Sunday, March 23, 2014

Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:

Novice

Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly

CodeAcademy

w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Intermediate

Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP

Difficult

If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems

Talentbuddy

TopCoder

Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide

Conclusion


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

Monday, February 24, 2014
creativemornings:

"if your message is familiar, make sure your voice is new. If your voice sounds familiar, make sure your message is new."  — Chris Doyle
Watch the talk. →

creativemornings:

"if your message is familiar, make sure your voice is new. If your voice sounds familiar, make sure your message is new."
— Chris Doyle

Watch the talk. →

Monday, February 17, 2014
At stake is the question of how artists are to produce relevant work about a society that is more saturated than ever with ready-made images, many of which are under copyright.

In an age where everything is a remix and a culture built on the fact that everything builds on what came before, the New Yorker considers whether copyright law failing to live up to the realities of art.

Also see what Duke Ellington teaches us about the gray areas of originality vs. plagiarism.

(via explore-blog)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
And so, to our year of bungles: the New Jersey waitress who received a homophobic comment on the receipt from a party she had served; comedian Kyle Kinane’s Twitter beef with Pace Salsa; the Chinese husband who sued his wife for birthing ugly children after he learned she’d had plastic surgery; Samsung paying Apple $1 billion in nickels…

…These all had one thing in common: They seemed too tidily packaged, too neat, “too good to check,” as they used to say, to actually be true. Any number of reporters or editors at any of the hundreds of sites that posted these Platonic ideals of shareability could’ve told you that they smelled, but in the ongoing decimation of the publishing industry, fact-checking has been outsourced to the readers. Not surprisingly—as we saw with the erroneous Reddit-spawned witch-hunt around the Boston Marathon bombing—readers are terrible at fact-checking. And this, as it happens, is good for business because it means more shares, more clicks.

This is not a glitch in the system. It is the system. Readers are gullible, the media is feckless, garbage is circulated around, and everyone goes to bed happy and fed. BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti admitted as much when explaining, that, when he’s hiring, he looks for “people who really understand how information is shared on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and other emerging platforms, because that is in some cases as important as, you know, having traditional reporting talent.” Upworthy editorial director Sara Critchfield seconded the notion. “We reject the idea that the media elite or people who have been trained in a certain way somehow have the monopoly on editorial judgment.”

Luke O’Neil, Esquire. The Year We Broke The Internet.

Or as Ryan Grim, Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief, told The New York Times, “If you throw something up without fact-checking it, and you’re the first one to put it up, and you get millions and millions of views, and later it’s proved false, you still got those views. That’s a problem. The incentives are all wrong.”

The FJP’s thoughts on fact checking? You can find those here.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Monday, October 28, 2013
millionsmillions:

“8. Don’t Use A Tape Recorder.  This is a sticking point for me. How do you accurately capture quotes without a recording device? Talese told the audience, “Don’t use a tape recorder, because then you have their exact words. You are a partner in the quotation. The quote is polished in your prose.” When prodded further, Talese said he would ask the questions again and again so that he could refine and get at what they really meant. The final quote, he told the audience, needs to be in your voice, with your tone, not the black and white words. Later in the conversation, Talese expanded on this by saying that he would include in his notes: “What they say, what he [Talese] says, and what they think.” His use of interior monologue was a tool Tom Wolfe complimented him on in his discussion of The New Journalism.”
Larissa Zimberoff, “The 10 Things I Learned From Gay Talese That Will Get Me a Job at The New York Times”

millionsmillions:

8. Don’t Use A Tape Recorder. 
This is a sticking point for me. How do you accurately capture quotes without a recording device? Talese told the audience, “Don’t use a tape recorder, because then you have their exact words. You are a partner in the quotation. The quote is polished in your prose.” When prodded further, Talese said he would ask the questions again and again so that he could refine and get at what they really meant. The final quote, he told the audience, needs to be in your voice, with your tone, not the black and white words. Later in the conversation, Talese expanded on this by saying that he would include in his notes: “What they say, what he [Talese] says, and what they think.” His use of interior monologue was a tool Tom Wolfe complimented him on in his discussion of The New Journalism.”

Larissa Zimberoff, “The 10 Things I Learned From Gay Talese That Will Get Me a Job at The New York Times

Saturday, October 26, 2013
creativemornings:

laurenmanning:

Awesome @newyork_cm talk today by Darell Hammond, founder of Kaboom on #creativemornings global October theme PLAY :)

Resident sketch-notes-taker Lauren Manning is at it again. Here’s her recap from October’s PLAY-themed CreativeMornings/NYC.

creativemornings:

laurenmanning:

Awesome @newyork_cm talk today by Darell Hammond, founder of Kaboom on #creativemornings global October theme PLAY :)

Resident sketch-notes-taker Lauren Manning is at it again. Here’s her recap from October’s PLAY-themed CreativeMornings/NYC.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

helloyoucreatives:

Ad-blocked. 

http://seoul.craigslist.co.kr/bks/4091826222.html

Price in KRW: 4,778,989,209.15 KRW
Price in USD: $4,447,847.53

I am selling an “Ad-Blocked” issue of Vogue US, September Issue 2013. What I did was to cut out all the pages with advertisements, and left only the articles. For the pages I couldn’t remove, I went over them with a big fat permanent marker. Now you can enjoy an uninterrupted read of the most anticipated issue of this fashion bible.

If this price is a little higher than you anticipated, let me explain. By referencing VOGUE’s media rate cards, I calculated the ad expenditure of this issue for 280 Full Page Ads and 45 Double Page Spreads. This was the amount advertisers spent so you could buy your copy of VOGUE at just $12 at your local bookstore. So obviously, without the ads, I will have to pass on the cost to you. 

There is good news though: the rate card did not include premiums for this being a “September Issue”, which I am sure will bump the price up even more. 

So what are you waiting for? This is a steal!

Thursday, August 29, 2013
coverjunkie:

Thursday Magazine (Oman)
Cover design from Thursday Magazine:the weekend supplement of the daily newspaper Times of Oman. Creative director Adonis Durado explains to me: In the Middle Eastern countries like Oman, the weekend holidays fall on Thursday and Friday — not Saturday/Sunday. The magazine is published on Thursday hence its name. The content is of generalinterest topics ideal for a weekend read.Creative Director: Adonis DuradoEditor: Chinmay ChaudhuriFeature Editor: Swati DasguptaAssociate Art Director: Waleed Rabin

coverjunkie:

Thursday Magazine (Oman)

Cover design from Thursday Magazine:
the weekend supplement of the daily newspaper Times of Oman. 
Creative director Adonis Durado explains to me: In the Middle Eastern countries like Oman, the weekend holidays fall on Thursday and Friday — not Saturday/Sunday. The magazine is published on Thursday hence its name. The content is of general
interest topics ideal for a weekend read.

Creative Director: Adonis Durado

Editor: Chinmay Chaudhuri
Feature Editor: Swati Dasgupta
Associate Art Director: Waleed Rabin

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Always re-examine and reflect on where you are in your career at least every two years. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your job, the exercise forces you to check that you are actually enjoying your work and learning on the job rather than just being comfortable. Successful founders share 4 must-have skills to bolster your career (via fastcompany)