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Learning to Code is Damn Hard

Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard ...for the most part, ... introductory tools do a great job of guiding you like a child in a crosswalk past the big scary variables and conditional statements and through the early phases of programming syntax. As you conquer one after another of their gamified challenges, your confidence rises. Maybe you can do this after all! How hard can it be? You're basically a developer already! I've written code since I was…

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The Developer's Dystopian Future

The Developer's Dystopian Future by Ed Finkler I think about how I used to fill my time with coding. So much coding. I was willing to dive so deep into a library or framework or technology to learn it. My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I’m less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity. ..... I’m scared…

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Is Coding the New Literacy?

Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

[exif id="31380"] In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead of a crippling snowstorm. They were there as part of Code for America, a program that places idealistic young coders and designers in city halls across the country for a year. ~ Read the full version…

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Hack Isn’t PHP

Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

[exif id="31380"] Yesterday, Facebook announced Hack, a new language that also runs on HHVM. It’s like a “PHP++” — it adds optional static typing, generics, and a bunch of other enhancements and conveniences to PHP. Unlike HHVM, adopting Hack is a huge risk. HHVM was great because you could switch to it and switch away from it freely, with almost no effort (especially to switch away). You were still writing PHP. But once you convert a file to Hack and…

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HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2 - Revision 2

This project allows you to create bracketed images for use in HDR photography using the Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org/), supported DSLR camera connected via USB (http://gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/support.php), and the gphoto2 unix tool (http://www.gphoto.org/). The script is a Perl rewrite of an earlier BASH script. The goals for the Perl rewrite was to make things a little easier.…

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