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re: 5 Things Programmers can buy on this Amazon Prime Day
Germins? Garmins, I think.
re: No, you're not stupid!
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re: Have you ever felt completely helpless when facing down a coding problem?
There was the time I spent a week trying to get going with ...
re: Which computer era would have been the most exciting to take part in?
I'm happy in the range I was. I remember trying to do basic...
re: Daily Challenge #12 - Next Larger Number
Perl 6 #!/usr/bin/env perl6 my $base = 2019; ...
re: Daily Challenge #12 - Next Larger Number
Perl 5 #!/usr/bin/env perl use strict; use wa...
re: What's your greatest software development skill?
Vague memories of things I touched ages ago.
re: Daily Challenge #10 - Calculator
Regex was -?\d+, which would handle whole numbers, but with...
re: Daily Challenge #10 - Calculator
And, I see now that I don't handle non-whole-numbers, which...
re: Daily Challenge #10 - Calculator
#!/usr/bin/env perl use strict ; use warnings ; use featur...
re: Daily Challenge #10 - Calculator
For context (and an example I'm hitting in my testing), 4 -...
re: Daily Challenge #10 - Calculator
I recall this from Data Structures, and that there's ambigu...
re: What's one thing you wish you knew before you started programming?
Funny you said 'excel as a data scientist', because you can...
re: What's one thing you wish you knew before you started programming?
Context: I went through high school believing that I'd need...
re: Spotify's lowkey tech playlist is brain fuel for my coding
I'll have to try this. My coding music preferences differ...
re: I did an xargs!
That it is.
re: Right tool for the job, but chances are the right tool is Perl.
Fellow Perl guy here, but... I agree that's ugly. I keep ...
re: What do you think about the idea that "there should be only one way of doing a thing" in programming languages?
Snipe: if only they kept that philosophy to package managem...
re: What do you think about the idea that "there should be only one way of doing a thing" in programming languages?
Larry Wall, the creator of my language of choice, says Ther...
re: What does your Terminal look like?
Meaning: I don't need updates, my Taskwarrior tasks are u...
re: Tell me a bug story
Batch processing is for when the job can take days to weeks...
re: Tell me a bug story
We are a lab in a school that does science for other labs. ...
re: If the World Wide Web were re-created today with no legacy dependencies, how would it be different?
No inline JS/CSS. And likely no "View Source" option.
re: What was your win this week?
This week, (last Weds) I gave a talk on arrays and JS, and ...
re: Show off your first app!
Summer of 1997? I was working for IT support for the engine...
re: Namespaces and Javascript: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
If you'll excuse me, I'm not really seeing what that buys m...
re: Namespaces and Javascript: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
I'd be happy to learn more about this approach. I'm very tr...
re: What podcasts should I be listening to in 2019?
I'm finding that little of my podcast listening is dev-focu...
re: Unsung Heroes of the Command Line
So, you may use curl to GET an API response, and jq to disp...
re: What books do you want to read next year?
I picked up Progressive Web Apps in both ePub and paper. It...
re: Different types of testing explained
I had always believed that a smoke test was one where you s...
re: Remember phonebooks?
I have a desktop computer at work. In fact, two. I work in ...
re: Remember phonebooks?
In the 90s, there was a series of ads where they would show...
re: Why is your preferred programming language your go-to?
Perl is my go-to, and has been for over 20 years. This was ...
re: Favourite albums to listen to while coding
I can't stay on one album or genre too long, but I do use m...
re: What dev topic do you think you should understand, but don't?
Each language has a mechanism by which you can write functi...
re: Did you earn your Hacktoberfest t-shirt?
Just barely, but YES!
re: How's your Hacktoberfest progress?
Perl.com editorial submission is on Github, so I have one a...
re: What's the difference between a library and a framework?
The distinction makes sense. I do not have enough knowled...
re: Title suggestions for a history of computer science mini web series?!
while (true)
re: How do you shift between the coding mindset and other head spaces?
I don't know. I'm in a Perl shop that does web, and so, g...
re: Thoughts on interpreted vs compiled languages?
I was about to say one thing, then saw you mention Go, whic...
re: Is using vim an antipattern?
Certainly. Using vim enables me to function in a poorly-cre...
re: Vim won't make you a more productive developer
I got started with vi on Sparc 5s (and less!) in 1996 or so...
re: Today I Googled: How to Loop Videos on YouTube
I'd SO love to see that elsewhere, too.
re: Today I Googled: How to Loop Videos on YouTube
Now I'm wondering what's the markdown to put a YouTube vide...
re: Programming is ...
Programming is ... dealing with the stupidest thing really ...
re: How old have you been when you started programming and what was your first project?
1988 was a different time. Usage would be I scratch off "...
re: How old have you been when you started programming and what was your first project?
As a freshman in college, 1988, I found that the school I a...
re: Mobile Device for testing Android?
I saw an RCA Voyager III in my local WalMart for $50 the ot...
re: Out of everything you've seen or read, what had the biggest impact on your life as a developer?
For me, it was Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution a...
re: What to do when you've lost motivation to work?
You mean, besides straight up procrastination and checking ...
re: Learning to think like a programmer.
The pitfall of just write code, of course, is that the conv...
re: I asked my first StackOverflow question
I'm looking back at the questions I asked, and they're all ...
re: Does your team write code tests for front-end code?
I know that, with tools like Selenium, that is doable. But ...
re: Which contentious opinions in programming actually matter?
They can be. The code I am currently refactoring is much m...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
I could accept harder, although I don't see it. I do not un...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
SO: I go back and search, but between the attitude (👎) and ...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
Re: Your first paragraph Similarly, when I'm dealing with ...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
Re: Your second paragraph That would be Hungarian Notation...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
I see the braces going with the indented code, not the surr...
re: Is This Snowflake Code?
Oh so true.
re: Its 2018, why are you still going to the office?
I work around a physical thing, a gene sequencer. I am help...
re: Project Euler #2 - Even Fibonacci numbers
I solved Euler 1-3 in 2015 but stopped... #!/usr/bin/env...
re: What's your favorite editor/terminal color scheme?
I tend to light-on-dark for terms, transparent background w...
re: What's your opinion on Microsoft's GitHub Acquisition?
A few bullet points: Microsoft decided to put the Windows...
re: ORM vs. SQL?
My shop is almost entirely Perl on the back end and of cou...
re: Google I/O Announcements
For my lab, the end product is a huge file of genomic data,...
re: Can I see your desktop home screen
I use IFTTT and Dropbox to grab my most recent Instagram...
re: Explain Required Downtime Like I'm Five
So, you want to make a sandwich before the cartoons start. ...
re: What do you do on a daily basis for your job?
I am a developer (right now, the developer) for a genomics ...
re: What's your worst technical debt story?
I code Perl daily. It can be written well. The view many h...
re: What's your worst technical debt story?
Maybe this counts, but it is my current front-burner. I wo...
re: Is Ruby lang dying?
Better way of expressing the thought I wrote, deleted, rewr...
re: How and Why I Track Coffee
Because office, today I will drink none of the coffees. It ...
re: Are you an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between?
I don't think I'm a full-on introvert, but rather one whose...
re: How do you handle days where you just aren't motivated?
If there are tasks to be done that are small and don't requ...
re: Which mainstream programming language has the ugliest syntax?
Back in the day, I worked on a VB Embedded program but didn...
re: Which mainstream programming language has the ugliest syntax?
Ugliest I ever dealt with is BASIC. Not Visual Basic from M...
re: Which mainstream programming language has the ugliest syntax?
"mainstream"?
re: Can I see your terminal?
It helps if you have Font Awesome set up on your system. T...
re: Can I see your terminal?
My work linux box: Meaning, left-to-right: My computer is...
re: I'm lost and don't know what to do.
I would recommend that you start with a task. A reasonably ...
re: What language features/concepts do insiders of the language love and outsiders hate?
I've certainly pushed onto the tail end of a looping array ...
re: What language features/concepts do insiders of the language love and outsiders hate?
First time I tried Python, 2000 or so, was given code that ...
re: Write a script to find "Happy Numbers"
A work in two parts. First, Happy.pm, a Perl5 Module. pa...
re: What language features/concepts do insiders of the language love and outsiders hate?
For my main language, Perl, the common complaint from the o...
re: Finding my new favorite song on Spotify
I knew Spotify has an API. I didn't know it could do "Tell ...
re: What are your coffee habits?
Yes, "cup" is an inconsistent measure, if you sometimes go...
re: What are your coffee habits?
It took a LONG time for me to start really drinking coffee....
re: What are your must-read tech books for 2018?
I read Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction last year...
re: Do you have any "smart home" projects in the works or in mind?
I was inspired by this to move away from alarm clocks t...
re: “Do I Want To Use Windows Subsystem For Linux?”
1) Thanks for "one of the things I ran across was the fact ...
re: “Do I Want To Use Windows Subsystem For Linux?”
I keep bin/ and lib/ in Dropbox, using symbolic links to ma...
re: What's the proper etiquette for forking an abandoned repo?
There used to be a command-line tool for Twitter, named TTY...
re: Why do people like Perl?
use feature qw{ signatures } ; no warnings qw{ experimental...
re: Getting Up and Running with the Windows Subsystem for Linux
I like people talking about WSL. I have a lot of "real" Lin...
re: How do you learn a new programming language?
Can I write the thing? Can I make it run? Hello World Can ...
re: What do you Google EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. and never just memorize?
sed and awk and how to use them.
re: Considering changing to sans-serif for post body
Aesthetically, I've always been a fan of sans serif over se...
re: Explain HTTP Verbs like I'm Five
This should be easy to explain, but honestly, I never used ...
re: Using better CLIs
Had been using httpie and jq on occasion. (I don't write ne...
re: How I Fixed My Carpal Tunnel Pain
s/Overtime/Over Time/ I use a trackball, so while I might ...
re: How I chose my Code Editor
As a CS Freshman in the mid 1990s, I used the department la...
re: What apps, software, or tools do you use and why?
Ubuntu: I am a Linux guy, preferring command line stuff, an...
re: What computer science concepts should devs without a CS background prioritize learning?
I'll toss a do-not in here: Sorting. Sorting can be fun, a...
re: On Alternative Keyboard Layouts
Before they were as easy to get and set up as they are now,...
re: How do you use each of the emoji reactions on dev.to?
"(W)e didn't include poop because we don't need to be shitt...
re: Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro
It just doesn't matter. I mean, there are some wrong deci...
re: Emojifying my Bash Prompt (and why you should too)
I have different colors for different machines. I have the...
re: When your entire knowledge gets judged because you didn't know that one random fact
In a phone interview, one of the Qs was what is the mechani...
re: Explain TCP like I'm five
Layers of misdirection, and I might have to redo this befor...
re: Explain TCP like I'm five
I took networking in college, and then a bunch of us went t...
re: How do you arrange your screens/multiple desktops?
I have two machine: Linux and Windows, connected with a KVM...
re: What's playing in your headphones while you code?
I like Orbital. If it has a decent beat and I can ignore wh...
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