Posts Categorized: General

Disqus and Code Formatting Conflict?

I’ve had reports that the code formatting isn’t working for some of you out there. I haven’t been able to replicate this, after testing on multiple machines and browsers. However I think it is due to a plugin conflict: namely the plugins for the Disqus comments and WPSyntax code formatting. If you are reading any… Read more »

Bank Holiday Reading 6 May 2013

To start of with, we have a great story about a game developer releasing a game about game development and what happens when the pirates were pirated. As I find myself tumbling down the rabbit hole of Lisp and it’s derivatives, this article was very timely for me. An interesting read and makes me want… Read more »

Should we use Frameworks?

Over the past month there have been a number of security issues with the Ruby on Rails framework. These issues have been serious. Whilst there is some debate whether this is an isolated Rails issue or if we can expect more frameworks to start seeing these sorts of vulnerabilities discovered this has left me with a niggling… Read more »

How to Improve your Programming Skills

As the subtitle of this blog indicates, I am a self taught programmer. Like most self taught coders, I suffer from the horrible feeling that I am missing something in my programming education. As such I am continually striving for improvement. But how do you achieve improvement? Where do you start? What do you do?… Read more »

Coursera Programming Languages

Upon discovering Coursera last year I went a little bit mad and all of a sudden find myself enrolled in 8 classes beginning over the next two weeks. Obviously this is far too much, so I’ll have to cut back, but the thing I like about Coursera is that you can give all the classes… Read more »

Christmas Books

Father Christmas has been good to me this year as I received number of fantastic books to start making my way through next year. Here’s a quick run-down: Enterprise Integration Patterns - Ignore the fact that the title includes the word “Enterprise”, this is a great book about asynchronous messaging for large distributed systems. Hacker’s Delight… Read more »

Set yourself a BHAG

Today, a story has appeared on HN which has divided opinion. Gusts Kaksis wrote a blog post with the bold statement that he is going to write his own OS. A lot of people are shaking their heads in disbelief, that this mere web developer could attempt such a thing! Does he know what he is getting himself into?… Read more »

Node with Lua bindings? Luvit!

I have recently discovered the excellent “The Changelog” Podcast and a couple of weeks ago there was an interview with Tim Caswell that most people probably know from NodeJS fame. However, on this interview he wasn’t talking about NodeJS, instead about his new project Luvit – Lua + libUV + jIT (GitHub project page). Having… Read more »

Switching from Emacs to Vim?

As my regular reader will know, I’m a heavy Emacs user (have been now for over two years). So why this heretical thinking then? A number of reasons. Firstly, I find I’m spending more and more time editing directly on a server. Obviously Emacs can handle this with Tramp mode. Yes, that’s true, but it would be much… Read more »

Looking for an UltraBook

It looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling in the near future. This is all well and good, but my current laptop (a Sony Vaio VGN-Z) is starting to creak, and has quite a low battery life. This is unfortunate, as I really like my Vaio; the screen resolution is good, the… Read more »