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Guess the Programming Language

Can you tell Java from JavaScript? Awesome! So you are ready to take our ultimate programming challenge. You will face 20 difficult (or not) questions, each with a single correct answer. You will need 5 minutes, a bit of superhuman concentration and a life time of programming excellence to make it through.

How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016

The following is inspired by the article “It’s the future” from Circle CI. You can read the original here. This piece is just an opinion, and like any JavaScript framework, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. No JavaScript frameworks were created during the writing of this article.

Unix as IDE

Newbies and experienced professional programmers alike appreciate the concept of the IDE, or integrated development environment. Having the primary tools necessary for organising, writing, maintaining, testing, and debugging code in an integrated application with common interfaces for all the different tools is certainly a very valuable asset. Additionally, an environment expressly designed for programming in various languages affords advantages such as autocompletion, and syntax checking and highlighting.

Reflections of an "Old" Programmer

I'm a programmer, a few months shy of his 40th birthday. It's Saturday morning, my kids are home with my wonderful wife (who is pulling my weight on the domestic front), and I'm at a tech conference. It's a session on React Native, and the presenter is convincing us why it's truly the "next big thing" for mobile development. To me, it seems a bit like JSPs of 15 years ago, with all the logic in the presentation code, but I'm "old", so I assume I just don't "get it".


Tetros: Tetris that fits into the boot sector.

TetrOS is a small feature rich Tetris clone which is written in Assembly. It fits completely into a 512 byte boot sector as it requires only 446 bytes (which is the maximum allowed size of the first stage boot loader in the master boot record (MBR) of a drive) and is executed during the boot sequence before any operating system is loaded. Actually, it does not need any existing operating system. TetrOS is an operating system, hence the suffix OS in its name.