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CCATP #493 Kelly Guimont on App Camp for Girls

This week our guest is Kelly Guimont. Kelly is a contributing editor to the Mac Observer and also a volunteer at App Camp for Girls, a program that introduces iOS programming to girls in grades 7-9. We talk about how a 3rd grade teacher asking her to crawl under a desk to plug in an Apple ][e turned her into the computer nerd she is today. She explains why you need a duck to be a programmer and a hula hoop to teach girls to code.

If you’d like to help out App Camp for Girls, go to appcamp4girls.com and look for the contribute button. Lend your time or give your money or buy some swag! If you’d like to follow Kelly you can find her @verso.


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CCATP #492 Bart Busschots – PBS 36 of x – More HTML Text Input | More Cellular Automata

Chit Chat Across the Pond this week is another episode of Programming By Stealth with Bart Busschots. I’m very proud of the fact that I completed my homework, writing a program from scratch that passed all of the tests written by Bart. It took me 12 hours, and nearly 4 hours of Dorothy’s time helping me do it, but I got ‘er done. In this installment, 36 of x, we learn some more HTML, specifically about all the cool things the input tag can do, like creating invisible forms which is just weird but also very cool. The challenge this week is a flip on last week. This week Bart has written the next bit of code for us and we have to create the tests. It’s as challenging as all the rest but it’s just as fun. And of course you can find Bart’s fabulous tutorial show notes at bartbusschots.ie/…


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CCATP #487 – Bart Busschots PBS 35 of x – HTML Text Input | Introducing ‘Life’

In this installment, Bart walks us through a little bit of how he wrote his Test Driven Development with QUnit for the Bartificer Link Toolkit. Bart even explains how it helped him find a couple of pretty major bugs in his own code, proving how important this is. Then we’ll move on to formatted sub-sets of text like numbers, email addresses and so on.

Finally, we make a start on what will be an on-going project. The idea is to combine our understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and QUnit to implement a zero-player with a really cool computer science back-story.

And as always Bart’s full written tutorial is available over at bartbusschots.ie/…


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CCATP #484 – Bart Busschots PBS 34 of x – More JS Testing with QUnit

In this installment of Bart’s Programming By Stealth series, we review our test code using QUnit, and then learn how to use QUnit to test our code within a real browser page. We do that using the API we built together, the Bartificer Link Toolkit that identifies external links on a web page, makes them open in new tabs, adds the tag rel=noopener, and adds a cute icon to identify them as external links. As always Bart’s terrific written tutorials and downloadable examples are available at bartbusschots.ie/….

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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 #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 #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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NC #616 udoq, CodeRunner, Olly, CrashPlan, Wynd

Megan Morrone and Jason Howell from TWiT join me this week on Chit Chat Across the Pond to talk about their swap of iOS and Android. Our last three interviews from CES include the udoq Mobile Docking Station, Olly’s Robotic Personal Assistant, and the Wind Smart Air Purifier. I’ll tell you about my hunt for the perfect code editor and why I chose CodeRunner. A surprising turn of events as CrashPlan actually succeeds at getting my offsite backups to work. It’s a really interesting story of what caused the problem and how they fixed it. It even highlights a shortcoming of Backblaze.


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Hunt for the Perfect Code Editor Ends with CodeRunner

Code runner logoI remember years ago my good friend David Roth telling me how much time he spent trying to find the perfect Getting Things Done app. He realized that he could have been actually getting some stuff done if he hadn’t spent all that time on the tool. He eventually just picked one and got on with his life.

I thought about that because I’ve been doing the same thing with text editors while learning JavaScript from Bart in Programming By Stealth. I tried out and abandoned 4 text editors before settling on CodeRunner. But it wouldn’t be a NosillaCast story if I didn’t walk you through the problems to be solved and how I arrived at that decision, would it?

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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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