More of this kind of thing, please!
More of this kind of thing, please!
It seems grossly unfair to refer to this as an article. It’s a short book. It’s a very good short book; lucid and entertaining in equal measure. A very enjoyable read.
It is, unfortunately, surrounded by some distracting “enhancements” but perhaps you can use your cleaner-upper software of choice to route around their damage: Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, whatever works for you.
I think there’s a lot of truth to this. By any objective measurement, PHP is clearly inferior to just about every other programming language out there …but its preinstalled out-of-the-box nature means it’s the path of least resistance.
This article first appeared in Fast Company almost twenty years ago. It’s a fascinating look into the culture and process that created and maintained the software for the space shuttle. It’s the opposite of Silicon Valley’s “move fast and break things.”
To be this good, the on-board shuttle group has to be very different — the antithesis of the up-all-night, pizza-and-roller-hockey software coders who have captured the public imagination. To be this good, the on-board shuttle group has to be very ordinary — indistinguishable from any focused, disciplined, and methodically managed creative enterprise.
A quick drag’n’drop way to base 64 encode your web fonts so you can stick ‘em in local storage.
I don’t agree with the conclusion of this post:
But I think the author definitely taps into a real issue:
The real problem is the perception that any code running in the browser is front-end code.
This is something we’re running into at Clearleft: we’ve never done backend programming (by choice), but it gets confusing if a client wants us to create something in Angular or Ember, “because that’s front end code, right?”
I’m not sure if I agree completely with every point, but this is a great shortlist of things you can do to make your code more resilient and understandable (thereby making you, by any sensible definition, a better programmer).
Tom is running a Node School at 68 Middle Street on the evening of March 27th. I plan to attend and finally wrap my head around all this Node stuff.
Executing console.log(“hello world”) or window.alert(2+5-20) brings immediate feedback, makes you feel as though you’re getting somewhere and that you are interacting directly with the computer as a programmer. For those of you old enough to own a Spectrum, C64 or Vic20 – BASIC (itself heavily derided) had the same benefit.
A well-written piece on the nature of work and value on the web, particularly in the start-up economy.
A nice feature on Seb in the latest issue of Make magazine.
Code Club + Raspberry Pi + Hack Day = Awesomeness from Josh
It’s a long one, and it’s kind of meta, but if you have any interest in the idea of programming, this in-depth knowledge bomb from Bret Victor is well worth your time.
A short piece on the experiment that James conducted with Lighthouse in the foyer of the Cleareft office building, trying to show some kind of physical representation of coding.
I’m going to be attending Seb’s CreativeJS and HTML5 course in Brighton on September 13th and 14th …and I strongly suspect that it’s going to be great.
Some good database character-encoding advice from Mathias.
It’s kinda nuts that in the space of just a few months, Code Club has gone from being an idea by Clare and Linda into something with an all-star promo video.
Some sensible ideas about having a consistent CSS writing style.
A fantastic taste of what you can expect in Seb’s Creative Coding workshop.
This is an excellent idea: get a whole bunch of after-school code clubs going to teach kids how to code in Scratch.
A genuinely amusing alternative history of programming languages.
A very handy looking API that turns file uploading (and conversion) into a service.
Some of the best neologisms in programming, many of them to do with bug-fixing.
A handy page for looking up HTML entities.
A very useful tool for getting character entities (use the "as HTML" option) in one click.
A cautionary tale that explains just why the password anti-pattern needs to die. Coding horror indeed: in this case, 1,777 GMail accounts were compromised.
An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.
A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.
One of many code-snippet sharing sites out there but this one has some nice features like tagging and popularity. The interface is yuck though. dpaste,com is nicer but more ephemeral.
This article is a life-saver for me. I'm constantly having trouble with special characters when I'm backing up databases for local copies of my sites.
A brilliant list of New Year's Resolutions for Coders.