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"I saw this quote the other day: ANY CODER WORTH BEING PARTNER TO BUILD YOUR IDEA ALREADY BUILDING OWN BETTER IDEA. #LEARNTOCODE
@FAKEGRIMLOCK I think that is all well and good for those with the aptitude and inclination to code. However, it is a naïve notion to think that people with non-technical backgrounds will just pick up programming. Some will, but many will not. The reason is that learning to code is not the “be all, end all” of creating a tech startup."

Strong Opinions @marksbirch: To Learn To Code or Not, That Is the Question

It isn’t the be-all and end-all — but you can’t expect someone else with the skills to give up their own ideas to implement yours unless you give them lots of money to shelve their idea and do yours.  Question: should you spend your time raising money, or getting skills to do it yourself?  It’s just a practical question.  

cooljava:

A cool project i’m working on with my buddy Tyler. First day of the semester and we basically have a pretty lame Microsoft windows screen saver. Not bad.

cooljava:

A cool project i’m working on with my buddy Tyler. First day of the semester and we basically have a pretty lame Microsoft windows screen saver. Not bad.

With the right tutorial, Haskell isn’t that bad…

subtlearray:

Write Yourself a Scheme in 48 Hours is one of the best Haskell tutorials I’ve found. It gets right to the point without wasting pages upon pages on syntax.

"There as a study in which it comes out that thirty of the largest companies in the United States are now spending more on lobbying than they pay in federal taxes. …Who really pays for that? And the answer is America’s middle class — they’re the ones who are left to pick up all the pieces, to pay the taxes to keep the country running. And, more to the point, they’re the ones who are paying for the fact that there’s not enough money left to invest in our kids’ future."

Massachusetts Senate candidate ELIZABETH WARREN, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)

Ruby on Rails Tutorial, second edition (updated for Rails 3.2)


This is supergood stuff.  Check it out if you want to dive into the coolest of the cool-kids’ languages.  

Forever Alone? The EDC is here to help!


NYC’s Economic Development Corporation crunches the numbers on the male/female ratio in NYC.  Cute maps!

Bootstrap rising


decodering:

Anil Dash:

Twitter’s Bootstrap framework for creating web sites and apps is the culmination of half a decade’s work by the web design community in creating CSS resets, grid systems and toolkits for easily building flexible, adaptable websites. While Bootstrap is only a minor evolution over past efforts such as Blueprint or the 960 grid from a technical standpoint, Bootstrap’s polish, rapid adoption, endorsement by Twitter, and vibrant community leave it poised to have more significant impact than perhaps all such previous efforts combined.

I particularly like his suggestion to build a Bootstrap ‘Zen Garden’.

While Bootstrap’s current aesthetics are inoffensive and pleasing, the framework’s success may be its own weakness, as users (or more importantly, designers) see more and more sites featuring its signature graphical elements. If someone in the community steps up to provide simple, lightweight, easily-switchable replacements that users can download, modify and share to update the looks of their Bootstrap-powered sites, this will be the single biggest amplifier to the framework’s longevity.

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Recently Ed Finkler took a strong stance against heavy-weight php frameworks. I was very happy to see someone put this out there, and to see it get a bit of traction.

I have never taken to the major frameworks out there, I feel like they’re all over-complicated and intrusive. A few months ago I created the MicroPHP library which I have recently started to publish. It’s moderately experimental and still a work in progress, but the nice thing about micro libraries is that work-in-progress is sufficient for many projects.

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ng spinners: What is a micro library?

 

Magazine Grid

bballentine:

Magazine Grid is an 8 column magazine grid CSS framework designed to look great on the iPad. It is lightweight and appears to be easy to use. According to the project’s website,

It’s an ultramodern CSS-Framework which comes with common magazine design elements such as pagination, gutters and of course a basic grid.

Click here to download the framework. Click here to view screenshots from Aside Magazine. Click here to view the Aside Magazine website.

"Twitter’s Bootstrap is an excellent set of carefully crafted user interface elements, layouts, and javascript tools, freely available to use in your next web design project. This video series aims to introduce you to Bootstrap; taking you all the way from downloading the resources, to building a complete Bootstrap-based website."

Twitter Bootstrap 101,”  David Cochran, NetTuts  

Another great tutorial at NetTuts.  I love that site. 

Leveling up with Frameworks

I’m really interested in web application frameworks as a way to level up — to increase the range of things I’m able to do as a novice coder.  

(Frameworks, by the way, are collections of prewritten chunks of code that speed up or extend your ability to make a new website or web application).  

However…most of the time I don’t really understand the framework’s documentation.  

I took a look at this and for the first time, thought, wait…maybe I could do that…

The slideshow below shows off a piece of a PHP framework called ProdigyView.  Pre-built parts include common elements of a content management system, e-commerce, etc.  

Applications and Plug-ins Overview
View more presentations from ProdigyView
"When it comes to software development, never be afraid to re-invent the wheel, for most wheels are hexagonal."

(via ivogeorgiev)
ttreloar:

Watching Nynan Cat in Terminal is most likely why terminal exists.
All you need to do is:
Open your Terminal in Mac OS X or Windows or Linux or whatever the hell you are running your toaster on. 
Type telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu. 
Enjoy an endless nyancat loop in glorious ASCII.
Thank you Gizmodo

When I ran it, I had to add another thing:
TERM=ascii telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu.  
If you don’t know where Terminal is on your Mac, go to Utilities>Terminal.  Then type that up there at the prompt and hit enter!  
It’s fun…try it :)

ttreloar:

Watching Nynan Cat in Terminal is most likely why terminal exists.

All you need to do is:

  1. Open your Terminal in Mac OS X or Windows or Linux or whatever the hell you are running your toaster on. 
  2. Type telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu
  3. Enjoy an endless nyancat loop in glorious ASCII.

Thank you Gizmodo

When I ran it, I had to add another thing:

TERM=ascii telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu.  

If you don’t know where Terminal is on your Mac, go to Utilities>Terminal.  Then type that up there at the prompt and hit enter!  

It’s fun…try it :)


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