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, Angular 2 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”
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.
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.
In 2014, I installed Xubuntu on four of my friends’ laptops. At least one of them is using it actively, for day-to-day tasks. Continue reading “The Year of the Linux Desktop: Is it here yet?”
Since the GameBoy Advance has long been discontinued, one might think that the interest in it would eventually die out. Well, I’ve been doing some research into Pokémon ROM hacks, and from what it appears, GBA isn’t going down any time soon. Continue reading “GBA is Here to Stay”