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March 8, 2013

Ok, so it’s more like 16 perfectly normal new tips. Sorry for misleading you. Anyway here they are:

Tips from Matt P

Software bloat

http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/software/tiny/teensy.html

People often complain about software bloat. Sometimes this complaining is even justified. Here is an article from at least as far back as 2006 (I’ve been unable to find an original publication date) which delves deep into the ELF binary format in order to see just how small a functional program can be on a GNU/Linux system. I sated my curiousity, and perhaps pre-empted a question: yes, the techniques do still work on a modern system.

Kaleidoscopes

  1. http://coldhead.github.com/kaleidos/ - A kaleidoscope written in HTML/CSS/Javascript

  2. http://www.ro.me/film

Having seen this, the previous kaleidoscope link pales in comparison. This awesome display is done entirely in HTML5, WebGL, Javascript etc. - no plugins needed.

When random isn’t

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15182496/why-does-this-code-print-hello-world

This stackoverflow article delves into Java’s Random() behaviour and how it can be abused. File this one under the sick-and-wrong category. (It’s been a while since I’ve provided such a link.)

RDD?

First there was TDD. Then BDD. Now comes RDD Andrew and I found this when researching the changes going into CanCan 2.0

Tips from Murray S

Rails Girls London

Rails Girls is a global movement to teach coding and web development using rails to women. The first London meeting is scheduled for 20th April and they’re looking for volunteers and coaches. Probably also looking for attendees, so spread the word and get involved.

A great ruby talk

https://speakerdeck.com/jeg2/10-things-you-didnt-know-ruby-could-do

Don’t let the title fool you, there are about 100 snippets of code in this set of slides from the Aloha Ruby Conf in Hawaii. Goes over syntax you didn’t know about, core library features you often forget, and delves into the esoteric stuff in the standard library. Really good, if a little dense and each slide is quite brief, probably best to run through it with irb open so you can try it out as you go.

A tip from Jolyon P

Why leave agility moping in the corner of the office when you leave for the day if you can take it home and start a revolution?

Tips from Steve B

The Works

  1. http://adactio.com/links/tags/responsiveconf/ Collection of links form Jeremy Keith around the recent Responsive Day Out conference in Brighton.

  2. http://www.brettjankord.com/2013/03/06/more-thoughts-on-html-class-naming-conventions/ More thoughts on HTML class naming conventions by Brett Jankord

  3. http://engineering.twitter.com/2013/02/twitter-typeaheadjs-you-autocomplete-me.html Twitter Typeahead.js: You Autocomplete Me

  4. http://www.paulhammond.org/2012/startup-infrastructure/slides/ “Scaling Typekit: Infrastructure for Startups” was a talk given at the 2012 O'Reilly Velocity Conference by Paul Hammond.

  5. http://www.nngroup.com/articles/participation-inequality/ Participation Inequality: Encouraging More Users to Contribute. Old gold from Jakob Nielsen that’s worth reading again.

  6. http://blog.stoyanstefanov.com/technical-writing-checklist/ Technical writing checklist by Stoyan Stefanov

  7. http://www.coffitivity.com/ Enough noise to work.

The Lulz

  1. http://badlipreading.tumblr.com/post/44606311042 “PETER & GWEN” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Amazing Spider-Man

  2. http://visualidiot.com/articles/mailappapp MailappApp lets you quickly and hipsterly create another mail app, because that’s totally what everyone wants.