A quick look at the very very simple solution I have arrived upon for distinguishing between strings and lists in Erlang.
When you have a lot of content to show but not enough room to it, a helpful UI pattern is to show just the content surrounding your current position. We see this in search result pages, and now in a series' list of entries on my blog.
This is my advice to programmers in college. It touches on graduate school, personal projects, maintaining a blog and portfolio, as well as positioning yourself for the type of career you're interested in.
Looking at the Life articles, I realize that the last entry I wrote for it was also about blogging. Woops. Not trying to fixate, just getting the years blogging thoughts out of the way on a cold Saturday. As a bonus I actually edited an article for once.
This articles covers the basics of creating a custom search vertical using django-springsteen and then deploying it on Google App Engine.
Here is a first for my blog: an experiment conducted using something approaching the scientific method. In other ways it wasn't a first for my blog, because it was essentially a complete failure. Damn it.
I was trying to figure out how to delete items from an NSOutlineView with the delete key (and without simply binding the delete key to an NSButton), and it took a bit longer than necessary to figure it out. Here is a simple example that will hopefully help out those in a similar situation.
A quick overview of how I ended up versioning templates in Pitance, requiring a bit of extra meta-data as well as creative use of the query api.
Let me regale you with the story of technical debt and peanut butter jars. A harrowing tale from my past.
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