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Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code

And what I’ve learned from teaching others<p><b>Before you learn to code, think about what you want to code</b><p>Knowing how to code is mostly about building …

Learning To Code On The Street

It’s 7:33 AM. Leo is leaning over his laptop writing some practice lines of code while I sit nearby on leftover sandbags from Hurricane Sandy. It’s cold, but it is a great morning.<p>A little less than three months ago, Leo became an Internet icon when he declined my offer of $100 in cash in favor of …

How A $2.9 Million Jury Verdict Over Spilled Coffee Became America's Most Misunderstood Story

Screenshot/Retro Report/New York TimesThe documentary project Retro Report has a new video that takes a fresh look at the infamous case of a 79-year-old who spilled hot McDonald's coffee on herself and got a $2.9 million jury award.<p>The 1994 verdict for Stella Liebeck became fodder for critics of …

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10 Subtle Best Practices when Coding Java

This is a list of 10 best practices that are more subtle than your average Josh Bloch Effective Java rule. While Josh Bloch’s list is very easy to …

Git Explained: For Beginners

I’m working with Git now for about two years but only for my personal projects and those I have on GitHub. At work we still use TFS and SVN (as of …

The 10 rules of a Zen programmer

On a rainy morning I found myself sitting on the desk thinking about efficient working. Before I started as a freelancer I had some days were I …