Tag: programming

How I Read Programming Books

In the past year and half I’ve been learning Java (for Android), Python and JavaScript (& HTML/CSS) (for web development) and I’ve come to realize that the best way to learn programming from a book or tutorial is to read it 3 times! Yes, read it 3 times!! Reading new content this way has helped […]

Posted: January 10, 2013

Web Developer Checklist

Little tools like this are neat. I've never actually found myself using them, but I find it valuable to scan the contents and see what I'm missing in my process. There is a ton to take into consideration both on the server side and the front end, getting a refresher course on best practices is […]

Posted: January 10, 2013

Create and delete branches – GitHub Blog

GitHub is doing more and more to make their desktop client obsolete. I think that’s awesome. They’re really doing a great job lowering the barrier to entry for people to get into git. I recall first forcing myself (and my team) to get into a workflow using svn and it was a constant barrage of […]

Posted: January 10, 2013

php.internals: We Need A Vision

This is an interesting piece I saw linked to numerous times and I think it's got legs. PHP is often a hot topic with opinions the run the entire spectrum of hatred to love. Personally I really enjoy working with PHP for a number of reasons, and I'm trying to teach myself as much as […]

Posted: January 09, 2013

Introducing Contributions on GitHub

Introducing Contributions · GitHub Blog. It’s no secret that GitHub is constantly doing a ton of good. They’ve got such a talented team over there and it’s turned into one of my most trafficked sites. This most recent change is wicked awesome. I discover new developers all the time on GitHub, and updates like these make […]

Posted: January 08, 2013

Why I’m a Programmer – Nathan Wong – Thinking in Code

http://nathan.ca/2012/12/why-im-a-programmer/ This piece is great to read so early in the new year. It echoes many of the thoughts I’ve had but never consciously thought I should write them down. One thing in particular that really resonated with me was this quote: What intrigues me most about programming is the ability to work collaboratively, yet […]

Posted: January 02, 2013

Why Objective-C is Hard to Learn

Why Objective-C is Hard to Learn. I echo much of what the author describes here. I’ve mentioned before that I’d love to have written an iOS app by now but haven’t. I’ve attempted to begin teaching myself Objective-C at least a few times but always get hung up on the syntax. That snowballs into my […]

Posted: December 03, 2012

When REST isn’t good enough

When REST isn’t good enough. 1.5 million API requests surely gives you some authority on what you consider best practice. This is a neat article outlining how one company found that REST didn’t quite work for them in the following categories: Security Platform Support Backwards Compatibility They also take some time to outline what the […]

Posted: December 03, 2012

I Wrote Some Really Dangerous Code

I Wrote Some Really Dangerous Code | Pippins Plugins. I love articles like this. There’s a ton of honesty here and it’s what makes the information conveyed all the more valuable. I think we can all agree that we’ve caught errors just like the author of this piece. It’s a gut-wrenching learning experience. Articles like […]

Posted: November 21, 2012

On Being a Junior Developer

On Being a Junior Developer | Matt Sencenbaugh’s Blog. I really like this piece not because it’s great advice to younger developers, it’s an awesome reminder for those that have been doing it for a while. Part of being a professional (in my opinion) heavily relies on you never being satisfied with your skill set. […]

Posted: November 21, 2012