Issue 009: 2016-07-06
I love O’Reilly’s Head First Series programming books. The series uses some great pedagogical concepts to teach learners in a visual and fun way. Of course like any book series, there are some good ones, and there are some less than good ones.
I’ve recently started going through Head First Ruby by Jay McGavern after hearing Jay on the episode 216 of the Ruby on Rails podcast. It’s been excellent so far, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning Ruby and also dabbling with Sinatra.
Text (including emoji) rules the lives of both users and programmers. Whether you’re writing a paper or whether using iMessage to send bubble effects. Consequently, programming and character encoding spell lots of pain and frustration for developers. File system geek John Siracusa provides some great information about Unicode and the difficulties of file naming in episode 175 of the Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP).