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CCATP #483 – David Peck from Cloak Talks VPNs

Vpn affiliates get rich nowWith the recent legislation on privacy rules for ISPs in the United States, a lot of people are considering using VPNs to protect their Internet traffic from home. I thought this would be a great time to get Dave Peck on the show, co-founder of Cloak, my VPN of choice. This isn’t a show about Cloak but rather about VPNs in general. We talked about whether we should consider one for our home use, we talk about what kind of information your VPN provider may be collecting on you, we talk about the importance of understanding privacy policies.

Dave is very frank and honest about things like how Cloak handles things like logging of user data. Dave also answers some listener questions. There are some real surprises in this episode, in particular what you should know about those “top five VPN” lists you may have seen recently. I thought I knew where the discussion was going to go, and I was very surprised.

In preparation for this discussion, Dave wrote up his thoughts at davepeck.org/…

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CCATP #482 – Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 33 of x – JS Testing with QUnit

In this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart FINALLY lets us start learning Test Driven development, or TDD. He shows us how to use a free and open source tool called QUnit, made by the fine developers of jQuery, to analyze our test code. It’s something I’ve been itching to learn more about, ever since listener Jill tipped us off to the concept. It’s a really fun episode where everything kind of comes together. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. As always, Bart’s excellent written tutorial for the episode can be found at bartbusschots.ie/….

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CCATP #481 – Dermot Daly from Tapadoo

I’m your guest host Bart Busschots, and this week I’m on conversation with Dermot Daly from Tapadoo, a mobile app development company based on Dublin, Ireland. We talk about what it’s like being a developer witting apps for iOS and Android, how App Store and Google Play store differ from each other, and the state of the app business in general. We also look at what some of the recent changes to the app store really mean for developers.

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CCATP #480 – Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 32 JS Error Handling Revision | HTML Selects

This week Bart and I put the finishing touches on our Date and Time prototypes, then we use those very JavaScript prototypes with HTML forms, we learn bout JavaScript error handling (including throwing and catching errors) and the we start manipulating HTML Selects with jQuery. If that sounds as fun to you as it was to me, check out Bart’s full detailed show notes at bartbusschots.ie/….

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CCATP #479 – Steve Ewell of the CTA Foundation

Steve ewellThis week our guest is Steve Ewell, executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association, was launched in 2012 with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. Get this – Steve is a NosillaCastaway too! You can find Steve on Twitter @CTAFoundation or @sewell2.

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CCATP #478 – Bart Busschots on PBS 31 of x – JS Static Functions | Checkboxes & Radio Buttons

Bart and I may have broken a record on Chit Chat Across the Pond this week. We went through so much material in Programming By Stealth that this show runs 100 minutes! The funny thing is that I wasn’t ever bored, it was all really interesting. We started by going over last time’s JavaScript challenge where I made some mistakes but node.js saved me so I didn’t realize I’d entirely missed the point. I’m still getting the hang of that object thing. The we learned one final new concept related to JavaScript prototypes: static functions. The we finished that we went over to the html side and learned how to make forms, checkboxes and radio buttons. Not nearly as mentally challenging as JavaScript to be sure, especially since you can see the changes right on screen when you mess with them. Speaking of messing with them, Bart teaches us how to use jQuery to find out what our buttons and checkboxes say and to change them. He does this all with particular attention to using ARIA to ensure our html is accessible.

As always you can find his excellent tutorial to follow along at bartbusschots.ie/….

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CCATP #477 Megan Morrone & Jason Howell on Switching iOS and Android

Megan jasonThis week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was so much fun.  I was joined by Megan Morrone and Jason Howell, who co-host Tech News Today on the TWiT network together. Megan also co-hosts iOS Today while Jason co-hosts All About Android. For an entire month, Megan and Jason swapped phones. They’re here to tell us what they liked, what they didn’t like and answer tough questions like, “Did your children mock you?” I know I say this a lot, but this truly was one of the most enjoyable episodes of Chit Chat Across the Pond. They’re both so entertaining and delightful and we even had some great technical conversations too.

You can find Megan at meganmorrone.com/… and @meganmorrone and Jason can be found at @jasonhowell.

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CCATP #476 Bart Busschots PBS 30 – Comparing JS Objects | Introducing WAI-ARIA

Bart continues his current dual path of teaching. We learn how to compare JavaScript objects (spoiler, you can’t use == or === to do it). After that he teaches us how using WAI-ARIA as we develop our code will make it accessible to screen readers and other assistive devices. We don’t do any real coding in this section; instead he explains the foundation for what we’ll be doing in the future.

Bart’s tutorial and full show notes are at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #475 Bart Busschots Explains IPv6

World IPv6 launch badgeI made a deal with Bart when he started his two podcasts Let’s Talk Apple and Let’s Talk Photography that he would never have to be on more than every other week. But this week I tricked him by asking him if he’d come on and explain IPv6 to me. His first answer was that he didn’t understand it well enough to explain it. But of course Bart being Bart, that ear worm I so carefully placed caused him to go out and study it and now he’s here to explain it to us. And of course below you’ll find his excellent show notes.

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CCATP #474 Bart Busschots PBS 29 – JS Prototype Revision | Glyph Icons

I don’t want to jinx anything here, but I feel like I’m finally starting to “get” this JavaScript programming thing. In this episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart starts by talking about how we solved the challenges from last week, getting rid of “bad smells” by learning how to reuse our code. Then Bart teaches us about another bad smell, where inadvertently point two variables point the same object and he teaches us about the clone function to eradicate that problem. With that bite-sized JavaScript lesson behind us, he takes us forward into learning about Glyph Icons, a way of having scalable icons on our web pages instead of pixel-based icons. He introduces us to Font Awesome tool to get free access to (awesome) scalable glyph icons. The full tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/….

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