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Ibrahim Diallo

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2014

March

High Standards, crappy code

High Standards, crappy code

If you talk to any programmer they will tell you how a particular tool, programming language, OS, sucks and that X is the best. if you talk to any programmer they will tell you how the code they currently work on sucks, if they had written it in Node.js it would have been much better.

Read the contract

Read the contract

The process to get a job today is straight forward. You start by browsing job boards and look for the perfect fit. You find a nice company that is looking for those exact skills you have and some trivial ones no one has (5 years experience with chipmunk.js). You write a cover letter catered to this specific company, you attach your resume and send it. Hopefully your application ends up in the hand of someone in human resources and you get a call.

What's your excuse

What's your excuse

I want to do so many things yet everyday I come up with a perfect excuse to sit on my behind. When I think about those excuses after the fact, they are ridiculous and I am filled with regret. There is plenty of time in a day to do all my little tasks. So today I want to permanently write them down so I can indefinitely label them as non sense.

Explain it to me like I am 4

Explain it to me like I am 4

If there is one thing I learned from obsessing over Stack Overflow, it's how to find solutions. Soon I will have answered over 900 questions and this number will keep going up. This is not to say it is a lot, many users have much more quality answers. But If you have done anything over a 1000 times then you had the chance to screw up a lot. Screwing up is synonym to getting experience here.

Web War 3.0 - Screen sizes

Web War 3.0 - Screen sizes

When I started working as a web developer, there was no longer a need to use the hacks from the 90s to make your website work. The marquee and blink tags where already dead. I could still see some old blogs referencing document.layers but they were on their way out. But still when I started, I had to worry very much about writing cross browser code.

February

The advantage of fixing all php warnings

The advantage of fixing all php warnings

It is a common practice for developers to silence errors when developing with PHP. Many times the @ operator is used to simply ignore errors and continue to work in case of failure.

I cheated!

I cheated!

I had a hard time following the school program. Sitting down, watching a teacher with no confidence talk about things that are supposed to be exciting was not my idea of learning a new skill. I once read somewhere that in the United States education system, the motto is No child left behind. Here I was sitting down in class feeling left behind. I came to school to learn the minimum to be propelled into a career where I will be able to grow and never have to worry about bills, grocery price, or rent. But the professor was talking about "Java or JavaScript", then gave us code to copy and paste into a dot HTML file. None of this made sense to me.

Small business startup

Small business startup

Starting a small business is hard. Just ask a small business owner, they will tell you how the economy is not in their favor or that it is hard to find good loyal employees. The cost of business is becoming ever more expensive. The owner of a small business is likely to have saved up some money for years, quit his job, then started a restaurant, hardware store, auto repair shop, grocery store, etc. Startups however are the hip new thing young people do. The stories from "founders" start with sleeping in a van for 3 months. Then against all odds, they make a big demo with scraped resources. Finally the jackpot when the round of funding arrives.

I love your work, send me your resume

I love your work, send me your resume

Every so often I get an email from a CEO, CTO, or someone running the show in a company. They see my blog, go through my stackoverflow, check some of my projects and they feel it is only natural to contact me. I am currently employed, but I am always open for the right offer.

Abstracting MySql results in PHP

Abstracting MySql results in PHP

If there is one thing a web server does everyday it iss connecting to the database. I have been using PHP for many years now, but if you ask me to write a script to fetch data from the database I couldn't do it without going back to the Ultimate PHP manual to find a few examples first.

JS Tip of the day

Magical JavaScript Live Collection

JavaScript live collection is a subject that is rarely talked about. Earlier I had written about a caveat when using them. It did help people but one of the pro…

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