Should Beginners, Today, Start With JavaScript?

A Tough question. There are so many languages, each with their own advocates that rain praise upon the their language of choice. But wait! A couple of signals have been spotted that JavaScript may be the best language to invest time in (initially at least). The first is from DHH:

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Need A Startup Idea? Heres How

Application innovation This type of innovation is in a market that already has an incumbent that solves the main job-to-do for people. The same type of technology is then used for different applications. An example would be Apple and the PC. Apple started to have break-away success when they applied personal computer technology to desktop [...]

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Rails Is Not For Beginners

DHH says it best, Rails was never primarily about being friendly to beginners. And hes right, its not. Rails evolution is making the lives of current developers better but neglecting new developers.

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Social, Location, And Sean Parker

Ive had enough of hearing about social startups. Social shouldnt be the killer feature in anything! The release of The Social Network (the film) highlights the mainstream levels social now occupies. Even the most backward luddites have grokked social. Promoting an application based on it being social is like promoting a car based on its [...]

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Are You Using iTerm2?

Like a moronic horse, Ive been using Terminal.app on my mac. iTerm2 is furlongs better! The features I love the most are: Split panes Dimming of unused panes Full screen mode 256 colors Growl support Heres an image of what Im talking about (click to enlarge):

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Google Plus: The Missing Value Proposition

Landing on a social networks homepage youll see a description of what the network can do for you. Its often short and well thought out. After all, it sets the frame around how you think of the service. Yet, G+ doesnt seem to know how it helps you: Theres no sign of a description on [...]

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Uncle Bob Denied Entry To UK

Uncle Bob was due to teach a TDD course in London but got denied entry to the UK! He tweeted: This is disgusting. Since when did educators get turned away from UK boarders?

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Google Shouldnt Have Open-Sourced SPDY

Google has given away a considerable competitive advantage. And its already being used against them. Mobile traffic is predicted to grow 26-fold from 2010-2015. The era of the mobile has already arrived, undoubtably. A ton of animals on my farm have smart-phones, and this is only going to increase! If you didnt already know, mobile [...]

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Cool Ruby Resources

Teckniqal tekniqal.com A set of 17 must-watch videos on Ruby. Below is an example of the quality:

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Creativity Requires Isolation: Err, No!

A blog post titled Creativity requires isolation popped into my Hacker News feed. I wish it didnt. After publishing this Im going to try and deliberately forget the advice from the post. Luckily Im a horse and not an elephant, so I have this capacity. Whats wrong with the idea that creativity requires isolation? To [...]

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