Glenn Goodrich, Dec 05

5 Ruby Resources for the Hour of Code


Over the last couple of years, I've been an active participant in the Hour of Code. If you're unfamiliar with the Hour of Code, here's a blurb from its site:

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

In a nutshell, the HoC is a week in December where nerds like you and me have a chance to go into a classroom and lead a programming-related event. It is incredibly fulfilling. I cherish the times I've had in the classroom and I look forward to doing it again this week. I strongly encourage you to find a local school and offer up some of your time. Often, you don't even have to go to the school, as they can set up Hangouts or Skype calls with the class. I've gone the hangout route before, and while it wasn't as much fun as being in the classroom, it is still enjoyable and greatly appreciated by the teachers and students.

Ardian Haxha, Dec 02

Keybase: Sending, Receiving and Sharing Encrypted Messages

Ardian Haxha introduces Keybase, a social media service for sending, receiving and sharing encrypted messages.
Lucy Barret, Dec 02

Boost Productivity with 5 Tools for WordPress Automation

Lucy Barret shares some of the best tools and plugins for WordPress Automation that will help boost your productivity.
Patrick van Bergen, Dec 02

Using GDELT 2 with PHP to Analyze the World!

Patrick looks at an example use of GDELT - the world's database of events - and uses it to analyze some world trends with PHP and SQL. Check it out!
Tatsiana Levdikova, Dec 02

Using Color Schemes in Mobile UI Design

According to Kissmetrics, a product’s visual appearance is the number one factor influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions. Nowadays, it is common practice among marketing managers to hire color consultants to get assistance in determining a color (or colors) that would attract their customers. They understand that colors are an important marketing tool. Mobile app developers have many useful things to learn from them. The color wheel based on the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) has been used by artists for centuries. The first color diagram was developed by Newton 350 years ago. The color wheel used nowadays includes primary, secondary (green, orange, and purple) and tertiary colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green).
Craig Buckler, Dec 02

7 Reasons Your Website Needs WhoAPI

Craig Buckler looks at WhoAPI, a website and domain monitoring service.
Aleczander Gamboa, Dec 02

Kick. Start. Smart: 3 Lessons for Emerging Entrepreneurs to Adopt

Aleczander Gamboa gives the three most important lessons every aspiring entrepreneur should adopt.
Eevee, Dec 01

Maybe I Was Wrong about Java - Part 2

A run-through of some common perceptions of Java, from someone who doesn't regularly work with it. Is it really that abstract and wordy?
Abhishek Talreja, Dec 01

10 Tips for Generating Business Leads with Free Webinars

Abhishek Talreja shows you how to start using free webinars to build not only business leads, but your credibility in your niche's community.
Simon Codrington, Dec 01

Edit Code in the Browser with ICEcoder

Simon Codrington reviews ICEcoder, a browser-based code editor, and asks whether this way of developing has matured enough for widespread use.
Parth Modi, Dec 01

N + 1: When More Queries Is a Good Thing

Parth Modi explains how he discovered that fixing the N + 1 Query Problem isn't always about reducing the number of queries. Sometimes, more queries is better.
Giulio Mainardi, Dec 01

Quick Tip: Use Bootstrap Components without jQuery

Reduce your dependency on jQuery! Giulio Mainardi looks at the Native JavaScript for Bootstrap project, which provides vanilla JS Bootstrap components.
Dmytro Spilka, Nov 30

Google Data Studio: a Nifty, Free, Easy-to-use Data Vis Tool

Dmytro Spilka introduces Google Data Studio, demonstrating how to present data from Google Analytics in a visually pleasing, client-friendly chart.
Kevin Wood, Nov 30

How the Pomodoro Skyrocketed My Productivity & Saved My Business

Kevin Wood explains the productivity technique that gave him his focus back and kept him in business — the Pomodoro Method.
Vildan Softic, Nov 30

Managing State in Aurelia: How to Use Aurelia with Redux

Vildan Softic looks at using Aurelia with Redux to manage state in your Aurelia apps, and in so doing builds a markdown editor with undo/redo functionality.
Sally Wood, Nov 30

6 of the Best Donation Plugins for WordPress

Sally Wood provides an overview of some of the best donation plugins for WordPress that provide your site with the ability to collect donations online.
Pavels Jelisejevs, Nov 30

What's New in HTML 5.1

Pavels Jelisejevs takes a look at the W3C recommendation for HTML 5.1, looking at its major new features with some markup samples.
Luka Žitnik, Nov 30

Sending PHP Event Messages to Remote Logstash on Windows

Luka covers some Logstash basics, and teaches you how to send event messages from PHP to it on Windows. Yes - PHP on Windows - still alive and kicking!
M. David Green, Nov 29

Versioning Show, Episode 18, with Hampton Catlin

David and Tim are joined by Hampton Catlin, creator of Sass, Haml and other tools and services such as Wikipedia Mobile, Tritium and Moovweb.
Eric Bahn, Nov 29

We Quit Facebook and Google to Build a Children’s Book Startup

Eric Bahn explains how he and his sister validated Read Your Story's business model and grew this children's book startup enough to go full-time.
Jack Franklin, Nov 29

Getting up and Running with the Vue.js 2.0 Framework

Guest author Jack Franklin tries out Vue.js 2.0, and walks through building a basic GitHub API demo to put the framework through its paces.
Nitish Kumar, Nov 29

Seven Ways You Can Place Elements Using CSS Grid Layout

Nitish Kumar shows seven ways in which CSS Grid Layout lets front-end developers quickly and intuitively place content on the web.
Christopher Pitt, Nov 29

You Don’t Know Jacks: Learn to Make Your Code More Secure

Christopher Pitt explores Codiscope's Jacks, a service that provides you with security warnings and education as you develop.
Design & UX
Daniel Schwarz, Nov 29

Animations: Using Easings to Craft Smarter Interactions

Modern user interfaces move. But as Fun Boy Three and Bananarama once said, "T'aint what you do, it's the way that you do it!". Let's talk about easings.