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How do I create my own marketplace? Which tools do I need to use (code, database, etc.)?

Answer by Abdul Qoyyuum Haji Abdul Kadir:

There are, from where I am sitting at this question, 2 ways to approach this:

The Easy Way – Using any established CMS platform and then just install a marketplace component or a published marketplace script available and install that. It's just a matter of sourcing which platform or script match your needs.

Easy Way of Doing it

  1. Install WordPress
  2. Install a Marketplace Plugin
  3. Configure the settings
  4. Run

OR

  1. Install Joomla
  2. Install a Marketplace Plugin
  3. Configure the settings
  4. Run

Etc if you look at other platforms

The Hard Way – Develop everything from scratch using any form of language as your base. My preference is using HTML5 + CSS Library (Twitter Bootstrap) + AngularJS + FireBase.

Hard Way of Doing it

  1. Where HTML5 structures and markup where things should be.
  2. Twitter Bootstrap helps with the easy styling (at first, I would keep everything to default color scheme and then later, tweak the design to meet the functions).
  3. AngularJS to create the interactivity – i.e. Create new product entry, create a chat channel, add sellers account, add buyers account, etc.
  4. Firebase would be my preferred database as a developer.

How do I create my own marketplace? Which tools do I need to use (code, database, etc.)?

When do you know that you’ve been coding too much?

Answer by Hung Nguyen Huy:

There was a guy said that he once had a difficult question and he didn't know how to solve it. Then he searched and found an incredible answer on stackoverflow. And the answer's author was himself in a long time ago.
I think this is one of the guys who's been coding too much

When do you know that you've been coding too much?

Learn To Code While Playing Games

This was copied and pasted from Anak IT’s Blog with some minor alterations


Learn To Code

There are a lot of online resources out there that teaches you to code or program. Here at Anak IT, we strive to make this learning experience fun and unique to everyone striving to be the next best programmer or coder. So instead of struggling with textbooks, here are some online resources that teaches you to learn to code while at the same time, play some games!

Learn to Code Tactically with CodeCombat

Ever feel like swinging a sword or blocking with a shield with coding? You could if you played CodeCombat. This game teaches you Javascript, Coffeescript, Python, and a few other languages (currently at time of writing, still experimental). Your goals are set by each dungeon and you are to use all of the functions in each level to solve it. It’s free to play and learn!

Learn to code by playing codecombat at CodeCombat.com

Bonus: If you’re an expert already, you can create custom levels and design if you join their github project here. It uses CoffeeScript by the way.

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What apps on my Android tablet can I use to create blog posts?

Answer by Abdul Qoyyuum Haji Abdul Kadir:

Google Docs (Android Apps on Google Play) is a good one. By creating your blogpost in draft using Google Docs, you can then review your blogpost as many times as you want and then publish it online (as is) or copy and paste it to Blogger (Android Apps on Google Play) app or whatever app you have to publish posts to (i.e. WordPress, Tumblr, etc) as mentioned by Kevin Gómez.

Some would keep the blog posts as small as taking notes. Google Keep (Android Apps on Google Play) is another cool app to do this. Take simple notes, take pictures in your notes and then when you're done, you take it onto your desktop and expand or publish it as is.

What apps on my Android tablet can I use to create blog posts?

Game Design Bundle For As Low As B$10!

I have always wanted to build my own Game Development Team. Problem was that when I go around asking for who wants in and build games, others are either too busy (they have a full-time job, I understand that), and others don’t have the technical skills to make stuff. But guess what “technically-lacking people”, you get to learn game design and development for as little as BND$10!

Game Design Bundle Contains

Game Design in 83+ Hours of Content at Pro Video Game Art School

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What you will get at Pro Video Game Art School:

  • 238 lectures with 83+ hours of content
  • Learn the basics of 3ds Max
  • Understand 2D and 3D drawing techniques
  • Get a grip on game layout and design
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
19+ Hours of Content to learn the popular Game Engine on the Net for Game Design

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What you will get for taking Unity 3D Game Dev+Design:

  • 105 lectures with 19+ hours of content
  • Learn about the Unity UI
  • Understand how to structure Unity projects
  • Get a grip on basic, intermediate & advanced Unity scripting
  • Learn how to compile games to console + mobile devices
  • Get experience with level and sound design
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
Get 7+ Hours of learning gamification in game design!

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What you will get for Designing Gamification:

  • Get 29 lectures, 7+ hours of content and 4 quizzes
  • Understand the basics of gamification
  • Learn how engagement science can transform your organization
  • Grasp the foundational science and research behind gamification
  • Work through examples and cases of gamification in practice
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
Learn the Hand Painted style to design your own game design textures

Image courtesy from Game Design Bundle at TNW Deals

What you will get for learning the hand-painted style:

  • 25 lectures with 5+ hours of content
  • Learn the basics of modeling & unwrapping a low poly sword
  • Get a grip on the techniques to create hand-painted textures in photoshop
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion

Join Game Design!

Join up and start learning! You could build the next Flappy Bird game by next week! And did I mention that you will also get a certificate for your resume? You will! Oh and if you have already joined in, do let me know. We could study the whole course together!

Join Game Design School for B$10

Note: Honestly, I have just recently joined TheNextWeb’s Deals email subscription so I don’t really know if this bundle is available for a limited time only but best to be safe than sorry.

The Dream Desk Giveaway!

Have some more Apple in your life!

TheNextWeb is conducting some giveaways to celebrate Thanksgiving. I browsed through and looked at the prizes that they are offering:

Apple Dream Desktop Giveaway

  1. A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor
  2. An Apple Wireless Keyboard
  3. An Apple Magic Mouse
  4. An mStand by Rain Design

Then I thought, “Meh, why not?” So I joined. Simple, right? If you are interested in winning yourself the above gadgets, why not join?

Join the Giveaway!

Or don’t, it is up to you…

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