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Stealing from the libraries

Stealing from the libraries

I often don't use any framework to do my work unless it is part of the requirement. Often I am accused of trying to reinvent the wheel while someone has already solved the problem. I didn't want to include jQuery to the code, because at the time, I thought I didn't need it at all. Don't get me wrong, jQuery is amazing, and I highly recommend people to use it, after they have learned and mastered JavaScript. But even though I don't always use these libraries, I often steal from them.

Designing for user behavior

Designing for user behavior

Remember flashy website backgrounds from the 90s? Everyone had them. They didn't make the website look any better, in fact, they made it harder to read and were distracting. But everyone still used them simply because it was the popular thing to do. Most websites today use the flat design, including this one, kind of. Maybe someone did the research and found it to be more pleasing to the eyes. But I don't know that, I did it because I thought it was cool.

Becoming a professional programmer

Becoming a professional programmer

When I was still in college I had a question that no one wanted to answer. Every time I asked, the teacher or student will pretend they didn't hear it and just change the subject.

Making laws around technology

Making laws around technology

Let's face it. 99 percent of us have no clue how encryption works. As a programmer I understand some of the inner works, but they are too complex for me to implement myself. Security is hard even for experts, it is very hard for me. But think about the people who are not versed in technology but have to pass laws for it.

Everybody gets an audience

Everybody gets an audience

While waiting in line, there was a man that decided to grab everyone's attention. He tried to cause trouble where there was none, started yelling at people. Few minutes later, a gentle giant of a security guard came in to escort him outside. There was no fuss, he followed the man.

Creating your own CDN with Nginx

Creating your own CDN with Nginx

If you've used WordPress, then you know that it has a nice little folder called upload where all the pictures and videos you upload get stored. This is all fine and dandy, until people start accessing those assets.

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The PC is not dead, we just don't need new ones

The PC is not dead, we just don't need new ones

When was the last time you needed to buy a new PC? Two years ago? Three years ago? The last PC I built was in 2009. I had to upgrade because I pushed the previous one I built to the limit and that was in 2004. A 2009 desktop is old in computer years, but not so much in processing power. It maybe true that there are a zillion new processors out in the market and their benchmark show exponential improvement. But to me benchmarking is just a marketing gimmick. PC sales are plunging but they are the wrong indicator to determine the advancement of the technology. The reason we are not buying PCs anymore is because those we have are already pretty amazing.

List of laptops that support Ubuntu

List of laptops that support Ubuntu

Ubuntu is one of my favorite OS. It is very user friendly, perfect for surfing the web, for music, for movies and even gaming. At the same time you have all the power of Linux behind it so I can use it for working on my projects. Recently, I bought a new laptop and unfortunately I found myself returning it because it was a just a giant hardware dongle.

Detecting Internet Explorer version with JavaScript

Detecting Internet Explorer version with JavaScript

Parsing the browser User Agent is very unreliable. Not only users can easily manipulate it but the string can be very inconsistent. There were times where I needed to write specific code for Internet Explorer but I don't like writing in line JavaScript or loading a separate script just for that. I wish browser makers could agree on making unique GUID that can easily be looked up on a table to determine the browser. So Instead, I make use of IE conditional comments to set values that will only be present in Internet Explorer.


JavaScript Collection

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String trimming

In modern browsers, JavaScript has a .trim() function on the String object. What it does is simple, it removes the extra white space before and after the string…

Are you new to JavaScript?

JavaScript can be a little bit challenging at first. There are a few things that once mastered will make your journey smoother. These are the little things that I want to explain to you here. I make the frustrating things as friendly as possible so you don't have to stress over it.

Photography

Every little corner has a story. Sometimes a camera tells the story and a picture is worth a thousand words.

There are professional photographers and then there is me who happens to have a camera on my phone. Here's to what came out.