Four short links: 29 October 2009

Learning Programming, Functional Javascript, Controlling Firefox, Kicking Ass (with SSDs)

  1. Julie Learns to Program — blog from our own Julie Steele as she learns her first programming language. The point is: it’s in me. I wasn’t sure that is was, and now I know—it is. And what, exactly, is “it”? It is the bug. It is the combination of native curiosity and stubbornness that made me play around with the code and take some wild guesses instead of running straight to Google (or choosing to stay within the bounds of the exercise). That might sound like a small thing, but I know it is not. I was determined to make the program do what I wanted it to do, I came up with a few guesses as to how to do that, and I kept trying different things until I succeeded (and then I felt thrilled). As much as I have to learn, I know now that I really am hooked. And that I’ll get there.
  2. underscore.js — new Javascript library of functional programming primitives (map, each, inject, etc.). (via Simon Willison)
  3. WWW::Mechanize::Firefox — Perl module to control Firefox, using the same interface as the WWW::Mechanize web robot module. (via straup on Delicious)
  4. Anatomy of SSDs — teeth-rattlingly technical Linux Magazine article explaining the different types of SSDs (Solid State Disks–imagine a hard drive made of rapid-access Flash memory). Artur Bergman told me that installing an SSD drive in his MacBook Pro gave the greatest performance increase of any computer upgrade he’d performed since he went from no computer to one.
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  • Raymond

    Learning Programming, Functional Javascript, Controlling Firefox, Kicking Ass (with SSDs)

  • http://www.stop-smoking-tips.com/teenage-smoking.html Tyler Banfield

    Nice list! First one is a pretty resource

  • http://get-pregnant-fast.net Adam Baker

    I got known SSDs before, thanks for your list here.

  • http://free-blogs.org freeblogs

    With regards to link 1, I tried learning Python for a while, but its user friendliness doesn’t match its widespread usage for web.. especially compared to php.

  • http://www.howtogetridofyeastinfectionfast.com/ Michelle P

    Javascript library looks like a good resource. I have to check the rest of the list too, looks interesting.

  • http://servprest.ro/index.php/montaj-tapet-mainmenu montaj tapet

    Python is very hard . i like more php or c++