Help Wanted: Developers Who Are Also Janitors

Once, long ago, I use to be a janitor cleaning up after executives in office buildings as I put myself through school. At the time I would be sweeping the floors as I saw some of those workers crunching through their spreadsheets late at night getting ready for their presentations the next day. One guy I saw did a lot of print shop type of stuff, graphic work, troubleshooting etc ...

Creating a Custom YouTube “Sparkbar”

I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use for a project... ...

Why Everyone Should NOT Learn to Code

I am sure developers everywhere have seen the recent flood of articles being put out there on sites like CNN or Code.org etc about how everyone should learn to code. The world is going to become this utopian society where everyone is going to code and write applications as easily as it is to read. Won't it be great? You could possibly have your fridge telling you when you ran ...

Context Menus With jQuery

I was tinkering around with some jQuery and created a little bit of code that I thought I would throw out into the Internet ether. I am sure it not the most efficiently optimized, but it does demonstrate some things can do with a little jQuery and the contextmenu event. I see this example as something you could easily build off of and with a little styling and a little ...

A Review of Two Python Books

In today's blog post I am going to review two books on Python. I decided to do two because both of these books are essentially reference books from the Developer's Library series by Addison Wesley publishing. The first book I will be reviewing is titled "Python Essential Reference, Fourth Edition" by David M. Beazley. It is a bit of an oldie (2009) but I think is a great reference book ...

Habits That Programmers Should Adopt

We are human and that means we have habits. Some smoke, some write spaghetti code and others drink green tea instead of soda pop. Sometimes the best way to break ourselves of a habit is first to understand that we have one and then finding some advice on new habits that we could adopt to take their place. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of habits ...