and acquiring more work.

So, remain observant, writers! Stay ahead of the curve and don’t let yourself get left behind.


How to Succeed with Linkedin

by | Posted July 23rd, 2014

Social media connects us. After all, the premier attraction of social media outlets is how they let users meet people, share information, and learn new things. Websites like Facebook help individuals communicate on a variety of commonly-held interests; Instagram and Twitter promote the spread of pithy rhetoric and visuals through character limits and image-emphasis; niche sites like Goodreads and Bandsintown bring people together over their favorite books and music groups.

But what about professional connections, like the kind of relationships that encourage job growth, career planning, and resume building? No, Pintrest is not going to help you find a job at Boeing, but Linkedin will. Nearly three-hundred million people utilize Linkedin to establish their professional identity and commiserate with employers, professors, job seekers, and start-ups. All users of social media are encouraged to join Linkedin to help find their future dream job; yet even with all the transparency and usability, many find the website’s capabilities to be challenging.

Luckily for Linkedin users, the website’s CEO is here to help. Reid Hoffman has come up with six strategies with which new and experienced users can take advantage to improve their online identity. Elements of Hoffman’s recommendations include understanding the technology trends and discerning the customer’s needs and wants, among other useful tips.


Avoiding Tautology in Writing

by | Posted July 22nd, 2014

The definition of tautology is saying the same thing twice in different words. Have you ever used the phrase “and also” in a sentence? Generally, this is a fault in style and frowned upon by writers. What about the conjunction “hadn’t?” Or even the use of introducer, “in terms of?” I’m sorry, students of law, but “irregardless, ” the paragon of legal jargon, is not a word.

There’s a list of commonly utilized words and phrases that violate stylistic conventions. Whether or not you agree with all the selections featured, staying cognizant of redundant phrasing will improve your writing.

Search Engine Optimization Tips

by | Posted July 21st, 2014

So, your start-up company has recently gotten off the ground and gaining attention. Obviously, you’ll want to attract potential users to your particular product, so optimizing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is paramount to your success.

But, is it as easy as it seems? What about the opportunity for programming pratfalls and marketing mishaps? Before you start editing your keywords and metadata, consult this list of common SEO mistakes. Even if you’re years away from establishing your own start-up or website, understanding the principles of a successful SEO is indispensable.

Control Your Facebook and Twitter History

by | Posted July 18th, 2014

As you read this blog post, there may be someone Googling information about you. What do you want them to find? That is why it’s important to clear your browsing history. Molly Wood shares a video and explains how to download and delete activity on Facebook and Twitter.

Before you begin to clean your Facebook and Twitter history, take a moment and see where you stand. If you’re concerned, Molly has some advice in the NY Times on how to take control your browsing history.

Why Use Music To Influence Your Writing

by | Posted July 17th, 2014

I enjoy using music to inspire my writing. The lyrics of a song can trigger your imagination and influence the way you write in so many ways. So, the next time you sit down to write find a song listen to the rhythm and let it influence the words you place on to the paper.

In the words of Melissa Muhlenkamp, author of Writing Under The Influence (of Music), “I don’t hold back the jam. Instead, I let it guide me.”

Why don’t you also give it a try? Take the thewritepractice.com challenge, and take the next fifteen minutes to write a story based on the following song, “End Of An Era” by Zack Hemsey. When you’re finished, post your practice piece in the comments section.