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Ibrahim Diallo

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2015

June

The Visitors from Google

The Visitors from Google

Over the few years this blog has been up, Google has been bringing many types of visitors. The most notable ones are the Googlers looking to find a quick answer to copy and paste, and those who come in to read and enjoy the content. This is not the most popular place to hang out on the web, it is rare to see someone who comes here without been referred.

Who keeps the park clean?

Who keeps the park clean?

When I was growing up, I never paid attention to the cleanliness of my neighborhood. When you finish drinking your soda, you throw it away. Anywhere, it didn't matter. It's not like I was a hooligan, it was just what you did. Whether it was a soda can, the rest of your sandwich, a plate of food, or a car battery, you just throw it in a direction furthest from you. The grown ups did it too, it was all too normal.

Everybody is in a hurry

Everybody is in a hurry

Learn JavaScript in 21 days. Check! Find a JavaScript job in 14 days. Check! Create an amazing website in 7 days. Done! Now sell that website in 1 day and rake in the millions of dollars. Done! Now you can forget everything about JavaScript because you don't need it anymore. Let's learn Android.

May

Working with bad software

Working with bad software

Movable Type is a blogging engine made by a husband and wife. It promises to take the hurdle of managing content of your website with a single solution. I've seen people who swear by it and I don't blame them. Every software sucks but if you spend enough time and effort you can make it suck a little less everyday. Movable Type is a solution for a multitude of problems and it does a good job solving them. But sometimes, it is also an awful choice.

Where do I find ideas?

Where do I find ideas?

Two friends went to their first meeting with an investor. They were developing an App and needed some money to quit their job and focus entirely on it. When they met the investor, he asked if they are both developers. The answer was no. So he asked them what is the role of each in building this application. One of the guys said, well I'm no developer but I came up with the idea. The question that followed offended the idea guy.

Morale

Morale

Failing often, making mistakes, struggling, hustling, this is the recipe to build character and success. That's what we hear on the receiving side of the podium.

Feedback is the new black

Feedback is the new black

The computer is a controlled environment. None of its parts is sparingly built. For every device attached to it, there is a team that tirelessly worked to bring to life. The programmers spend the better part of their day building software that, to the best of their knowledge, will never fail. But just in case they fail or don't go as planned, the same programmers throw errors to know exactly what went wrong.

The secret is, there is no secret

The secret is, there is no secret

The secret to lose 10 pounds in a week, the secret to be more productive, the secret to appear on Google's first page, the secret to become a millionaire. I used to read those, but now they seem more like a cheap attempt to make money off of desperate people. On the web, spam site took those books and refurbished them into click bait articles who exist for the sole purpose of generating more page views and ad impressions.

To programmers getting started

To programmers getting started

Shut the world out. Chose one language. Any. Then get started.

Boredom is a consumer problem

Boredom is a consumer problem

When the thing you do the most is consume, you are more likely to get bored. That could be shopping, watching TV, watching YouTube, surfing Reddit or reading articles on the web. All those things give you the illusion of being busy while all it's doing is releasing dopamine in your system.

JS Tip of the day

Loading jQuery asynchronously

The recommended way to load jQuery is with a script tag. You place it on the bottom of your page and make sure every script that depends on it are loaded after.…

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