If you are looking for free online programming tutorials, references and documentation,
or simply looking for a recommendation on a good book for a particular programming
task (eg programming sockets, programming Windows, programming Unix, writing C/C++ code,
etc), check out some of the pages listed here.
For those new to this site - the listed online documentation are free (or at least they
were when I checked them out; let me know if
they are no longer free). The recommended books are of course not free. You can get them from
any bookstore, either a brick and mortar one (like your local bookstore) or an online one like
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New wizard: Free Mobile-Friendly Two Column Layout Wizard.
Create a mobile-friendly two column website layout in 2 steps with this brand new
Two Column Layout Wizard.
There's no need to burn the midnight oil trying to get your CSS code to work, or to increase your crop of
grey hair worrying about how to get your site to be mobile-friendly. Everything is done for you by the wizard.
The complete HTML and CSS code for your page is provided to you free of charge and you can tinker with it
all you want. Oh, and did I mention that it's free?
2 June 2016
Another RSS/Atom news feed software has been added to the
Free Standalone News Feed Readers
page. This one does the usual thing of allowing you to keep up-to-date with your website news, but also comes with the
built-in ability to block ads, enable/disable images, click-to-play Flash, etc. It runs on Windows, Mac OS/X, Linux,
FreeBSD and OS/2 (yes, OS/2). There's also a portable Windows version.
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The Feedback / Contact Form Wizard
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Get free photos to accompany your blog posts, to spruce up your Powerpoint presentations, to decorate your website, etc.
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A new program has been added to the
Free Version Control Software
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documents, etc), but it also comes with a built-in bug tracker, wiki, and optional web server, all in a single self-contained
executable. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and OpenBSD.
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Get free SSL certificates for all your websites with this latest addition to the
Free SSL Certificates for Websites/Web Servers
page. (For those who didn't understand the previous sentence, with such a certificate, your site can be
accessed with "https" instead of just "http". More details about what this means can be found
on the page itself.)
23 December 2015
If you are looking for information about starting your own website, read
How to Create a Website.
It takes you through all the steps of making a website, including designing it, putting it on the Internet,
collecting credit card payments and inserting advertisements. This update includes the latest information
about testing your site with the web browsers in use today.
15 December 2015
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A new Pascal compiler has been added to the
Free Pascal and Delphi Compilers page.
This one generates programs for the Microsoft .NET Framework and includes an IDE, a debugger and a forms designer.
21 September 2015
- New page:
How to Make Links Open in a New Window or Tab.
In response to a query from a visitor, this article deals with how you can make a link open in a new browser tab or window.
As discussed in the article, however, be warned that it probably doesn't have the benefit you think it confers.
11 September 2015
- New page:
Free Solitaire / Patience Card Games.
Now that Windows 10 comes only with an advertisement-supported version of Solitaire, you may be looking for clean
(ie adware-free) versions of the famous Patience card game. This new page lists numerous free (and often open source too)
Solitaire software, most of which have hundreds of card games in the collection (eg, Freecell, Klondike, Spider,
Forty Thieves, Golf, Pyramid, Yukon, Canfield, Montana, etc).
25 August 2015
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Another distribution, Linux Mint, has been added to the
Free Linux Distributions
page. It aims to provide a full multimedia experience for its users, out of the box.
29 July 2015
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A new emulator has been added to the
Free Amiga Emulators page. It emulates
a wide variety of Amiga models, is open source, and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.
23 July 2015
- New page:
How to Boot a CD or DVD in Windows 8.1.
If you have a system with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, you may find that you are unable to boot from a CD/DVD even if you
have configured your UEFI/BIOS to do this in preference to your hard disk. This article shows you how to do this.
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Another free open source email software has been added to the
Free Email Clients page.
This one runs on Windows and Linux.
15 June 2015
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A new program has been added to the
Free Encryption / Cryptographic Software
page. This one is a fork (or spin-off, in layman's language) of the now-defunct TrueCrypt project. It allows you to
create a virtual disk that functions like a normal disk drive. Files stored here will be transparently
encrypted and decrypted as needed.
22 April 2015
16 March 2015
Have you lost the source code for your software? Or do you want to study an executable file to find out how something
works? The newest addition to the Free
Disassemblers and Decompilers can generate a C source file from an existing Windows or Linux binary (executable).
11 February 2015
Another place where open source software can be hosted has been added to the
Free Open Source
Code Project Hosting Services page. If you are writing a program where the source code is available under
an open source licence, such web hosts provide hosting for both your source code and website for free, along with
built-in source code
The Clang compiler has been added to the
Free C/C++ Compilers and Interpreters
page. This is an open source compiler, developed primarily by Apple, that compiles C, C++, Objective C and
Objective C++ code.
For those wondering why it took so long for this compiler to be listed here, I honestly thought it was already
listed. Blame an overlong page that has so many compilers that I've forgotten what is listed and what
is not. To date, it links to some 35 free C/C++ compilers, and that's only because I've split off a number of
to their own page.