Every once in a while, I come across an article about someone talking about how antiquated the floppy disk icon of Save has become. They talk about how many office documents of today would not have fit onto the 1.44mb capacity of a floppy disk and as new generations of computer users arrive onto the scene, many have never used a floppy disk. Obviously the icon needs redesigned these individuals discuss; however, I say it doesn’t need redesigned – the button itself needs to be removed altogether.
It’s October and that means many retailers are beginning to finalize their Holiday plans and queuing everything up for release in the next month or so. While some retailers have their Christmas and other holiday decorations up already, most e-commerce websites won’t be rolling that out for another month. It’s also around this time of year that I remember how terrible of an experience gifting digital downloads remains.
Back in April of 2012, I did a presentation at the Kansas City Developers Conference on tips and tricks to finding and landing your dream job. Having been through a number of interviews as both an interviewer as well as someone trying to get hired over the last handful of years, I have had the opportunity to see what things are important to both sides of the table. In the end, both parties need to make sure that the other side is right for them and it’s not just a one-way relationship.
One of the largest things that I have loved about working in Node.js is the ability to create utilities that work on both the server and within the browsers. Being able to create packages for NPM and then reuse them in both environments has lead to a lot of shared and unified code. However, the general experience involving installing a package and moving it to the client left a lot to be desired. Thankfully, NPM offers a possible solution through it’s use of scripts.
The more that I use Node.js, the more I enjoy it; however, there I have seen an issue in a couple of projects. In these projects, some modules import in a large number of other modules that reside in single directory. While it could be argued that the code could be refactored differently, scenarios exist where you may need to import in a number of modules that all exist in the same directory.
If you’ve worked on websites for any amount of time, there is a decent chance that you’ve encountered the need to validate credit card numbers at some point. While there are a lot of compliance and security guidelines for working with credit card numbers, these don’t reduce the need for ensuring the user entered a valid credit card number into the form. Some places will validate just length and ensure only numeric digits were provided; however, did you know there’s an algorithm that most credit cards are based on?
This past Saturday (May 5th, 2012) I attended and presented at the Iowa Code Camp in Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. The event was filled with a number of great speakers from the midwest discussing anything from code to start-ups to jobs and tools.
One of the presentations that I gave on that day focused on getting people familiar with Chrome’s development tools. While this is a topic I could present for 2-3 hours, the time slot was only an hour so the content had to be truncated a bit. If you are curious to see the presentation, please feel free to check out the recording below.