Blog / Unboxed Roundup: our links for w/c 1st December 2014

December 5, 2014

Slow programming - Murray

https://ventrellathing.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/the-case-for-slow-programming/

When I talk with developers in the early stages of their career one thing I try my hardest to let them know is that it’s ok to take your time. There’s a mindset that productivity and speed are the most important things about being a programmer, and to be anything less than a “10x engineer” is a waste of your time. I don’t believe this narrative and I’m happy to see discussion of an alternative. I particularly like that Jeffrey describes his way of working as starting with a bunch of hacks and extracting good code from it once it is functionally complete; we don’t have to write perfect code from the first keystroke.

Typeset in the future - Dom

http://typesetinthefuture.com/alien/

An exceptional detailed analysis of the fonts, icons, and device interfaces of the film Alien.

SmartUnderline (JS library) - Tom S

https://eager.io/showcase/SmartUnderline/

Style underlined text more beautifully so that letter descenders have a little bit of padding to the left and right of the line.

Regular expression visualiser - Tom S

http://jex.im/regulex/

Breaks down a regex so that you visually see how it has been constructed.

Data maps of London - Tom S

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29915801

I love data visualisations. I especially love these visualisations of London. A few examples being:

  • a network map showing where people commute from
  • a range of colours overlaid on London showing different ethnic groups
  • Central Line vs average rent

The JS console object is brilliant: 5 functions you didn’t know existed - Tom S

https://shellycloud.com/blog/2014/11/five-functions-of-the-console-object-you-didnt-know

Create tables from an array of hashes (console.table(object)) and grouping messages together (console.group(message)).

The creative side of sneaker culture - Dom

http://artandsoleblog.com/features/view/inspired-ingenuity-sneaker-speakers-by-nash

Inspirational design, even though it clearly started life as a pun ;)

Ruby in the future - Paula

http://astonj.com/tech/ruby-is-about-to-get-red-hot-again/

Interesting and quite complex review of the newest things in Ruby which can be useful in the future.