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Thank you very much for all the positive feedback on our recent post on the best Objective-C video tutorials. We want everyone to benefit from our research, so hearing from you is very motivational for us. Many of you have been asking for a similar list of video resources for learning Android app development. Our initial focus is on developing iOS apps, so we weren’t actively looking at the Android platform. However, since we’ll be developing for Android in the near future anyway, we decided to do some upfront research on what kind of video resources are available online.
We really like the video tutorial format, especially when learning a new development environment. Video tutorials easily demonstrate how to set up the IDE, work with the debugger, and test on the emulator or on a real device. Also, it’s a big time-saver to have a good instructor walk you through difficult concepts and code snippets rather than struggling through it on your own.
Below are the best Android video tutorials we have found while doing our initial research. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we hope this list can assist you in your app development process.
If you are developing an iOS app yourself, I’m sure that you’ve searched online to find that there are a sea of resources out there. One of the best ways to learn code is by writing it yourself; and the quickest way to start writing code is by watching others do it themselves. To help you out, we’ve sorted through the sea of videos and learning sites out there, and have compiled a list of video tutorials that we find most useful in learning Objective-C and iOS development.
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Are you interested in learning how to build a dynamic website from scratch? Wondering how to make a snazzy front-end along with a robust back-end for your next web application idea? To get you off the ground running, we have researched and gathered together the best Ruby on Rails tutorial videos for beginners. When learning new technologies, we often hit roadblocks during initial setup, or struggle to understand the key concepts. Watching video tutorials can help us accelerate this initial learning curve. Watching and listening to someone explain the convention, or demo a piece of code, can help you understand languages and frameworks much quicker than trying to read through a multi-page tutorial yourself. Also, the best part about video tutorials is, you can get all this training from the comfort of your own living room.
Ruby on Rails is a popular open source web application framework that many web developers have fallen in love with over the years. To name a few, Twitter, Groupon, Airbnb, Hulu, and Github, are some of the most high-profile websites that started with Ruby on Rails. The framework emphasizes popular software engineering principles and patterns, such as convention over configuration (CoC), don’t repeat yourself (DRY), model-view-controller (MVC), and active record pattern. Using this framework makes it easier for programmers to build a fully functioning web app in a short period of time.
S Corp vs LLC
So, a couple of friends and you have finally decided to take your ideas to the next level and start a business partnership. Starting and running a business is all about making smart decisions and making them quickly. But the amount of decisions you face from the very beginning can be mind-boggling. Do you need to form a partnership like an LLC or a corporation like an S Corp? What are the tax implications? Do you need to convert to a different form of a business later? There is so much information out there describing the benefits and disadvantages of each form of business, and you may find yourself struggling to make any decision at all.
So, here is what we went through when we formed our company, EQUALLY SIMPLE, INC., and I will describe how we came to decide that S Corp is better for us instead of LLC.
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Marcus Lemonis is the star of CNBC’s hit reality show, ‘The Profit‘. Marcus puts his own money on the line to save struggling small businesses and makes a profit while doing so. He’s also the chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sams Enterprises, with over $3 billion in sales in 2013.
Every episode of ‘The Profit’ focuses on one business that Marcus wants to invest in. These are typically businesses that are struggling to stay afloat, or unable to reach the next level. Marcus proposes a deal which offers his money, expertise, and resources in exchange for a percentage stake in the company. Once they agree on the deal, Marcus assumes full control of the company for about a week, and you watch in awe as he rapidly gets to work in turning around the business.
Watching the thrill of the deal and the erratic personalities of the business owners provides much entertainment value. However, we are hooked onto this show for all the insights and valuable business lessons that Marcus Lemonis provides to these small business owners.
So you have a great idea, and you want to start a business. But you’re hesitant to go full throttle. You have bills to pay, so you can’t spontaneously quit your full-time job. Or, maybe you just want to test your ideas before jumping into the game full-time. Whatever your reasons may be, starting part-time may be your best option.
We started our mobile app business while keeping our full-time jobs. Pursuing a part-time business is at times tricky, time-consuming, and frustrating. But we continue to pursue it because we all know that the potential rewards far outweigh any current struggles. You need to stay positive, focused, and motivated in order to achieve your dream of launching a successful part-time venture.
Here are some tips we’d like to sharethat enables us to stay positive and continue moving our business forward: