CCATP #458 Allister Jenks on Programming as a Hobby and a Tool

Casio PB 100Allister Jenks joins us to talk about how he uses programming as a hobby and as a tool for solving problems.

In his always delightful way, he talks about early experiences programming and how they sparked such joy in him. We’re talking a TRS-80 clone here and a programmable calculator! He tells the story of how just last week he and I were talking about the relative weights of the iMac models vs. their screen dimensions and how he solved the ratio equations using Swift.


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CCATP #457 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 22 – jQuery Events

PBS_Logo.pngBart Busschots joins us again for his continuing series called Programming By Stealth. In this episode Bart explains how to embed JavaScript into a webpage, how to control when JavaScript executes and then teaches us about the browser event model. Using this model he teaches us how we can change things on a web page when the user clicks or after a defined length of time, or at time intervals. It’s our first time outside of the sandbox so it’s great fun to manipulate web pages and have them do our bidding! Bart’s full tutorial is at: bartbusschots.ie/… and it includes some downloadable files that are very useful for following along.


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CCATP #455 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 21 – jQuery Basics

PBS_Logo.pngIn this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots continues our baby steps into jQuery, keeping us inside the JavaScript console. He reviews some html and css basics and then teaches us how to select elements with jQuery, limit the search, and filter the results. Then he shows us how to start changing the css using jQuery, even including function chaining I interrupt him with a lot of questions (as always) but it’s a terrific episode that was really fun. You can find the full written tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/….


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CCATP #451 Programming By Stealth – Solving JavaScript Challenges Part 2

In episode #449, Bart Busschots walked us through how he’d solve the first half of the JavaScript challenges from PBS 19. This week we finish the second half of the 5th problem about Complex Numbers. Just like the last episode, we’re giving you the audio in the podcast, but if you’d like to watch the video of Bart building the solutions, you can watch right here.

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If you’d prefer the audio, of course that’s still available in the Podcast feed or directly below.


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CCATP #449 Programming By Stealth – Solving JavaScript Challenges

In this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart Busschots starts walking us through the JavaScript challenges he gave us on Programming By Stealth 19. Bart got this crazy idea that we should do this episode as a video so that he could walk through each challenge from scratch on a blank canvas. He builds up the solutions and explains each step while I ask him questions. It was our first time recording video so we’re pretty excited that it actually worked. Thanks to Steve for the intro video that incorporates Bart’s Programming By Stealth logo into the Chit Chat Across the Pond logo that Terry Austin made for us!

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NC #585 CodeCademy JavaScript Training, Together Instead of Evernote, Mac App Store Rant

In this week’s episode I’ll tell you about an awesome free training site called CodeCademy where I’m supplementing my JavaScript training for Programming By Stealth. Then I’ll tell you about Together, an app from Reinvented Software that might be the Evernote alternative you’ve been looking for. Then I’ll go on a bit of a rant about all the whining I’ve been hearing on other tech podcasts about the Mac App Store and its pricing model. Then Bart Busschots will join us with this week’s edition of Security Bits.


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CodeCademy + PBS to Learn JavaScript

Codecademy+pbsBart Busschots has been working on a series in Chit Chat Across the Pond entitled Programming By Stealth, and we just finished episode 18. These lessons started with HTML, then moved into CSS, and since episode 12 we’ve been learning JavaScript. Bart has written terrific tutorials with excellent explanations of the terminology, logic and process of coding in JavaScript. The foundation he is laying is adaptable to learning other languages as well.

A few lessons back I suggested an enhancement to the series. At the risk of being labeled as teacher’s pet, I asked him to assign homework to us, or as he likes to call them, challenges. He came up with the challenges, but they’ve been really hard for me. Continue reading “CodeCademy + PBS to Learn JavaScript”

1Writer Might Convince Me to Write on an iPad (In Markdown!)

1writer logo sloganYou might have noticed that I write a lot. I write blog posts all week long (in theory publishing them during the week but they seem to pile up towards the end of the week). I also write a monthly column in Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online Magazine. Today I write all of my articles using either my MacBook Pro at my desk with the Apple Bluetooth keyboard that I love, or on my MacBook when I’m on the go with the less wonderful but still adequate keyboard.

For the blog I use an app called MarsEdit from red-sweater.com which has long been a favorite amongst bloggers. I write in HTML in MarsEdit and when I’m done I can whoosh the posts up to my blog and publish from there. One advantage of this workflow is that I can partially write a post on one device, whoosh it up as a Draft, and then refresh on MarsEdit on the other Mac and keep writing. I do have to remember to refresh each time to make sure I’m working on the same version but 90% of the time it works for me.

Problem to be solved

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CCATP #446 – Programming by Stealth – 18 of x JavaScript Miscellany

In this episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots takes us through the final stages of learning JavaScript within the playground. Now that we know about objects, we need to re-visit the arguments object present in every JavaScript function. We need to take a detailed look at the typeof operator, and we need to look at some built-in objects and functions JavaScript provides. We also need to look at how JavaScript handles regular expressions, and finally, we need to introduce the concept of exception handling. Bart’s full written tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/….


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During this episode we briefly mention a wonderful email from Jill about factorials and more. I wanted to include the full letter in the shownotes here because it contains some wonderful explanations, especially an even better explanation of strongly vs. weakly-typed languages. Here’s Jill’s entire letter:

Hi, me again

I think there’s a concept you haven’t quite grasped in PBS, and that’s types. I know you’ve mostly got it, but I think perhaps I might be able to help unconfuse you on a few edge cases.
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