Lately, some of my friends have been asking me how they can get started with coding. None of them being computer science grads or professional software developers, it intrigued me that they were taking an interest in programming.
While I was discussing this with them, one of them made an interesting point: coding doesn’t necessarily have to be your occupation. It could be just a fun mental exercise, to keep the logical half of your brain functioning well. Continue reading “Coding as a Hobby”
Ever since the advent of HTML5 and ES6, the web is moving forward at the speed of the Millennium Falcon.
While the world was still in awe at Angular’s superpowers, the React phenomenon happened. And while the average corporate Java dev gets over the overwhelming pace of events, Angular2 and Polymer will be ready to refill their pile of things to be amazed at.
And that is a good thing. It means better APIs, better developer ergonomics, and most importantly, better resulting products.
elementary OS isn’t just a community. It’s a culture. And this culture has its own conventions; its own way of doing things. Continue reading “The Cult of elementary OS”
After a long, long wait, Xfce 4.12 is finally here.
It doesn’t exactly have a single killer feature that would become the talk of the town. Rather, as is typical of Xfce, this release features
hundreds thousands of subtle, bite-sized improvements that make it feel more polished.
Check out the tour to know more.
One reason is that it is spreading the idea of FOSS. Because the great thing about JS is that it can be distributed in only one form: source. Since all your code is visible to everyone anyway, you might as well publish it under a libre licence. And that’s what most people do.
It’s also nice to see new-age hackers doing all sorts of spiffy stuff at npm, the namespace pollution mechanism. What’s more, thanks to npm, this new generation of developers is carrying forward the UNIX philosophy:
Do one thing and do it well.
So we’ve got one more browser to support. As if dealing with IE’s idiosyncrasies wasn’t pain enough.
But in the long run, Spartan might just prove to be a good thing. That is, if it manages to bring IE’s market share down to clunky-old-enterprises-only percent. This is because Spartan will likely be more compatible, more standards-compliant, and more frequently updated.
Of course, I still recommend Firefox for its freedom and privacy, but at the very least, Spartan will ease the life of web developers.
If you’re using something like Oops! AppLock, then you can set a custom image to show up when somebody tries to open a locked app.
For instance, if you try to sneak at my email, you’ll be greeted by a pissed off Snivy.
So unless you’d rather have yourself vine-whipped, better stay away from my phone.