Google Chrome’s seamless updates have long been a big part of its appeal. But perhaps not anymore.
If you are here, I do not need to tell you that Elasticsearch is awesome, fast and mostly just works. If you are here, I also do not need to tell you that Elasticsearch can be opaque, confusing, and seems to break randomly for no reason.
Although many programmers choose to work with an IDE (i.e., Integrated Development Environment) and know it really well by sticking to it, some other programmers, including myself, like to explore different IDE options.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job growth of software developers in the US alone will increase roughly 25% over the next ten years. A phenomenal boost for an industry that has already seen exponential growth in its talent pool of IT skills.
So, I did it. Below, I’ve documented each step in the project. If you just want to see a video of the detector in action/the GitHub link, skip to the bottom.
Conditional statements, like if-else and switch, are core to any programming language. We use them day in and day out, but it is surprising that it is viewed as a code smell in an object-oriented programming language (OOP). If you ever wondered why this is like I did, then this article is for us.
Yes, a lot of (buzz?) words. Creating an application is easy, just sit to code and … voilà. You have an application. If you are stuck, just go to the Internet, search, and you are going to find tons of samples, frameworks, templates, that will help you with your application.
Let me preface this post by saying that no programmer should feel compelled to read any of these papers. I list them because I think that they provide a breadth of information that is generally useful and interesting from a computer science perspective.
There is a free pdf version of this book with nicer typesetting available for download. You may order a hard-cover version with color illustrations at Blurb. Or you may watch me teaching this material to a live audience.
The fundamental choice is between Service Locator and Dependency Injection. The first point is that both implementations provide the fundamental decoupling that's missing in the naive example - in both cases application code is independent of the concrete implementation of the service interface.
In the years since I wrote this article, a lot has changed.
There’s a key piece of magic in the engineering of the Internet which you rely on every single day. It happens in the TCP protocol, one of the fundamental building blocks of the Internet. TCP is a way to transmit data that is reliable.
The tech sector is booming. If you've used a smartphone or logged on to a computer at least once in the last few years, you've probably noticed this. As a result, coding skills are in high demand, with programming jobs paying significantly more than the average position.
The project was shared by a programmer named Nihad Abbasov, known as "Narkoz" on GitHub. It consists of a bunch of software scripts with some funny but NSFW names. Narkoz says that the scripts came from a another programmer.
Behind a minute of typing lies an hour of study.
But in order to nab one of those jobs, especially one with a fat salary and loads of perks, you need the right skills. If you're an expert in a rare tech skill, you will almost certainly be paid well. But the jobs requiring that skill could be harder to find.
Programming computers is a piece of cake. Or so the world’s digital-skills gurus would have us believe. From the non-profit Code.
There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not exactly the case today. As most entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketers will tell you, learning how to program can help you succeed. Over the past year, I've been learning to code.
Last week, I created a small script to aid my workflow which left me wondering why I didn’t make it earlier. It adds an option in Finder’s context menu to start a static web server in any folder which makes it easier to preview static websites.
In this post, I’ll share how I went from zero(ish) to a six-figure software engineering job offer in nine months while working full time and being self-taught. Whenever I would start reading a success story, I would immediately look to find the author’s background, hoping it would match mine.
The following is a true story. Or maybe it’s just based on a true story. Perhaps it’s not true at all. It’s been a frantic week of security scares — it seems like every day there’s a new vulnerability.
1801 - Joseph Marie Jacquard uses punch cards to instruct a loom to weave "hello, world" into a tapestry. Redditers of the time are not impressed due to the lack of tail call recursion, concurrency, or proper capitalization. 1842 - Ada Lovelace writes the first program.
If you're thinking of learning to code, the language you decide to pick up first has a lot to do with what you're trying to learn, what you want to do with the skill, and where you want to eventually go from there.
Update #1: this post hit the front page of r/programming and HN. Thank you for the great feedback! I’ve added some corrections below. Update #2: this blog post has been translated into Japanese!
Being a Java programmer and Software developer, I have learned a lot from articles titled as What Every Programmer Should Know about ..... , they tend to give a lot of useful and in-depth information about a particular topic, which otherwise is very hard to discover.
The Anti-IF Campaign currently stands at 4,136 signatures, and there’s a reason: conditional statements are frequently a troublesome source of bugs and brittle logic, and they make reasoning about code difficult because they multiply the code paths.
Knowing how to code is mostly about building things, and the path is a lot clearer when you have a sense of the end goal.
There are so many programming books out there, but most focus on specific technologies and their half-life is incredibly short. Others focus on process or culture. Very few focus on the timeless principles of writing good code, period.
If you were looking for someone to teach you how to become a better writer, you probably couldn't do any better than Steven Pinker. The famed Harvard linguist is the author of several bestsellers, and Bill Gates even called one of them his favorite book of all time.
My friend who’s learning programming asked me the other day: ‘What do you recommend for learn programming quickly?’. I learned programming by myself when I was in college, and over the years I’ve realized how I went about it in the hardest way possible.
This is a cynical, clinical collection of things I learnt in 30 years working with software development. Again, some things are really cynical, others are long observations on different jobs.
As I mentioned in the opening, we are all used to a trade-off between quality and cost. When I replace my smart phone, I can choose a more expensive model with faster processor, better screen, and more memory. Or I can give up some of those qualities to pay less money.
TL;DR: All the evidence shows that programming requires a high level of aptitude that only a small percentage of the population possess. The current fad for short learn-to-code courses is selling people a lie and will do nothing to help the skills shortage for professional programmers.
Most people’s journey toward learning to program starts with a single late-night Google search. But how do they decide which language to search for?
I wish I knew a ton of stuff when I started to learn to program, but here are 27 things that come to mind. I put the most important things at numbers 14 and 26 because I’d love for you to read the full answer. 1. You learn by doing. The only way to get better at programming is to actually program.
Programmers are procrastinators. Get in, get some coffee, check the mailbox, read the RSS feeds, read the news, check out latest articles on techie websites, browse through political discussions on the designated sections of the programming forums. Rinse and repeat to make sure nothing is missed.
A year ago, I started working full-time at Bloomberg. That’s when I imagined writing this post. I imagined myself to be full of ideas that I could spit out on paper when the time comes. Just one month in, I realised it won’t be that easy: I was already forgetting things I learnt.
I'm confused by the claim that "10x" or "rockstar developers" are a myth. Are star athletes, artists, writers, and, uh, rock stars, a myth? There have been a bunch of articles that claim that 10x developer doesn’t exist. The arguments against it generally fall into 3 buckets:
Note from the editor: The following is a guest post by Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99), a journalist who’s written about technology and science for two decades. Clive is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired.
Ever wonder about that mysterious Content-Type tag? You know, the one you’re supposed to put in HTML and you never quite know what it should be? Did you ever get an email from your friends in Bulgaria with the subject line “???? ?????? ??? ????”?
When The Joel Test first appeared, one of the biggest sore points readers reported had to do with writing specs. It seems that specs are like flossing: everybody knows they should be writing them, but nobody does.
There is a recurring theme I see with novice developers. They've put in their time to learn the basics of a programming language or two and they feel pretty comfortable doing programming exercises, but they don't know how to apply what they've learned.
During the past year and a half, I have been building and using my own personal knowledge base. This knowledge base contains virtually everything I have learned during this period. It supports categorization and search and automates spaced repetition via email.
The most frequently viewed page on this site is Signs you're a bad programmer, which has also now been published on dead trees by Hacker Monthly, and I think that behoves me to write its antithesis. "Bad programmer" is also considered inflammatory by some who think I'm speaking down to them.
Knowing how to code is mostly about building things, and the path is a lot clearer when you have a sense of the end goal.
A motley gang of anarchists, free-love advocates, and banana-rights agitators have hijacked The Love Boat out of Puerto Vallarta and are threatening to sink it in 7 days with all 616 passengers and 327 crew members unless their demands are met.
You probably also wondered what does it mean, exactly, to think like a programmer? And how do you do it?? Essentially, it’s all about a more effective way for problem solving.
Are you building an API? Here is the idea: If you have never heard about the REST architectural style constraints and their implication on the properties of the resulting distributed system and you do not want to (or can’t) educate yourself, use GraphQL.
When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern Web, he was chasing an idea from a 1966 science fiction novel called Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany.
If you prefer to watch video tutorials with live-coding, then check out this series I recorded with the same contents as in this article: Egghead.io - Introduction to Reactive Programming.
This article was written by Tony You @howtomakeaturn and translated from Chinese to English by Wordcorp (http://www.wordcorp.net/en). Originally Posted on The Model Majority. You not only need to have talent, you also need to be passionate to be able to become a good programmer.
A year ago, I was a numbers geek with no coding background. After trying an online programming course, I was so inspired that I enrolled in one of the best computer science programs in Canada.
En Español. Chinese. From years of watching master programmers, I have observed certain common patterns in their workflows. From years of coaching skilled journeyman programmers, I have observed the absence of those patterns. I have seen what a difference introducing the patterns can make.
When programmers discuss the relative merits of different programming languages, they often talk about them in prosaic terms as if they were so many tools in a tool belt—one might be more appropriate for systems programming, another might be more appropriate for gluing together other programs to a
You wrote a few components with Hooks. Maybe even a small app. You’re mostly satisfied. You’re comfortable with the API and picked up a few tricks along the way. You even made some custom Hooks to extract repetitive logic (300 lines gone!) and showed it off to your colleagues.
Programming requires much more than the cut and dry language taught in children’s books.
How did you find time to learn Elixir? Must be nice to not work or have a family :p First: I’m certainly no expert in Elixir but I am finding my way through the language. I pushed my first two packages to Hex over the weekend and I’m having a really good time.
_I originally wrote the following for my Chainline Newsletter, but I continue to get tweets about this idea, so I'm re-publishing the article here on my blog. This version has been lightly edited._ I've been thinking about the consequences of the "wrong abstraction.
The bittersweet consequence of YouTube’s incredible growth is that so many stories will be lost underneath all of the layers of new paint. This is why I wanted to tell the story of how, ten years ago, a small team of web developers conspired to kill IE6 from inside YouTube and got away with it.
We are going to rewrite React from scratch. Step by step. Following the architecture from the real React code but without all the optimizations and non-essential features. If you’ve read any of my previous “build your own React” posts, the difference is that this post is based on React 16.
Your data model has started to stabilize and you're in a position to create a public API for your web app. You realize it's hard to make significant changes to your API once it's released and want to get as much right as possible up front. Now, the internet has no shortage on opinions on API design.
Nowadays, with any Web app you build, you have dozens of architectural decisions to make. And you want to make the right ones: You want to use technologies that allow for rapid development, constant iteration, maximal efficiency, speed, robustness and more.
I read with great interest a recent TechCrunch article from a developer named Basel Farag. In “Please Don’t Learn to Code,” the author makes a compelling case as to why courses and bootcamps for everyday people to learn programming aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
“I don't know what the language of the year 2000 will look like, but I know it will be called Fortran.” —Tony Hoare, winner of the 1980 Turing Award, in 1982.
It takes something both very important and hard to understand, and makes it understandable to an audience of smart but nonexpert readers. It does this incredibly well. It mostly feels like fun, not work. It also contains the best use of interactive elements in a story that I've ever seen.
The story of how 28-year-old Azer Koçulu briefly broke the internet shows how writing software for the web has become dependent on a patchwork of code that itself relies on the benevolence of fellow programmers.
FROM lifts to cars to airliners to smartphones, modern civilisation is powered by software, the digital instructions that allow computers, and the devices they control, to perform calculations and respond to their surroundings. How did that software get there? Someone had to write it.
1. Start small, then extend. Whether creating a new system, or adding a feature to an existing system, I always start by making a very simple version with almost none of the required functionality. Then I extend the solution step by step, until it does what it is supposed to.
We recently explored how wealthy countries (those defined as high-income by the World Bank) tend to visit a different set of technologies than the rest of the world. Among the largest differences we saw was in the programming language Python.
In this article we share a collection of interesting books from different programming spheres like web and mobile app development. Some books are very beginner-friendly, others are for more advanced programmers. You can choose the ones you like and check them out.