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CCATP #537 – Bart Busschots on PBS 54 – More Bootstrap Utilities

In this week’s episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots takes us through the last bit of the Utilities for Bootstrap 4. We’l refer to the WABAC Machine (kids, ask your parents about Sherman and Mr. Peabody) to installments 8 and 9 comparing positioning with CSS vs. Bootstrap. Thenwe’ll learn about sizes and float utilities, Flexbox utilities, and Screen Reader utilities. It’s great fun and of course Bart has his excellent companion tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/… and you can find Dorothy’s awesome index of all things Programming By Stealth at podfeet.com/blog/pbs-index.

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CCATP #531 – Bart Busschots on PBS 52 – Introducing Bootstrap 4

We’re finally back after spring break, and we’re going to be moving on from JavaScript while we learn about Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a set of open source libraries which provide pre-built foundations for creating responsive and good looking websites. It’s an easy episode with easy and fun homework I think you’ll enjoy.

The link to Bart’s tutorial for this episode is at bartbusschots.ie/…

Before we got started I talked about a fantastic post Will (aka @beiju) wrote to me to help me understand JavaScript objects better. If you’ve been struggling like I have or just want a nice reference written in conversational style, check it out at Objects in Javascript Explained (for PBS) – by Will aka @beiju.

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How almost everything in JavaScript is an Object – by Will aka @beiju

The following explanation is from an old friend of the show, Will (also known as @beiju). Unbeknownst to us, he’s been following along with Programming By Stealth all this time and just popped his head up for the first time in quite a few years.

Will wrote the following in an email to Bart and me:

In recent episodes Allison has been audibly frustrated about objects. I noticed a disconnect in Allison’s understanding of objects that I think is causing all of this. I wrote up a short explanation (at least, it was short when I started) that I think will close the gap. I attached it as an HTML document, complete with imperfect syntax highlighting and tiny font to make you feel at home. It’s written in a conversational style talking directly to Allison. I start with restating things that I think you (Allison) are already comfortable with and take a series of small steps, each with some code examples that you can use to prove that I’m telling the truth, until I arrive at the link that Allison’s missing.

I liked it enough I wanted to make sure it was shared with the entire Programming By Stealth family. So here is Will’s fantastic explanation of objects.

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CES 2018: Wonder Workshop Educational Robots for Kids

Allison interviews Bryan Miller from Wonder Workshop about their robots and apps that help kids learn. Bryan describes the educational robots Dash and Cue. Dash teaches children from kindergarten up to 5 to 6 years old how to code to control a small robot using block programming. Wonder Workshop’s latest robot, Cue, takes kids from block programming to JavaScript programming. Cue comes with sensors, motors, accelerometers, gyros and a free iOS or Android app for programming and control. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://education.makewonder.com/

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NC #670 Paintcode, Apple Watch Health Tracking, Stretch Timer, We.Stream, Bellus 3D, Cyber Essentials, Rings

Allister Jenks stands in for a vacationing Allison Sheridan. We have a review of Paintcode, a story of using the Apple Watch to track health in ways other than the Activity app, Allister’s own health app Stretch Timer, two interviews from CES with We.Stream and Bellus3D, some security tips with Cyber Essentials, and a fun casual iOS game, Rings.

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PaintCode by PixelCut

PaintCode iconWhat follows will be a review for some and a propeller-beanie story for others. In true NosillaCast fashion, there is a problem to be solved, but that will become apparent as the story unfolds.

PaintCode is a macOS app with a very specific audience: macOS and iOS developers, although other developers should hang in until the end. If you’re not a developer then this review may not offer you an insight into purchasing, however, if you’re just interested in knowing “how stuff works,” this is a pretty cool story. For this reason, I have aimed this review at a less knowledgeable audience, which should also serve to explain to hobbyist developers, like myself, what value this tool can bring.

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CCATP #523 – Bart Busschots on PBS 50 – Building a Web App on Video

This week Bart and I celebrate 50 episodes of Programming By Stealth. As Bart points out, we’ve been at this for two years now. I’m so happy he’s stuck with me on this and he says he’s got literally years of material yet to go. To commemorate this occasion, Bart got the crazy idea to build a web app live on video. We used a YouTube Live Hangout on Air while he shared his screen. He started with a blank canvas and when he was done we had a working web app. The video is probably a better experience but the audio is supplied for those who prefer it. We did try to narrate what was going on to help with the audio.

You can find the download of Bart’s final file at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #522 – Bart Busschots on PBS 49B of X – Object Revision & Improving Our Cellular Automata

As promised last week, Bart Busschots brings us the second half of Programming By Stealth 49. We start by going through a lot of revision on JavaScript objects. It’s really great to have all of this all in one place, and I got to ask a few questions that have been bugging me for a long time. I understood every bit of this and really enjoyed it, but I’m not going to lie, his little 6-part test after the revision baffled me a bit. But after we slog through that part, Bart gets us back on track improving our Cellular Automata. I never realized that we didn’t actually define whether our cells are dead or alive!

Bart’s tutorial for this lesson is at bartbusschots.ie/… starting where he inserted the line, “Note: This is the point in the notes where the first podcast episode ends and the second begins.”

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CCATP #521 – Bart Busschots on PBS 49A of X – Challenges from PBS 48

In this week’s episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart had intended to work on improving our Cellular Automata, but we ended up spending a lot more time on reviewing the challenges from last week that we stopped before getting to the new stuff. The good news is that we’re going to do the Cellular Automata improvements in only one week (it will be PBS 49B), and we have no homework for the week! As always, Bart’s excellent tutorial shownotes are available at bartbusschots.ie/….

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CCATP #519 – Bart Busschots on PBS 48 of x – A Closer Look at ‘this’ and ‘static’

Bart decided to take a closer look at the JavaScript keywords ‘this’ and ‘static’ and boy am I glad he did. He said it was the hardest lesson he’s put together so far. It’s a convoluted topic but he gives great explanations as always. You can find his tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/…

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