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2015

September

Things to remember about programming

Things to remember about programming

It's been a year since I left my previous job and everyday there are so many lessons I learn. I wanted to take the time to write about each of them, but they come in faster then I can type. Remember in the programming world, it is one thing to write about software, it is a whole other to write software.

Make no mistakes or no one wants you

Make no mistakes or no one wants you

You can only learn from your own mistakes. I think everyone can agree with that. However, no one wants the people that make mistakes in their team.

Mp3 is now free

Mp3 is now free

Mp3 is not free. I am reminded of this every time I update Audacity. What do I mean by not free? Well you need to buy a license to use the encoder in your application. We don't think about it because we are usually on the consumer side. But the good news is, this restriction expires on September 2015. And what happens when it does?

Something about learning new things

Something about learning new things

My little niece will do whatever it takes to stay up as late as possible and wake up on the first light of day. Her reason? She doesn't want to miss a second of the day. She wants to be there when everything happens. At night, her eyes will be closing but when asked if she is sleepy, her answer is always, No! Followed by a sudden burst of energy.

The first 100 hours

The first 100 hours

Even if you know the rule, you will still be frustrated. The first hundred hours are full of surprises, full of confusion, full of frustration. No matter how many times I start learning new things, I have a hard time dealing with this frustration. But that's ok.

Generating URLs in PHP

Generating URLs in PHP

It is almost never a good idea to manually write URLs on your website. Just like text strings, if for any reason you want to update them it becomes a nightmare.

August

Organizing your strings in PHP

Organizing your strings in PHP

In a programming environment like PHP, there are chances you are dealing with strings all over your code. Whether it is to throw an error, or simply notify your users of something that happened, you have to send text messages as strings.

Expertly blind

Expertly blind

As programmers, we work in a field where it is hard to claim to be an expert. Technology constantly changes, and readjustment is a necessity. I read an interesting experiment on nautilus just the other day, here is how it goes.

Not all your ideas should be game changers

Not all your ideas should be game changers

Programming, or coding, is marketed as the skill you need to build the next big thing. Although it can be true, we can say the same about fishing. By learning how to catch fish, you get to put food on the table. You can also become the dedicated fisherman company in a small town, raking in millions of dollars.

Catering to the busy man

Catering to the busy man

Today, anything that is not instant is not worth it. The title of the book is "Don't make me think!" If you make me think than you are doing it wrong. Not to say that intuitive design is bad, but if done wrong it can be a direct contributor to the microwave mentality.

JS Tip of the day

Organizing your JavaScript

Relative to other languages, learning JavaScript is a much easier process. It's easy to use it to add a functionality to your website. For example making a pop …

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