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Digital Literacy

One of a number of places I volunteer is Ladies Learning Code’s Victoria chapter (you can also find them on Facebook, Meetup, and Twitter). What we’re all about in the Victoria chapter is digital literacy for everyone. To make sure we’re all on the same page, I’m defining digital literacy as the ability to find your way around and get things done on desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and to be able.. Read More

Best Practices

Let’s talk about questionable code and the best practices to fix it. Even if you’ve been a developer for years it’s good to do a quick review once in a while and make sure you haven’t picked up any bad habits. Commenting out code instead of deleting it I’m as guilty of this as anyone else, but honestly it’s a waste of time. If you ever actually need that code back.. Read More

Impressively evil

I’ve seen bad things done in java. The kind of things you can’T unsee. But I’ve never seen anything quite like this java program that makes 2 + 2 = 5: import java.lang.reflect.Field; public class Main { public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception { Class cache = Integer.class.getDeclaredClasses()[0]; Field c = cache.getDeclaredField(“cache”); c.setAccessible(true); Integer[] array = (Integer[]) c.get(cache); array[132] = array[133]; System.out.printf(“%d”,2 + 2); } } Thanks, codegolf user.. Read More

Fiddler rocks

Fiddler rocks. Fiddler is a free web debugging proxy for any browser, system or platform. I’ve only ever used it on Windows so I can’t speak to how it performs on any other OS, but on Windows it’s pretty great. To go into a little more detail, Fiddler captures every request your browser makes and lets you save, retrieve, and analyze them. Mostly I use it for simple things like seeing.. Read More

Android tip of the day

There’s this really awesome utility for Android called Tasker that lets you automate all kinds of stuff on your phone. I love how much stuff I can do with it, but the interface doesn’t just fail to be user friendly, it’s actively user hostile. Every damn time I set up a phone I forget how to configure Tasker to automatically unlock my phone when I’m at home. This little how-to guide explains it.. Read More

It’s normal to feel stupid

This interview with Saron Yitbarek is really interesting and you should read it. Saron currently leads the Tech Jobs Academy program at Microsoft and she founded CodeNewbie.org. My favourite part of her interview is: What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself starting out in development? You’re going to feel stupid most of the time, and that’s ok. Also, don’t go at it alone. Things are much easier.. Read More

SICP: first impressions

Not so long ago I decided to try working my way through Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, hereafter referred to as SICP because that’s an awful lot of typing. Why SICP? Because I hear it will make me a better programmer and because I’ve heard about it enough times that I want to know what I’m missing :) Thanks to the wonders of the internets, you can get the.. Read More