The Concatenator

By Chris McGuigan | Coding, programming, app development and everything cool in between.

Final Fantasy VII player gives life meaning by hitting level 99 before first boss

A lesson for us all<p>Two things in this world can make life meaningful: having the strength to forge your own destiny, to live by your own rules, and not be swayed by the whims and wishes of others; and really sticking it to some stranger on the internet. When Twitch streamer CirclMastr spent two …

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

This is crazy.<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human brain …

6 Ways Consistently Productive People Get Things Done

Using themes and grouping tasks will help train your brain to be productive<p>You are frustrated because you didn't get enough done.<p>You are not alone. The lack of time (and lack of time management) is an epidemic and a virus eating away at your productivity.<p>Sure, there are thousands of ways to manage …

Time Management

Memory Reboot: How to Remember 90% of Everything You Learn

We all know the value of making a great first impression, so why is it that 90% of the time after we've just been introduced to someone we forget …

Bro culture is poisoning Silicon Valley

In an hour-long talk today at SXSW, best-selling author Dan Lyons broke down bro culture in three parts: What is it? Why does it exist? How do we fix it?<p>Lyons, author of the New York Times bestseller <i>Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble</i>, delivered a compelling talk in on his experience …

Silicon Valley

Creating stunning charts with Vue.js and Chart.js

Dive into the options of chart.js to create stunning charts.<p>Interactive charts can provide a cool way to visualize your data.<br>However most out of the …

React.JS Top 10 Articles for the Past Month (v.Feb 2017)

<b>For Jan-Feb 2017,</b> we’ve ranked nearly 1,200 React.JS articles to pick the Top 10 stories (0.83% chance) that can help advance your career.<p>This …

Am I still a Junior Developer?

I started to learn how to code in August 2014 at General Assembly. After finishing the 3 month Web Development Immersive course there I was able to …

Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator

The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor and get locked into one platform forever. But now app development house Kinetise is offering the best of both worlds.<p>Kinetise, who I’ve talked about …

Microsoft's DeepCoder programming AI can take over coding's dirty work

Why it matters to you<p>Programmers might one day be able to focus on the problems that need solving instead of the most tedious work involved in …

Artificial Intelligence

Best Android apps for learning to code

• Best First Overall<br>• Best Free<br>• Best for Kids<br>• Best for Beginners<p>Best overall<p>Udacity<p>See at Play Store<p>Learning to code can seem daunting, but with lessons …

Learning

Upstart JavaScript framework dreams of challenging Angular, React

Mithril, an open source JavaScript framework for single-page applications, is looking to best Facebook's React, Google's Angular, and Vue JavaScript …

JavaScript

Know Your Language: Meet Processing, the Lingua Franca of Creative Coding

What started as a programming learning tool developed at MIT now pretty much owns code-based digital art.<p>Processing is an enormously popular, very-high-level programming language that began at MIT in 2001. As originally developed by MIT Media Lab alums Casey Reas and Benjamin Fry—both artists and …

Programming

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life

My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.<p>I am a robot, programmed to obliterate my to-do list. During the day, I direct a research laboratory, write papers, and teach classes as a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Come 4:30 pm, I run a kid …

Mind

Coding school graduates: Are they worth hiring?

More than 90 coding bootcamps across the US aim to quickly train students in computer science skills to fill job gaps. Here's what your company …

Education

8 of the best free workouts on YouTube

Who says you need an expensive gym membership to get fit?<p>If your New Year ambition is to get fit, but the cost of a gym membership is putting you off …

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250 Million Business

Headspace cofounder Rich Pierson and CEO Sean Brecker at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif. Each peg in the map contains feedback from a user. (Ethan Pines for Forbes)<p>In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major …

Meditation

A New Plugin Reveals Exactly What Facebook Knows About Your Photos

Well this isn't creepy 😳<p>Facebook’s algorithms work in mysterious ways, but a new plugin helps to shed light on one of its lesser known features.<p>Every time you upload a photo to the site, Facebook uses machine learning to identify what’s shown in the photo.<p>It will often make a very specific attempt …

10 Must-have apps that programmers shouldn’t live without

Share21<p>Tweet<p>Share10<p>+13<p>Shares 34<p>Every programmer knows that nothing can replace a well-equipped laptop or desktop computer as a workplace for the …

Learning Web Development in 2017 is Much Easier than You Think!

I am a web developer. Although, this was not always the case. Years ago, I took a two-year course which resulted in a certification to be a software …

Learning

There’s an iPhone accessory that lets you kiss someone over long distance so the future is most definitely here

Long distance love is HARD, but technology has definitely made it easier in the past few years. You can now FaceTime, Skype, SnapChat, and text to …

The best technology breakthroughs in 2016 from quantum computing to AI

IBTimes UK explores the greatest advances in 2016, including AI, quantum computing, drones and mobile data.<p>This year has been rollercoaster crash for …

Quantum Mechanics

The top rising JavaScript trends to watch in 2017

First, kudos to Dan Abramov for asking his followers this question:<p>The JS community didn’t hesitate to chime in with a ton of new tech that you …

How to Create a Booking Form with jQuery UI

Scheduling is an important part of the online ecosystem. Not only does it play a huge role in almost every web and mobile application we use, …

The lessons a young developer learned from a $10,000 mistake that almost cost him his job

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the programming mistakes most inexperienced programmers make?</i> <i>Answer by Ken Mazaika, CTO, co-founder, and mentor at theFirehoseProject.</i><p>I made a mistake that cost my company more than $10,000 dollars.<p>Let’s rewind.<p>I used to feel like an unstoppable …

How a smile in your pocket could help ease depression and anxiety

It is said that when you smile, the world smiles with you and now neuroscientists are putting the time-worn adage to the test.<p>A new project by University College London is aiming to find out if simply looking at a smiling face could help ease depression and anxiety.<p>Javier Elkin and Dr Parashkev …

Depression

Slow Week? Do These 4 Things to Feel Productive Again

Whether it's the holidays or a random lag in workflow, a slow workweek can leave us feeling less than great.<p>Every single second seems like it's moving in slow motion, doesn't it? Don't worry -- you're just having one of those weeks. We've all been there.<p>Maybe you have a vacation coming up; maybe …

Productivity

How to make your own video game: Guide to using Twine, GameMaker: Studio and Unity engines

But whether you prefer console or PC gaming, chances are at some point you've wondered about making your own game — even if all you managed to do was …

U.S. companies want to play China’s game. They just can’t win it.

BEIJING — Netflix has a nifty new China strategy: Skip it.<p>In January 2016, the video-streaming service announced an ambitious global expansion. The goal was to beam American hits such as “House of Cards” around the world including, eventually, in China.<p>“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new …

China