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November 22, 2013 at 10:15am
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It's a good time to be a programmer →

"There’s an interesting quirk about software — the more you have of it, the more you need."

Job security.

November 21, 2013 at 10:54pm
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"I Know Kung Fu." →


Andrew Weissman on services like Khan Academy and Quizlet, which allow users to learn morsels of information at their own pace:

At a specific level, they each work in a way that is consistent with how people think and, 20 years into the web, desire to find information. For example, someone may think to herself, “I forget how to subtract fractions.” They then conduct a search for it, and Khan delivers a 4 minute video lesson. The whole process may take 5 minutes and is hardly interruptive.

This really resonates with me. When I think about how I learn and more importantly, re-learn, things now, it’s mainly through a quick Google search. I’m not saying it’s a better or worse way to learn, it’s just different. And it’s the way a lot of people gain (and, again, re-learn) knowledge now.

Something about this also reminds me a bit of the brain uploads in The Matrix.

Stack Overflow feels a bit like this. One moment, I don’t know how to remove duplicates from an array in Ruby. The next moment, I do.

November 11, 2013 at 11:59pm
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Isomorphic JavaScript: The Future of Web Apps - Airbnb Engineering →

In this world, some of your application and view logic can be executed on both the server and the client. This opens up all sorts of doors — performance optimizations, better maintainability, SEO-by-default, and more stateful web apps.

C’mon people. Give me a reason to build something with this stuff!

November 4, 2013 at 11:36am
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Believes all things, hopes all things →

I was a die-hard optimist when I was growing up. I got burned by people a bunch of times because I assumed the best in them, no matter if the evidence of their character or integrity was contrary. My mom taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt.

I’ve also noticed that I’ve become more cynical as I grow older. I’m less trusting and more leery. It takes a conscious effort to trust people now. It’s no longer automatic and that’s ok with me.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love takes conscious, intentional effort.

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How Scoutzie uses Meteor for their internal dashboard →

The first version of our admin dashboard was using Sinatra.

I’ve heard Meteor compared to Sinatra before. They both feel about the same size, although Sinatra is backend only and popular for powering simple APIs while Meteor is full stack.

It was useful, but after a few months it became obvious that we needed something faster, easier to maintain, and most importantly real-time. Meteor was a much better solution…

I’ve heard this, too. Meteor gives you all the cool stuff that backend-only frameworks can’t deliver.