Tooltips are a useful thing. Just last year, as a volunteer web developer, I built an event website for a nonprofit. The website had a page with the event program grid. The event had several parallel tracks, each of them jam-packed of back-to-back panels, and each panel had several panelists. Understandably, the web page real estate was at a premium, and the page for the panel grid listed the participants by only their last name. No other info.
My impression of Evernote API documentation is that it is not very friendly to Python beginners, and rather short on examples. So I wrote this document on how to write a simple script that will get notes from a notebook.
These are slides from a lightning talk I gave at Women Who Code (a meetup for women software developers) Austin chapter on January 5, 2015.
The name Larval Mode comes from the Hacker's Dictionary where it means the state of being a novice programmer or techie. The panelists were Eric Raymond and "one of the unsung heroes of the internet" John Quarterman. They did this panel specifically for a group of high school students who travelled to Linucon.
Here are some topics they talked about.
I can't guarantee that I quoted Eric Raymond or John Quarterman correctly, but I tried to capture the essence of what they said.
Recently I was surprised to see that Ruby
uniq method didn't seem to work on
ActiveRecord. Suppose I have a bunch of
ActiveRecords and I want to select just the ones that are unique by some field.
These are slides from a lightning talk which I gave at All Girl Hack Night, an Austin meetup for women software developers.
It only took a little bit of WiFi to make a difference between a productive workshop experience, and a waste of time. The workshop was RailsBridge, a free Ruby on Rails workshop for beginners. I have been dabbling in Rails for a while now, but there is only so much you can do in those minutes before sleep, when you are finally done with the day's work, and finally think you can sneak a smidge of time for your pet project -- only to find yourself faceplanting in the keyboard. So I went to a RailsBridge to learn "proper" Ruby on Rails development, complete with things like unit tests, that I tend to skip if I have just 15 minutes in the evening to learn a new framework.
RailsBridge was part of Lone Star Ruby Conf 2013 in Austin, TX, and it was lead by the main instructor, Sarah Mei (founder of RailsBridge workshops), and many coaches. The students were divided into groups of approximately 4-6 people. The process of dividing ourselves was interesting, and worth a paragraph, but since it was nonessential to the workshop, I put it at the bottom.
When I was looking for documentation or tutorials on how to create a RESTful WCF service that returns JSON-formatted data, I found lots of partial information and code examples, none of which completely worked. So when I finally figured out how to create it, I decided to write this article for those who may be in the same predicament as me.
This walk-through uses .NET 4.0, and Visual Studio 2010.
Recently I've been taking a closer look at LINQ, or Language-Integrated Query -- a set of C# and Visual Basic features that let you write SQL-like queries against data structures such as arrays or hashtables. I like how it lets you replace loops with just a line or two of code. I will illustrate it here with two simple exercises.